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Baby Flutters.

"Is it too early to be feeling the baby moving?"  I asked my pregnant best friend.

"What are you, fifteen weeks along?  No, it's not too early.  Does it feel like fluttering, or butterfly wings?"

I remember when the NBF was at my house over the summer, about five months along in her own pregnancy, and she was convinced she had felt the baby move for the first time.  She and I sat on the couch for 20 minutes, our hands pressed against her swollen belly, hoping the baby would wave at us.  She felt it more strongly than I did, but I did feel that whisper beneath her skin.  Slight dancing, like a butterfly was trapped underneath her skin.

"Yeah, sort of like what we felt with you.  Only ... well, weirder, because it was in me this time."

She laughed.  "It could definitely be the BSparl.  Or gas."

"I love that this is either my baby moving around in there, or it's just a rockin' gas bubble.  Classy, as always."

This was about two weeks ago, and for the last two weeks, I've been checking constantly for signs of the dancing BSparl.  (Don't tell anyone, but I even busted out the stethoscope we have at our house, searching for sounds of the baby.  All I heard were the sounds of my body bustling around, but still - I tried.  I also listened for Siah's heartbeat, just for kicks.  She has a heart.  Just no brain, it seems.)  Sometimes, I think I can feel something, always on the right hand side, down near my pelvic bone.  Other times, I realize that I'm feeling my own heartbeat in my fingertips, mistaking it for BSparl.  I have no idea what's going on in there, but I know that the last time we saw him or her, there wasn't much room left for him to scuttle around, so I thought I'd feel him any day.  I'm hoping to feel a definitive dance from Baby Sparling soon, one that is definitely not passed off as "gas" but instead "Wow, that was the baby moving!"   For now, I'm waiting patiently and constantly checking.  (Patiently for me, anyway.)

BSparl at 17 weeks
(Here's where you get to see my extensive and sad sweatpants collection. 
And my banana plant, there on the right.)

I'm now just past 17 weeks along, and I feel happily porkchoppy.  My belly, though popped out and my waist is quickly disappearing, is firm and solid and feels so warm to the touch. 

Diabetes-wise, my numbers have settled down a little bit.  The lows aren't nearly as frantic as they were, and the overnight ones have tapered off, thanks to some slight basal adjustments.  (Granted, I have 6 different basals rates throughout the day ...)  I'm going to bed at a number around 90 mg/dl and waking up around 80 mg/dl, with the Dexcom confirming a flatline all night long.  And believe me - I'm not boasting in the slightest.  These numbers are blowing my mind, and I've never had such solid control before.  My last A1C, taken two weeks ago, came back at 6.1%, which is officially the lowest I have been since my diagnosis in 1986.  A few highs have crept back into the rotation, but I'm stalking them and they don't hang around for more than an hour or two.  Again, this isn't because I'm doing "all the right things" or because I'm suddenly paying rapt attention - something about this baby is making my numbers fluctuate less wildly.  I have heard some horror stories about insulin resistance and the third trimester, so I'm going to stay very thankful for this steady second trimester.  

One thing I'm having a little trouble with is keeping my insulin pump sites stuck to my body.  I'm changing my site every three days like clockwork, but with all the lotion and moisturizer I'm slathering on my itchy, stretching belly, the infusion sets aren't holding like they used to.  I'm currently wearing them on my lower back, but I need to rotate out to my arm more frequently in efforts to use a little more real estate (and also so I can finally and properly rub my hips with this fine smelling cocoa butter!). 

This is going by so fast.  In a week, I'll be at the halfway point in this pregnancy, and I can't believe how quickly this is happening.  Next week we'll also hopefully find out whether this BSparl is a BoySparl or a GirlSparl, providing they aren't being all shy in there during the ultrasound.  And also for next week, we're hoping to have an announcement of an entirely different kind, so just bear with me while I spazz out for the remainder of the month of November - it's a wild time in the Sparling household!  


That is awesome! I remember early in my pregnancy trying to feel ANY movement. I was disappointed when I couldn't but one day it started and it was amazing. Not so amazing when my twins would play 'who can kick Mommy the hardest' at 3am LOL I had my twin boys two weeks ago and I can assure you you are in for the greatest adventure of your life. Your story is inspiring. Good luck!

Glad things are starting to settle down for you in some areas. Hope your announcement next week will bring you my way. I won't say which way yet though but our family is crossing it's fingers for you! Wish you guys good luck and fortune this holiday season.

Feeling those babies moving is one of the greatest parts of pregnancy. It definitely felt like gas to me in the beginning. When I realized that I wasn't actually passing any gas I decided it was the baby moving!

So exciting - my two always started their breakdancing routine just as I was trying to get to sleep! Great numbers too - we are due at clinic tomorrow, that time again!

I'm not gonna lie, every second of every day I am impatiently waiting for a good solid kick from my little girl!! I am 20 weeks today and so far, all I feel is the same as you... little spasms here and there, that may or may not be gas. I keep telling her that this is the only time she will be able to kick me with not only no consequences, but with squeals of joy from me... but she's stubborn, as I figured she would be ;) Hope BSparl starts doing that baby dance in your belly soon... so I can at least live vicariously through you!!

What a delight to feel the baby move! Glad you are doing so well Kerri - keep it up! (And I'm thinking it's a GirlSparl, but that's just my hunch).

I've had four children, and yes...you could/should be feeling BSparl move as far along as you are. It's a hard feeling to describe. Kind of like a little stuttering/skipping/gas feeling in there. Looking forward to when you're about 38 weeks along and what you have to say about the movement in there. :) All totally worth it!!! Are you going to find out the sex of the baby?!?!?

Is the announcement TWINS???? a BSparl and a GSparl????

Pretty cool!

I hope our not running out of sweatpants and shorts too soon, you can always donate them after, I remember my sister looking forward to donating hers after my niece was born.

This is just way cool! Neat to hear your numbers are doing so great and it's way cool to see your excitement in your writing. You're totaly a kick ass Mom!

I wish you well


Babies are beautiful things, and while my kids are all grown up I'm excited to read about yours.

Good luck Miss Kerri.

Feeling the babies move was definitely my favorite part of being pregnant. Soon it will be like your own private relationship. You're talking to someone and realize that baby is talking to you too! This was called quickening in the old days and before the 1860s, it was when most Christians believed the soul entered the baby. (More random pregnancy trivia from Kim).

Ok, that settles it.....if there is the slim chance I might get in better control while PG I'm going to give it a whirl. Do you think the fact that I am 50 and menopausal will matter? HA. Glad it is going well for you and the baby.

oooh..so much fun! For me my babies feld absolutely like gas bubbles, like this bubble that moved from one side to the other, or sometimes just a few inches, but gas bubble was the only thing that it felt like to me.

Congrats on the steady numbers too! 2nd trimester I guess is just "nice" all around. :)

oh I forgot this- you mentioned your tummy is warm - wait for the cats to discover that, if they haven't already! It's pretty funny.

My bs sky rocketed in the third trimester, I was taking about 4 times my regular amount of insulin.. but I just took more and kept my sugars in check and everything was good!

You look great! I can remember those first few months and wanting everything to happen, the kicks, the flutters.. it will happen, and cherish every single second, because it's over so soon and soon enough you will have your sweet baby in your arms.. life moves a mile a minute when you are someone's mom.

Butterfly flutters is exactly how I described those first movements. It's the baby. So low and close to your pelvis. Sweet, sweet little baby in there. The smallest miracles are sometimes the most precious. Glad all is going so well!

How exciting!!! I remember feeling those flutters when I was pregnant with my girls :) (We're secretly cheering for a GSparl here...heehee!)

You mentioned your sites not sticking because of the lotions. Have you tried the skin-tac wipes yet? I ended up having to order those for Kacey because she was doing the same thing with lotion. Her skin gets dry this time of year and when I'd put her site in, it would only stay stuck for a day or two. Now I just use the sticky wipes and only wipe a circle small enough for her site to make sure it stays stuck ;) and they work!

Looking forward to your reveal of ....PINK or BLUE?

Isn't the easy to achieve control during pregnancy amazing? Although there are raging hormones during pregnancy, I think that the good control is achievable due to the absence of the cycling menstrual hormones.
Enjoy the flutters.

Did your doctor tell you your A1C had to be below 6.1 before you tried to concieve?

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