21 Weeks and Counting

12th October 2006

My innie is finally a full-fledged outie, which kinda grosses me out. It’s killer sensitive and the skin is soft. People, the insides of your belly buttons are soft as the downy feathers of a baby chick! Of course, try to touch a newly hatched outie and you get an electric zing of discomfort. It’s similar to chewing tinfoil. But still. Soft!

In other pregnancy news, I’m starting to have No One Hurts This Baby dreams. In these dreams I have superhero baby-protection powers. I dreamt that terrorists tried to take me and Bryan hostage with hundreds of other people, and I knew I had to get out before they realized I was pregnant. I kee-yahed, and throat-punched, and clawed my way free. Then I sent Bryan a text message that said, “We’re safe. Get out.” And I waited for him at a coffee shop.

30 thoughts on “21 Weeks and Counting

  1. Mau

    Ah! Great! Kick some a$$ Maggie!

    However… Did he ever make it to the coffee shop? What’s that baby going to do without Papa!?

  2. Quel

    MY kid is 8 now and I still have dreams of being stuck or trapped somewhere (a strange town, an eerie forest, a dark alley, etc) with her and being the hero trying to get us out of there! Live with it. You are the most important person that baby will have.

  3. Emily

    You may have to change the name of your blog to Mighty Mama! I loved thoes vivid pregnacy dreams, you have the best stories to tell the next day.

  4. Leah

    I started having PROTECT THE BABY dreams a couple years ago.

    I HAVE NO BABIES. Not even an unborn baby.

    The best was the day I woke up after one of those dreams, thinking I was pregnant. Then I realized I was still a VIRGIN.

  5. Kristen

    I remember being little and having dreams where my mom was the ultimate protector.

    Like The Abominable Snowman from the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer would come and try to steal me in the middle of the night, on the hottest day of July, and my mother would burst through the door and save me from him.

    I would always wake up crying and my momma really would burst through the door to save me.

    Man, I miss being little.

  6. Chrissie

    The weirdest thing about getting an outie is when it goes back in. It’s just not the same for a while! It does go back, but it takes a while and looks a bit, well, bigger (I guess) in the meantime… Has Daddy Mason started talking to MightyBaby yet? My hubby was so cute — he had to say goodnight to the baby every night!

  7. Be Still

    That dream is hilarious!

    While I was pregnant, I dreamed I gave birth to a kitten. And damned if I didn’t love that kitten as if it were my baby. In fact, throughout the dream, I never seemed to acknowledge that having a kitten was unusual in any way.

    My best friend who was pregnant at the same time also had a dream where she had a kitten.
    Oh, the subconscious is an odd place indeed…

  8. ali

    i had three pregnancies and not once did i lose my bellybutton. i’m kind of happy, because it seems just a little “ew” to me…but, on the other hand, there’s something slightly cool about it.

    have you had dreams about leaving your baby in your car? i had those just about every night with all three of my pregnancies

  9. Rae

    I had three babies, and never an outie. Just a flattie. But my secret habit, with each one, was stroking that so so soft inner belly button part that only got to see the light of day three times in my life. Like a blankie or something. I never had a blankie, but the inside of my belly button has filled that void.

  10. Vikki

    I would have preferred heroic pregnancy dreams to my recurrent pregnancy dream of swimming in a beautiful lagoon with a dolphin covered in nasty barnacles.

  11. wintor

    Delurking to say:

    Yay! I’m so happy to see some beautiful belly shots finally!!

    Wow Be Still, I had dreams all through my pregnancy that I gave birth to a kitten too – strange…

    And, congratulations Maggie, them babies are so much fun :)

  12. Kate

    You just squicked me out a little. Yes, that’s right: squicked. For some reason, I hate the thought of anyone touching my belly button and I never really thought about it becoming an outie when I get pregnant. Now imagining people bumping into that poor defenseless inner belly button skin makes me think I had better adopt. Ick!

  13. Z

    I used to tread water in one of those shark proof cages with my babies held above my head in my baby saving dreams.

  14. apostol apostolopoulos

    Except for the text messages, terrorist’s, and coffee shop, the dream is similar to one I had while pregnant with Al…no it’s not,I’m a liar. I just wanted to comment. Cool dream though.

  15. andrew

    Throughout her pregnancy, my wife requested belly button status updates, wherein I would have to make a face approximating the current state of her belly button. Usually he was quite angry. (Does it make sense that I think of her belly button as male?)

    Our son Ben is a week old today. I wish you both as much excitement and amazement as we have experienced in what seems like the fastest seven days of our lives.

  16. geeky

    i’m glad i’m not the only one squicked out by the belly button. i hate people touching my belly button now, and the thought of people touching it while it was a super sensitive outtie… kinda makes me want to vomit. blech.

  17. lindsey

    I’m 20 weeks and 3 days and still very much an innie. I am wondering if it may stay that way?? Very weird dreams (especially Saturday night after Cirque du Soleil) but the baby doesn’t appear in them that often…

  18. Nikki

    I’m 21 weeks too – it’s nice to know that someone else is sharing the strange soft belly button and funny dreams. I’m still dreaming about puppies though, so I’m impressed that you’re fighting off terrorists… happy thoughts for you and Baby…

  19. aili

    My belly botton popped very early, like 16 weeks, and I agree, it’s very sensitive. The worst is now that my belly is huge I constantly bump it into things like bathroom doors and counters. And the big wet spot on the underside after doing the dishes. No babysaving dreams, though…

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