8:59 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy
Becky and I started the Parenting/Prenatal Classes offered by the Calgary Health Region last week. It runs 2 hours once a week for 10 classes, which seems like a bit of overkill. I have taken University classes that almost run that long, but unlike most courses, the stuff you learn in baby class may actually be practical. ( I still cant remember how to do shift the "supply side" curve on an Economics chart.) After attending two classes now, I thought I would share some random thoughts...
- I was actually surprised that Becky and I were actually on the "young" side when compared to the other parents. Maybe we just look young ( or because we are just sooo darn good looking?) but I was shocked that the average age of the parents appears to be a few years older than us. I guess people really are having children later in life now.
- The Class should actually be called "What to Expect When You Are Expecting...Live!" I guess we have read up a fair bit, but it seems that a lot of the material covered is common knowledge to me.
- LIKES: Snack-time! Each parent has to sign up and bring a tasty snack for the break. Yummy! Nutritional and fun. It reminds me of grade 1! ( Ohhh..the Bananna Bread was good!)
- DISLIKES: Parking. $7 to park for two hours. (No wonder our health care is free.) Oh...and the $200 course fee seems like a real deal to me?
- I love watching the reactions of the Dad's ( and some of the moms) when they show the birthing videos. Thankfully, the hospital floor is sanitized daily, as a lot of our jaws hit the ground. It is a little shocking seeing the video's, but I'll save that for another post. Wow.
- Attending alone. Yes, my wife is a teacher and had Parent Teacher Interviews last night and could not attend. Normally, this would be no big deal. Normally. However, she missed the one where everyone rolls out the old Yoga mats and the teacher shows us the different birthing positions. Try doing this alone. I tried to get a last minute surrogate, but had no luck. Sometimes its best to just watch and observe. And take notes....lots of notes.
I'll keep you posted after each class if anything interesting happens.
Has anyone taken these classes? What was your experience?
Oh...What the heck is Archie doing at a birthing class in the picture above? Did reality finally come to Riverdale?