We signed up for a few classes through our hospital and our first one, Breastfeeding Basics, began at 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the class and upon our arrival, we were instructed to select a doll or teddy bear from a bin and find our seats.
I told Ryan I picked this curly-haired beauty because she looked hungry and ready for some quality feedings.
The class touched on a variety of topics related to breastfeeding, including breast milk storage guidelines, the benefits of breastfeeding, cluster feeding, hunger cues, latching your baby and more.
We also practiced holding our dolls and “nursing” in a variety of ways and I’d be lying if I said everyone in the class kept it all together and didn’t let out a few laughs during this part of the class. It’s hard not to crack a grin when you look over at someone practicing the “football hold,” pretend-nursing a neon rainbow teddy bear.
It was very educational and the class made me feel all the more pleased with the hospital Ryan and I selected for our delivery. We walked away with a lot of information and I’m already looking forward to the additional classes we have on our calendar to take before our baby is born. We have a hospital tour next week and I can’t wait!
32-Week Appointment + Today
Yesterday I ended up working for most of the day, but my quick break for my 32-week prenatal appointment went well. My mom joined me at my OB/GYN’s office and heard our little one’s heartbeat for the first time! I learned that my belly is measuring a week behind but that our baby is already head down, which was great news for me since I had absolutely no clue about his positioning going into the appointment. I asked my doctor a bunch of questions that have been on my mind before we made our way home for lunch.
I dug into a hot ham and turkey sandwich on fresh bakery bread served with a side of grapes before I had to head back to work.
I was able to get off a little early and prepared a delicious appetizer for everyone (recipe to come!) while my mom prepped dinner and then Ryan and I headed out to our class.
Now we’re pretty much all caught up!
Breakfast this morning was another Greek yogurt bowl topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries, granola, cacao nibs and crushed raw almonds.
Plus a hot mug of pregnancy tea!
Plans for today include work and nursery organization. I’m also hoping to squeeze in a workout of my own at some point, but we shall see. Hope you have a great Tuesday!
Question of the Morning
- Moms/Moms-To-Be: Did you take and classes before you had your baby? Did you find any particularly beneficial?
In addition to the breastfeeding class we took last night, Ryan and I are signed up for a childbirth prep class (<—I feel like I desperately need this one… for my nerves more than anything!), parenting a baby class, infant CPR and a hospital tour.