Tuesday, September 1, 2009

18 weeks

Last week's ob appointment did not go so well, but I was surprised that she told me that it was likely that I was feeling the baby and not some weird uterus irritability. She had mentioned to me early on that I probably wouldn't feel the baby until 20 weeks or so (I think most books say it usually happens between 16 and 22 weeks).

Her telling me this is really the only reason that I was worried it was something else. Cause I believe the first time I really felt it was right before 16 weeks. It was actually quite strong and caught me very off guard.

Since then, I had felt movement very infrequently, except for the last several days. The last several days I've felt movement everyday and it seems like I feel a little more each day. It's a wonderful feeling.

I usually feel movement when sitting somewhat reclined for awhile. Yesterday I got the first movements while standing. It will probably still be a long time until they can be felt from the outside (especially considering all the 'padding' I have).

On Sunday, I was kinda nervous because it was getting late in the day and I hadn't felt anything yet. I was wondering if the last couple days were a fluke. So I went to Adoration and sat in the pew and prayed to feel that baby again, and, like the miracle that it is, I felt baby again. Lots of strong little kicks. I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.

So I'm completely thrilled to be experiencing movement. I can't wait until I can share it with my husband.

On a less exciting note, the round ligament pains are back... with a vengeance. Most of the time they hurt, but not enough to really bother and I just enjoy knowing that my uterus is growing. But I've gotten a couple lately that have been really tough and lasted a little longer. I'm still happy to know my uterus is growing, but kinda over being excited about round ligament pains.


Michelle said...

Yay for feeling movement!! Sorry about the pain. I hope that goes away soon.

Celia said...

Yay movement! I cannot believe you are almost halfway through!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great to feel the baby move? It took 2-3 weeks between when I first felt it and when my husband felt it from the outside.
Yay for 18 weeks, and yay for little kicks!