Once I found out I was pregnant, life was then filled with a Series of Firsts. The first doctor visit. The first sonogram. The first time I heard the baby’s heartbeat. The first stretch mark.
The one “first” that stood out the most to me was the first time I felt my baby move inside of me. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I wondered what that first kick, movement would feel like. I had heard stories from people who had been pregnant before me. “It will feel like butterflies.” “You’ll feel like something is swimming inside of you.” are real things people told me.
What does something swimming inside of you feel like? How would I know for sure that it was my baby and not gas or hunger pains?
I remember spending many nights sitting on the sofa with my hands on my belly wondering if that day would be the day I’d feel my baby move. Around the fifth month, I started to feel what I can only describe was “flutters.” I wasn’t sure if it was my baby, but it was definitely something I had never felt before.
And then, one day, It Happened. There was a movement that felt like a kick and I was sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had finally felt my baby kicking and moving inside of me. I yelled out to my husband. “I just felt the baby move!” And yes, there were tears because I just felt my baby move.
As the days and weeks went on, the movements became stronger. It was the most amazing feeling I had ever experienced. Eventually, the kicks became strong enough that others could feel them by placing their hands on my belly. Every night, my husband would sit on the couch next to me with his hands on my belly and we’d sit there in awe each time we felt our baby kick.
Those kicks weren’t as precious when they started happening on my bladder and liver. OUCH, but seeing and feeling those movements from inside of my body will always be one of the most spectacular things to have ever happened to me as a mother.
Do you remember the first time you felt your baby move?