It’s been described many ways in every piece of literature you read and told by moms all over, but nothing will really prepare you for what your little bundle feels like, when you first really feel him! A flutter, like butterflies in your stomach, mistaken for gas bubbles, etc… it’s taken me awhile to find the words to explain it, but after a few months of experiencing it, it started like this…
Imagine blowing a chewing gum bubble inside your belly. You wouldn’t feel the start of the bubble but as it got bigger it started to expand against your skin, you’d feel this VERY SLIGHT pressure and then (POP!) it was gone. I can’t tell you the exact week that I started to feel this movement, because once I recognized what I was feeling, I realized I had felt it before. I knew for sure it was my baby boy around 19 and a half weeks. As I’ve previously mentioned, my placenta absorbed a lot of these movements, and with the baby sleeping 18-20 hours a day there were days I was delighted in this new sensation, and days where my little guy went completely unnoticed. Fast-forward seven weeks and we are at present-day, and I feel him daily. Sometimes I’ll lay in bed with my shirt up and stare at my bare belly as it dances with his movements. I like to envision him learning to bend, jump, twist and kick, increasing his body strength and flexibility with every exercise. My strong little boy anxiously waiting to show the world all of his moves.
My days are filled with work, chores, obligations, social engagements and sometimes a bit of fun, but often they are gone before I have a chance to reflect upon them. Over the holidays my husband and I took several weeks to just enjoy our families and friends, and found ourselves slowing down. It was this time when we both were able to bond over this new experience. My husband felt the little guy move as well and now we’ll lay down at night together and try to feel him out. It’s these “still” moments when he is the most active. Long car rides, mornings in bed and evenings spent laying on the couch. The hustle and bustle of the day is what soothes him to sleep, so I always try to give myself a bit of time to relax, reflect and get to know this amazing little human growing inside me. “Hello, baby boy. I’m your mama, and I can’t wait to meet you.”
Everyone feels fetal movement differently, here is a great article: