Wednesday 26 January 2005

probably better without all the screaming

We had our hospital tour yesterday evening, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much better I felt after having seen the facilities. I am not keen on hospitals and women who had been on the tour before us didn't have positive things to say about ours. Luckily, I didn't think it was that bad at all. When you ring them to say that you're in labour and will be coming in soon, they reserve a room for you that's yours for the entire labour and delivery. It isn't exactly the Ritz, but I like the idea of having our own space that we can sort of "move into" once we get there. There is only one birthing pool at the moment (they're renovating; they usually have two) but hopefully I'll be able to use it if it's not occupied. The only bit that I wasn't too thrilled about was the postnatal ward. It's very much what I always picture hospital wards to be like: uncomfortable-looking single beds lining the walls, surrounded by dingy floral curtains for "privacy". Paul rightly pointed out that I probably won't care too much about our surroundings at that point, so it's not really a big deal in the larger scheme of things.

Our experience was probably also improved by the fact that both the delivery suite and postnatal ward were absolutely empty. The atmosphere was calm and we were able to walk around and look at all of the rooms. Last night would have been an excellent night to give birth. I will try to organise mine to occur during a quiet moment, although I think my due date falls somewhere near a full moon so it will likely be chaotic. Arrrrooooooooo!

Our antenatal class on Monday was good (we learned all about breastfeeding), had the tour yesterday, and it's my antenatal yoga class tonight. My bon voyage work lunch is on Friday and my inlaws are coming up Friday night for the weekend. Monday, it's time to start relaxing...while I still can. We have one more class on Monday night and yoga continues right up until the week before my due date, but it will be so lovely to not have to be at work. I feel like there are a million other things I want to do right now, and writing a software manual ain't one of them.

2 1/2 more days!

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