Even if you, like me, have never seen the movie Alien, I'm sure you've seen the scene where the alien baby bursts out of the guy's stomach. Well, apparently my husband has seen that clip one too many times. The image of the alien so graphically exploding from someone's body has burned itself so deeply into B's imagination that he's now completely freaked out by watching my stomach.
At some point in a pregnancy, not only can mom feel the baby moving around, but anyone watching mom's stomach can see ripples and bumps from the outside. Lump's been punching hard enough for me to notice it on the outside for a few weeks, but B just saw it for the first time the other day. I'm trying to make sure B feels as included in this pregnancy as possible, so I like to share the baby's new tricks with him. While we were lying in bed this morning, I pulled up my shirt so B could witness Lump's acrobatics first hand. After a few seconds, B pulled my shirt down and told me he couldn't watch. When I asked why, he went through a hilarious reenactment of the Alien scene and told me that's all he can think of when he sees my stomach moving around. He likes to feel the baby kick (as long as it's not kicking him in the spine in the middle of the night), but he gets too freaked out by watching.
So, ladies, if your man has as active an imagination as mine, make sure he never watches Alien before you get pregnant. Otherwise, you'll have to spend the last three months of your pregnancy hiding your stomach from him. Unless, of course, you're mean like me. Then, you'll spend those last three months doing whatever you can to make sure he sees alien-baby as often as possible.