Sunday, January 24, 2010

23 Weeks - And the Ninja Finally Kicks the Dad

Picture time!

So there was a time in my life (er, pregnancy) where I only wanted to be showing. I whined about it; I fretted about it. Man, look at this tiny hint of a bump:

I remember abs!

And then J and I didn't take any photos for nine weeks, apparently. Because all of a sudden, we have a large baby swimming around in there:

And still it grows and mutates!
So no, I suppose I no longer worry about showing. Now, I worry about gaining too much weight. The life of a pregnant woman is fraught with worry and anxiety. Ah, the wondrous miracle of life.
No stretch marks yet, but we're still early. I have 17 more weeks to grow this kid. Save yourselves from the giant super-fetus!
I spent most of yesterday on the couch, fairly incapacitated with a head cold. As I lay on my side (and now that I can only lay on my side, all I want to do is lay on my back. Glorious back-laying!), I felt Ninja's kicks and wiggles. I feel Ninja movements fairly regularly now, which is so comforting: my tiny constant companion. Each time I feel a swift punch, I yell for J.
"Can you feel that?!?" I typically ask happily.
"No," J always replies, morosely.
"You must just have a very calming influence on the baby," I assure him daily.
It goes on like this, day after day, until finally, last night, the Ninj went and punched his dad. Hard.
"I felt it!"
It was a moment.
J was also able to feel more kicks at 4 AM, as I woke for the thousandth time and practiced my 3-point turns (lord, I miss the days when I could simply roll over in bed).
And so J finally gets to connect with Ninj, and it makes it that much more exciting. It also makes the discomfort (the side-sleeping, the peeing, the PIMPLES) bearable.
17 weeks.

* Edited to add: There used to be line-spacing in this piece, but Blogger is angered when you attempt to incorporate photos. Boo.


Allie said...

LOL! your child is definately growing strong! you look great, though!! that is too funny...

"step aside, Slater, Im about to teach this guy a lesson...Ninja style.."

Mama_Bear_Sarah said...

you look absolutely adorable!! (at least what I can see of you) :). I LOVED lying on my back with my last one too! but i guess you're not suppose to because it's cuts off blood supply or something ...the left side is best. but i say, whatever the hell makes you the most comfortable once you reach that point.

Homevalley said...

Aw, thanks guys! Sarah, the back thing is killing me... But I have panic attacks about accidentally ingesting soft cheese, so I do try to stay on my left side. I can't believe I have 4 more months to go!

Mama_Bear_Sarah said...

just so you know ...that little babe is totally gonna rock your world! (in the best way possible)