Brandon and I suffer from a certain personal flaw... cockiness. We both get know-it-all attitudes and when you team us together, it's disastrous.
I've been noticing lately that ever since we embarked on this natural childbirth thing, we've gotten less and less humble. We've been loading our brains with research, research, research! Since then, we feel pretty comfortable talking to people about the pros and cons of childbirth stuff. You know, like inducing labor, cesareans, epidurals, episiotomies, what happens right after the baby is born... etc.
I won't bother you with our research unless you want to know about something. ;)
So, this all came to a head while on our Labor & Delivery tour on Tuesday. While sitting in the waiting room, I was keeping to myself, reading my newest baby book. I couldn't get through more than a page and a half because in my ear was this other pregnant lady who kept talking and talking. She was just annoying me! I hate to say it. (The worst? She kept saying, "This is the year for boys!" I wanted to turn around and be like, "Nope, it's the year for girls.")
I leaned over to Brandon and whispered, "I hope she's not on our tour."
Guess who was on our tour?
It wasn't too bad at first, but then she tried to strike a conversation with us. She proceeded to say how she wanted to have her baby at 36 weeks because it was considered full term. The only reason? So they could miss their ball. Oh, ok. So after saying 36 weeks is full term several times, Brandon finally turned to her and said "No, it's really 37 weeks, and you should want to keep that baby in there as long as possible." That kind of shut her up and she marched off.
We had to hold our tongues because she was saying a lot of stuff contradictory to what we've been learning. It was basically from a lack of knowledge more than anything else.
But seriously, we've gotten cocky. I tell him that a friend gave birth, he asks for the birth story, and then proceeds to analyze it. It's not good for us!! Everybody is different and every birth is different. We're preaching the wrong way, I think...
It's time we rein in the cockiness, or at least keep it to an audience that really cares, right?