So, I've been feeling the baby move for a while now. At least a month. It is inconsistent, but it is enough now that K can often feel it if he puts his hand on my belly. Of course, when it started it was reassuring. Finally I had something concrete, something to let me know that things are okay. But the inconsistency has gotten to be its own worry now. On the one hand, there will be a couple of days where I feel her moving throughout the day. But then there will be a day or two where I'm not feeling much at all. It's hard not to freak out on those days.
Okay, I'll be honest. It's hard not to freak out on most days. I'm still on edge most of the time, and I'll admit that I've made more than one request for my OB's office to fit me in at the last minute to check everything out. (I love them, by the way and am SO HAPPY that I switched.) Last Friday, I had what I thought was a contraction but I thought it couldn't be a contraction at 21 weeks. So they got me in to see them at 3:30 on Friday afternoon. And yes, it appears that it probably was a contraction. I need to drink more water, apparently.
By Wednesday, when my originally-scheduled regular checkup came around, I mentioned that I wasn't feeling as much movement in the past few days. Or at least, it had changed - smaller, less frequent. The midwife, God bless her, said "let's just go take a look" and I got a nice little ultrasound. Yet again, she was moving all over the place and I wasn't feeling it. I can tell myself that that is probably true, but it's another thing entirely to SEE the baby move, know that it's happening inside my body, and not feel it. She was transverse with her head on my right side and her back facing out, which kindof explains the changes in movement patterns - probably due to a change in position.
So after the appointment I'm giving Kelly this report via cellphone, mentioning that I was previously worried about the changes in movement, and he says "but don't you remember the other night when you were asleep and I was feeling her move all over the place? You woke up and we talked about it." and the answer was no. I did not remember, as apparently I was deeply asleep during their special moment, my conversation notwithstanding.
p.s. I checked and it looks like this is the official announcement that we are having a girl. We dithered for a bit about whether to tell, but decided that it was impossible not to use pronouns once you know. So!
p.p.s. Word to the wise, don't search for "baby girl booties" on etsy, or you'll end up somewhere like this, which is just totally ridiculous. Seriously, if it weren't already No-spend-tober, that could be very dangerous.