Known Johnson

May 11, 2005

The Quickening

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 10:27 pm

It’s kind of a creepy term, but all it means is that first moment mom-to-be realizes that what she’s feeling isn’t last night’s ice cream but is the baby doing its flips and turns and kicks and stretches in the ever-cramping space of the womb. Alissa’s been feeling it for a while, but somehow it slipped my mind to post about it, so I’m taking this opportunity of some freak free-time to do so because, as of Friday, not only was I able to make out tiny little bumps by pressing my fingers firmly against Alissa’s belly, I felt the Unknown Johnson move, which was a truly amazing experience and which elicited a completely stunned “WHOA!” out of me. For just the briefest moment, I felt the unmistakeable feeling of something alive pushing against me, sliding past, creating friction and pressure between me and her skin. It was another one of those distinct moments where it all seems so suddenly very much more real than it had – that this is a little person Alissa and I have created, and who in just a short three months will come into the world completely and entirely dependent on us to provide everything but air. It’d be easy to focus on the frightening aspects of that much responsibility, but the thought that this is a little person whose feet will soon be kicking in random, humorous ways, and whose tiny little fingers will be firmly gripping our own . . . that sweeps all the fear away.

Late congratulations go out to Marc for his new arrival.


1 Comment »

  1. thanks tom πŸ™‚

    just wait until you watch allisa’s belly undulate like the ocean as the baby twists and turns! πŸ˜‰

    Comment by marc — May 12, 2005 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

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