What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A first meeting


I was sprawled atop of my bed yesterday-my legs stretched out before me, my back against the refreshingly cool wall; Corynn cuddled under my arm and Andrew squished in between us as an afterthought. It was after rest time and Corynn had a stack of books she wanted read. My body leaned to the right to compensate for my arm reaching around both little ones and my voice raised up in masculine tones as I read about a puppeteer when all of a sudden....

a scrape came from within. Surely, it couldn't be. It's too early yet! Yet, as if sensing my doubt, a little body determined to get comfortable, brushed the inside of my belly again. This was no 'butterfly fluttering' feeling, it was no odd belly belch. Bunkin's little body, hand or foot painted a two-inch long strip of happiness upon my side, and the color of happiness lingered.

"Hello, my Bunkin. So you ARE in there!" said I, grinning and smiling from the inside out.

Though we share body, temperature, nourishment and sound~ it was like we met for the first time. And all of a sudden, it was incredibly real. You were real. And I realized I get something that no one else in the world can have~ to know your movements, to actually feel your body within my own. What a wonderful feeling.

Thank you, my Bunkin~ for that little stretch. You'll never know how much joy it created in me.

"You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." ~Psalm 139:16

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12 comments:

Katy Lin :) said...

yay! how exciting!

Michelle said...

That first movement is so wonderful and reassuring, isn't it?

Tracy said...

Oh Rebecca,
I'm rejoicing with you. Quickening is such an amazing time. Do you know that I still dream at night of feeling a baby move inside my own womb. That, and breastfeeding. I'm always sad to wake after those dreams!

Anonymous said...

I love feeling the baby move! I had been feeling some movement this week too! (We are due the same day!) I thought I was crazy and imagining it, but nope.

Barbara

Andie said...

Oh Rebecca...I'm in tears! This is absolutly my FAVORITE part of pregnancy. Knowing that I will *probably* never experience it again does make me sad. I am so thankful that I did get to experience it with my three blessings! (After 3 years of infertility I thought I would NEVER get to experience this miracle!)
I'm so happy for you!

Blessings-Andie

Matt said...

Thanks for sharing in my enthusiasm everyone. Feeling the baby move is my most favorite part of pregnancy. I never EVER tire of it, even when it turns to karate kicks! :-)

Barbara~ I thought for sure I was mistaken at first too. In fact, I have had several times that COULD have been but I put the idea of it out of my head thinking it was too early. There was no mistaking it this time, though.

Andie and Tracy~ I know exactly what you mean. I am always extremely aware that a pregnancy could be the last, and the mere thought of never having sensations like these again makes me incredibly sad. I know it will have to come sometime but I try never to take for granted these things while they are still possible.

PS~ this is Rebecca, posting from matt's account.

Mrs. Bonnie said...

Oh, how fun! I've had several "Was that you Lil'Bit?", but nothing certain yet.
Yay!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! How very exciting- and yes I speak from personal experience. When I don't feel our baby girl for a while I start going into panic mode- I've gotten so used to feeling her, I get nervous occasionally when I don't!!!

Mrs. MK said...

Your description of that first precious movement, so surprisingly strong, brings tears to my eyes. What a amazing time in a mothers heart!

Morning said...

How exciting! Isn't it all so amazing?

Leah said...

How very exciting, Rebecca!!! Feeling a baby for the first time is one of the most precious moments of pregnancy for sure!

I felt this little one for sure the day before Mother's Day. I was 14 weeks and 3 days along. It wasn't a little flutter either but a good solid kick/punch/movement! Now that I'm almost 20 weeks I feel the baby every day and love every second of it!!!

abigail said...

Hurrah! What a wonderful moment, with many, many more to come, Lord willing, until you're able to cradle Bunkin in your arms this winter.