As I’ve blogged previously, my wife and I are expecting our first baby (aka “Player 3”) in late June.
Of course, being a gamer, I’m approaching this event in a gamer-like manner.
First of all, I read the instructions. This took the form of a few books from the library. But as this game (“birth”) is a genre I haven’t played before, I knew I needed something better than a manual.
I needed a tutorial.
So – last weekend we went on a 2 day course, called “CalmBirth”. Player 1 (my wife) had been told this course was “very good” and it would “probably help Player 2 (me) with his problem”.
Ah yes. Superman has kryptonite. Indiana Jones has snakes.
And I have… tomato sauce.
You see, I got banned by the Blood Bank after 2 attempts at donating. (“Hmm, you look a bit pale Sir, we better just stop now before you faint.”)
And over the past few months, I’ve been a bit worried about the err… bolidy functions aspect of having a baby.
So for some time, my wife has been joking about me wearing The Stackhat of Protection™ in the delivery room. (At least if I hit the floor, I wouldn’t do too much damage).
Thankfully, our “CalmBirth” weekend went well.
We breathed, we visualised, & yes, I survived watching numerous videos. (Including Russian women giving birth at home in the spa, with the 8 year old daughter catching the baby!)
I didn’t even feel too unwell… when placentas were discussed.
So now, it appears that I may not need The Stackhat of Protection after all. I will be the useful & non-fainting companion. My Alyx to wifey’s Gordon. My cat to wifey’s Wizball.
I’m… just not convinced I’ll be picking up the “Scissors” powerup on the day.
PS: For those of you waiting for the “high res 3D” baby photo – we’ll get that at our next scan – ready for uploading here @ J-OMG. 🙂