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19 Weeks

7 May 2007

This week, Blueberry is the size of a Magic 8 Ball. 8 Ball

Not a lot of little factoids to report this week — just a lot of growing! Your baby weighs approximately 7 ounces and is about 5.2 to 6 inches from crown to rump. The exterior layers of skin tissue are developing to form your baby’s one-of-a-kind fingerprints. The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby allows for the free movement of the arms and legs and is also sometimes swallowed to practice digestion.

In the mommy department, I have not had a fabulous week — last Wednesday I went to the ER with lots of contractions — I would count it as my first practice run, except that during the real thing I will only be going as far as the living room. Oh, and there’ll actually be a point to the mind-boggling pain. I’ll temporarily spare you from my medical community diatribe and save that for another blog. Let’s just say the whole situation has reminded me why I’m giving birth as far from our modern health care system as possible without doing it in the woods with a stick between my teeth.

Five days of pain later, the only theory that is holding any water (no pun intended) is that I have a UTI/kidney infection. I started antibiotics today, much to my chagrin. I am convinced that it’s something else — the only symptom I have is horrible abdominal and back pain, but it’s especially bad whenever I eat. So, I can only give it a few days and hope it gets better. It’s frustrating not knowing what is going on and feeling like such crap after feeling so great the past few weeks.

On a positive note, Blueberry has been kicking and dancing like crazy today. Tim can feel her pretty often and it’s fun to see which ones we can feel at the same time. Apparently, she takes after her daddy because I hear he was quite the kickboxing baby himself.

I’m ready to feel “normal” again!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Grandpa Olson permalink
    11 May 2007 22:37

    Like father, like daughter. Tim was so active in the womb that at about this stage in the pregnancy we gave him the nickname “Thumper.”

    Is a woman a “mother” before her child is born? While philosophers and quantum physicists are still uncertain, Marge and I have determined that you, Lori, are a mother, and want to invite you for dinner on Mother’s Day.

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