Friday, April 14, 2006

One Night In Bed

So I was lying on my back feeling the baby slide around inside me and as it kicked I realised I could see my stomach rippling.

This made me laugh and so then there was more rippling.

And then my belly button bulged and heaved and other parts of my stomach contorted like a miniature earthquake was underway in my gut and I stopped laughing because to tell the truth it looked really quite disturbing and while it was funny before, now, frankly, it was just plain creepy.

27 comments:

Juliabohemian said...

that is truly the best experience. I used to love lying in bed at night and feeling the movement. wait until you can make out the outline of a foot sticking you in the ribs. unbelievable.

sbs said...

It's plain weird for us partners to watch too... In the later stages B would point out that her bump had 'corners'.

Urban Chick said...

my squeamish nature has not allowed me to watch 'alien' but there were plenty of occasions when i thought to myself how reminiscent the experience was of ms weaver's character in said film

and i once upset an older woman at work who was cooing over my bump - she asked how i felt and i said it was a bit like being inhabited by an alien

creepy, but fun in a weird sort of way


UC

MsPrufrock said...

Why, I used the word "creepy" just today regarding that sort of movement. I was laying in bed for about half an hour feeling what could have been legs, arms, a butt, a head, moving back and forth across my abdomen. It's as disturbing as it is magical.

Nico said...

That is so totally cool. As UC said, creepy too. But cool. I can't wait :-)

Lin said...

Well-described and something I well remember. The odd flutter kick was one thing; it was the heaving I found most disconcerting!

Dramalish said...

Creepy, yes... but I found it the BEST part of being pregnant. Feeling her move. Seeing her move. Knowing that there was a LITTLE PERSON IN THERE. Crazy.
Enjoy it, OG. :)
-D.

frangelita said...

Creepy, maybe - but I bet it feels more real every day. Good luck, you're doing great.

Burnt Karma said...

My Jr was a real wriggler. He tossed and turned and twisted around every day. It was magic. In the later stages, he ran out of room, but he then had hiccups every hour so I found that reassuring.

It's the corners poking through your skin that I remember very clearly. Hubbs used to press on a side, and Jr would push back!

k #2 said...

Yes, creepy but also magical. My favorite times of the day are when my little girl moves around. I still smile as if it is the first time she is doing it because I can't believe there really is a little human being in there. Now my little girl is getting the hiccups daily -- that is FUNNY! I still think I will go into shock on delivery day!

Sunshine said...

When my stomach did that, I had flashbacks to that Alien movie....

spindleshanks said...

i loved that bit - though my stomach now still has a life of its own and has never recovered from being pushed so relentlessly out of shape. i like to think of it as part of my spiritual development - you know, letting go of my once rather nice flat tummy and embracing the flab.

Calliope said...

yikes!
I had a similar experience after eating some wrong chicken in Mexico...but I just don't think it was quite the same.

Love that s/he was laughing with your laugh. Very sweet.

Spanglish said...

One of my friends was very excited about it, and when she showed her husband he had the "creepy" reaction. It hurt her feelings, and she obsessed about it for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Enjoy the creepy magical moments.

star firstbaseman said...

Hahaha. I think I would react the same way you did.

Kim said...

Hey, is there an email address I can contact you by?

elle said...

Lovely, squirmy baby. It may be creepy, but it's goddamn reassuring too. Lots of squirms in your future!

cat said...

It is quite alien looking right? Downright... bizzare yet at the same time somehow normal.

So happy for you.

mig bardsley said...

I remember being quite astonished at what the tiny things could get up to in there. Made them more of a person somehow. And then I worried that it would feel cramped and get bored with being curled up all the time.

laura said...

I think it is just the coolest thing... sort of like a scene out of Alien, or some other horror movie when a face emerges from a stone wall, or something creepy like that.


I remember asking a pregnant friend, years ago, if she felt at all claustrophobic, what with the big baby inside of her.. she said oh, yes. I wasn't sure what I even meant by the question, but I get it now. Claustrophoic with little aliens inside. Isn't it lovely??

Panda said...

Oh yes, the mexican wave belly. Its totally weird and awesome at the same time. As is the little pointy bulges that appear here and there.

What's even better is discovering that pointy thing was his elbow.

Yidchick said...

Now hear this. There is no part of having a baby that isn't surreal. They kick and squirm inside you and then they come out and weeks later they're looking at you with recognition and smiling while you're still thinking "who are you and where did you come from?".

Ehem. Sorry for the outburst. It's lovely to feel kicking. I'll go back to my hole now...

Dramalish said...

Hello dear!
Just checking in on you, as we haven't heard from you in a little bit.

Give us a quick post to let us know that all is well, yes? It doesn't have to be Shakespeare. ;)
-D.

T said...

I loved that - I didnt get it that often w/ anterior placenta, but when I did it was WAY cool.

Growing Up said...

I seen a beautiful picture of a pregnant ladys belly and you could see the babys foot poking out. It was amazing looking you could make out the toes and everything. That was the best part of my pregnancy watching my baby move in my belly. Weird but great.

squarepeg said...

Gosh. I read through your blog archives the other day and I have to say - it's like a fantastic novel! It's nice to see the heroine get what she deserves in the end :)

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Cheers and congratulations!
E

just sayin' said...

OMG. Last night as I watched kitties moving around in Sammy's belly, I wondered what in the world must that feel like?