Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I don't know where the word Flutterbies came from but I think that me or one of my siblings accidentally called a butterfly a flutterby when we were little. Either way, I have been having lots of them here and there. In the last week or so however, I've noticed them less and less. Even though my belly keeps getting rounder, the flutters have been fewer and farther between. Of course, this is a reason for me to overanalyze and panic.

With my anterior placenta, I knew it was very possible I wouldn't be able to feel baby kicks until later in the pregnancy. Think of it as an air bag protecting the baby from the front. While most women's air bags are in the back, mine is completely cushioning the area in front of my abdomen and the baby. I was just assuming that since I was getting bigger and progressing right along that my placenta was probably growing too and making baby's movements harder to feel. Everything else has been going fine: no cramping, no bleeding, etc. So I was trying not to worry.

This morning, I caved in to a recent impulse buy and ate a huge bowl of Fruit Loops (it was my breakfast and my lunch!) Within a couple minutes my entire abdomen felt like it was full of fluttering wings. I breathed the biggest sigh of relief and literally told my tummy, "thank you for letting mommy know you're okay!" This part of pregnancy is so odd: it's a sort of limbo between the horrible symptoms of the first trimester and the big kicks of later pregnancy so it is hard to know that everything really is okay. At least now I know for the future: this baby loves sugar!

Just for fun, a new picture of Peanut and mommy's new blonde(r) hair!

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