Any Time Now Would Be Fine

During a kick count the other night, Aaron informed me that kick counts are the major reason that he can't wait for the baby to get here. It stresses him out to watch me worry if she's taking a while (I'm worrying a lot less than he thinks, but I feel bad that I cause him that much worry). However, on nights like last night, I can completely agree.

I started my kick count at 7:20 and 30 minutes later she still hadn't moved at all. I wasn't too stressed about it yet, but Aaron started frantically packing his stuff into the hospital bag (the baby and I are already completely packed). The more he worried, the more I worried, and when she still didn't have our ten movements after an hour, I started to worry too. Then she got the hiccups, and started moving around a bunch even after the hiccups were over.

It was at about this time that I realized not only had I taken a nap that afternoon, which is a sure way to calm her down quite a bit, I had also taken a walk. Walking tends to put her into a deep sleep; it's apparently quite soothing. I started the count right after the walk, so of course it took her a while to move.

Aaron thinks that the worry is going to lessen once she gets here, but I don't think he knows exactly how this parenting thing works quite yet. It's not that the worries go away, they just change. I think we're both going to need a lesson on how stress less.


L Sass said...
May 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM

I think there will be some worrying when the baby arrives... but a lot more reminders that she is happy, healthy and safe!

Cassie said...
May 2, 2008 at 10:57 PM

I second what Sass said. Also, kick counts are major suckage. Also: I envy the fact that walks put your little girl to sleep. Such is not the case with this child I am carrying. Perhaps my waddle jars him around so much that sleep is impossible for him, but he sure does kick it up a notch whenever I walk for longer stretches!

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