Week 25: Baby classes and birth videos

Little man is kicking away as I write this. He is most active during the day while I’m at work, then settles down a bit in the evenings, kicks me all night, and is very quiet in the mornings when I wake up. I love feeling his movements, and they are becoming stronger, but I’d really like other people to be able to feel them, too. I almost feel guilty when I tell someone he is kicking and they sit with their hand on my stomach for five minutes feeling nothing at all.

Luckily my family got to feel him while they were in town, even if they were just light little kicks, like tapping. Geoff has been lucky enough to feel the really big kicks that move my whole stomach (I love those ones).

In other news we had our first baby class on Monday night: Labor, Birth & Delivery. I’m not really sure what to say about it. I was excited/nervous before we left, and then I found the class to be a little boring. Don’t get me wrong, there were some interesting parts (touring the rooms, nursery and NICU, for example), but the rest was pretty standard.

They did show us two birth videos, which weren’t as scary as I thought they would be. Just kind of gross. We also watched a couple videos explaining the different stages of labor, which was interesting, but then we read through a Powerpoint of the exact same information we just watched in the video as a review. Overall, I think it was worthwhile, but I hope the second part of the class (next Monday) gets a little better.

This week according to What to Expect:

Your Baby in Week 25 of Pregnancy

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Under his skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week’s end, air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in his lungs, getting them ready for that first breath. Mind you, those lungs aren’t ready for prime time just yet — but they are developing surfactant, a substance that will help them expand after birth. And speaking of breathing, your baby’s tiny nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open, and his vocal chords are getting ready to roar.

Hospital Shopping

When we first started trying to conceive, my doctor recommended that we go on a tour of the hospital to get an idea of how things work.

Now that we are preggo, we decided to talk about different hospitals. The one we originally looked at is in downtown Milwaukee, and while it is a nice hospital, it is a little older, darker, etc. There are two newer hospitals in the Milwaukee suburbs we were interested in, so we decided to go and take a look.

The first hospital we looked at was in the same system as our current doctor. It is much newer and very nice. The gave us a great tour and a schedule of prenatal classes we can sign up for. They also gave us a nice frame for our first sonogram 🙂

Hospital 1

The second hospital we visited was in a different system. We knew that if we ended up choosing this hospital that we would need to switch doctors, which wasn’t something we really wanted to do, but we were open to it. We also just found out that our doctor is retiring in a year, which wouldn’t effect this pregnancy, but means that we would need to switch doctors if we ever decided to have another kid.

We were given a brief tour, not as detailed or comprehensive as the other hospital, but there were some benefits I saw at this one that the first one didn’t have: whirlpool tubs in every bathroom, pullout couch beds for the dads, spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, etc. Another added bonus was that they “hide” all of the cords and monitors behind the artwork in the room, which makes a neat freak like me very happy – the room seemed a lot less cluttered (yes, I know those things are necessary, but I like that they are put away).

Hospital 2

I was already leaning toward hospital number two, and then the cherry on top of the cake: they play a cute little baby lullaby throughout the entire hospital every time a baby is born. How adorable is that??

Needless to say, we picked the second hospital. Now I have to do some research and figure out if I can find a doctor in our network that delivers there. Wish me luck!

Did you shop around for different hospitals? How did you end up choosing?