Tales Of An Expectant Dad: Week 23

On November 5th 2012, my wife gave birth to our first child. During the pregnancy I decided that I would write about the experience. Every week since I have documented all of the events that took place throughout this time, along with my thoughts on them. Now that I can confirm that our baby is happy and healthy, I will share those thoughts with you.

Week 23 – There is a Real Kid in There

We’re still recovering from the jet lag that comes with traveling, but one thing is for certain. There isn’t just a phetus in there. It is a baby.

When Jess is home on the couch she’ll often rub her belly (as will I). This calms her and seems to have a calming effect on Alex as well. She has felt kicks before, and to get him going she’ll start poking her stomach to look for a reaction. The other night, Jess poked her belly and very quickly got a poke back. She did it again, same thing. Then she poked a little harder. He moved to the other side and poked from there. I’ll be damned, Jessica was playing with the baby. Think about that for a minute. There is a living person inside my wife’s stomach, and she is able to interact with it. Talk about a mind trip.

It goes a little farther than that. We are at a point where he can hear things that happen around us to a point where we can talk to him and he’ll hear us. We aren’t having loud conversations or anything, but making a loud noise near her stomach causes an immediate reaction. Again, oh my god there is a living thing in there! I’m sure this is a coincidence, but I asked him to kick twice if he didn’t want pizza again, and he did!

Speaking of kicks, those are getting much stronger. Jess was laying down with her hand on her stomach, and the little punk kicked her hand clear off her stomach. Needless to say she was shocked. There is definitely a person in there, and he needs more room.

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