This week, for the first time, I was able to feel our baby move! It was a very strange but exciting experience. Exciting, because now I know that he or she is happily and healthily moving about in there. Strange because, well, it feels like a small alien is doing flips inside you. Sometimes it feels cool and sometimes it just kind of hurts.
Ever since I’ve been able to feel him or her move, that baby has been moving around like crazy. I have a feeling I am going to be in pain during my third trimester once the baby gets larger and stronger. I don’t know if it’s doing flips in there or just practicing her soccer kick or his right hook, but tonight I looked at the hubster and said, “Hunnie, I think we’re in for a handful.”
Some mothers feel super emotionally connected to their babies right away. Obviously, we’re physically connected to our babies. Even though I would never want anything to happen to my child and sometimes worry that the anatomy scan will reveal only 4 fingers instead of 5, I still don’t find myself talking or singing to my baby like some women do. I’ve recently come to learn that it takes some mothers longer for that connection to develop, and that’s okay.
It wasn’t until this week (week 18) that I was able to feel the baby move. It doesn’t happen all the time, but once in a while when I’m sitting still or lying down I can feel the baby moving and swimming all around. Between being able to feel my baby and finding out the sex next Friday, I think that will help me to feel more emotionally connected to him or her. It will be so much easier for me once I know if it’s going to be Caleb or Hailey. Feeling my baby move makes me realize that they’re really in there moving, growing and developing. Before it was kind of a concept to me…something growing inside me that was making me bigger by the day. It’s becoming more real and part of me, and I look forward to being able to feel kicks and call the baby by name.