“Strange things are happening to me…ain’t no doubt about it.”

The line from the first Toy Story soundtrack seems appropriate at the moment. I’ll explain.

Baby’s been in a growth spurt, went from half a pound to a pound in just two weeks. Incredible. And oh, can I feel it too. The skin across my abdomen is stretched out like canvas over a frame, tighter and tighter and…ouch, tighter. I didn’t realize I would be able to feel the growth on the outside like this. People talk about how a pregnant belly “pops”, and it sounded cute and fairly painless, like some quick, overnight happening. Not so. I’m not sure if it helps, but I’m adding globs of lotion and oil to my belly on a regular basis, hoping that somehow the extra moisture will ease that strange stretching sensation. And the marks it threatens to leave behind.

Josh could feel Baby last night. Finally. Two, brief bumpety-thumps beneath his hand, then baby quit, but it was something. I’ve had him to myself for the past five weeks. So glad to share the magic.

The past couple weeks, Baby and I have been having fun with a Morse code sort of interaction. He can’t talk to me, but he can tap. And so this is what we do. He pushes out, I push in. It’s our first game. I imagine that in addition to playing with him, I am teaching him some sort of cause and effect rule, or the law of physics: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Move over, Baby Einstein. Of course, I can’t always push back whenever he moves so there goes that idea. Regardless, it really is so fun to have him busting a move, bouncing, rolling, whatever sorts of things he does in there. The mystery that is growing inside of me, a human life and soul – may it never cease to amaze and confound me.

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2 thoughts on ““Strange things are happening to me…ain’t no doubt about it.”

  1. Keep putting lotion on your belly! Mine itched like crazy after about 25 weeks and it was the only thing that helped. Unfortunately it didn't keep away the stretchmarks. There are a few on my tummy but most on my hips and thighs. So make sure to put lotion there too. 🙂 Glad to hear Josh felt the baby, it's such a magical thing.

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  2. Wow, I bet Josh was excited to finally feel the baby move. More pictures, please! 🙂 Actually, we need to just figure out how to see you in person sometime in the near future!

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