Kristina decides to try and get her GED at the local community college rather than going back to high school and all that would entail. Apparently Tiffany, one of the college tour guides, is from the “babies sleep a lot” school of thought, or she’s got really poor short term memory, because she asks Kristina what extracurricular activities she wants to be involved in at the college. Dumbass. Kim, thinking this is some sort of entrance test, is quick to interject that Kristina used to do a lot of stuff extracurricularly. Kristina shows them a sonogram, and Tiffany, not dumbassed enough yet, asks about her boyfriend. The death story gets told again, which is no fun for anyone. We have to assume she enrolled, but we truly don’t know from the footage whether she just left in disgust.
Kim drops her off after the college trip and goes “I’ll call you.” “I know you will,” says Kristina. Heh.
We never do learn how Kristina lost her eyebrows.
A few days later, she blows off Kim to send out her baby shower invites. She’s up to 137 people. I think the support network thing’s taken care of, as is the supply of diapers and onesies. She says only about 37 will probably come, so Daniel doesn’t have to worry about feeding 100 people. The event has evolved a bit, though, from a small girls’ affair to more of a family thing. Kim calls later to cry about how she doesn’t feel included in the shower and the planning, and bitch, are you for real? It is SO NOT ABOUT YOU. Somebody commit this woman, or at the very least take her phone away.
I wonder if I can talk and Google “leech removal” at the same time.
Kristina’s face says it all during this call. She tells her mother that she has been included, and gives examples. Mom comes back with, she’s afraid something will go wrong, like in Galveston, and there will be nothing she can do about it. I don’t think anyone’s going to be drowning at the baby shower. Despite the name, it doesn’t actually involve water.
Is it any wonder she doesn’t want to talk about the drowning when her mother turns it into a pity party for herself? Seriously lady. Kristina is totally the grownup in this conversation, reminding her mother that it’s nobody’s fault, and there was nothing nobody could’ve done. And nobody’s got no more patience for this lady’s self-focused crap.
And because Kristina is not dealing with enough, she goes into early labor at about 7 months. They admit her to the hospital, where the doctor uses words like “conducive” when he could just say “good for” and offers precious little reassurance. Basically, little Lukas doesn’t have much amniotic fluid around him, or much room for growth. Kristina’s family/posse drives an hour to be with her at the hospital. The hospital pumps her full of anti-labor stuff and eventually her contractions stop. Everyone goes away to get some sleep, and Kristina makes her mother, who is miraculously not wailing and tearing her hair, get Aunt Dotty to stay with her instead. Kristina and Dotty call Todd’s mother, who sounds like she’s talking even slower than regular Southern, probably thanks to a heavy and necessary dose of something from the Valium family. She offers Kristina the surprisingly good advice to think of what Todd would say to her whenever she feels anxious. Score one for the Valium family.
Oh, and they have keep Kristina in the hospital for the next two months, or until little Lukas is born, the later the better, as he is under three pounds at that point. And I can’t help thinking if she’d had more diligent prenatal care, could they have caught this sooner? As with everything, Kristina takes it stoically and like a grownup.
There’s no way this girl’s not getting that last Teen Mom spot, methinks.
Kim and Dotty show up the next (I think) day, and Kim exercises her uncanny ability to make things worse. Kristina wants to be alone. Or she wants Todd. But she would definitely prefer that her companion not be Kim. Kim doesn’t grasp this, thinking Kristina is worried about Kim putting herself out. Say it with me, Gasmii: NOT ABOUT YOU, LADY (NAYL).