Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kick away, baby!

I am finally feeling some daily movement from the baby. During week 19 I would feel some pokes at bedtime. I wasn't sure if it was the baby or not... I haven't felt any "butterfly flutters" or "goldfish flips" like many describe their first movements.

At my 20w ultrasound, the tech told me I have an anterior placenta. Not a problem, but it explains why I wasn't feeling much movement, even into my 20th week.

Now, when I go to bed I spend about 10 minutes laying quietly on my back. Probably 80% of the time I feel him kick. I'm a fan. People keep telling me that I'll get sick of it in my 3rd trimester when he's keeping me awake... but right now that's just not something I can imagine being irritated by. It will mean I know he's alive and kicking in there.

In the last few days, I've started to think I can feel him moving at other times. A poke here or there while I'm working. A kick while I'm watching TV. This morning, I was doing the newspaper crossword online and there he was- kicking away. I love it. Keep going, baby. I love the constant reminders that you're here.

Friday night, III lay next to me with his hand on my belly trying to feel baby. I don't know if it's strong enough now... My OB did feel a kick at my last appointment as she was listening to the heartbeat with the doppler. I think III could feel him if it was the right kick, but at the times we've tried they are still not quite strong enough to feel from the outside. I told him he settles the baby down- that it means when he's fussy, I'll just hand him off to III and he'll stop crying. :)

Though he was disappointed that night not to be able to feel him kicking away in there yet, he was still excited to know that I could feel it. As he rolled over to go to sleep, III told me "There are three people in our bed right now. That's so exciting!!!" :)


Katie said... sweet! I NEVER got sick of those kicks, even as they got a lot more forceful into the third trimester. They are miraculous, and you deserve to marvel at every single one. Enjoy, mama!

Mummy in Waiting said...

It's an awesome feeling isn't it :-) I have an anterior placenta too and started feeling him pretty frequently from 23 weeks (like you had smaller movements prior) and DH finally felt him about 22 weeks. It's so special when they get to feel the baby kick for the first time. I'm now 31 weeks and get woken up by his movement but I love it. Enjoy! xox

Nissa said...

How exciting!!!!! I never got sick of the kicks, even when my girl kept me awake at all hours. So reassuring!!! III will start feeling kicks soon! I had an anterior placenta and it just pushed things back a little longer. So exciting!!!

J said...

Awe!!!! III is so sweet!! I agree, you will probably never get sick of your miracle kicking.

jill said...

Very exciting :)