Ok, so I really really did not intend to let nearly three months pass between posts, but there was life, and work, and naps, and eating, and of course, studying for the Baby Bar Exam six hours every day. I took the (SEVEN HOUR) exam last Tuesday and I have to say I felt pretty awesome for sitting through a SEVEN HOUR exam while seven months pregnant and having to pee every half hour. The bathrooms were super far away but I totally hung in there and I felt really good about myself at the end of it. I spent the rest of the week in a kind of post-legal-exam haze, not sure what to do with myself now that I didn’t need to spend six hours studying every day, so I caught up on all my t.v. shows and some chores around the house, and then on Sunday my sister came over and between her, me, and Mike, we ninja-kicked our way through the second bedroom, clearing it out, cleaning it up, and getting it ready for some serious nursery decorating. We didn’t finish, but we made awesome progress and I am hopeful that I’ll be doing the fun stuff (DECORATING!!) in the next couple of weeks.
And how is Niblet growing, you ask?
Pregnancy hormones are making me grow hair in weird places!
At twenty-seven weeks, Niblet is around two pounds, 15 inches long, nearly completely formed and (with a lot of medical intervention) would have an 85% chance of survival outside my womb.
*Note to Niblet – PLEASE STAY PUT FOR A MINIMUM OF TWELVE MORE WEEKS, MMMMKAY? Mama loves you.*
We found out at 19 weeks that Niblet has a VAGINA, so technically I have two vaginas right now. I’m basically a vagina superhero. BabyCenter.com says Niblet opened her eyes for the first time last week and she’s added blinking to her list of special skills, among which are breathing and drinking amniotic fluid, sucking fingers and thumbs, grabbing her feet, playing with the umbilical cord, touching her face and amniotic sac, making the poop she’ll poop when she’s born, peeing, sleeping and waking at regular intervals, and clog-dancing on my cervix. How’s THAT for her LinkedIn profile?
Kid is ACTIVE. I started feeling little pops and bubbles at 18 weeks, but it wasn’t until 20 weeks that I was certain I was feeling Niblet and not the after-effect of too much ice cream. That was when she started kicking hard enough that I could feel her from the outside of my belly. At 24 weeks I could actually SEE her moving in my belly. It’s super freaky – like watching an alien trying to escape. These days it’s like I’ve got a little gymnast in there, turning, kicking, punching, wiggling. Sometimes she kicks/jabs in two places at once, sometimes she kicks on the left, sometimes the right, or up near my ribs, or, like I said earlier, she’s clog-dancing on my cervix. Her wiggles wake me up in the night, keep me from falling asleep, startle me at work, and sometimes they tickle. She’s had the hiccups once, so far. And still, after nearly ten weeks of feeling her, I have to stop whatever I’m doing to sit in awe whenever she starts her water ballet. Her movements make me indescribably happy. Even when they keep me up at night. Especially then.
It’s really amazing how easy this pregnancy has been. (Yes, I know, I’m super lucky.) I keep telling Mike that it’s too bad we’re not planning a family of fourteen because I feel like I was meant to do this. I’m the happiest, calmest, most laid-back I’ve ever been in my life. The worst part has been watching my waistline vanish and my behind take over, but that’s only because I’m a vain and superficial monster. Other than that, pregnancy has (mostly) been a cake walk.
And since I know you’re DYING to see (please note the hint of sarcasm) here’s that link to my Flickr stream of weekly belly pics. I wish they weren’t mostly selfies in my bathroom, but between my schedule and Mike’s schedule it’s a wonder I ever got knocked up, so finding time for him to take my photo has been near impossible. (Click photos for captions.)
Niblet will be born in about three months and I still can’t believe I’m really, actually, truly pregnant. It’s all going way, way too fast.