My wife is as round as a beach ball. In just a few weeks we’ll be making that fateful trip to the hospital, where she’ll attempt to squeeze something the rough shape and size of a Cabbage Patch Doll out through a hole the circumference of a Valencia orange, and all I can say is “better her than me!”
I know there’s a lot of parents out there that read this blog, so I want to know: what are those “must have” items to bring with us and what are the things we should keep in mind when it’s time? Yes, we’ve been going to our birth preparedness classes for weeks now, and we’ve got all the handouts from the hospital that tell us what we should be prepared to bring and to do, but there’s nothing like actual real-world experience – so I’m harnessing the power of the interwebs in order to enlist the help of all of you.
This is of course because I’m lazy and can’t deal with reading our copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. That god damned book terrifies me.
So let’s have it: what did you learn, both mothers and fathers, about the whole labor/delivery process, and what little pieces of wisdom are you willing to share with me and my wife as we try our best to prepare for the one event in our lives that no amount of preparation can compare to real-world experience?