Friday, January 13th, 2012
It has been a blustery, cold, icy, snowy, gray last few days. We finally got more than a dusting of snow here in southern New Hampshire. Granted, we only got a few inches of snow, but it is rare and strange for it be mid-January and for there to be so little accumulation on the ground. Our last snow of note was in October, when we had that crazy storm that dropped 10″ right before Halloween and caused massive power outages and tons of downed trees and limbs. Since then, the weather has been uncharacteristically mild.
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
The weather today was amazing. Mid 50s! It was warm last weekend, then freezing this week, and now warm again. Perfect day for a hike and a little visual documentation. We’re halfway there, baby!
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
2012 is officially here! We got a little present on New Year’s Day morning… our first kicks from the baby! Yeah!!!
I’ve felt her mini roller coaster flip flops and minnow fish nibbles inside of me for a few weeks now, but she decided to make her external presence known on Sunday morning. And right at the halfway point in my pregnancy, too!
Experiencing the baby kick is the coolest feeling! And I got to share it all right away with Craig. We’ve known for a while that she’s a wiggly worm—she tends to scoot away from the heartbeat doppler during my prenatal checkups with my midwife. At our 18-week ultrasound, she was dancing all over the place, moving her legs back and forth and waving her arms above her head. She’s been kicking on my right side low down for the past two days. I have another checkup this week, so I’m hoping my midwife can help me better orient her position and what parts she is poking me with.
It’s such an amazing affirmation to finally feel her on the outside! Especially since I spent the first few months of this journey in complete disbelief that I was actually pregnant. I didn’t have morning sickness, and I didn’t hear her heartbeat until 13 weeks. So I used to joke that I wasn’t actually pregnant, just ridiculously hungry all the time. I had to rely very heavily on faith that there was actually a baby growing inside of me.
Well, last night she decided to get all riled up and kick right as I was lying down to go to bed. Oh, she’s definitely in there! It would just figure that I’ve got a night owl percolating. Like mama like daughter! I don’t mind though. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep with a smile on my face.