I am starting to "pop." The belly is getting larger every day. People in my office that didn't know I was pregnant are giving me sly looks and offering tentative congratulations. The line that extends up to your belly button when pregnant (the linea nigra)? I have one. I can see the bottom of my belly button, which is a little freaky because it looks like a miniature sink hole. On some intangible level, I knew all these thing would likely happen, but still: it's all somewhat surreal. I am beginning to have to body of a pregnant woman.
The big news lately (other than learning Baby Peanut's gender)? I can feel her kicks! She kicks all the time, but especially at night and after meals. She went completely crazy after I drank a Coke the other day! It's very reassuring to feel her and know she's OK. J isn't able to feel anything, but my doctor thinks it will be another month or so until she gets big and strong enough for him to feel her kicking.
Also, I think she likes swimming around in there. On Saturday I could feel a hard little area on my stomach that may or may not have been a body part? It's a little painful, but I don't mind. OK, that's a lie. It hurt. But I still don't mind.
Knowing her gender and feeling her kick has certainly helped make the entire pregnancy seem more real. Up until this point, the idea of having a baby seemed like an abstract concept. It's not 100% real yet, but we are getting there.
It's time to start working on the nursery. Oy vey: talk about overwhelming. Here's what I know we need:
A crib, mattress and bedding
I'm leaning towards very soft pinks, silver, sage green and deep lavender - in other words: super girly, but please no princess crowns. Is sophisticated feminine a concept?