Heres the kicker …

As I type, my abdomen is being kicked, as is this laptop sitting on my abdomen. I’ve been able to feel this wonderful little thing for about a week and a half already, but it’s getting continually stronger.

It started out as just some fluttering as they would say. Sometimes it felt like someone was flicking me from the inside – it was awesome. Now it’s a good old (light albeit) tap on the ol’ innards.

Everytime I feel the stirring start I quick grab Aaron’s hand and jab it to the general area. He’s usually mortified that the jabbing is even taking place, and when I say Push harder – it’s ok … his face scrunches up and he looks at me like I’m mostly crazy but whatever.

For those of you who think pushing on a pregnant abdomen is somehow wrong or abusive, let me just say – first – are you female? Have you been pregnant, read the books, or talked to a doctor? Second I’ll point out that this baby is more carefully protected and isolated from the outside world, or pressure from a palm than Mike Meyers in the Fat Bastard suit.

Aaron hasn’t really felt the baby yet, and probably won’t be able to for a few weeks or even months yet … but it’s worth a try, crazier things have happened.

I can’t wait for the night that we forgo the movie rental and spend the ENTIRE evening watching my belly move or rather the baby moving my belly.

Inspiration

kael with ball

Meet my one and only nephew, Kael. This little man is some of my inspiration for wanting a baby. I had the privilege of watching Kael and his big sister, my niece, Miah, for a few days when my brother and sister-in-law were on a cruise.

Let me just tell you how much I fell in love with this kid in those few short days.

I guess it was something I have never really felt before, being loved and depended on by such a freely giving person. I babysat for years and have other nieces, but I guess I hadn’t gotten this close to any of them before.

I suffered some major separation anxiety when I went back to work after taking care of him. I’m just so excited to have that with my own.

Kael, of course, isn’t the soul inspiration for getting pregnant. As the math would work out, I was already pregnant while taking care of him and Miah, but it doesn’t hurt to have a small taste of what’s to come to get you wanting more.

The Shelf

Jodi's Stomach at almost 4 months

As Tom Hanks in CASTAWAY when he finally makes fire and with the gut filled conviction announces it to the world around him – allow me to introduce THE SHELF with the same conviction.

I have produced this awesome, now kicking, living thing and it works as more than a pee reflex or uncomfortable sleeping position giver, it now works as a SHELF.

The wonders of this shelf are endless, the laptop which used to slide all over my legs and belly in bed, now sits up right in position as commanded.

The bowl of grapes or any other fruit I’m craving now has a home within 18 inches of my hungry mouth.

And that pillow Aaron likes to use when laying next to me, yea, is now the shelf.

Because I saw a sign for 70% off …

One of my many errands took me to the outlet mall here in Holland today.

As I was driving in there was a sign and some things set up outside. BABY STUFF. It was 70% off, and when you went inside, there were signs for 50% and 30% off. I discovered Carters outlet store.

I happen to be a magnet to anything that states something is money off the lowest ticketed price. But BABY STUFF with money off the lowest ticketed price – HOLY CRAP. This baby is going to be the best dressed 0-3 month old EVER!

I bought the outfit to come home from the hospital in, and some sleepers, and onsies. I did buy 12-18 month onsies too … so I can say I’m prepared past 3 months in some way.

We haven’t really gotten anything for the baby yet on our own, we’ve been given a few things from family but we’ve been waiting to get into a new house before we unleash the baby buying power.

It’s been so hard not to buy baby stuff, most of the time I don’t go to said sections of stores but I want to so bad. And today I broke down and went INSIDE a store that only has baby clothes, games and even rain boots.

Hopefully we’ll have a new house in the next 2 or 3 months so we can register for the necessities and I can have a place to put my new baby clothes on tiny baby hangers in a baby nursery. 🙂

Did I mention we’re having a BABY!!!!!

Umbilical cord – to tie or to clasp?

This morning I was wondering about my belly button. I mean, since that’s where I was connected to the umbilical cord and everyone else too, how does it work on the inside now that I’m not attached anymore?

Aaron and I got to talking about it and we got to the point of discussing the possibilities about the cutting of the cord and what not. Aaron fervently pointed out to me that he’s always been told that you cut the cord, and then proceed to tie it off. And, according to Aaron, you tie it off according to inny or outy – which ever you prefer. AND THEN (I know, there’s more) because it can’t possibly heal itself all nice and cute like it turns out Aaron also thinks the doctor then ties the belly button closed (you know how it looks like a knot … he thinks the doctor does that).

So lets paint this picture for you. Aaron has just finished cutting the cord, if he hasn’t fainted already, and then looks at me with all seriousness and asks, inny or outy, Jode? What should we do?

So this morning I’m trying not to laugh because he’s SO serious about this but I’ve been around babies since I, myself, was one and I happen to know the process of the umbilical cord very well. I have 4 nieces/nephews and I started babysitting at age 11. Not to mention any of my 36 cousins just on my moms side. I’ve seen a few umbilical cords in my day.

You cut the cord and then the doctor CLAMPS it, and that’s all. You leave it there for it to do its thing. It heals and it FALLS OFF by ITSELF. (Imagine Aaron horrified at this point, how could I think it falls off???) And when it falls off, it’s a button. It decides inny or outy and it closes itself.

We got to the point of Aaron looking up the facts online … because pregnant woman with baby experience knows nothing and Internet knows all. I let Aaron find the info; to which confirmed my claims and it took everything in his body to say I was right. We even called my mom – and she’s going to die laughing at the message we left, but then she also remembers Aaron from pre pregnant wife, pre wife and just dating her daughter. She’s heard a few off the wall things before.

Uh-oh. As I type Aaron found more than information on umbilical cords on this one site – he’s watching a movie about labor and delivery. The same movie that was EMAILED to me moments after I was pregnant and I proceeded to watch it – completely unaware of what was coming next. They forget to make the disclaimer in very large and bold print stating that you’re actually going to see labor and delivery. Real people, babies and big labor words.

He’s asking me if I still want to do it naturally. Because seriously, they’re using words like transition labor, emotions and anticipation.

And there it is, the actual birth … Aaron doesn’t know what to do with himself. But wait, THERES MORE – they even show the delivery of the placenta. And his final words were (after contorting the face a million different ways) Quote “I would be like DOPE ME UP, get that shit in me.” End quote.