How Lamaze Class Blew Up My Brain by Kevin Haggerty

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How Lamaze Class Blew up My Brain

make sure to check out more of Kevin’s writing at The Isle Of Man

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The TV turned on. The video started. A very pregnant woman was shown, leaning over, panting heavily and moaning loudly. Then it happened.

A baby dropped out.

Seriously. That is how my Saturday started. Well, not entirely, but close.

This past Saturday, my wife, Kim, and I attended an all day Lamaze class. We’re first time parents who are currently in week 36 of our pregnancy.

(Sidenote: I’m aware that we are not pregnant. She has a baby inside of her. I don’t. But if I get to stay awake at night when she’s tossing and turning. If I get to be an understanding husband who is making this as easy on her as possible, no matter what that means. If I have to go to an ALL DAY LAMAZE CLASS – this is our pregnancy.)

We’ve done all kinds of reading, studying and watching informational programming on TV about the birthing process.

However, we’re still total parenting noobs, and we figured an educational class could not hurt us.

It didn’t, but what they say is true: There are some things you just cannot unsee.

We watched videos about natural birth. We watched videos about medicated birth. I saw several babies come out of several vaginas, with whom I was not previously acquainted.

We watched our instructor pass a toy baby through a toy pelvis. We did floor exercises. We practiced breathing.

My wife had to hold ice cubes in the palm of her hand, and use that as an aid to help her practice blocking out the pain of her eventual labor.

It was a long day. It was a good day. But it was a long day.

But the thing that I take away from the whole process doesn’t have anything to do epidurals, episiotomies or vaginas that belong to strangers.

What I remember most about it all was an experience we had at the end of class.

With ten minutes left in the six-hour long session, our instructor had the couples lay together on their blankets, in the floor.

The instructor dimmed the lights, and then proceeded to read a script that was intended to help us relax.

For five to ten minutes, we laid there next to each other and just relaxed. We weren’t in a hurry to get anywhere. We weren’t talking about the baby. We weren’t making plans or balancing the budget.

We just laid there.

It was awesome. We hadn’t done that in a very, very long time. We just enjoyed being next to each other.

I’m not an expert on parenting or pregnancy. But if you’re an expectant father, or you plan to be at some point in time, my one piece of advice is this:

Don’t forget to just lay there.

What I mean by that is, don’t forget to carve out time where you can just do nothing. Just enjoy each others’ company. It’s important. Your life is going to change forever. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s a different thing. Enjoy what you have now. Take mental snapshots. Lock up those special moments and protect them. They’re some of the most special moments you’ll ever have in this life.

When was the last time you laid there?

About Kevin Haggerty

Kevin Haggerty is a 32-year old husband and expecting father. He runs and writes for a humor blog called TheIsleOfMan.Net and is the author of An Idiot’s Guide to the Galaxy. Kevin is a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer. He also writes for a mixed martial arts (MMA) blog called He’s the oldest of seven children, a continual skeptic and smart people think he’s funny.

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8 Comments on “How Lamaze Class Blew Up My Brain by Kevin Haggerty”

  1. Ricky Anderson
    July 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Great advice, Kevin. I need to remember to do that now, almost a year after the baby came.

    • July 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      It’s easy to get caught up in the routine and wonder where the time went. Thanks for commenting Ricky!

  2. curtisrrogers
    July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    the fact that you even went to a Lamaze class puts you and your wife in the “more prepared.” I am just going to watch that episode of Saved By The Bell where Mrs. Belding has the baby in the elevator. Great post, thanks for writing.

  3. curtisrrogers
    July 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    “more prepared” category that is.

  4. July 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Haha. Sounds good enough preparation to me!

  5. August 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Man oh man…I can so relate. I like that you said to take mental snapshots. So much happens as life speeds up & changes (in all good ways)….by purposefully taking those mental snapshots….we can hold onto these *most important moments* in life forever. When we’re all old and have $37 gajillion in our bank account…all that will matter to us will be these moments we were fully present in!

    Side note…my wife and I were severely underwhelmed by our birthing class. We were never taught anything that actually mattered. For Example- instead of being taught what we could actually do to have a faster labor with less pain (that medical evidence supports), we were told “some women experience ore pain than others…it might be painful”. #wasteofmoney.

    So we created the site we wish we had…taught be THE world’s leading pregnancy & birth experts themselves. Maybe it’ll help you out too (or some of your peeps)…


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