So, the East Coast experienced an anomaly today. For those of you completely oblivious to the current events of the day, a small town in Virginia experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that could be felt all the way down here in good ole South Carolina. I was on the phone with a customer when it happened and apparently our building shimmied just a bit. Did I really pay that much attention to it? Nope! I was too mesmerized with the rhythmic thumping occurring in my belly.
For days I’ve noticed that Davey has been giving me different movements, something out of the ordinary of his stretches and kicks. These movements occur in the same place usually with little thumps that occur every five seconds. Today is the first day I actually started counting these movements. Sure enough every five seconds, for approximately 10 minutes straight, I felt little nudges and jolts, that at times could be seen with the naked eye. I decided to take the opportunity of phone lines being down in my sales territory, thanks again to the earthquake, and google what could possibly be causing these new sensations in my stomach. Guess what I found out!?!?! My son has the hiccups!
“Get outta town!” was my first thought as I read about hiccuping in the womb. The more I read, the more excited and anxious I became to feel even more hiccups. Each time Davey would hiccup, I would giggle as it left a bit of tickling sensation in my body. I was absolutely amazed and in awe and my child never ceases to amaze me. I know, I know! You’re all going to say it…every child hiccups in the womb and in most cases the first hiccups occur towards the end of the first trimester and start of the second, although you’re not able to really feel it at that point.
Every day seems to bring on a different little sensation, something that I am more than grateful to be experiencing. I wouldn’t dare trade this feeling for anything and yet as much as I’m completely uncomfortable these days with the amount of weight I am gaining towards the end, this is yet one more thing that saddens me about the birth of my son, it’s one more thing that will no longer be between me and him. But I must admit that nothing was more exciting that sharing this wonderful news with my husband.
So, while everyone else felt the temblor of the earth moving, I felt the temblor of my son’s first hiccups. Another magical moment!