Summer's Exciting Pregnancy Journal

SummerEverything I read tries to scare you. I don't know why I can't just put down the books and the...

Everything I read tries to scare you. I don't know why I can't just put down the books and the magazines and the Discovery shows and leave it be. I mean I just read that you shouldn't have peanuts or anything with peanuts in it in the 3rd trimester and while breastfeeding. The rise of peanut allergies in children has risen and it can be deadly and eating it will increase the chances of peanut allergies in your child. Huh?

Ok, seriously, though. I love PB sandwiches and I really choose not to follow this route, but of course, I'm sure the next time I go to have my PB and J, it'll be lurking in the back of my head.

Do you use a pacifier or do you not? Is it better to give him this shot now or later? Do you use a bumper, do you not? Can you have a glass of wine when you breastfeed, can you not?

I mean there are so many pros and cons and opinions on everything. It's exhausting.

Actually, it is hysterical. I've decided that I can take it no more. And even last night my husband and I went to one of the hospital classes, "Getting Ready For Baby". I really thought I would get some insight to something new. The whole 2 hours and this is what I RElearned-

  1. Babies poop. Change their diaper.
  2. Babies get hungry. Feed them every 2-3 hours.
  3. Babies cry.
  4. Babies need to be held.
  5. Read to your children.

And then we were all read a story to remind us of what it is like to be read to.

Ok, that's all sweet and stuff, but I really gained nothing new at all.

But, there was one lady who had a pretty good question:

"I have a question about pets. Is it ok to leave my newborn unsupervised with my cat?"

Um, is it ever ok to leave your newborn unsupervised at all? I'm glad she attended the class and I think she and her husband did get something out of it.

My husband and I, on the other hand, got lemon drops and red licorice from the gift shop.

I was pretty pleased with that.

The biggest lesson I have learned is that many years ago, there were no classes or magazines. There were mothers who got pregnant had babies and survived on mother's instinct and I happen to think that my instinct is very good and so is my husbands. Sure we want to be the best, but it really seems like common sense will usually prevail and there is only so much knowledge you can retain without making yourself crazy.

And with that, I will go to bed and have dreams of peanut


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