Daddy's Coming Honey!



“He’s Gonna Be a Soccer Player, Yes He Is!”

Kickers run in the family, from my mother’s cousin’s husband who kicked for Virginia Tech using only half a foot (lawnmower accident, common in Southwest Virginia— remind me to tell you about the incident of the toe-gobbling lab/retriever sometime), to my brother leaping on the couch and kicking at me wildly to defend himself as a youngster, to me being nick-named “Thunderfoot” when I was the only 8th-grader to play rec soccer, and thus had to play with a bunch o 6th and 7th graders that year.

I felt the first kick on Christmas Eve, and ever subtle it was, when not a creature was stirring, except for a late-gestational-stage prenatal human fetus.

At the first visual scan, it was confirmed that we had a very active boy. Since then, he’s been kicking like a mad dog.

Last night, I tell you, this kid just about kicked his way out of the bag, so to speak. Lately we’ve been able to feel for not only kicks, but body parts that seemed to be resting against the womb wall. Judging from last night’s performance, it seemed he had nested his back against Carrie’s spine and proceeded to execute an under-water bicycle kick.

It was like playing wack-a-mole. We kept feeling bump after bump from one side of the belly to the other, kicks growing stronger and stronger. I actually felt it in my own stomach, it was that powerful. I’m really not sure if my wife is cooking a baby or popping popcorn in there. Either way, when he’s done we’ll have to share him and then clean up all the mess.

There is a technique called kick-counting, which hasn’t been proven as accurate, but is a great emotional placebo for anxious mothers:
The following is from Kick-Track.com
The occurrence of frequent baby movements during pregnancy is an excellent indicator of fetal well-being. The first fetal movements or “flutters” are usually felt by the mother between the 16th and the 20th week of pregnancy. Movements generally increase in strength and frequency through pregnancy, particularly at night, and when the woman is at rest. At the end of pregnancy (36 weeks and beyond), there is normally a slow change in movements, with fewer jabs and more rolling and stretching movements.

Kick count is the maternal counting and tracking of fetal movement. Medical research supports kick count as a simple, valuable, effective, reliable and harmless screening of fetal well-being during the third trimester in both low- and high-risk pregnancies.

Kick count is fetal movement counting which includes kicks, turns, twists, swishes, rolls, and jabs but not hiccups. Significant changes in the fetal movement pattern may help identify potential problems with your pregnancy that may need further evaluation and treatment before the baby’s heart rate is affected. In this way, it can help prevent stillbirth.

There are different ways to do kick counting. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you note the time it takes to feel 10 kicks, twists, turns, swishes, or rolls. A healthy baby should have 10 movements in less than 2 hours. Most babies will take less than 30 minutes. Some providers may recommend that if there have not been 10 kicks in 1 hour, you should contact your provider for further evaluation.

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I think tonight we’ll test to see if he’s sending a morse code message. Maybe something like, “hey, tell the lady upstairs I want barbecue tonight! Gettin’ tired of all this balsamic spinach and strawberry stuff!”

Feel those kicks: He’s gonna be a soccer player!

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