As I mentioned in my KERF post this week, I’m finally starting to really feel pregnant on the outside. Those around me are telling me so too. The bump is rounding out, and I imagine this is the beginning of a growth spurt!
The baby’s movements are also really fun. They are unpredictable and still a bit subtle – I usually have to be sitting down or just being still to feel them. [Edited to add I was just changing the laundry and got punched right when I bent over!]
A few nights ago I got in bed and felt him move and Matt got very excited to see if he could feel it from the outside, but after 10 minutes of hand-to-belly waiting, we actually fell asleep with his hand on my stomach : )
The movements began early on as vibrations, taps and little pops but as of this week they are more like tugs or punches. It feels like a part of my bump hardens or tightens when he moves across, although I don’t think it’s really getting hard like a contraction or anything. That’s just the best way I can describe it. I think it’s just the pressure from inside. Love the feeling so much!
I’ve started to cup my stomach when I walk upstairs or am just a bit tired sometimes. Not that it’s heavy or anything, but I think I let it hang out more during these times so it feels good to give it some extra support. Maybe I should get one of those belts to wear when it really does start to get heavy?
I’m feeling really good in general, full of energy and with almost zero food aversions. Sleeping is going OK again and other than a few minor symptoms, nothing is bothering me. I must be in that sweet spot of the second tri! Even felt good enough to run a bit this week, which says a lot about my energy levels.
I’ve read on some of my apps that the baby’s senses are fine tuning and he should be able to hear my voice. But I haven’t actually talked directly to him out loud yet (only a little in my head ) I still feel a little bit like I’d be talking to myself, but maybe when he’s a little bigger, it will be more like he’s listening. Perhaps I should start with singing!
Matt and I have started testing a few of the names we like. Picking a name is going to be hard, but we have narrowed it down to a handful, all pretty non-traditional. One just feels more right than the rest, but it’s so difficult to really decide. I imagine we won’t officially declare the name until we see him for the first time, so we won’t be sharing it to family or the internet until that day. But the name at the top of our list plus the middle name we’re leaning towards together have a lot of meaning that just kind of happened by accident, and I’m excited about that!
We’ve also started giving him a personality and acting like he’s here, making decisions and giving opinions . “The baby is tried today. The baby would like cheese for dinner. The baby really likes this song.” It’s been fun and a way to get used to there being 3 of us.
Sucking in doesn’t do much these days…might just stop adding in this photo because you can’t really tell I’m sucking in anymore other than my lame facial expression in these photos!
I hit my stomach with the bar in Body Pump this week two times in a row. Must be grow time!
One week till I’m halfway there! SO hard to believe!