My kid celebrated their birthday today and my mind for some reason drifted back not to the day I gave birth – though I did mention some of the pieces of that puzzle as I always do, because it is a very impressive feat, giving birth.

My mind drifted back to several months before that day. I was away from home doing work training. Staying in a barracks, with several colleagues, working on my French skills. Everyone knew I was pregnant, though I was only slightly bumpy at that point.

One evening, after lessons, watching something ridiculous on television – it may have been Top Model? – and suddenly I felt a fluttering.

A small fluttering just under my bellybutton and I knew immediately, with no doubt in my mind and no frame of reference, that I had just felt the baby move for the first time.

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