Rockin’ and Rollin’.

Nine months ago, this would have totally freaked me out.  Now I’m just fascinated.

If you’ve never seen a bare, pregnant belly bulge and recede due to the rockin’ and rollin’ of the little one inside, then you’re in for a treat.  While Brian and I regularly compare this to something from an alien movie, let me describe more accurately what this FEELS like from this inside.

It’s like I have a tiny elf in my stomach.  Mr. Elf has an itty bitty rolling pin and likes to firmly roll his dough out, which happens to stretch anywhere from the bottom of my ribs to the top of my hip bones.  Sometimes, however, Mr. Elf lets his imagination go wild and likes to pretend he’s a master swordsman.  He grabs one end of his rolling pin and, after a little something like, “Hello!  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die,” he’ll then proceed to jab me with the other, dull end of the rolling pin in slow, playful fencing strokes.

If you’re not up for two minutes of bare belly, just watch from the 20 second mark to the 40 second mark and you’ll get a good idea of what the heck I’m talking about.

A few things to notice:

  1. That’s Esther at the other end of the couch making herself comfortable.  Sweet face.
  2. Yes, I’m listening to a replay of the Rams vs. Lions.  Good game.
  3. You’ll hear me sigh and take a deeper breath.  Breathing is slightly harder when you’re pregnant.  That inhale/exhale is not Bennett moving the belly.
  4. I still have my belly button, though it’s hanging on by a thread.
  5. Around the 1:50 mark, if you’re paying attention, though my belly isn’t bulging as much, it does have a little tick.  Bennett had the hiccups.
  6. The linea nigra has darkened so I definitely have that distinctive pregnancy line running up my belly.

Enjoy!  (And try not to be creeped out!)


  1. September 13, 2012

    Boy do I remember those days, and with each pregnancy it seemed like I could feel more, especially the hiccups. 🙂

  2. September 13, 2012

    Such good memories. Cherish this time- its so very special. I remember being so conflicted: I was very ready after the last 3-4 weeks to be DONE being pregnant, but I knew I would miss them not being in there anymore- and I did.

  3. September 13, 2012

    Priceless. So nice that you have this event recorded.

  4. September 13, 2012

    I love your description! Sweet video.

  5. September 13, 2012
    Janice Cline

    My baby is 22. What wonderful memories this stirs! You have shared much with us and I thank you for that. You have some exciting days ahead. Holding that baby in your arms is like nothing you have ever enjoyed.

  6. September 13, 2012

    What a wonderful way to start my work day, and who knew you read “Princess Bride”! One of our family favorites. Bennett has this to look forward to along with so many other pleasures you and Brian will share.

    I don’t know if you realized, but it is so fitting. Watch the film yourself and think pumpkin! for October 31.
    The stem is even there if you look at the blanket just to the front right of your belly button. I loved it! Can still remember how I treasured this feeling.

  7. September 13, 2012

    I loved this. Both times that I watched it.

  8. September 17, 2012

    Hold on to your butts! You better be ready, he is going to be one very active kiddo! I think he’ll probably laugh until he has the hiccups too. lol.

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