I know I haven't talked much on here about this second pregnancy much, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that things are going relatively smoothly and there isn't much for us to worry about. I've been lucky to be healthy and so far, everything with the baby has been great as well.
One thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is a comment that I heard recently. I forget if someone told me directly, or if I read it somewhere, but I have heard that moms have noticed a difference between the "kicks" associated with a "typical" baby and those associated with a baby that has Down Syndrome. When I think back to my time being pregnant with Colin, I felt him moving all of the time. He would get me under the ribs, and I would see him pushing out in different areas of my stomach and since I didn't have anything else to compare it to, I thought he was kicking pretty strongly.
When asked how I feel this time around, there have been some differences to me. I have attributed them mostly to the idea that maybe I am having a girl this time, but it has made me start to wonder a little bit more. In the beginning this time, I was much more nauseas (never actually getting sick though thankfully), I feel that I am carrying differently, it took me longer to "look" pregnant, and I have commented more than once that I thought the movements of this baby were different.
Until I heard the comment recently, I never would have thought that the reason the movements were different were because this baby potentially does not have DS. However, the more this comment has been on my mind, I am starting to notice that the movements of this baby are more severe and are definitely stronger. This baby will often take my breath away by the strength of the kick, some movements are more painful (especially when it forces a lot of pressure to one area), and I feel as though they are larger movements. I am starting to wonder if maybe there is some truth to that statement...what about those of you, what kind of differences have you seen?
Chris and I just recently talked about what it would be like at birth if we found out this baby has DS. It's amazing what a little preparation and experience will do to ease one's mind at the thought process. The way we talked about it was so nonchalant and comfortable because we just know we would be fine. I will admit, I am curious to see what it is like to go through a baby's development that does not have challenges that hold it back, but that curiosity does not take away from the blessing this baby will be to us no matter what...
I guess we can only see what kind of gift God has in store for us this time around...just over 2 months to go!