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Pregnancy for Fathers : Week 35 October 16, 2006

Posted by Rambling Man in Fatherhood.

So week 35 has come and gone and we’re a few steps closer to the arrival of our little one. I just can’t comprehend that in a few short weeks (hopefully) we’ll have a little person to look after – and if I had a fiver (or even a measly euro) for everyone who said that soon I’ll really know I’d be alive, I could start a college fund to send the child to Oxford !

The nursery is complete but still in its most basic form and thanks to some ingenious cut onions, the horrid paint smell is gone. Remember – water based paint people ! We’ve also been in receipt of several most kind donations from members of our family who have now found homes for their unwanted baby items. That has helped us out a lot. So a big thanks to ‘the sister-in-law’ and ‘the cousin’. We’ve now got sterilizers, blankets, baby clothes, hats and stuff coming out our ears and have spent all of the last weekend washing and ironing these items. I still have to put together a flat pack shelf to house them all …

Symptoms wise, the good wife is still finding it a little hard and every day I feel more useless just watching her. I can’t do anything to make the itching stop or the swelling go down – what little I can do in the line of comforting her is, I’m sure, nothing to what she is going through. Test results for one thing and another have all come back clear and the doctor’s, in so far as they can tell, are happy. This does not take away my hatred of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, from which TGW is endlessly suffering.

Ante-Natal classes are going well and I must say I am finding them very interesting. This week’s one was about the role of the partner during labour and what to expect when confronted with the various scenarios. They usually take the form of 10 or so couples in a classroom with a midwife going through the various points. Our midwife spoke very well and was able to get the point across to us first timers who are basically learning as we go.

So there you have it – not long to go now – so near but yet so far. I feel like I’ve been waiting on this child for ever. Oh and by the way, a good tip for relief from itching is an oatmeal bath. Put some porridge oats in a sock and tie the end and pop it into the water – the starch (or something ?) in the oats releases into the water and is very soothing on the skin …

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1. Gerry O'Sullivan - October 16, 2006

A tip for ya: Make sure the surface you use for nappy-changing is high enough so that you can keep your back straight while changing the nappy.

I learned that one the hard way.

By the way, all the ante-natal classes in the world will not prepare you for the utterly mind-boggling experience that is the birth of your child.

2. cp1302ger - October 17, 2006

thanks gerry – its always useful to hear from the ones who have gone before

3. Gabby Hayes - October 19, 2006

..a good belt..

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