I guess we'll just fight it out
Next week my husband and I start prenatal classes and I'm already gearing up - mainly gathering the strength - to handle the debates that will undoubtedly erupt between us over the lessons.
At the best of times my husband and I love to tussle. About everything from which route to take home from my parent's house, to what colour the sky was yesterday, we're an argumentative couple.
Normally I don't mind.
But I'm not looking forward to arguing over whether to cover our newborn with a blanket or a grow bag and any other topic that might make us nervous when handling our child.
True, I don't know exactly what will be covered in the classes, but I suspect those teaching will use fear and shame to convince us, say, never to use bumper pads or lie our baby on its stomach.
And I'm sure a doting nurse will warn us that we're headed for the Bad Parents Hall of Fame if we don't breastfeed. We're planning on it, but I refuse to feel bad about myself if I just can't. I've seen so many friends frightened by public health messages, especially that one, only to feel like failures when they can't abide by "the rules."
I won't get bullied. But I worry about Ted.
So eager to do right by our pending bundle of joy, he may get, well... totally neurotic (more than me!) and insist we bend over backwards to do everything exactly "right."
I don't know if I can deal with that. Already we're debating whether or not we'll "let" our child sleep through the night before three months (like he or she is going to give us a choice) and whether we subscribe to the theory posited by The Happiest Baby on the Block."
I can't lie. I've been devising ways to get him to stay home - but planning a sporting event he may want to attend next Thursday night (and for the six weeks after that) is proving difficult.
"Oh fine," I recently told him, "I give up. I know you're going to come, aren't you?"
"Yes," he said. "I'm excited."
Fine. I guess he should have some say in this whole parenting thing.
So let the arguments begin!
I can weather these