I have to say that I love this whole pregnancy thing. Okay, the months of nausea and headaches and tiredness weren’t that enjoyable, but it’s definitely fun now! I’ve been enjoying feeling the baby move for the last few weeks, but this week I can actually see him move! When he gets going, I can see my belly bulge out in a little spot for a second, which is so fun! Richie finally got to see it yesterday too. Baby doesn’t seem to be quite strong enough for Richie to feel him moving, or maybe it’s just because he isn’t very consistent and it’s hard to catch him in the act, but I’m glad Richie got to finally catch a glimpse of some of the action!
Yesterday we also had an ultrasound with a specialist at the hospital to look for any abnormalities in the baby. No problems were found, and it was fun to get a more detailed description of all the baby’s parts and see him moving around and looking so much more ‘baby-like’, so to speak. We got a video of the whole scan, on CD, which is really cool too. And apparently from the measurements that the specialist took from the ultrasound, I’m 22 weeks along, although I’ve read that these measurements aren’t 100% reliable for predicting the exact age of the baby, but still.
In other news, the weather is FINALLY NICE. Outside our sitting room window, there is a lovely mulberry tree, and over the past couple of weeks we’ve watched the leaf-buds pop out, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the baby leaves. Well, they’ve arrived! I love that fresh, bright sort of lime green of new leaves. Plus there are swallows darting around in the early morning and evenings now, which sort of take on the role of robins in America: they come with the spring and stick around all summer and into the autumn. AND there have been strawberries in season for the last couple of weeks at least. I love them so much! I could eat them until I died! Last week I bought two lovely, juicy, fresh kilos of them (probably for like the equivalent of 2 dollars), ate as much as my stomach could hold the first day, and then froze the rest. Even de-frosted, they taste amazing. I am deeply and madly in love with strawberries! It’s like a party in my mouth every time I eat one! So basically, for as long as strawberry season lasts, I am wholeheartedly going to indulge in my love affair with this amazing little fruit, guilt-free. Actually, I’ve just inspired myself; I’m going to go eat some right now!