At 16 weeks and 5 days I felt my little love move inside me for the first time. I was sitting at my desk at work and I felt what literally felt felt like 3 very faint finger taps on the inside of my tummy, on the left side of my abdomen, where the baby was. I had been feeling what felt like little bubbles popping in the same spot for a few days but it was so faint and I wasn’t 100% sure that it was the baby. Those 3 taps at my desk though, that was the baby! I was certain, how was I certain? How will you know when your baby is moving? It’s hard to explain but you will just know. The feeling is undeniable and it’s so incredibly, amazing!
As I write this I’m at the end of my 17th week (17 week update coming in my next post) and I’ve felt movement every day except one since that first time I was sure at 16 weeks and 5 days. The last few days I haven’t felt it as much but I’m not remotely worried. I was told by the midwives and my GP that I wouldn’t feel anything at all until 20 weeks, so every little feeling I have at this stage is just a bonus to me. The lack of movement the last couple of days just makes me sad because I love it so much when it does happen, even though it’s such a small, brief feeling literally, emotionally it’s effect is huge.
A couple of times I’ve felt more than “a tap” or bubbles popping. It’s felt like the whole baby rolled over but it was still a small/faint movement. These movements are so precious, I really can’t imagine how amazing it’s gonna be over the next couple of months as they get stronger and more frequent! I’m so excited!
It is a little freaky sometimes. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that sometimes I’m thinking, “Woah there’s a living, real life baby inside me, this is nuts!!”. But it has strengthened my bond with the baby so much. I find myself talking to it all the time now, telling it off when I have cramps or little pains or “time to roll big mama out of bed and face the day baba”, as I try to get up in the morning. I am completely in love already and I’ve never been so happy 😊
Stay tuned for my 17 week update, just as I thought things were going to be smooth sailing for a while, things took an unexpected turn…