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Harry Potter and the Most Disappointing Experience of All Time

July 22, 2009

Well, you can probably tell what I’m going to write about today. The husband and I went to Amarillo last night for our childbirth class and decided that since we didn’t know when we’d get another chance to see the new Harry Potter movie that we’d try to go see it last night (our dedication is such that we went to the 9:50 showing; those of you that know me well, know that my bed time is at about 8:30).

Now, the husband and I are loyal HP fans. We love the books, like some of the movies, and appreciate the storytelling in general. After last night’s experience both of us were disgusted. We actually thought about leaving the movie before it was over.

I won’t give away any of the plot points of the movie, but it goes without saying that things were changed from the book to make the movie fit the screen. However, I just want to point out that it was a terrible movie. The Harry Potter plotline is probably the only thing that saved the movie from being so terrible that no one wanted to watch it.

Our main problem is that it was really just a loose adaptation of the book. Yes, a lot of the main points were there, but the really important stuff, the lines and scenes that really were the meat of the novel? Changed or not there at all. We were so diappointed. Tosha tried to warn us, but didn’t want to ruin the movie for us (She’s a good cousin, I’m such a blabber mouth that it would have been very difficult for me to keep quiet! ­čÖé ). We appreciated her keeping her silence, but afterward (at 12:30, facing an hour and 10 minute drive home)┬áthe husband looked at me and said, “We should have had Tosha tell us!” haha

Movies that are based on books that are ruined like this one has been are probably why the husband and I don’t go to the movies very often.

Anyway, enough about the disappointment of the movie; it breaks my heart to talk about it! haha Childbirth class last night was good. We talked about a lot of important things and of course, watched the labor process videos.

Now, I’m not squeamish; or at least not normally. I’ve worked in vet clinics with animals for years and have done more gross things than I want to admit, but they always make for cool stories that the husband insists that I only wanted to tell at dinner. (In my defense, some of the stuff was just so cool; I mean, taking out pancreatic tumors? Absess surgeries? Giving chemo? All cool stuff, right?) However, watching those videos really was awful. It went through the whole labor process.

Now, when you are pregnant and getting ready for the baby to come, it seems like it’s all going to be a cakewalk because you have a good support net. One of the movies we watched last night showed a woman who had a very long labor. She had contraction after contraction and took hours to dialate one centimeter to the next.

The worst part was seeing how long it took and seeing how disappointed she was. She really was ready to give up several times. I hate feeling weak and I hate giving up, and last night was the first time I realized that, more than likely, I will be doing both.

I’m still ready for the baby to come, I’m feeling more and more, that I’m almost ready for labor, but I still have my doubts. I’m nervous, if not scared, because it’s something I’ve never experienced before.

I know that since I’ll have the husband with me, that I can do whatever I need to do and he’ll help me do it. He won’t let me give up, he never has, and I know he won’t let me down when I need him most. That helps a lot.

On another note, the childbirth video was good because we saw the actual birth of the baby. That was good, but something that I’ve seen before so it wasn’t so bad. However I made sure to tell┬áthe husband┬áthat I really have no interest in seeing the baby’s head crowning.┬áThat was something they showed several times on the video and, to be honest, just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I told him that he could just watch for me and I would just keep on doing my thing. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I really only care about her being out and then being given to me.

I forgot that on Friday I did get to speak with the wife of one of the husband’s co-workers who is actually a nurse at the hospital here. We talked a little about what everything would be like and what I could expect from the hospital here in town. They don’t offer everything that I wanted, but I think that it will all be a good experience. My favorite was that she said that normally they hand the baby to mom after they get him suctioned out really good.

I was happy about that because I want to try to breastfeed before Katie gets too tired; the lactaction specialist from the hospital in Amarillo said that baby really needs to nurse within the first hour of life, so I want to make sure to get that right!

Anyway, another long post today. I’m sure there will be many more as everything gets closer. Right now is a very exciting, yet scary time for the husband and I. He, of course, isn’t worried about any of it; not one bit. I, on the other hand, and getting more nervous (but excited!) as everything gets closer!

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  1. tpphotography permalink
    July 22, 2009 2:42 pm

    I tried to warn you guys not to waste a perfectly good evening on that stupid movie!!! Perry and I were very disappointed in the movie as well. ­čśŽ It was a good movie as far as the movie production goes… but as to how close it was to the books, sad. Very sad. I think about all those kids who don’t read and only watch the movies… do you think they understood half of what was going on? The movie didn’t explain things very well.

    As for your birthing class stuff… its starting to freak ME out… and I’m not even pregnant yet! lol But… I can’t wait for you to do it and get it over with so Katie Beth will be here!! ­čÖé

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