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How far along: 30 weeks.

How big is baby:  Baby Girl is about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage).

Weight gain/loss: As of my last OB visit I was back down a pound, which returns my weight gain to two pounds. I do feel as though Baby Ott has grown a bit in the week and a half since I’ve been in the office–so fingers crossed!

Sleep: I’ve had two nights of 5+ hours of continuous sleep, it has felt AMAZING to wake up rested!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I’m back to eating my weight in watermelon icee drinks and peaches. Yum!

Movement: Watching and feeling the baby move, tumble and kick in my belly is constant entertainment in our household. It seems as though there is always someone watching, touching or talking to Baby through the belly. It’s pretty great.

What I’m loving: Savoring the last few days of summer! We’ve been spending time with family and friends, squeezing in as much fun as possible before we have to buckle down in the day-to-day routine of school.

Symptoms: I’m thankful to be feeling pretty good! I feel like we’re in the ‘golden days’ of pregnancy–most of the misery of the first months have ceased, and not many of the aches and pains of late in the third trimester have yet begun. I’ll enjoy each day of this ‘sweet spot’ while it lasts!

On a side note, at my last appointment, we were told that the baby has continued to decline in growth. We will have another growth evaluation August 28th to see where Baby Ott falls on the scale. If she has dipped below the 10th percentile, plans will be made to deliver. Obviously, we’re praying that her growth will continue to increase, and that she’ll stay in the womb until she can thrive in the world without significant medical interventions (34-36 weeks +). 

What I’m looking forward to: We’ll celebrate Schaeffer’s 7th birthday with her friends on Monday, then with family on Wednesday. I am so looking forward to watching her life be the center of celebration by those who love her most–as she is the source of joy for so many!

Best moment of the week: The other day, after getting home from a long walk around the neighborhood, I teasingly told Schaeffer that I had the baby while I was inside. Without hesitation, she exclaimed, “Oh mom, don’t tease me! I would be overcome with joy!” That girl, she fills my heart with such joy.