Pregnancy journal: Worry revisited

 

I know that there are still many things that could go wrong between now and the baby’s birth, but I’m trying very hard to focus on the more positive examples I’ve explained. I’ve finally consented to allow Rob to put up the crib in the baby’s room. Jacob has been asking for it to be set up nearly every day. So, just as soon as we get the nursery painted, we’ll set up the furniture. (It’s the only room in the house that hasn’t been re-done since we moved.)

Now that I’ve explained my optimistic outlook, I’ll explain what happened for the first several days of the week. Nothing.

The baby got very quiet again and seemingly slept for nearly five days. By the end of the third day I was terribly worried. Just as it had a few weeks ago, the baby would squirm just as I’d reach for the phone to call the doctor. I knew that it was still there, but it certainly had quieted down.

I remembered that during my pregnancy with Jacob, he too slowed his movements, but I didn’t remember it being quite this early. I understand limited movement as the baby grows bigger and the amount of available space lessens but it seems too soon for it to be that large!

Rob kept telling me to calm down and that as long as it was still moving gently I shouldn’t worry. My rational mind knew this as well, but who said I had to remain rational? There was quite a difference from the visible movements of last week to the gentle nudges that occurred this week.

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