Yesterday at lunch I realized I hadn't felt this baby move much. And I noticed that again yesterday evening. So I went to bed and slept well. And when I awakened this morning I realized the baby hadn't awakened me with his usually active I-like-the-nightlife-I-like-to-boogie behavior all night. But I didn't freak, I just thought maybe I'd call the doctor this afternoon if things hadn't kicked up by then. And breakfast came and went, and Colin and I got dressed and ready to go what he calls the 'bookstory' (Barnes and Noble). I had had tried drinking juice, and I had tried poking him and awaiting a kick in response, but got nothing. And little by little I worked up a bit of froth over the matter, so I called the doctor and got in at 11.
I felt like a jackass when I thought I finally felt a flutter as the nurse was taking my blood pressure. And even more so when the doctor did the doptone and said all that noise other than the heartbeat (155bpm) was movement and couldn't I feel that? Nope. So he sent me for an ultrasound, which showed everything to be just perfect, and lots and lots of movement. Except I have a lot of amniotic fluid, which could be cushioning the blows. Not so much as to be worried about, just on the high side of normal. Which was kind of a relief to hear for two reasons: one, a possible explanation for why I'm not feeling the baby move and two, a possible explanation for why I have gained so much weight. I think I'm gaining water all over the place, not just my belly. My maternity clothes from Colin barely fit anymore, and I still have two months left. I was on bed rest at this point with Colin and therefore wasn't burning near the calories I am now, and I'm also eating healthier than I did with Colin, yet I have gained 49 pounds, which is just entirely unlike me.
So, it all turned out just fine, and I have a regularly scheduled appointment on Tuesday. I think I should get a trophy for going in today. Its not something I would have normally done, but I decided that if any of you told me this tale, I'd tell you to call the doc asap, so I followed my own advice.