32 weeks pregnant!

How I feel this week:

*This is not me (or quite possibly even real for that matter)!  This is a picture that has been around for years, but it perfectly describes how I feel these days.  This pregnancy has been so surreal for me.  Even though I have watched my belly grow, felt movement for months now, attended prenatal classes and have been reading everything I can get my hands on about birth and newborn care, it still hasn’t felt “real”.  I still couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of a baby being inside of me!

But a few nights ago, I was having a 4am bowl of cereal (you’d think that in itself would be enough to make me believe I am carrying another actual being!) , watching an infomercial and it happened.  My belly shifted and jutted out to the right in this funny shape.  It stayed for only a minute like that, but it was enough for me to fully acknowledge body parts.  Of course, I don’t know exactly what I was looking at, but I believe it was a bum!  A few minutes later, two distinct kicks to my rib cage!  This thing has legs!

So, with about eight weeks to go, it is no longer surreal.  I have a baby inside of me.

When did it hit that you were actually growing a baby?  What made it feel “real” for you?

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