Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's a Good Thing I Don't Believe In the Alien Invasion Anymore

I was probably not the only first-time expectant moms who was pretty freaked out by what felt like a foreign thing growing inside me, one with its own movement, preferences, and agenda. I imagined him bursting out of my chest, like the Alien movies, and got progressively more stressed. Fortunately, I came across this article, which cheered me immensely.

Sports Illustrated featured Cornelia Pfohl, a German archer in the Olympics (this was back in 2004), who competed while seven months pregnant. World class at seven months pregnant! She was quoted as saying that she was accustomed to "carrying a teammate," since she'd been pregnant with a daughter when she won a medal in the 2000 Olympics.

A nickname was born. We called the fellow in my belly, "Teammate," which had a nice, friendly sound to it. My little pal. Not an alien. And now he's our energetic Q.

While doing a web search to find the original article, I found another piece on Ms. Pfohl, which talks a bit more about her thoughts. She explained that she was perfectly healthy and the baby kicking wasn't affecting her shooting.

I've got a slightly better grip on motherhood this time around, so Swimmy has always felt like a happy presence. Good thing too, because he's working up an elaborate kung fu sequence in my abdomen right now.


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Mayberry said...

That is so cool. Imagine showing the child that picture -- there you are when I won a medal!

Don Mills Diva said...

Teammate! What a great way to think of it though she looks a look more coordinated than I did at seven months pregnant!

Mamacita Tina said...

Hard to believe she's seven months pregnant - I look like that normally!

I always had visions of Alien too, especially when Laurel was inside. Boy could she jump around in there despite the limited space, in fact, she hasn't stopped jumping.

kittenpie said...

I totally had those imaginings of an alien, too! So far, aside from the sickness, I'm pretty much ignoring the fact of this one for now. I'm just trying to get through it, you know? To where I feel like myself, and where I might have room for actually looking forward or being happy? I may be getting there, becuase I started the long process of going through name books, but I'm also still waiting on tests, and found that if I get all into it early, it seems like forever anyhow. I think it will be nice when I get to be further along!

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