There is a human being inside of Annie’s stomach. It is an odd thought but I suspect that is even stranger for Annie. I suspect that because she has told me as much. But there is a point when it leaves, or at least leans away from, the Sci-fi and becomes more real definite. For me that was when I could see Annie’s stomach move. When our baby moves he really moves. For those of you who have seen Nightmare on Elm Street you may recall what it looked like when a face pushed through the wall early in the movie. It’s something like that. For those of you who have not seen the movie, the best way to describe the scene in the movie is to compare it to the movement of our baby on Annie’s stomach.
It’s almost as if he is trying to end his current state of oppression by punching his way out of the stomach. It is my job as father to beat (not literally, just emotionally) that rookie upstart attitude out of him.
For those of you that are less interested in the thoughts and tid-bits of our lives and only peruse blogs for “the dirt” I will provide. Saturday Annie began having severe pains, the kind that make you call a doctor. So being the paragons of logic we did just that. The doctor said the pains sound like pre-term labor pains and had us come down to the hospital. For two hours Annie lay in a hospital bed hooked up to machines as she were some sort of poorly made cyborg and waited while a doctor and nurse floated in and out of the room without telling us anything. Eventually we were released being told it was not early labor but to keep an eye on it just in case.
So what was causing the pains, you may ask. The answer is simple or maybe it’s very complex, who knows because they didn't tell us anything. But we did get a print out on what to look for if you are going into early labor. So we should be set.