Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"C" is for Classes

Less than one week into the new year, and I have A TON of homework.  "How?" you might ask.  Because I signed up for not one, but two classes a week.   The first class is for child birth.  The second, photography.  Two things I'm very interested in right now.  (Obviously the first a little more than the second.)

The child birth classes are called The Bradley Method or Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth.  John heard more the first night than he wanted to, including a story from one of the girls there about peeing when she sneezed or something, but I told him that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Funny story about our first class--we went around the room introducing ourselves, and John and I were the first ones to go.  John starts out with, "Well...I've been sober for 8 days..."


Obviously, I get the joke and start cracking up, so we laugh about being at the "wrong" meeting.  I don't think the other students have any idea what they're in for with John in the class.

All joking aside, I really think we will learn a lot, which is my whole purpose for taking the class.  My goal is to have a natural child birth, but I know myself well enough to know that plans change, so the real goal is to be able to make educated decisions to ensure I have a healthy baby.

On to the photography class.  The first hour wasn't too exciting: when we got home, John and I both said we looked at the clock about 40 minutes into the class.  But the second hour FLEW by.  The class is exactly what we were looking for: tell us about all of the modes on our camera, and then focus on manual settings.  After just one class I know what adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, or ISO will do, whereas before I would just push buttons until something turned out OK, or I could always default to the fully automatic settings.  I know it will take way more than 4 weeks to learn about my camera, but this class is a great start.

So clearly the downside to taking these classes is homework.  Between work, exercise, travel, and getting the house ready for the baby, I don't have a lot of free time.  But the upside is that I get to spend quality time with John, which I really enjoy.  He's way more into learning about the camera than I am, but I'm happy just to be there with him.


  1. I'm a new follower of yours and can't wait to read more! :)

  2. Welcome! I checked out your blog too, and I am totally jealous of your in-home is SO expensive!


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