So now I am pretty sure that what I am feeling is baby moving. When I first felt baby kick like one and a half weeks ago, I kind of didn’t like it. It made me feel weird and kind of freaked me out a little. I think I started thinking about labour a lot, especially since we were interviewing Doulas at the time too. Then yesterday I didn’t feel baby move – or at least I did not notice if he/she did move. Today I am feeling baby move and swish about, taps and nudges and I feel sooo much better. I was pretty worried yesterday when I didn’t. Most websites that I have looked at say that during these early stages moving is not yet consistent so sometimes you will be able to feel it and sometimes you won’t. Still does not feel like much comfort when I expecting it. Not sure how many times I asked my husband yesterday if he thought everything was okay, he said he was sure it was every time. Today I am pretty happy to feel baby move and it gives me some reassurance he/she is okay. Feeling baby move, especially when I feel taps or nudges, which feels like it could be more a foot or an arm instead of  her/his body. It makes me wonder what position they are in. Is baby upside down all day long?

I cannot feel the movement from the outside yet, and Lloyd has not felt anything. It will probably be another few weeks before anyone can feel anything from the outside of my tummy I think. So no touching the belly yet folks! And even when baby does start moving it will be asking first and people I know well.

We chose and booked a Doula. I found the choice to be quite difficult, we had interviewed about 5 Doulas and everyone brought something unique with them.

I called BC MSP yesterday and spoke to their benefits line. The woman told me that epidurals and c-sections were covered under BC MSP (and kinda laughed at me for asking actually). I do not have extended medical/dental until May 1st, which is 3 weeks after baby’s due date. Makes me a little relieved, however things like an ambulance ride or a private, semi private hospital room is not covered by BC MSP. We will have to figure out if we want to buy extended medical for me just in case.

I will be 18 weeks or 4.5 months pregnant tomorrow (well estimated). This week I have found my pants to be getting a little uncomfortable. I went and bought a belly band and am just unbuttoning the top button and find it quite a bit more comfortable. I am also very grateful for Nadia/Ali and lending me their mat clothes 🙂 I have tried on a couple maternity clothes in the stores, but besides bras and undies I just can’t bring myself to buy any just yet. I am feeling that I have just now started to “show”. If you didn’t know me you’d just think I’ve eaten too many donuts (which is something my girlfriend Nadia described herself as when she was pregnant with her first son around 4-5 months). My cravings are not fierce, but I do tend to enjoy different types of foods more some weeks than others. This week it has been orange juice. I was really loving cottage cheese for a couple weeks, now don’t really want it. I am also really liking eggnog – which I confirmed with my midwife that if it is the store bought stuff it’s okay, but home made with raw eggs I am best to stay away from.When I was in living in Cali I experienced sort of a heart flutter or little palpitation. Almost like my heart would skip a beat then get going again. My doctor at the time did all sorts of test which were all negative, and said it was normal. She said it will probably just go away (which it did), but I will be able to notice it again when I get pregnant, and she is right! I asked my midwife about it and because there is more blood pumping through your body when you are pregnant, sometimes the little electric current just takes a millisecond to process it and it feels like I am missing a beat. It is nothing to worry about and is completely normal. For me it is exacerbated by caffeine, which I am not supposed to have too much of in pregnancy anyway (and when I was non-prego by alcohol too). Typically I stay away from caffeine entirely, however get some in chocolate or decaf coffee (when I very occasionally have my decaf eggnog latte ;-). I am noticing that little bit is effecting me now too 😦