Well, I'm 17.5 weeks pregnant with Baby #3 slash Baby #1 in utero. I keep thinking "I know how to grow a baby in my heart. This whole growing a baby in my belly is entirely different." I have friends who've both adopted and birthed biological children who claim there are remarkable similarities between the 2 processes. I'm failing to see the resemblances. Feel free to enlighten me if you've done both.
Truth be told, I've enjoyed about 4 minutes of this pregnancy [not including the actual conception part which was longer than 3 minutes]. Three of those minutes were on November 18th at 11:39am when we saw our baby doing flip flops and somersaults in my belly. My midwife jokingly scolded our 11 week old baby to calm down so she could get good measurements. I genuinely laughed in delight and awe of this child growing within me.
The fourth minute was last night. I felt our baby move for the first time. I felt something almost painful on the upper left side of my belly and then something push against my belly. I even felt something hard and circular [head?!?] multiple times on the outside of my belly. Brian couldn't feel it but I swear it was the baby. That was my favorite minute of pregnancy, hands down!
Every other minute of this pregnancy has been tolerable at best. I wish I reveled in this process more, but I'd be lying.
I'm hoping for another exciting experience on Tuesday [January 10th] where we have our 45-minute sonogram and HOPE to find out the gender of this little being. Just for fun, I thought we'd start a poll so you can guess the gender, arrival date, weight, and height of this baby. GUESS HERE!
If you are inclined to think my belly's shape is sign of the gender, here's a picture we took today of my exploding belly [and fattening face] at nearly 18 weeks...
Have Fun and Good Luck!