The Baby’s Heartbeat, Sample 3; Monkeys; and The Little Prince

Here's another heartbeat sample from Thursday's appointment. The baby is doing very well! The baby is kicking stronger and stronger every day. The kicks feels so strange, like it's going to jump out!

Kyra keeps getting this rash/dry skin on her hands, which may be from too much handwashing, too little use of lotion, or some irritant. It appears that Kyra may be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, otherwise known as false labor or practice contractions. It is thought to aid the body in giving birth, thus the term "practice." Her abdomen gets really hard, and it's a bit uncomfortable and distressing, although there are no complications or problems with it, and it does not harm the baby. Other than that, we're both recovering from a cold.

We went out to Olive Garden last night to celebrate the beginning of the third trimester. Afterward, we picked up some video games for Kyra to play when she's not feeling well. One of them is this funny game in which the character has to catch all of these monkeys that are loose and causing mayhem. It's fun running after monkeys and catching them in a net.

Kyra finished reading The Little Prince to the baby last night. It's a sad tale about a man stranded in the desert and his discussions with a strange little boy that appears from nowhere. Personally, I view it as the author's conversation with himself. Themes addressed include human nature (especially vices), maturation ("loss of innocence"), love and friendship, and the beauty of nature. I was reminded again of the quote on my sixth-grade teacher's bumper sticker, "The best things in life aren't things," when the fox that the Little Prince meets says, "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."


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