Baby, Maternity Care, Pregnancy

All Kinds of Movement!

Starting last week (week 17) I could feel the baby moving.  It was the most amazing thing – I just sat there for awhile and thought, “Was that what I thought it was?”  Pretty cool!  It feels like a little tap-tap, as though the baby’s saying, “Hey guys – I’m in here!”  And my response to that is, “Yes you are, and we can’t wait to meet you!”

I can usually feel the baby move a couple of times each day.  At first, I would stop and tell Chris about it each time.  He was excited in the beginning.  Now, the baby’s moving so often that each time I say, “Oooh, the baby just moved!”, he’s like, “Uh huh – that’s nice…”  It’s not all that exciting when you can’t feel it for yourself, I guess 😉

We’re hoping to find out the baby’s sex next week.  In New Zealand, you have at most 2 ultrasounds if you’re fit and well.  We opted out of the 1st one.  It didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me, and our midwife agreed.  It’s not a bad idea to have it, but it doesn’t really tell you a whole lot {although it is useful if you’re unsure about how far along you are, if you have a prior history of ectopic pregnancies, or other health risks}.  This ultrasound will be our first look at our Kiwi Baby and we’re pretty excited about that.

We’re planning on revealing the baby’s sex but keeping the name a surprise.  My friend Brooke was pretty impressed when I told her that we’d already settled on a girl’s name and were almost decided on a boy’s name {just waiting for Chris to give a “yea” or “nay” on the middle name}.  She thought we were quick.  Quick, ha!  I told her that Chris and I have been married for 6 years, and I’ve been thinking about baby names for, oh, 6 1/2 years.  So, not quick at all, trust me.  I’m pretty picky about names.  There’s a lot to consider – pronunciation, monograms {I don’t want our child to have initials that spell something ridiculous}, length, nicknames – and you don’t want your baby to have a name that will turn them into playground lunchmeat!

So keep your fingers crossed that baby’s in the right position next week.  So exciting!  I can’t believe that I’m almost to the halfway point of this pregnancy… boy, have I got a lot to do!

***Update – We weren’t able to book the ultrasound till the week after next 🙁  The group we are going to has the scans done by actual radiologists instead of ultrasound techs, so they tend to be a bit more in demand.  Oh, well.  Patience is a virtue!***

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16 thoughts on “All Kinds of Movement!

  1. How exciting and I love that you are putting so much thought into naming your child, names are important and I think people often name their kids willy nilly and the poor kid suffer’s for it, like naming your child something no one can pronounce (their are exceptions names in another language for example, but I’m thinking of people who intentionally get creative about spelling their child’s name), and I absolutely hate it when people give girls boy names… no little girl wants to be called Trevor, or Sian, or Julian, seriously… I know all kids will be teased at some point but why as a parent would you name your child something more prone to getting them picked on?

    Phew… that’s my rant for the day I suppose… sorry to high jack your post! Can’t wait to find out the sex of baby kiwi (ps what a cute nickname!)

  2. Isn’t feeling the baby the most amazing thing?!? Just wait until you can point out body parts and such!

    What do you think you’re having?! And I want to see a belly pic! I can’t wait for you to find out!

  3. Feeling the baby move is quite possibly one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy, in my opinion!!

    Hoping your little one has it’s legs uncrossed for you! I can’t wait to hear what you’re having:)

  4. I can’t wait to find out your name! Such an exciting time for you guys….I know what you mean about avoiding monograms that spell something weird. I went to school with a guy whose initials spelled GAS and everybody called him the Gas Man. Poor guy. xoxo

  5. Wow! I haven’t been around the blogging world in a while and look at the great news I missed. Congratulations girlie!!! That is such exciting news!!!

  6. Aw yay so exciting!! Looking forward to hearing the gender 🙂 I reckon names are better kept a secret until they’re born so am glad you guys are doing that 🙂

  7. So excited for you to find out boy or girl but I can’t wait to know either!!! I’m jealous you are feeling movement. Believe it or not the entire time I was pregnant I never felt Ellie move. I still find that odd. LOL!!! XOXO

  8. I’m glad to hear we’ll be in the know regarding gender! I think keeping the name a secret is perfect…adds a nice degree of surprise.

    You never know, maybe you’ll find out you’re having twins. Better have a second name ready just in case 🙂

  9. I can’t believe you feel movement! I’m so curious when I’ll feel Baby C move! And I guess that could be next week! It’s so funny that we’re this far along. Heck, my belly is so small, I find it hard to believe sometimes. I hope I get those taps soon!

  10. Nothing is quite as exciting as that first ultrasound! Love that you’re feeling the baby too 🙂 I bet your names are perfect! We told the sex but always kept the names a secret.

  11. That’s awesome that you’re feeling baby already!! I don’t think I really knew I was feeling her until about 19-20 weeks. Lucky girl you!! Just wait until those little taps become gigantic waves across your belly and little feet jutting out under your ribs, lol! That’s the fun stuff 🙂

    We also found out the sex at 18 weeks – hoping your little one cooperates for you guys too! Oh, and we also are keeping our name a secret – it’s driving everyone mad but I don’t care – I can’t wait to reveal it when she’s here!

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