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.
Boogie's MomMarch 1, 2006 at 2:16 pm
He definitely is a genius, knowing already that American Idol is such a great show. It’s a shame he didn’t kick when a particular singer was on. Then maybe you’d know who was going to win.
I love, love, love, the little gray outfit! Good luck on your ultrasound.
By the way, did you think AI was a little boring last night? I totally agreed with Simon that they need to have more fun.
whoorlMarch 1, 2006 at 2:22 pm
YES, AI was so boring! What was up with the song choices? I hope the guys are better tonight.
I can’t tell you how many times I had to bite my lip and swallow the lump in my throat while shopping for him. Must. Stop. The. Hormones.
You’ll be feeling the baby in no time!
kimMarch 1, 2006 at 2:23 pm
I moved across the country to somewhere I know no one. Of course, that’s when I get pregnant… I’m just approaching 21 weeks now and I have to tell you, it is so comforting to read what you’re writing. It kinda feels like I’m not going through all this crazy stuff alone. Or at least that I’m not crazy going through it… So thanks! And really – could those outfits be any cuter?
whoorlMarch 1, 2006 at 2:33 pm
Kim, you are definitely not alone. :) I hope things are going well for you…you’re halfway there!!
liniMarch 1, 2006 at 6:43 pm
The white bubble looks a little girlie next to the others, maybe it should go back now that sex has been determined.
LyndsayMarch 1, 2006 at 2:18 pm
The little shoes made me tear up. I’m a mess. I can’t wait to feel my baby move. If it weren’t for the swell of hormones and swelling boobs, I’d question if I was even pregnant!
JessieMarch 2, 2006 at 6:24 am
Baby things are too cute!
ms. sizzleMarch 2, 2006 at 7:39 am
Whoorlito has great taste and will be one of the best dressed kids ever.
Though I agree about the boring song choices on AI. What is UP with that?! And it isn’t just you, AI/Fox is much louder than other channels.
don't call me ma'amMarch 2, 2006 at 9:02 am
My oldest loved to hear live trumpet, piano, or pipe organ when she was “in utero.” As soon as they’d start playing, my whole stomach would ripple left to right, right to left. Everyone would gather around and just watch my stomach. I felt like a circus attraction… but it was still the coolest thing ever! Just wait… it only gets better from here!
Sweet clothes… he’ll be so GQ!
eMMarch 2, 2006 at 11:46 am
Cute outfits! It is dangerous, isn’t it? I found the cutest onesie the other day that says ‘little alligator’ and has the cutest tiny alligator next to it. For some reason, the animal ones just make me melt! The kicking will get more intense and wow, does it feel weird.
Lyndsay, don’t worry. It will happen and from what I’ve heard about what it’s like later on (I’m towards the end of week 28), enjoy the kick-free days :) Some are cervix-kickers and others like to play soccer with your ribs. I’m hoping that my freakishly long torso will finally serve a purpose.
whoorlMarch 2, 2006 at 11:59 am
eM, you have a freakishly long torso as well? nice.
our problem is my husband has a long torso, too. this child could have the shortest legs known to man. :)
eMMarch 2, 2006 at 1:18 pm
You too? Congrats! Did you not loathe the whole snappy-crotch trend? Egads, painful!
I do think it may be a perk with being prego though. There is simply more room for the baby to go, right?
My hubby has a long torso as well but we’ve both got long legs to match. I just know we’re going to have a gangly deer child! My husband is mid-sized in his family at 6’4. He has a brother who is 5’11, one is 6’5 and one is 6’5.5! And I’m just shy of 5’10.