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Undercover Couple, Week 2

January 22, 2006

We soldiered on to our Bradley Class again, mostly because we didn’t want to fall behind in our class and drop out of life completely. Which meant that we were under even deeper cover, since we thought it best to keep our baby-joy buzzkill of a week to ourselves. Which was, in the end, helpful for us, too. It was good to re-engage with the pregnancy and think about nutrition and birth and all of that. To remember that all hope and joy is not lost.

So we sat down and settled in for the ride. Ice-breaker/opening question to me? “What has been the hardest part of the pregnancy so far?” We exchanged high eyebrows across the room and I talked about ‘worry’. Which is honest, right?

Our Quackery List was short this week. We watched a crunchy video about home birthing, and talked a lot about nutrition. Which was awesome, because my wife totally kicked ass this week with her protein intake topping out at 120.6 grams one day. Take that, other expectant moms!! In-your-face!

In another interesting development, I could have sworn that our teacher was flagrantly flatulating. Obviously passing gas. Letting ‘em rip. But my wife thinks it was just the furniture or something. I’m not so sure. I wouldn’t put it past her.

Following a rushed relaxation exercise, we were nearly out the door with our cover intact when we almost blew it. One of our classmates was asking about finding a doula, and my wife helpfully offered the name and website of a friend of hers who acts as a monitrice for birthing mothers. Who just happens to be a co-worker of my wife, which might completely blow our cover, and which I shrilly pointed out to my wife when we got to the car. Now she’s gonna have to get in touch with her friend and create an alibi.

It’s not easy, being sneaky.

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5 Responses to “Undercover Couple, Week 2”

  1. Deanna says:

    Those rushed relaxation sessions are a kick aren’t they? Ours were always that way too – “Okay, great class. In the 10 minutes we have left, let’s do some deep relaxation.”

    Uh, right. Nevermind the fact that it takes me that long to get on floor and arrange this mountain of pillows into something even remotely comfortable.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello Mike ans Stacy. It is wonderful to know we are connected even while so for apart. I had been thining of you and your children all weekend but had no knowings of what has been going on until this afternoon. Abby (you met her in NM) came over for a ride to church and asked if I knew what was going with you. I said, “NO, but i have been thinking of them all weekend.” She told me how to find your blog and I just read some of your recent ups and downs. I a sorry for your pain and I will keep you all in my prayers. Please give Stacy a big HUG for me, okay?
    Shelley Pagitt

  3. Liz says:

    Yeah, I never could get comfortable enough on the floor to relax at all — let alone deeply relaxed.

  4. WMS says:

    you mentioned having a skill of disassociating… and I must say that as psychologically questionable as my thoughts are, I think disassociating is wonderful when it means that you get out there and distract your worried minds. Go dissassociating… worry at least 2 hours less per week if possible… even more if possible…. but you know all this.

  5. kate says:

    Blatant flatulence! HAR!
    Keep the undercover updates coming…

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