Weeks 33-34 Update

I thought it would be worth now getting into the habit again of blogging weekly as we enter what I will casually and in a Kenny Loggins style call the “danger zone”!

It has been quite a busy week too with the completion of our NCT Signature Antenatal Course and, of course, the full release of Star Wars The Force Awakens!

OK, so business first….I mentioned the NCT course briefly in the last blog but I really would recommend it to anyone who is having their first.          To give you an outline of ours it was 2 full days and then a separate 2.5 hours to talk breast feeding.  Amy our instructor was really great and did a good job of bringing us as a group together.  There were 12 of us in the sessions and as with all group things my concerns were:

  1. feeling and probably looking stupid – though to be fair I seem to accomplish this in most scenarios anyway
  2. not getting on with the other members
  3. It all being a bit too group huggy

Luckily I needn’t have worried on either count!

The first session focused heavily on the labour and birth side of things and took us from the first signs of labour all the way through to the third stage of labour.  I wont deny that some of the bits made me feel a little out of place and at times a bit Britishly awkward but equally it armed me with the ability to help Nikki through it all.  I think it’s the small things that I now know that will help the most, like who will bundle into our room should things take a turn for the worse or what the midwife will be looking for when little bean first pops out!  The format of group discussion worked really well too when, for example, we all debated the pros and cons of the varying pain relief options and shared stories of friends and families birthing experiences.

The second full session built on this and moved into looking after the new human that has arrived!  This was particularly good for me as I feel this is when I will have my chance to shine and help Nikki out more.  It ranged from how to change a nappy, complete with some interesting pooh substitutes all the way through to when and who we can expect to pop round and say hi!

The only session I felt a little uneasy with was the breast feeding one.  Now I know this is a topic that will always invoke a lot of discussion and debate but to me it all felt a bit pushy.  Now this isn’t anything to do with the instructor, Elena – she was wonderful and full of great advice – I think it is more the NCT stance in general.  I think that most would indeed agree that breast is indeed best but from my experience of talking to friends it isn’t always that simple.  Some mothers or babies simply don’t get on with it and if this is the situation for us the last thing I want is for Nikki to feel in any way pressured to do anything!

All in all I feel if there were a printable word certificate it would have mine and Nikkis name on it to say that we are qualified!  In fact I might print one anyway!

One of the nice elements of the NCT class is the fact that we have already booked in a reunion for March so we can all get together in our various states of disheveled, sleepless mania to celebrate our little ones and compare stories.

Here is our before picture…

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Good Luck Tomas & Tigi, Sam & Mark, Katherine & Adam and Anke &Luke!  See you on the flip side 🙂

The other big news, of course is the launch of Star Wars The Force Awakens.  I assume you know what I’m talking about, even if you have been living in a cave for the past 12 months you have probably heard it mentioned.  I won’t do any spoilers as that isn’t the done thing is it!

That being said I did go to the 12.05 showing on opening night which did mean getting into bed a 03.15 but it was 100% worth it.  I have to say it has the first film (not only star wars based) that has taken me back to being 5 again.  It was superb.  A bit more of a remake than I was expecting in terms of storyline but none the less they nailed it.  Much more episodes 4-6 than 1-3 which is all I asked for.

Going to the first showings in Swindon did mean that we got to see some really impressive costumes from Skywalkers fancy dress, including the owner himself in one of the best I have ever seen – a hand made Chewie complete with Bowcaster!!  Obviously I got a selfie with him, I mean, thats what you do now isn’t it?  Was great fun and I recommend you all get your asses to the cinema and watch it.

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In other Star Wars news I have managed to somehow get Nikki to agree to let me restart my childhood further by building back up my original collection of figures.  Im putting it here into the public domain so that she can’t take it back….

 

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Happy Christmas Eve everyone!