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May 7, 2010

Sorry for the lack of a creative title, but I sat here for ten minutes hoping one would come to me and it never happened!

Childbirth classes are off to a great start—really informative and helpful, I think.  And it’s nice to be in a room with so many other first-time expectant parents, although it certainly makes for a long line in the ladies’ room during breaks.  And even the fact that there is a break at the top of each hour doesn’t much help to make for less of a waddling stampede down the hallway every time. 

I won’t bore you with details of what we learned in class, other than to tattle on my husband: we were practicing relaxation on the floor with a guided meditation and the pillows and blankets that we had been asked to bring to class, and I had to wake Daniel up at the end of it!  It was maybe five minutes long, and I’m pretty sure he was out within 30 seconds.  I wasn’t at all surprised.  Goodness, I hope our baby is as good of a sleeper as her (or his) Daddy!

Our living room is currently full of hand-me-down baby stuff from my mom, my aunt, and a family friend, which is making our house feel rather cramped.  That is without having had my two baby showers yet!  One of them is with just extended family on my mom’s side this upcoming Sunday, very appropriately Mother’s Day.  The second is the following Saturday with my mom and sisters, Daniel’s mom and sisters, and friends.  I’ll have to make sure we finish getting the nursery cleaned up tomorrow and Saturday so that we can start putting stuff away in there before our whole house is taken over with baby items.

Daniel and I had our last religious education class last Sunday morning; I don’t remember whether I’ve mentioned before that we taught a sixth grade class together this school year.  We had a lot of fun, and from what we have heard and could tell by the end, the kids really liked us and learned a lot about their faith, which is the most important thing.  We’re currently praying and trying to decide whether or not to teach again next year, moving up with the same class into seventh grade. 

The reason this is a difficult decision is because we’re having a baby next month; it’s so hard for us to make the call right now since this is our first child and we really have no idea whether or not it will be manageable for us starting in September.  My sisters have already offered to babysit during classes, but we just don’t know.  We loved teaching this year and we loved our class, but maybe we should take a year off so that we can focus on learning to be parents and then take my sisters up on their Sunday morning babysitting offer once our baby turns one?  But I also really hate to disappoint our students…

Any advice on this?  Similar experiences?

Reader Comments (2)

  • Hey Sarah – I’m glad to hear that all is going well with the baby preparations! As far as the religious ed classes, I think it’s important for parents to maintain an identity after their children are born. It’s easy to abandon everything with the arrival of a child, but doing things that you enjoy is critical. Little breaks from parenting help to keep you refreshed and ultimately to be a better parent. You’re family is in our prayers.

  • Your students are so lucky to have you and Daniel as their teachers; such a caring teaching couple! You may want to play it by ear. Since you are teaching as a couple, you and Daniel can take turns doing the actual teaching. Wearing your baby in a sling will help you to teach and caring for your baby at the same time. Most moms with their babies in the sling found that they can do many things since baby is very comfortable (just like in the womb: warm and moving around!) and you can breastfeed the baby at the same time. Your students will also see a wonderful example of gentle parenting and learn that babies are a wonderful gift (unlike world’s views about how babies & children are burdens and that parents can’t wait until their children go to college, etc). Good luck!


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Sarah and Daniel

Sarah and Daniel

Sarah H., 25, has a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies and a passion for communicating her Catholic faith, especially with youth. On May 16, 2009 she married her best friend, Daniel. Faith and Family are the two most important things in her life, and she wouldn’t trade either for the world.

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