Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kicker of a milestone

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It is the second week of May, and the second trimester is an invigorating relief compared to the first – the nausea has abated, praise the Lord! I am at the end of 17 weeks (week 18 starts tomorrow), and it has been a milestone of a week! 

Earlier this week, as I was lying down and ready to succumb to sleep, I felt a succession of feathery jabs in my lower abdomen. Forget about sleep - was that gas, the baby, or my imagination? I wasn’t sure if it was possible to feel the baby’s movements this early on, but the kicks were pretty idiosyncratic, as if the baby were declaring, That’s me, indeed! Plus, they felt nothing like gas, and I was well acquainted with gas-reminiscent rumblings in my stomach by now. Since then, I have been discerning the petite punches specifically in the evenings right before I am about to sleep. It has been so mind-blowing because I had been wondering if there is actually something in there, especially because my belly is still not showing much even though I am four and a half months along, and, according to the doctor, I hadn't gained any weight since the first doctor's appointment in early February. People still ask me if I'm truly pregnant and the husband alleges that I just jut out my stomach to encourage the baby bump (like in the photo above). Regardless, the bitty pokes and jabs are a gloriously beautiful testament to the miracle of life God is forming within this unworthy vessel of mine. 

The husband had yet to feel the baby kick, until yesterday evening. Moments before I drifted off to sleep last night, the baby commenced his/her boogieing. I felt a couple of strong nudges, so I yelped in surprise. The husband said, “Baby’s awake?” and placed his hand upon my lower belly. Five seconds and a confirmatory kick later, he sprang up from the bed in shock, “WHOA! That is so crazy! It’s like aliens are in there kicking you!” I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. ”Man, it just got real,” he said, over and over.

It sure did get real, now more than ever. The realization that there will be a little one in this world in less than five months has us praying more fervently these days, not only for his/her physical life, but also for his/her spiritual life, for God would be entrusting us to honor Him in the care of this little one, and we need all the grace we can get. And, of course, we're celebrating God's kindness to us in this way as often as we can. Hence, gallivanting to the seashore this rejuvenating weekend past per the photos above.

P.S. While the above post was written two weeks ago, we've gotten our second trimester ultrasound since then, and now know the gender of the baby! Perhaps a post on that shall be forthcoming.


  1. oh my goodness those first kicks are amazing arent they?? :)
    congrats again!
    God bless you

  2. Congrats on the baby - that's amazing! I always love looking at your gorgeous photos :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. I want to know what you're having!!!! Ahhh!! So exciting...you'll definitely have to do a post on that, now that you know :-)

    I love feeling the baby move. Best feeling in the world!

  4. soo exciting!!

    and I love the photos, they´re amazing!

  5. That's so exciting!!!! I'm headed to the beach thiss week:)

  6. Wow that must be the craziest sensation huh, but it a good way! Great photos i want to be there!!!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  7. I'm so glad you are feeling better! So funny that you still have to stick out your tummy to show off your (growing) baby bump at this point. And, so exciting for the little boogy-ier baby that you have inside! :)

  8. I love balboa island! That ferris wheel picture is incredible !

  9. such darling images, and how exciting to know what gender the little baby will be!

    lindsey louise


  10. Oh woah, I live super close to Balboa! One of my favorite places in the world :)

    Congrats on the baby! Hope you'll share the sex soon!

  11. Perhaps!!! How about for sure it is forthcoming!!! I can't wait to hear, the suspense is killing me!!!!! I love these pictures and your style of presenting your pictures. Your baby is going to be a doll because you and your husband both are.

    It's fun to feel the baby move. There is nothing else like it. I can't believe you are almost half way. Time flies, atleast over on this end! :)

    Love to you Helen,

    Shauna xox

  12. it's crazy indeed! wait until the baby gets bigger and has less room. i remember when their elbow or heel would poke through my belly. it was the weirdest thing ever to see, but so beautiful at the same time. so good you are over your nausea, it can be real bummer. have you started getting any cravings now that the nausea is over?

  13. Wow your pregnancy is going by fast ........... to everyone but you huh? My husband said something very similar, or maybe it was after they were born that he called them an alien, I can't remember, but once that got a little meat on their bones and started smiling he was smitten.

  14. Your photos are magnificent! And it's so cute that you could feel the baby kick :)


  15. I am really and truly loving these pregnancy posts of yours, girl! There are really no words to describe how much I love them. There is so much honesty, so much joy, and so much awe in how amazing this journey is and it makes me so excited for the two of you! You two are so cute (and funny!) and I know for a fact that you're going to have a super adorably little Asian baby (Asian babies are the cutest!). :)

  16. Everyone would ask me if I was really pregnant too. I would be like "hes in there, I swear!" Lol then last two month I blew up haha. So exciting! Cant waut to find out the gender! Eeek!

  17. These shots are gorgeous. I love the different hues of blue in em'. Ahh, I love reading these posts. They're beautiful. I can feel how much love you guys have for each other and your little one through them :)

  18. everything is so exciting for you and the hubby!! I'm so glad to hear that you're slowly coping with the pregnancy blues.. :)
    looks like a nice trip you had there.. great stress reliever!!

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  19. that's amazing, I'm so happy for you! also love all these serene pictures - it kind of shows that you're in a zen mood.

  20. these are lovely pictures! and reading about your journey as parents to be is so delightful! lovely little family! :)

  21. You two are the cutest! That is amazing that you guys got to feel the first little kicks. These photos are gorgeous and evoke such a carefree summer feeling, I absolutely love them!
    Hope you're having a wonderful day!
    xo Hannah


  22. It's so nice to feel the baby's kicks, isn't it? It reassures me that the baby is well and having a great time inside me!

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