Pregnancy Journal: He’s Moving! I Swear He Is!

From 5 Minutes for Parenting

By Kelly

The baby boy inside of me moves. A lot. He kicks and jabs and turns and rolls. There are times my abdomen feels like a super-flex garbage bag that can handle the sharpest pokes and prods. There are other times my belly looks like the waves of an ocean storm, heaving and reaching and falling under the guidance from my little resident alien.

Funny thing, though: No one else has ever felt him move. I just can’t seem to get the timing right. Every time – every time – I say to my husband, “Holy cow! This boy is MOVING! Put your hand here,” the movement stops. Or the baby turns in such a way that the kicks are more internal than external.

It’s getting to be comical. My husband felt our other children kick, and he trusts that I really am growing a human and not just gorging on leftover birthday cake. (Although that’s true as well.) He always humors me by sitting patiently with his hands on my ever-widening tummy for a few minutes when I insist that this time, this time, it will work. And then, eventually, when no movement is forthcoming, he’ll grin at me and say, “Sure babe. Whatever.” And he’ll return to his TV show or his book or his coffee.

And then – inevitably – the baby will kick at the exact spot his father’s hands lingered a minute ago, as if to say, “Ha! Gotcha again!”

Kelly is 24 weeks pregnant with her fourth baby, who appears to be a baby boy intent on destroying his mother’s sanity before he’s even born. She also blogs at Love Well.

12 Responses to Pregnancy Journal: He’s Moving! I Swear He Is!
  1. Heather of the EO
    January 27, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    That cracks me up. There’s a sneaky little guy in there. I can just picture a little in-utero chuckle 🙂

  2. Stephanie
    January 27, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    That happens with me and Beth’s baby!

  3. Jo
    January 27, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    What a little prankster you’ve got. Sounds like #4 is gonna be a HANDful! 🙂

  4. Louise
    January 27, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    Both our girls were that way with their father – especially the second one. He could even see her move sometimes, watch the skin on my stomach rippling, but as soon as he’d put his hands there: nothing.

    Sigh. Kids. What can you do?

  5. Mary
    January 27, 2010 | 3:35 pm

    That happened to me at first. And then Elizabeth kicked it up a notch (tee hee) and started kicking so hard she woke both of us up at night.

  6. Jeni
    January 27, 2010 | 5:35 pm

    That happened with my #2. With my firstborn, my husband could feel her move fairly regularly, but my son was sneaky. I think I was closer to 30wks before my husband could FINALLY feel the movements I had felt at 14 wks.

  7. Krista
    January 27, 2010 | 6:46 pm

    That happens every time I try to get my son to feel his baby brother! Of course he’s not very patient, but still, the baby will be kicking and kicking and as soon as I get his hand on there the little guy stops. Oy!

  8. Hannah
    January 28, 2010 | 12:02 am

    Already so full of impish personality!

  9. Michelle Burrill
    January 28, 2010 | 2:29 am

    Babies are GOOD at this game!!! Just wait ’til he gets a little bit bigger.

  10. Michael
    January 28, 2010 | 11:58 am

    I wouldn’t volunteer to take part in most aspects of being pregnant, but the sensation of having a life evolving inside you must be awe inspiring and otherworldly. That was the only part of the pregnancy experience where I was just a bit jealous that Jill was doing it and not me.

  11. gretchen from lifenut
    January 28, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    We had kids who were tricksters, too. Archie was such a slowpoke in utero, I can probably count on both hands how many times other people actually felt him move. I felt him often, though.

  12. Aja Deidrick
    January 22, 2011 | 2:38 am

    Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Wonderful .. Astounding ? I typically don?t post in Blogs but your weblog pressured me to, amazing operate.. lovely ?

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