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Wednesday, May 2, 2001 llBI was done at the hospital. At 15 weeks into her preg- Childbirthnancy, Denise got to do some- change, thing her mother probably on- ex- ly dreamed about when she carried Denise--see the first compare her images of her baby. With, her "She was three inches big and f'filed the whole screen, shake from head to foot," Denise WOnder at to. said. The really exciting part was in getting to count her fingers as Parents had she waved one of her arms wait un- about, and they watched her whether yawn, Denise said. Those ear- was a boy or a ly photos, printed off the ul- trasound machine, are now husband, part of the baby book Denise a is preparing. what In a later ultrasound, when Denise's condition was more not to advanced, they learned the sex of her baby, which was a the sex thrilling moment for parents she's who really wanted a little girl. It was the first kick, howev- helps a lot in er, that really let Denise AI. know, "Wow! There is some- they both thing alive in there." if for Thinking about the early ultra, stages, when Denise was just a boys few weeks along and she had to just learned she was pregnant, she said she was excited, but us we also nervous about all the boy's namechanges that were coming. "I think everybody was more ready to talk about if be. as "our fore I was," she said about her Just early reactions. "But then it didn't take me long to get into the swing of things." Denise Herding strikes what is becoming familiar pose for her. Her daughter is due to rrive June 26, give or take few days. daughter's movements. She likes music, she's learned. And when Chase "puts his hands on my stomach, she starts kicking harder. It's like she's saying hello." It's also amazing that the baby can some how tell the difference between her moth- er's familiar touch, and that of her father's, Denise acknowl- edged. learning Preparation Weeks was But even as Denise lost her Denise and Chase plan to that she wasshyness about discussing her have only one child, so they're pregnancy, she admitted she enjoying every step of this still remained nervous, process. Chase will be present "It's one of those things that in the delivery room so he can the firstyou're supposed to get right watch the entire event--prob- WOndered. the first time and there's no ably something a little differ- way to practice," she said. ent from what Chase's own fa- "I'll be so happy when this ther did when he was bern. In re- baby comes out on time andthe early 1970s, most fathers and then hadit's not premature," she were still waiting in the lobby added, for the news of whether it was news of her To help with her anxiety, a boy or a girl. Denise enrolled in a child- Although Denise and Chase began birth class. Taught by one of don't come from big families, the delivery room nurses, this Denise laughed about their a Prescrip-class is up to date on the tech- choice to have only one child. niques that are now available One of her great-grandmoth. take," and.being encouraged, ers had 10 children, and an. Denise said it's a wonderful other had 13. class and she's had "everyDenise said she was amazed tiny little stupid question an- at how many women used to swered." die in childbirth. That isn't She also has a good idea of one of her concerns today, and she was what to expect in the delivery it probably wasn't a big con. the room, learned what contrac- cern of her mother's. But t.ions are about and what cen- when those great-grandmoth. of them timeters are, in terms of the ers were having their chil- birth, dren, it was still considered a Denise said she's read quite dangerous time for the ," she a few books on the subject, but woman. the class has been much more But, times have changed, and no doubt by the time the informative. first As Denise has learned to Hardings' daughter marries and considers parenthood, live with her growing baby, they wK! have changed again. ultrasound she's paid attention to her Bring her for Prime Rib on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13 $11" per person Reservations Recommended 875 E. Main St. * Quincy 283-4755 N_ Denise Harding fills In few pages In her dauillhter'e book. un ]; Price inc/udes beverages Brunch - 10 am - pm Prime rib Specialty crepes Chicken fried steak Biscuits & country sausage gravy Home fried potatoes Omelets made to order Fresh fruits, muffins & breads .... 4 Children under twelve,' Please be sure & oln us on this special day for our fantastic dinner menu as well (served from five pm until nine featuring our chef Steven "Kip'' So that we may better serve you, reservations are appreciated 401 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA