As a guy, there are some things that I just don't care to know about. If your selective listening skills develop early enough (as mine did), you can go surprisingly far in life without learning certain things. You just sort of tune out whenever something sounds too complicated or too gross, and accept the fact that if it's important enough, you'll learn it later. Sometimes this is good approach, because we all reach an age where nothing seems to surprise you anymore, and it's nice to happen upon a little nugget of knowledge along the way. The other times, though, are another story. Sometimes it's good to not learn certain things.
In these cases, I firmly believe that I could have gone through the rest of my life without permanently committing to my brain the knowledge of a certain thing. Contrary to what Yoda has been quoted as saying, there are some things you just can't unlearn. Take, for example, some of the things a guy might learn as result of his wife being with child.
This goes beyond the subjects of colostrum or placentas. I can handle that without feeling like the contents of my stomach are trying to jump ship. For me, specifically, I'm referring to the pregnancy term I learned this week:
Now, I guess I kind of assumed that the doctor or midwife delivering the child would have to do something to assist in a situation where you're basically trying to fit a cantaloupe through a garden hose (especially when the alternative is the "garden hose"... *shudder*... tearing), but for some reason, learning the medical term for it was absolutely awful. It put an image into my mind where there was previously (and intentionally) just blank space, and now I can't stop picturing it.
Although learning this does give more understanding to the term "The Daddy Stitch", I still could have gone through the rest of my life ignorant of the back story and made it through just fine.
This is probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to learning things about pregnancy. In fact, I can pretty much resign myself to learn (and see) a lot more things that are sure to upset my stomach a bit, but that's all part of the deal, right?
Have a good weekend, everyone.
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