I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon when it comes to my commitment to document The Captain’s in utero progress, but I’m determined to get caught up. This week has been particularly crazy when it comes to little Wish’s growth; As far as three weeks ago, January was feeling movement and kicks. Even last week I was finally able to feel the vaguest flutters coming from inside her belly. It’s not flutters anymore; If I sit really still I can feel actual kicks on the outside of January’s belly.
It’s strange, because this isn’t at all what I thought “feeling the baby kick” would feel like. It’s so incredibly subtle, almost as if January just has hiccups. And although it’s slight, it’s defnitely there and incredibly cool. It’s also so cool to me that January is able to feel her moving around continuously and usually knows right where her head and feet are. We’re starting to get to the point where we can, to a degree, manipulate where she goes; In meeting with our doula last week she told us that by using heating pads or a flashlight to direct her, we should be able to get her in a more comfortable position and ensure that as we get closer to the due date she’s oriented properly.
Now that we’re officially in the third trimester, we’re trying to introduce her to more and more outside stimulii. She can hear everything going on outside now, so at night I’ve been reading her some books that I read as a kid, starting with the classic Sheldon’s Lunch. She’s also starting to respond to music. Last night, January asked me to download the latest album from Taylor Swift, so I was playing the album as I was getting it imported into our music collection. I don’t know whether Wish loved it or hated it, but she was definitely responding to it. We even got the headphones out and put them to January’s belly so she could get a better listen and she started moving closer to the headphones and pushing out toward them. It’s really cool to see that something that little — and someone I won’t really officially meet for another three months — start responding to our influence in her life. It’s kind of a big responsibility.
Tonight, I’m introducing her to The Clash.