Preparation for life after the birth...
(This one is for Dirk and Felicia because I'm thinking about them a lot these days)
I've just finished my last 'preparation for birth' antenatal class for a while. I'm not quite at my best, having been hauled out of my bed at 4am this morning to care for another Team's client in labour. (Despite being designated as 'high risk' because she is an insulin dependent diabetic, with all the prerequisite drips and continuous monitoring that entails, she had a lovely normal birth sat on a birthing stool - the first birth my student has witnessed in her training).
So, we're chatting about 'life after birth' - is there any? I always invite a couple of new parents to this session as the resident experts to be quizzed. We've just got on to the topic of crying babies and how to cope - and I'm saying that there are no parents in the world, ever, who have not felt like chucking the baby out the window in despair at some time or another, even if momentarily. And that, under these circumstances, it is OK to leave the baby in one room at one end of the house then take yourself to the other end of the house to calm down with a nice cup of tea (english way) or even nicer glass of wine (international) before venturing back to be with the baby again. Or taking a shower is a good way of relaxing and drowning out the sound of crying. There was a pause after I'd said this. Then one Dad says "so let me get this straight - you're saying a shower is a good place to put the crying baby to drown out the sound?!".
The entire class degenerates into helpless laughter.