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Preparing for pain….

My husband last night was talking to me about a friend of his that had/has cancer and was going to have surgery. In her journal she mentioned that the doctors told her it would hurt. A lot. And she mentioned “How do you prepare yourself for pain?”

That just got me to thinking of all the things I have gone through that have been painful and what i might have done before hand if I would have known I was going to go through pain. I.e., car accident, hiking accident, multiple concussions…and the one closest to my mind right now- Labor.

Some of you might be getting tired of me writing about kids or labor or pain, but that is whats on my mind right now. How do you prepare your mind mentally and your body physically for something that you KNOW Is going to hurt like crazy???  I have been praying since shortly after I got pregnant that I would be able to labor and deliver this baby without the epidural. I do not think its wrong to get one, I just really want to do it without this time and since I know myself and would rather get something to ease the pain, I figured I would present it to the one who knows my body the best and ask for help from the One who created me…God.

THAT prayer and thought and what is coming up that we remember at this time (the resurrection of our Lord) got to me to thinking of how Jesus prepared for pain. He did the same thing I am doing – he prayed!

Albeit I think the pain and suffering he went through FAR outweigh labor and delivery, especially the mental part of him taking on our sins and being separated from God,  but the bible says that he sweat drops as blood BEFORE the pain started…and while he was on the cross they tried to give him wine mixed with gall, from the studies I have heard the reason is because it was supposed to ease the pain and he denied it!!! I am not sure I will be so strong to do that, I have asked the midwives to not even bring it (pain meds) up to me unless *I* ask for it.

My thoughts are all jumbled on this post but with everything that is going on, I thought it was something worthy to think on. How did Jesus prepare for pain? How would I have prepared my body for the pain of having my bones broken (car accident), or my head cracked against a rock (hiking accident), my head cracked against a car part (concussions) and how am I preparing my body for labor? How do/can I prepare mentally for the pain of labor and delivery?

How do /did/ would YOU prepare for pain?



Book Review “The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine

Hello all,

While I know many of you are not females, I thought I would put up reviews of books other than just the ones that I am getting through the CSFF Blog Tour.

For those of you who don’t know, I am an avid reader and am usually reading anywhere from 1-4 books at a time. No, I do not mean ALL at the same time, but I flip back and forth through them all. Also, Cris and I are expecting our first child in December, a little girl whom we’ve decided to name Sarah Hope.  Sooooo since my mind is turned also towards pregnancy and getting ready for labor and delivery, you might see some book reviews dealing with those topics.

Today’s book is “The Girlfriends guide to Pregnancy- or everything your doctor won’t tell you” by Vicki Iovine.

I picked this book up because I had a girlfriend who read it through her first pregnancy and shared some snippets of the book with me that were absolutely hilarious so I thought it might be a good investment. My joy was made even more when I was able to get it for $5.00 at a semi-local maternity store in Hillsboro called “Angel Belly” (LOOOOOOOOVED this store! Check them out…the proprietor of the store is superb!).

While reading this book, I did find many humerous stories about either labor, delivery, the husband during either of those two events, and all around information about being pregnant that made me feel like a normal human being instead of some science experiment for everyone to ogle over! lol

The sad thing about this book, is that I also found alot of language that I did not particularly care for. While the author in no way that I can read from the book claims any christianity, I just did not see any need for some vulgar language to be used.  That is one of the pitfalls of this book, another one, is that there were instances in the book that encouraged you to just lie to your husband to get more out of him, as in being able to rest more, or being able to take advantage of his kindness, and THAT I do not approve of.

As I said, she does not claim any christianity, and I think the book would have been made better without the language and the lying, but overall it DID give me some useful information that I have had questions about, but have been too embarrassed to ask my midwife about.

I think I would give the book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. I liked the humour, but I can get alot of the information from talking to other moms and also from asking my doctor…despite the embarassment!

Thats all I have to say about this book. More reviews coming later.