Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beanie on the Move

On April 4th, I crawled into bed and turned over on my right side. I was pretty tired, expecting to fall asleep quickly.

All of a sudden I felt something strange. It felt like popcorn popping, or bubbles bouncing around in my abdomen. I did quick math and realized I was only just over 14 weeks and, while it was possible, most women don’t feel a baby’s movements that early (especially their first). I tried to dismiss it, but it was unlike anything I felt before, and I actually laughed out loud because it tickled so much.

I tested it out by rolling onto my back. The sensation stopped. When I rolled back onto my side, it started up again. This kid was going crazy in there! Deep down, I knew I was feeling my baby move for the first time.

I didn’t say much about it, as I was afraid people wouldn’t believe what I was feeling. I would hear it was gas bubbles, or hunger pains, or the millions of other things women confuse for fetal movement. I didn’t want someone to ruin the moment by insisting it didn’t exist.

The next night, I felt Beanie again, although to a much lesser extent. The following night, I felt nothing. Then, the night after that, the moving and shaking started again. This has been the pattern for the past week or so. I’d still been keeping this experience quiet, just waiting to see what happens.

Then, today, I felt Beanie for the first time during the day. I was sitting up, putting my make-up on, and there (s)he was, doing morning calisthenics. Later on this afternoon, at my desk at work, it started up again.

I will be honest and say it really freaked me out a bit the first time I felt Beanie move, but now I am loving it. No hard kicks or right hooks yet, just a soft, subtle reminder every once in a while that our little miracle is still here.

This is just one of those many experiences that I thought I’d never have. I am eternally grateful.

14 comments:

Krista said...

Ahhhh...that's awesome Michelle!!! When do you find out the sex...I bet you are getting excited!

Tami said...

So sweet. I can't wait for this experience of my own...praying its one I get to have! So great! :)

Gwen Hawkins said...

That is so so cool! I remember when I first felt Haley move I wasn't sure either if I was feeling her or gas, but then later when I had a routine ultrasound I saw her kick and felt it and knew. I think it is so wonderful!! I don't know if I'd ever told you, it took Chris and I about 1 1/2 year to get pregnant with Haley, and even after we never got pregnant right away. I know I got a TINY taste of what you've experienced. Even with that tiny experience I had, I still every time I get frustrated or overwhelmed, I never forget how much I wanted my girls and I am so grateful I am blessed with them. I say this only because I can understand how for you every single thing that happens is treasured. I know you will be and already are an amazing mother to your baby. Beanie is one special child to be blessed to be born to wonderful parents that want him-her so much!

Stephanie said...

It's priceless isn't it? So glad you are feeling your baby already!

Thyme said...

It's so great that you're feeling Beanie already! With my first baby I insisted that at 15 weeks I could feel her move, the nurse told me I was wrong, and that it was just gas. I realized several weeks later that it WAS the baby I was feeling. With my second child I felt it at about 12 weeks, I couldn't believe it!

I am so excited for you! You are in my prayers! :)

Mrs. Lydon said...

My heart smiles for you :)

Stephanie Salmon said...

Isn't it so awesome? I felt Mckinley move at 17 weeks which seemed way early for me because my placenta was anterior, and was supposedly blocking her movements. But I felt her! My husband felt her at 21 weeks.

Just so you know, everyone always talked about their babies giving these hard kicks and stuff, but for me, it was those soft gentle popcorn popping feelings pretty much the entire time. So amazing! I love it. Maybe you will get hard kicks and kicks to the ribs, but I never did.

No Baby Ruth said...

Love love love love LOVE! Feeling the movement is one of the very best things ever. It's amazing - the hard kicks and the bubbles popping. All of it. I'm so happy for you.

Michele said...

YAY!!!!

A said...

that is awesome! i cant wait until i can feel our baby!

Mrs. B said...

Aw your little one is super active! I felt the popcorn like feeling last week and now I'm feeling more flutters than popcorn. My hubby is so sad he can't feel it yet. Isn't it such an amazing feeling?!

Malachi and Layne said...

I am SO glad you are enjoying pregnacy...Love every minute of it- for all of us!

elliespen said...

Love it, love it, love it. So happy for you!

Jess said...

How exciting! What a GIFT from God above. Amazing. Congrats!

~Jess
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FAITH IN GOD MEANS HAVING FAITH IN HIS TIMING.