26 Weeks and Counting

It’s been a busy last few weeks! So much has been going on. First, we started our two birthing classes: 1. Birthing From Within, and 2. Hypnobirthing. They are both very interesting and we are learning so much about getting ready for the birthing process. The common theme is eliminating fear and focusing on relaxation during the process. We are reading a book, practicing our breathing methods and listening to CD’s. We also finally watched our Happiest Baby on the Block CD, which we think will be a great go-to resource once the baby is born.

Outside of classes, Ellie has been very active, kicking and moving around quite a bit. Mom’s health is good and nothing feels uncomfortable quite yet, although sleeping is a bit of a different experience and a bit of pregnancy brain has set in.

Peanut went to her first symphony this weekend and she really seemed to enjoy the melodies. She also went to an auction last weekend, the dog park several times, for walks quite a bit and we went and the Blue Nile Christmas Party. We also went down to Golden Gardens yesterday, where it was quite cold and took a couple quick pics to document the growth on a beautiful day. Here is one of them.

Belly Update and Birthing From Within

We had our first three hour birthing class on Tuesday this week; the first of seven.  The classroom is comfy and relaxing and we became acquainted with our mentor and classmates, all of which have a unique story and plan for their births.  We learned of something very interesting during this class that neither of us had ever heard of or considered.  If you have a weak stomach, you may not want to read further.  It’s called placenta encapsulation.  Apparently ingesting the placenta after birth is very common in the animal kingdom and is becoming more and more researched and well known with humans.  We learned that the placenta actually originates from the cells of the baby and contains a lot of the hormones that are present in women during pregnancy.  For that reason, they are fantastic sources of nutrients and hormones after birth, when those levels drop dramatically.  Some people like to make food with their placenta and you can find placenta recipes everywhere with a little Google magic.  I wouldn’t know – probably not my preferred route.  There is another process however that sounds interesting.  They encapsulate the placenta and you just take pills of it during the weeks after you give birth.  You can even save your pills for when you go through menopause and they are supposed to assist with the side effects.  It’s all very interesting stuff and more and more research is yet to come, but as of now, there are no studies that suggest any negative aspects of this ingestion.

Onto more mainstream things – here’s a recent pic of our babe in my belly – us at almost 24 weeks!

Our babe’s first Halloween costume

Well, technically she wasn’t wearing it, but for our little girl’s first Halloween, she got all dressed up like a skeleton. This was by far the easiest Halloween costume I’ve ever put together. I suppose it’s a good segue to being a mom – finding creative ways to do things quick and easy. Although the shirt wasn’t the most flattering piece of clothing in my closet, it definitely got a few good compliments and overall our little girl gets a A for her costume and the bow accessory.