One of the things I’m known for is my sense of humor. I inherited it from my father, a legend in the family for telling jokes, exaggerating the truth, and making people laugh on a dime. My unborn daughter is definitely following the same path.
As she grows in her mama’s belly, she’s become more active. “Ooh, she kicked, ooh she punched, ooh she moved, ooh she hiccupped.” Hiccupped? Didn’t know you could feel an unborn baby hiccup in the womb but, um..ok. She must’ve enjoyed Taco Tuesday. (Fun fact: My lady LOVES tacos.) “She’s inside of you so I’ll take your word for it that it’s a “hiccup.” Anyway, we’ll be sitting on the couch, lying in bed, or milling about the apartment when, suddenly, she’ll kick, punch, or back flip and my lady will yell, “put your hand here, she just moved!” Excitedly, I’ll run over, place my hand on her stomach, and there it is! Nothing. No movement. Silence. Stillness. “BUT SHE JUST MOVED! I SWEAR!” I’ll just laugh it off and tell her I’ll wait for the next one. Not even 5 minutes pass and I hear “SHE JUST MOVED, GET OVER HERE!” Again, I’ll sprint trying to catch a glimpse of her Cirque Du Soleil act and …. nothing. Silence. Stillness. Remember the frog from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons that used to sing “Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gaaaaalll!?” And morph back into a regular frog when someone would come by to witness the magic? Yeah…my daughter is doing the same thing. She’s playing with me, MAN!!!! Now, at 31 weeks, she’s moving all the time. The other night, my girl was exceptionally tired and knocked out in mere minutes. Before she fell out she told me explicitly, “your daughter is kicking up a storm tonight. She’s really active.” I said, “yeah ok, close your eyes babe, get some rest.” As she fell asleep, she started to snore a tiny bit. At that very moment, I had my hand on her stomach and felt baby girl punch my hand. WOW! After 6+ months I FINALLY feel her moving! What a moment; just my baby girl and I awake and she’s moving while my hand was on her mom’s stomach. It was touching. Until I realized something. I know why she started moving and wanted my attention. She wanted me to make mommy stop snoring. HA! Guess what little one, if I gotta sleep with it, so do you… NIGHT, NIGHT BABY!!!
What did you think when you first felt your baby kick in the mother’s stomach? Was it weird, funny, or where you happy? Drop a comment and let me know how it went.