Thursday, September 8, 2011


So this must be how Jesus felt like during Agony in the Garden. This was the time after the Last Supper and Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His arrest. He knew exactly what will happen, including the part where He will be crucified and die. The human side of Him wanted this part to pass Him by. But this has to happen as it is God's will.

I know Jesus' suffering was far more painful that what I will go through. But the waiting for the big painful event is just way too overwhelming for a human like me. My judgement day is just around the corner. I trust Him that giving birth to my precious one will be easy and painless as it can possibly be. And meeting my little one face to face will surely make the wait and the pain all worth it.

So what to do while waiting to pop?

1) Prepare hospital bag and the baby bag. If you already have done this, double check if you have all the things you need and want to have during labor. Hospital bag will contain the mom's going home clothes, comfortable nightgowns and underwear, toiletries, probably extra pillow and blanket. Baby's bag will hold his/her going home clothes and swaddling blanket. If you're very sensitive, obsessive compulsive on cleanliness and/or rooming-in your baby after s/he is born, bring everything your newborn will need (e.g. nappies, nappy pins, towels, swaddling blanket, onesies/ newborn clothes, mittens, socks, hat/bonnet, toiletries, etc.) Don't forget your admitting slip if you're given before hand, insurance documents, marriage certificate if applicable, camera, batteries/charger, mobile phone and be sure its loaded.

2) Ready the house for the baby's arrival. Steam clean your carpets, keep poisonous liquid out of reach of children, make sure sharp corners and electrical socket are covered, etc. Wash and/or sterilize (if applicable) all the baby's clothes, blankets, bottles, etc. Set-up the crib, changing table, car seat and all those baby gears.

3) Practice relaxation techniques. Whether you were taught in prenatal class or just read some relaxation techniques on some pregnancy website, practice them everytime you can -- in sitting, standing, while lying down. You never know what your position will be like when the labor pain starts.

4) Eat Healthy. Even if you're almost on the finish line, it's no excuse to stop eating healthy. The baby is still growing inside and needs those nutrients you are taking in. It's also good for you to keep on eating healthy to promote and be an example of healthy living for your child.

5) Exercise. Walking, squats, stretching are good exercises to prepare you for that big push.

6) Read/ research about labor, post natal and newborn care. It's about knowing what to expect so that you won't be clueless of what's happening during labor and what will happen when the baby is out. I bet that you won't have time to do research about all of these necessary stuff when you finally see your baby. Your eyes and attention will be all over him/her.

7) Pray. When all things fail, all you need is some Divine intervention. Pray for a smooth, uncomplicated delivery. Pray for a healthy and well newborn. Pray for strength and wisdom for all people going to deliver your baby.

Oh well, Im really excited and at the same time nervous as this is my first time to have a baby. I know everything will be well but I also know that i will go through a lot of pain that I wish I will not go through.

Thy will be done.

"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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