Tummy Touching - fine! go ahead!
The first thing I ever wanted to do (before I went and got all knocked up, of course) when I saw a pregnant woman was touch her stomach.
So it seems perfectly natural to me that people want to put their hands on my bump (this sounds dirtier than intended!).
But since "belly touching" seems to have become a societal no-no lately, with words like "unwanted" and "invasion of privacy" used to describe the popular practice of pregnant tummy patting, my friends seem scared or nervous to come near me.
Sometimes, their hands start to lunge for my belly, but they stop themselves.
"Oh sorry," they say. "Uhm, can I touch."
"Yeah, sure, why not?" I return.
True - I wouldn't want strangers off the street trying to grope me. I've never been into that. But, no one entirely random has tried to come near me or the Lentil yet, so like an animal that's never been threatened by human contact before, I'm open to the tummy touching.
So far I find it cute and friendly. Hardly threatening.
It does make me feel a bit like a toy, however, but part of being pregnant, I think, is realizing my body is not entirely my own. Or, at least, not entirely under my control.
In essence, I am sort of a playground for the Lentil!
So, if other people can derive a little bit of happiness from my stomach (and often it makes me feel less turkey-like when they express an interest in being near my tummy) they why not!
Pat away, I say!