Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We're ready to be parents!

...well not quite. This weekend we took a crash prenatal course. It was definitely intensive - 2.5 hours on Friday night followed by 8 hours on Saturday and another 8 hours on Sunday. We took the course through the 519 Community Centre in Toronto. With that being said, it was a great course to get us thinking about the reality that is to come, besides looking at baby furniture, strollers and cute clothing. We met some great couples who are all having babies at some point between March and June. 

Saturday was mostly spent on the "painful" part, labour. Let's just say a skeleton pelvis and baby doll were used in several demonstrations. We also watched a video that was made in the 70s in an Austrian birthing centre. No more details will be given. At one point, we split into two groups; the preggos and the support people. Our group talked about what we think we'll need from our support people during labour.  The other group talked about what they think we'll need. We learned all about some of the things that we need to think about in the next few months before the four of us become six. Despite the pelvis and the video, I don't feel scared, of labour anyways. I'm sure it'll hit me at some point, but right now, the physical pain isn't freaking me out. 

Sunday was all about the baby (babies). We talked about those first few minutes of life and what to expect. We discussed some of the possible complications that can arise. We learned about swaddling, diapers, baby first aid and even touched upon the controversial topic of vaccinations. A couple and their 5-month old came in to discuss their birth experience. We were also lucky enough to have a family lawyer come in to answer our legal questions. 

Feeling armed with new baby knowledge, we came home on Sunday night and made our first big baby purchase! We bought a stroller. We had done a ton of stroller research but ended up being sold on this one by another couple in our class who are also expecting twins. It's called the Baby Jogger City Select (double, of course). We'll be able to easily snap two car seats in it. Since it sits on a single stroller frame, I won't look like one of those twin moms pushing a stretch limo down the street. Here it is:


  1. I take it you liked the class at the 519? How was the atmosphere there? We did our classes elsewhere, but now that our baby is here I've been thinking about going to one of the family gathering days that I think happen the last Sunday of each month. I feel a little intimidated about the whole thing, but I would also like Ollie to grow up seeing families similar to ours.

  2. nice stroller! that's awesome its on a single frame!