Well, we've reached a new milestone in this pregnancy...stretch marks.
I noticed two possible stretch marks about a week and a half ago, but they were in a very difficult to see spot, so I wasn't sure that I was right.
Well, they've developed in that time frame, and now I'm sure of it. Plus, they've been joined by two friends.
They aren't anything like I expected. I figured that my first pregnancy-related stretch marks would show up kind of on my side and would be horizontal.
These ones, in case you're interested, are between my belly button and my pelvis, right at the bottom of my baby bump, and are vertical.
Not at all what I expected.
They're my first vertical stretch marks on my stomach. I had plenty already from growth spurts when I was a teen (I've always been thin, but I've still got curves), and I guess I just expected that my pregnancy stretch marks would be similar to my growth spurt stretch marks.
I really don't mind it at all. (1) I know that many women get stretch marks a lot sooner than this (and get a lot more than I've gotten). And (2) getting a baby out of the deal makes the whole thing way more than worth it. So I've got no complaints.
In other news, the other night, you were moving around like CRAZY. Seriously, more than ever before. You weren't only kicking and punching, but I could feel you rolling and twisting and moving from one side of my stomach to the other (and dragging your sweet little hands and feet from one side of my stomach to the other).
There was this one moment where you must have been pressing against my stomach with not only a hand or foot, but also with your entire arm or leg. I could actually feel the outline of it through my stomach. And as I outlined your arm or leg (it's a bit hard to tell which!), you stayed in that position for a minute, and then started moving it - it was like I was tickling you or something...
It was probably the coolest thing I've experienced so far in pregnancy...actually, in life. It felt like I was interacting with you or playing with you for the first time. It felt like our first real connection.
It was absolutely amazing.
I can't even describe the joy that I felt in outlining your perfect little arm or leg.
And I just had to sit there and thank God for this little miracle inside of me and for the honor of being your mother.
I just wish with all my heart that your dad could have been there to experience it.
Next time you want to get all worked up, wait until your dad is around - he would love to experience something like that...almost as much as he loves you :)
And I love you, too, Baby.