This week the websites were waffling on their fruit metaphors. One said that at 21 weeks the baby is about the size of 5 tangerines. Note that every time I think of this I say it to the tune of the 5th day of Christmas (Five Tanger-Rines.)
Another site said that the baby is now the length of a banana. So who knows?
The big development this week is quickening. Last week I thought that I had felt the first movement, but wasn't sure. At all. But this week, I'm feeling lots of movement, which is a bizarre feeling, but yet another thing that makes it more salient. I also had my regular appointment with my doctor and all looks well. I'm having a perfectly boring pregnancy, in the clinical sense, which is just how I like it.
As an aside, I'm apparently the only person who wasn't familiar with the term quickening. And when I looked it up I discovered that it's an old-school term that was used to make legal determinations related to illegal abortion and infanticide. I'm pretty sure that with the prevalence of ultrasound and modern laws it's completely obsolete. So I have no intention of using the term regularly.
I'm ashamed to admit that I lost an evening of my week watching MTV's "16 & Pregnant." It's a train wreck. And if you've never seen this show, do yourself a favor and DON'T. It has the attraction of all reality type shows in that it feeds our voyeuristic side. However, it's just ridiculous, sad, and tragic. Being in my current state at 30+, I can't imagine facing it when I was 16. The girls featured on this ridiculous show are so naive and jaded. And while I'm sure there are happy endings, I'm skeptical. I'm not sure that having this show on TV is a good idea because of its blase attitude. And does anyone else remember when MTV actually was Music Television and played music instead of this kind of crap and the Jersey Shore, which I'm happy to admit I have NEVER seen. End mini-rant.