Well, the pregnancy is done!
Our precious princess was born on Tuesday, May 8th. Mommy did an INCREDIBLE job getting her out without ANY pain medication.
She needed a bit of help with the contractions towards the 'end' (a bit of pitocin), so that her pushing efforts (130% EVERY TIME) would not be wasted.
We successfully avoided getting the Vitamin K and Hep B shots.
We opted to get the heal prick (PKU test) done a couple of days after the birth so as not to traumatize the little one too much at the beginning.
The diet helped us all stay healthy and strong throughout the pregnancy.
Our pediatrician recommended some physical therapy due to our daughter's tendency to lean her head to one side (from lying in that position in the womb - as explained by the doctor).
We'll get that sorted out soon-enough.
For parents looking for more information on pregnancy and labor, I wholeheartedly recommend Ina May Gaskin's book "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth"
The book has two parts: 1) Personal testimonies from mothers who gave birth using Ina May's midwifery clinic. 2) A thorough description of pregnancy and labor.
I only read the second part and, to me, it was on par with some of the quotes Laura posted from "The Caricature of Love."
Specifically, the second part of the book explains how today's society imprints into women the feeling if being inadequate, and how women can regain their natural strength and power - especially during pregnancy and labor. Having witnessed my wife do what she did, there is no doubt in my mind that what Ina May says in her book is absolutely true.
The book was given to us at our midwife-practice childbirth classes and I recommend it to BOTH partners in a relationship - regardless if they're planning on having a baby or not.
The books contents are valid for ANY woman in any relationship and will help the man understand the female part of life a little better.
Thanks for all the kind words and advice!
Best wishes from the three of us!
Proud daddy Piotrek