Sunday, March 18, 2007

on becoming a "know-it-all"

This weekend my sister came over for a visit and we chatted it up about baby stuff.
My mom also came over for a Saturday brunch and among other things we did talk about babies and births and all that kind of good stuff.
It's interesting hearing all the gory details about births and labour and pregnancy - I've read online (I am an active contributor in an online pregnancy forum) that it annoys women when people want to tell them about their horror delivery stories.
But not me. It's fascinating. And I take pretty much everything with a grain of salt because everyone is different and every baby is different and every birth is different. It's amazing how different each person's experience can be.
On another note, I've also had friends who aren't really interested in reading tons of books (because there are literally TONS of books out there on pregnancy and babies and parenting philosophies) for whatever reasons.
I think I'm the kind of person that finds it silly NOT to take advantage of the wealth of information that is so readily available to us now.
When I think of the women back in the day who had no idea what was going on and were kept in the dark about their pregnancy and labour details I consider it a privilege to read and find out as much information as I want/can.
So I've been reading lots and researching different symptoms I feel and it's all so interesting. I know there are some women out there who find it scary or overwhelming, but I really enjoy just learning and reading about this amazing thing that is happening to my body as a new life is being formed within me!
I can take out a bajillion books out of the library, research online, talk to my online pregnant buddies and find out what's happening to them and talk to women who have children and who I respect and trust.
And ultimately I cherish that I live in a day and age where I can do what I believe is best for me, best for my child and best for my family.

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