Three Years at Being a (Not-So-Smug) Mom

my little kitten and moi
I’m not really in the habit of talking about being a mom so much, as I think it bores and annoys most people. I remember back when I was single, I thought about parents, especially new parents as smug, self-righteous and overbearingly annoying, especially when they are bragging about their kids and offering you unsolicited advice on how to become a good parent even when you’re not even a parent yet, or have no plans of being one.
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Halfway Through

A couple of days ago, I had my visit at the OB gyn again. Since the start of the second trimester, I’m expected to make this visit once every three months. My doctor congratulated me because according to him, i am halfway through this pregnancy.
Twenty weeks!
I can’t help but feel nostalgic and remember the first time I saw my baby in the ultrasound. It was just a tiny bit of a blob at six weeks. And according to my husband, it looked like a blackhole. 🙂
At 12 weeks it looked like a ninja turtle. At 17 weeks, we found out we’re having a baby girl. And now at 20 weeks, it’s about 7 inches tall. And when we looked at her in the écographie screen, she was looking straight at us, and appeared to be absorbed in deep thought, which kinda reminded me of Rodin’s Le Penseur.  She’s so well-formed and proportioned, even the doctor thinks she’s a really pretty baby… at 20 weeks!
Recently, I can feel her movements in my belly.  And she kicks so hard.  It feels as if she’s practicing martial arts or something, sometimes.

I just couldn’t believe how difficult i am finding it to NOT be a proud mom-to-be.

The Franco-Filipino Project in Progress

Just got back from the sage-femme (midwife), and today was the first time I heard my baby’s heartbeat.

I have been pregnant for three months now, so I guess I should start talking about it.

It was moving about quite a lot, as seen from the ultrasound.  And it’s starting to look like my husband, I think. 🙂

It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.