I was desperate to feel my baby kick when I was pregnant. Growing a human felt mysterious and unknown and I needed a sign it was real. I would go through a routine of lying down and talking to my bump before dancing around, drinking apple juice, and waiting to feel that little kick. Before I knew it I felt my little one move, and sharing it with my partner brought a new level of joy to the experience.
So I wasn't surprised when the following dads described what it's like to feel their baby kick for the first time and, once again, I found myself to be nothing more than a ball of emotions. Yes, all babies and all pregnancies are unique, and these men all had unique experiences when feeling that first kick, but the feelings associated with that moment seem universal. It's such a special time for both parents: when together, as a couple or parenting unit, you both realize you're really going to become mom or dad to a new little person. With one kick or prod, your baby reaches out from the unknown and says, "Hey" and you realize that becoming a parent means you'll forever be a walking basket of raw and relentless feelings.
Whether it's a first pregnancy or you have done it all before, that first kick you feel from your unborn baby is an incredibly special event. Parents who have had trouble conceiving ,or who are experiencing a tough pregnancy, can be even more moved by the motions of their baby from inside the womb, too. So with that in mind, here are what a few dads had to say about the moment they felt their baby kick for the first time. Prepare to be emotionally tormented in the best possible way.