actually, i’m pregnant

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i’m just starting my 21st week. it’s our first baby.

my belly has really started getting bigger recently, so i’m visibly pregnant as well. the baby is already quite active. it started moving in my belly around 17 weeks. at first, it felt like bubbles popping. some pregnancy books describe this as “butterfly flapping”, but i’ve never eaten any live butterflies, so how would i know?

more recently, i can really feel the baby kicking. this involuntary movement (on my end) is absolutely amazing. sometimes, when i feel its kicks, i tap it back around the same area. a few seconds later, it kicks back :) i’m enjoying this non-verbal communication so much. the kicking feels like “poko-poko” to me (the japanese language has lots more sounds to describe things than english does), so i gave the baby a nickname: “poko-chan”.

yesterday morning, i could feel the baby pushing out against my left and right sides at the same time — like stretching out, slowly. the baby is building a new body, and it’s going to be crowded inside me.

just before i found out i was pregnant, i started drawing the baby in my drawing “numb“. after i found out, i went to the doctor and saw the heart beating on the ultrasound, and heard the heartbeat sound with the fetal doppler. i did another drawing: “new heartbeat“.

paul and i went to get an ultrasound last week. the radiologist gave us a 3D image of one of the photos, which shows our baby’s face, with the right hand held up shyly in front of it.

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mmm~~ good looking. as you can tell, i’m already starting my “oya-baka” (foolish parents) plan (親ばか実行計画). :D

during the ultrasound, we saw our baby open its mouth and wave its hands around. the baby got much bigger since the last ultrasound. now it actually looks more like a human. it’s got fingers, toes, ears, eyes, and a cute bum. at first, i thought i might give birth to some sort of animal, but now officially it’s a human. :)

i knew something was living inside of me… no wonder my belly is getting so much bigger. i’ve never experienced this type of rapid physical transformation before, except in my mind. it’s interesting — all the changes seem to happen according to a schedule. it’s like my body is a machine. but i’ve never felt so human before.

some other time, i’ll post about my early pregnancy experience, and my weird “morning sickness” behaviour, which lasted about 8 weeks.

in a meantime, this is me with our baby inside. :)

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16 weeks 2 days

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20 weeks 1 day

(paul took the photos of me)

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  1. Kevin’s avatar

    Omedetou gozaimasu!

    My Japanese isn’t all that great, but what I mean to say is Congratulations!

  2. kat’s avatar

    Wow – congrats!!!! Those photos are all very cute.

  3. HandSilver’s avatar

    Congrats! A new life forming inside of your body, that gotta be very exciting.

  4. rafaela’s avatar

    Oh Yuka….!

    Such a big, big secret inside of you! Such a huge human secret!

    Congratulations!

    I’m really speechless, you know?
    I’m really happy for you (three) and for such a bless!

  5. jackson’s avatar

    Congratulations!

  6. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    kevin:
    arigatou, kevin :)
    your japanese is perfect. thank you for using japanese. i’m touched♥

    kat:
    thank you, kat :)
    paul is good at taking photos of me.

    handsilver:
    thank you, handsilver :)
    yeah, it’s really happening.

    rafaela:
    thank you rafaela :)
    i wanted to keep this secret until i’m in mid-trimester.
    you’re really sweet. arigato♪

    jackson:
    thank you, jackson :)

    karen:
    thank you, karen :)
    yeah, this whole pregnancy is really amazing.

  7. alfred’s avatar

    yuka, omedetou!!!!!

  8. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    arigato~ alfred ♪
    the baby just kicked :) maybe s/he can hear you :)

  9. dominoid’s avatar

    you look so elegant!
    to give a birth to baby is the biggest act of creation, in my opinion. my congratulations! :)))

  10. felicia chen’s avatar

    oh wow yuka! just happened to check your website today and stumbled upon this happy news! I’m so excited for you! Congratulations to you and Paul.

  11. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    dominoid:
    thank you, dominoid :)
    yeah, it’s quite something.

    felicia:
    hey felicia! nice to see you here :)
    thank you. paul is also happy to hear from you :)

  12. Mayu’s avatar

    I thought I cannot write comment but I just find the tiny comment icon!

    I’m so happy to see you in the pictures with your growing tummy :)
    Also, I was pretty amazed by the 3D ultrasound photo… I’ve never seen such photo that you can really tell that the baby is actually good looking in this early stage ;)

    Enjoy your pregnancy. My mom keeps telling me that gestation period is so important to form the kid’s personality.

    I’m looking forward to more pictures and news!

  13. rickegee’s avatar

    So I am scrolling through the photographs while the Rahmens make horrifying noises. It is probably best to imagine the baby making softer and more contented noises inside of you.

    The 3D ultrasound is remarkable. A shy but playful girl (I never ever could guess the gender from the ultrasounds).

  14. char’s avatar

    what a surprise (to me)!
    congrats again. can’t wait to see pics of the baby when s/he comes out heee~

  15. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    mayu chan:
    thank you, mayu chan :)
    i’m in good mood listening to microhouse and satie :D

    rickegee:
    hey~ rickegee! thank you for your comment and dropping by.

    i think it’s making acrobatic sounds by rolling around inside. it kicks everywhere~

    char:
    thank you :)
    yeah, i wanted to keep it secret until i’m in mid-term.
    it’s gonna be a lot of photos of poko-chan this summer :D

  16. もぽ’s avatar

    はじめまして。そしておめでとう。

  17. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    ひさびさの日本語のコメントで嬉しいです。

    いらっしゃいませ+ありがとう=また来てね♪

  18. Antoine’s avatar

    Bravo, félicitations!
    C’est une bonne nouvelle et je vois que ça t’inspire énormément. I’m happy for you!

  19. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    Merci beaucoup, -ant-!
    great to see you here :)

  20. deputydog’s avatar

    Hey! Congratulations you two!

  21. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    oh~ deputydog! sweet.
    nice to see you here :)

  22. robert’s avatar

    i REALLY LOVE YOUR WORK ,i’M A ARTIST FROM ITALY ,NOW IN TAIWAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IS A PLEASE WHERE I CAN SHOW MY DESIGNE FOR T-SHIRTS AND MY VERY UNUSUAL PICTURE THERE IN CANADA OR IN JAPAN,LOVE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY YOUR FANTASY IS OUTRAGIOUS,CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE BABY,HOPE WILL LOOK LIKE YOU,CIAO

  23. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    thank you rober :)

    for your tshirt design, i think threadless is the way to go.

  24. Allie’s avatar

    I’m pregnant as well

  25. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    oh~ congratulations to you!!

    what week are you in?

  26. Sara’s avatar

    I love your work, keep going.

    Good Luck!

  27. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    hi sara,

    thank you for your comment :)

    ganbaru yo!

  28. Pregnancy’s avatar

    Wow you are really good, i like your pics.

  29. jeniLacia’s avatar

    i love all your draws :)

  30. Fetal Doppler’s avatar

    Totally interesting artwork you got going! When I look at how much your stomach is popping out in the pictures, it makes me wonder if there is more than one kid growing in my girlfriends stomach….hers i sticking out a lot and she is not even 14 weeks!

  31. Queen’s avatar

    Congrats, looking good :)

  32. chi chi’s avatar

    what does those pictures mean? they give me nightmares. creepy.

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