Friday, December 4, 2009

My Babies Are Rock Stars

There are definite upsides to this whole pregnancy thing. This week I started feeling the babies kick. It’s not prominent enough to feel with my hand, so J hasn’t been able to feel it yet, but it’s definitely real. Such a cool feeling. Most people describe the early movements as a fluttering feeling, or like bubbles. I think if I felt that stuff I totally disregarded it. After all, there’s been an awful lot going on in my belly, what with muscles stretching and twitching, ligaments shifting, and my entire digestive system being bent out of shape (literally). These movements aren't fluttery; they actually feel like tiny fists punching out from the inside. I’m sure it will get annoying in a while, but for now it’s just so satisfying. On Wednesday I spent the day at a seminar at the Supreme Court—first we heard the arguments for that day (the property case on Florida’s beach restoration program, a fascinating case involving property law, constitutional law, and whether the Court should recognize a “judicial takings” doctrine), then we had several panel discussions with various experts on Supreme Court practice. (Coolest CLE ever.) I ended up totally spacing out about 10 minutes of one of these panels—on a really cool topic—because Baby A was kicking and I was entranced. So yeah, there’s definitely some falling in love going on.

Also, J and I had our 21-week sono today, and our babies are total rock stars. They’re big for their age—both are measuring at about 22 weeks, and both have strong heartbeats. (Watching a live heartbeat on a sono is incredibly cool—you can see all 4 chambers at work. Really amazing.) As usual, Baby A was vying for all the attention, waving his/her little fists around and wiggling all over the place. But J and I thought Baby B stole the show this time. I think it was the shot we got of the bottoms of his/her little feet, with all the tiny toes. And Baby B had the hiccups, which we could see, and then hear when we were listening to the heartbeat. Again, I’m sure this will annoy me when the babies are big enough for me to feel their hiccups, but at this point it was incredibly cute.

So while I’m definitely still suffering (add back/hip pain to the nighttime mix—sometimes it’s a relief when morning comes because trying to sleep is such a struggle), at least I know my babies are content, well-fed, and comfortable. Narcissistic little monsters.

8 comments:

Kate said...

Wow - I guess you're not finding out what you're having? Glad to hear all was good and the babes are starting to entertain you. I haven't gotten sick of the kicks yet, and it's been almost 9wks now. Though the days when she's beating on my cervix aren't my favourites...

Good Egg Hunting said...

Hooray for your little rock stars! And I am with Kate -- it's a little disconcerting and tough to concentrate when someone is kicking your bladder/ribcage/other internal part. And yet...we would never trade it.

annacyclopedia said...

So wonderful that you are feeling the babies kick - it is one of the best feelings in the world! Rock on, little rockstars! Can't wait to meet you!

Clever Girl said...

The kicks never get annoying. I'm happy to have an outside baby, but I really miss the kicks. It was the greatest thing in the world.

Ms. J said...

At this point I usually like feeing movement and kicks, esp. when it's midday and I can't whip out my doppler 'cause it's at home (I know it sucks you can't do that 'cause of the twin thing, grrrr).

For me, it feels like someone slammed their hand down in a pool of water and there is this "WOMP" sound/feeling that results - ya know, that sound it makes? That's how it feels to me, in utero.

Dr. J says he can feel the kicks, but I rarely can feel them from placing my hand on my belly. Mostly I feel uncomfortable when Urban Myth starts up the "kick parade."

However . . . it's VERY cool when you get to the point in which you can look at your naked belly and see the thumps through the skin ;o)

P.S. I have sat in our US Supreme Ct sessions, too, and it's AMAZING, so I am totally with ya on being a junkie in that regard! I would have loved the cse you described, especially since it involves the issues I handle for a living.

kate said...

I hadn't asked yet, but are you purposely declining to find out the gender of the babies? If so, WOW! You are a badass! A true rockstar mom for your rockstar babies. I am weak, weak, weak, and I must know as soon as possible what the sex of the babies will be!

Seeing the babies move on the ultrasound for the first time was one of the *COOLEST THINGS EVER*. I can't wait to be able to feel that movement. I am so smitten with these little beings, I don't even know what hit me. I had a dream last night that the girl baby was born early (like two months), and she was small, but otherwise looked just like a 4 month old baby (weird), but the boy was born and they decided to put him back in with some artificial amniotic fluid so he could develop a little more because he wasn't breathing well (and I was sad that he wasn't ready to be really born, but happy that I had some time to get to know the first baby on her own). And all I could do was to stare at my little girl, so adorable, the cutest thing I'd ever seen. I couldn't let her go, or let anyone else hold her- I was just so in love. Freaky dreams, but clearly, I'm really eager to meet these babies... (And this was the first time that I'd dreamed of these babies with such reality and with both a boy and a girl, as opposed to two vague boys as I usually dream of them. Weird, weird, weird.)

Barb said...

It hasn't gotten annoying for me yet... at over 36 weeks. Sometimes it's uncomfortable, and I find myself saying, "HEY! That wasn't nice!" but never old or annoying or boring. It's sooo reassuring.

I have to do public speaking for my job and have been distracted and thrown off many times by the crazy movements going on.

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