Monday, November 7, 2011

Quickening

I've been waiting to feel my baby move for the past few weeks. Yes, it was kind of early, but you always hear stories about women who felt their first flutters at 14 weeks, so I paid attention! Every now and then I would pause whatever I was doing (usually typing ...) and think, was that the baby? My conclusion was usually no, it wasn't the baby--just gas, or some other bodily function.

But last week--week 16--I felt the baby move.

It wasn't at all like a fluttering, the way my cousin (and many people on the internet) described it. It wasn't at all like gas. It wasn't like "popcorn popping" (thanks again, internet!). It was like a poke from the inside, a small (but not too gentle!) prodding.

I was laying on my back on the couch, with my laptop on my stomach (a position that it later occurred to me wasn't the best for baby), and there it was, clear and pretty much unmistakable. And I've been feeling it just about every day since. Sometimes it's the poking, other times it's a broader sort of pressure I assume is the baby's head or rear.

It's always beautiful.

3 comments:

  1. Oh just you wait!

    Even though there will be days later on when all the movement can get uncomfortable, it's always such a joy to know that your child is in there, alive.

    The laptop on your stomach reminds me: When I was pregnant with Sly, I would often read in bed, and rest my book on my stomach. He's always kick at it to get it off (or so it seemed).

    Sometimes if you press kinda hard into your stomach, you can get the baby the kick you back. Try it in a month or so :-)

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  2. “Behold, children are a gift of God, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” -Psalm 126:3

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  3. so exciting! i don't think i've felt any movement yet. lots of times i think i've felt something, but i'm pretty sure it's just my imagination so far. we do have our big ultrasound appointment tomorrow though!

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