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Week 14
~ Concerning Hobbits

Jeff and I have been reading The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien to Bump almost every night. It's a wonderful story and I can't help drawing parallels to my pregnancy which I consider very hobbit-like indeed. In the Prologue to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien describes hobbits as being fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg and having a round, jovial face. Well, my stomach is certainly getting "fattish" thus making me appear short in the leg. My face is definitely round and jovial with the bouncing baby inside me.

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Tolkien also wrote that hobbits are very shy creatures, but they are capable of amazing things. They are known for their stealthiness and ability to go unnoticed. I feel that Bump is similar in this manner. As I look at the slight curvature of my tummy, I wonder how there can be a life growing inside me. Then, I think back on last week and how Bump was jumping around and kicking his/her legs during our ultrasound. I then laugh and think of the how amazing it is that something so small and quiet can have so much life.

Hobbits also enjoy at least seven meals a day which include breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper. I have adopted this eating schedule during my pregnancy. I am famished most of the time and find myself eating very often throughout the day.

Now let's talk feet. Hobbits' feet are covered with curly hair and their soles are very leathery, so most Hobbits hardly ever wear shoes. Unfortunately for me, I too have found myself growing hair on my feet (especially my toes) and am mostly found barefoot of late (yes, in the kitchen too; mind you). Ah, the similarities never cease.

Above all hobbits are happy and seem to possess remarkably good luck. I find that this is the case with my pregnancy. We finally received our blood test results back from our prenatal screening. Our risks have dropped significantly. We have about a 1/6000 chance for Down Syndrome and a 1/11,000 for either Tri-21/Tri-18. What a marvelous week!

~ Kathy

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