NCT Class 2: NCT Harder

So this week brought us our second NCT class, something that I never thought I'd be actively looking forward to, but pregnancy does weird things to you (OH GOD, BELLY BUTTON, PLEASE GO BACK IN AFTER MARCH) and I found myself surprisingly rather excited about seeing our little expectant crew. again

This week looked at labour and how to deal with pain, and taught us to look at pain in a similar way to how we might look at other difficult points in our life, whether physical or mental, and to try applying coping strategies we'd use to pushing a tiny human out of our bits. Again, rather than being daunting and creating fear around what's to come, it left me with a very strong sense of 'I can bloody well do this', which is making the fees for the classes become increasingly worth it. Like last week, there was a strong focus on the birthing partners as well as they were asked to explore what it is that they can do to help, which thankfully appears to be more than just standing around hoping for the best.

After a chat about the different places we could give birth, our wonderful teacher answered our many questions about what happens ('How long can we stay?' - as long as we need, generally. 'What happens if it's full?'  - thankfully that's very unlikely as birthing centres tend to run under capacity. 'Am I going to be on a ward with a whole host of other women giving birth next to me?' - no). We then had a quick break for tea and biscuits before the second half, which was an incredibly useful, and much welcomed, look at massage during labour. If the empowering feeling from earlier regarding labour hadn't justified the fees, this part certainly did. With relaxing music playing, lights on low and candles lit, our partners were talked through several massage techniques to help us through contractions. Not only was this hugely relaxing for us three women, it was again a great way to ensure that birthing partners feel equally a part of this experience and are armed with tricks up their sleeves should their skills be called upon,  And top marks to our teacher for reminding our partners that regular massage before the labour is particularly useful.

So, it's another big ol' tick for NCT, so again I'm looking forward to next week's already, and no, it's not just because of the tea and biscuits, but it certainly helps...

Currently in need of...

I'VE FINALLY TRIED SEEDLIP! After 7 months of wanting to try what was hailed as the non-alcoholic version of gin, I was finally rewarded as they were giving out free sample bottles outside Liverpool Station this week. After tasting it, of course it doesn't quite replace a good G&T but the dryness of it is certainly a welcome change to the generally overly-sweet non-alcoholic options out there. I got a sample of the Garden 108, which has as very strong pea taste, which I particularly liked, so I now need to try and get my hands on the spiced variety. If you're at all interested, they're currently offering £5 off on their website with the code 'DRYJAN'.

And now for a second shout out because I'm feeling generous. My wonderful other half rather brilliantly picked up on my utter lust for A─ôsop and got me a set of their products for Christmas. For someone who for years has had to deal with only getting as close as a quick squirt of their hand cream outside their shops, this was a big deal for me. And while I rapidly expand and bemoan a lack of Brie and wine in my life, their products are genuinely helping me to feel nicely looked after rather than a sulking whale...

Currently appalled by...

Big rant this week towards Boots. Oh. I am angry. So. Very. Angry. I was very generously given a very decent amount on a Boots gift card recently, and decided that while I would use some money to treat myself, I'd also get some much needed baby and hospital bag bits. With a bit of extra time over Christmas, I painstakingly crafted my order online, checking offers, waiting for sales, ensuring I had the perfect products for everything. I finally had my order ready, so through to the checkout I go to find that... BOOTS DON'T ACCEPT THEIR OWN GIFT CARDS ONLINE. Reader, I have been furious ever since. Like, raging. Like, I probably won't come down off this hill until sometime around 2023. Anyway, putting my fury at A MAJOR STORE NOT ACCEPTING GIFT CARDS ONLINE to one side, I trekked into town to get some things from their Piccadilly Circus store, seeing as all our local shops are poky, inefficient disasters. Oh no. I can report from the front line that this store has all of about 3 useful products. The saga, and the rage, continues... 

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