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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

What part of you is that?

At night in bed he used to reach over and pat whatever part of me was closest to him, and ask, 

What part of you is that?

It was usually my hip, sometimes my rump.

Now it's always my belly, enormous and taut between us like a drum, he doesn't need to ask.

He touches my belly, the baby wriggles in response, he says to it:

What part of you is that?

I answer for it:

My spine, my bottom, my knee, my hand. 

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I know some things about the baby:

1. It's nocturnal.
2. It suffers terribly from the hiccoughs. I tell it to stop gulping, take small sips instead. My tummy wiggles like an animated jelly for an hour at a time.  
3. It loves its dad. I talk to it all day but the minute the dad gets home and starts speaking, it's like a jumping bean.
4. It is social and will manoeuvre its entire self to the side of my belly closest to whoever I'm talking to. I sit lopsided and try to concentrate.
5. It prefers female vocalists.
6. Strong predilection for food the dad likes - things I've never eaten vast quantities of previously - apples galore, peanut butter, litres of milk. 

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At the obstetrician's office, the midwife hooks us up to the CTG. She puts the monitor on my belly, locates baby's heart beat, and asks me to firmly hold the monitor in place. In my other hand she places a small wand with a black buzzer on the end. She instructs me to press the buzzer if the baby moves. I feel like I'm in a quiz show...and the answer is: the baby will move the whole time! She leaves the room. The baby tries to kick the monitor off. I wonder if I should just hold the buzzer down. I press the buzzer. Repeatedly.

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I'm big. Even my ear lobes. I think about changing my name to 'Rotunda'.

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I have the words to this song in my head: "Oh the days are long, til the baby comes."

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Can't wait to meet our little bunyip, on the outside.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous13/6/12

    Oh how lovely to hear how you & your little seedling are doing! Lovely post! Wishing you all best for when "bunyip" arrives
    Vikki xxx

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  2. I couldn't read this without smiling. Your world is filled with love and radiating it to the rest of the world. :)

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  3. Thinking of you!!! x

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  4. Oh joy and love and hugs and kisses.

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  5. This is such an exciting time! And such a moving portrait of it. So much love contained therein.

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  6. What a lovely post! Thanks so much for sharing your joy. Take care!

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  7. This all sounds very exciting! Glad it is going well.

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  8. Catherine M20/6/12

    I'm so excited too!!!

    Thank you for sharing this joy. I'm thinking of you all daily
    xx

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