Most mothers out there would probably agree that feeling the baby’s first movements in the womb can be a tad confusing. According to the experts, a pregnant woman will start to feel her baby’s first movements somewhere in between 16 and 20 weeks. These movements are often described as a “quickening”, “fluttering” or “popcorn popping”. For first-time moms, it can take a little longer to recognize these movements because they can feel extremely similar to gas bubbles or generalized tummy rumbling. When learning this information, I came to the speedy realization that I was screwed in the “feeling the baby move” department. As a diagnosed IBS sufferer, I have a LOT of “tummy rumbling”. In fact, if my stomach isn’t making weird noises or “shifting gears” (as I like to call it), something is off.
A couple of weeks ago (around my 16-week point), I started to pay closer attention to the sensations in my stomach. Quite frankly, it was maddening trying to distinguish what in the hell was going on down there. Is that gas? Is my Chipotle burrito digesting? Or could that be the baby? WHO THE HELL KNOWS!! I resigned myself to the “When it happens, it happens” mantra and gave up.
Well, this week I have definitely felt the fluttering and I must admit it is so exciting/strange/bizarrorama. But nothing prepared me for the flash of genius I experienced last night. As I plopped down on the couch to watch American Idol, the television volume was pretty loud. Has anyone else noticed that FOX is SO MUCH LOUDER than other channels? IS it just AI? Whatever. Anyway, the AI theme song came on and HIIIII YA! Whoorlito kicked! And it felt exactly like the whole “popcorn popping” sensation I had read about. Holy hell, my child has exceptional taste when it comes to television programming.
D and I are off to an ultrasound appointment, but check out some of the goodies Whoorlito’s fabulous grandmother bought him on our shopping bonanza. Spoiled rotten, I must admit.