I had been suspecting for a couple of weeks now that I could feel the baby moving. It was never definitive and could always be chalked up to lunch or overexertion. But in the last couple of days, that fluttering feeling seemed to get a bit more defined and it wasn’t quite the same as indigestion and today I’m almost ready to call it! It was in the same area (in my midsection below the navel), and each movement seemed to brush up against my bladder, giving me that should-I-go? feeling. Almost like a tickle.
I have also had some interesting dreams in the past couple of days. Over the weekend, I dreamed that I was taking the baby on some errands (seriously, it does get interesting) and I just got overcome with this feeling that I could love this baby as much as I wanted, that the baby was really mine and all I wanted to do was love it. I woke up so happy! But then last night, I dreamed that I was feeling the baby move and as I watched my belly, I could start to make out facial features protruding out–not unlike the movie “Alien”. A little disgusted, I touched it and “broke” it. I am actually still feeling disturbed by this dream as of this afternoon!
We are currently in our 20th week! Next Wednesday is the “big” ultrasound where we can make sure everything is still moving along as expected and hopefully found out if it’s a boy or girl. Should be able to get some more ultrasound pictures too!
At 20 Weeks
Wow. So today, we bought and assembled an outdoor table and chair set, as well as a pair of Adirondack chairs. The grass was mowed again yesterday (holy crap, there is a downside to a big yard). A deer even showed up to help me. I sprayed the lawn today to help fight the dandelion assault the previous owners were suffering from and did some more weeding. But perhaps the biggest achievement was finally getting our bed into our bedroom (after a full week of sleeping on the floor). I had to take out a window and Melastrong and I had to hoist it on to the roof and through the window. Adventure!! It seems back in 1890 they didn’t build staircases for a queen-size mattress.
I have been amazed at how hard moving is. There are so many more essential moving things that need to happen than I ever planned for and the “splurges” are more like requirements as I look at them. This stuff is expensive. We are doing our part to be our own little stimulus package.
Getting down to business
Welcome wagon for the neighborhood
Yes, yes–still unpacking from the move. We’ve gotten our essentials in place and even some non-essentials, but we still have a ways to go before we can say we’re truly settled in. What’s great at this point is that every little bit helps and everyday it feels more and more like home. I’m not going to lie to you–this house has some quirks, but I’m finding that the more I figure out what those are, the more I feel ownership of this place.
We are halfway through the process of trading our old new house for the new old one! Today we closed on the new (old) house. Aside from the large stack of papers that had to first be explained and then signed by Mike and me, it was a really fun experience. After the official closing, we got together with the previous owner to go over any other house details and questions we might have had. Extremely helpful and totally not required on his part, you could tell the pride he felt in owning this house and excited to turn it over to a couple who would likely carry on that pride. He even turned over some design plans he had drawn up for possible additions a few years ago and all the research he had done on the history of the house. As it turns out, the house is likely much older than listed, as he had found some historic documents for what seemed to be the earliest known inhabitants of the house dated back to 1900. It would seem that the old courthouse in town had burned down in 1920 and all legal documents housed in the building were lost, therefore all the replicated documents had a new birth year of 1920.
The official moving day is this Saturday, which really means just all the big stuff and anything we’ve managed to pack in boxes… and all the remaining items will just have to picked up as we get to it. It’s not so bad being able to drag your feet in packing all of your belongings!
(Oh, and happy 4th anniversary to us!)