And then, "Progesterone Prayers." This one inspired the drawing (which I allowed my toddler to color), and is descriptive of how I feel pregnant.
So, that's the "power of progesterone" as I like to call it. But it has good side effects too, such as, making me more creative than usual (of course my spark usually comes in the middle of the night, or while in the shower or driving!). Hence, the book and blog idea.
"Phantom Kicks"... where did this name come from? Since my first pregnancy was a term live birth, I have the pleasure of knowing what it feels like to have a baby kick. I didn't feel it with my first pregnancy until somewhere shortly after 20 weeks. But, they say that in subsequent pregnancies you can feel it earlier. In my second pregnancy, I was sure I felt her kick (lost her at 16.5). After that miscarriage, and sporadically since then, I have had the sensation of a baby kicking. Much like phantom limb pain, a pain an amputee feels after he looses a limb, I imagine this sensation has come to me, and others, as a subconscious reminder of what once was. Although I'd never heard the term before I started using it, you can do a google search and find other moms, those who've lost and those who haven't, who use this phrasing to describe similar feelings.
It's a friendly, and sometimes sad, reminder of what was.
It's part of my reality. And we thought it made a catchy title. So, there you have it.