I was all ready to post a funny blog regarding my emerging chipmunk cheeks and thunder thighs, but that will have to wait another day, because today – the baby moved!!!
Well actually, for a couple weeks now I’ve felt what I believed to be very, very faint movement in my belly, but I could never be sure if it was the baby or just gas bubbles! They say first time moms often can’t decipher between the two when it first starts happening. But last week I was sure I felt what could only be described as hiccups, but there were only two, so I wasn’t sure then either! My nightly ritual as I’m lying in bed is to lie very still and try not to breathe so I can see if I can feel something while pressing down on my belly. Last night I definitely felt waves of movement, but it was more of an internal feeling and not one I think you could feel on the outside if you were touching my belly. But this morning before I got up I tried one more time to will the baby to move, and finally, she did! Little girl had the hiccups – AGAIN! But this time there were like 8 in a row, all the same sensation and distance apart! I read last week that I’ll start to feel kicks and hiccups soon, and here they are!
In that moment, I laid in bed just feeling overwhelmed with the miracle of what is happening inside of me. Yes I know I’m pregnant. Yes I see my baby bump growing. Yes I’ve even seen a 4D ultrasound and know she’s a girl! But there’s something about FEELING her inside me that solidifies the whole thing and makes it real. Physical proof that she’s alive and kicking!! I’ve heard people tell me it’s weird when they started feeling kicks and one girl said it freaked her out the first time she felt it! I feel differently though. It just makes me feel so happy and proud and I just keep thinking how sweet it is! I mean, “sweet” really isn’t the right word, but she’s just so small that everything she does will be tooth achingly sweet to me – even before I meet her. It’s like she’s in there saying; “Mommy, I’m getting bigger for you, are you excited to see me??”
AHHH!!!!! I get a ‘lil lumpy in my throat just thinking about it. Look what she’s doing to me – turning me into a big pile of sappy mush! I feel like I want to answer her question; “Yes little bubba, mama’s very excited to see you!”
Hey look – they say you’re supposed to talk to your baby, so I’m talking to her…well, I’m writing to her. The other day Jeff was saying that he saw something on TV about scrapbooking and he didn’t understand why anyone would do that. But then he said; “I guess your blog is kind of like a scrapbook of your pregnancy.” And I said – EXACTLY! This is my diary of my pregnancy, but I’m letting the world in on the journey!
Baby bump watch continues – week 21!
Baby is really getting big now! At 21 weeks she’s about 10 ½ inches long, or the size of a carrot (according to Babycenter.com). If you pull out a ruler and look at 10 ½ inches, that’s pretty big actually! She’s no lima bean anymore; she’s looking like a real baby now, fully intact, just packing on the pounds and length from here on out. And the bump definitely reflects this growth! I’m getting a lot of; “Wow, you’re getting big!” comments these days. But I prefer to hear; “How far along are you? Oh, 21 weeks! My, you’re so small still!” And just to be clear, I did hear that from a lady in the restroom at work this week! So there!
When you were pregnant, how did you feel the first time you felt the baby move? Were you weirded out or in awe? There’s no wrong answer!