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How far along: 34 weeks.

How big is baby:  Your baby now weighs about 4-3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.

Weight gain/loss: Two OB visits ago I was up to FIVE pounds gain! It was quite a scene–Griffin & I were about to break into a happy dance, made all the more hilarious as the excitement was lost on the fill-in nurse. She absolutely could not understand why anyone would be so thrilled with gaining weight!

However, at my most recent visit (a week ago today) I had once again lost weight. My total weight gain is back to 3-1/2 lbs.

Sleep: The combination of napping during the day (because of bed rest) and sleeping at night is more than providing for the sleep that my body needs. I feel like a slug!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Wowie! The constant joke around here is that I’ll be giving birth to Chewbaka because of the intense heartburn I’ve been having. While many of the ‘symptoms’ I had with Schaeffer and this baby are similar, I’ve never experienced such severe heartburn before. It makes eating tricky.

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. (We managed to get a few seconds of the baby’s hiccups on video last night. If you haven’t seen it, check out my FB or Instagram page.)

What I’m loving: 1. The overwhelming anticipation of the pending arrival of Baby Ott. 2. Celebrating the fall-time birthdays that begin this week! 3. Opening the windows and smelling leaves burning & feeling the crisp mornings. 4. The promise of getting out my fall decor and burning pumpkin candles. Fall truly is my most favorite time of year!

Symptoms: Two and a half weeks ago I began to have intermittent contractions, which continued to increase in frequency and duration. Sadly, this has landed me on bed rest–which has been an opportunity to choose to rely on one another in a whole new way. Griffin & Schaeffer have been amazing, cooking & cleaning and carrying the load with joy in their hearts and never a complaint. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful & caring family.

We have been given notice that as of today (34 weeks), my doctors will no longer use heroic measures to stop premature labor. Can you believe it–Baby Girl Ott could make her debut anytime!  (*If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.)

What I’m looking forward to: I’m excited to travel to my parent’s house this weekend to celebrate my parent’s anniversary and my mom’s birthday–all rolled into one! While I will still be confined to the couch or bed, it will be wonderful to have a change of scenery, and to have people to talk to.

Best moment of the week: There have been so many wonderful moments this week: my parents spending a ‘regular’ Saturday with us, hanging around home, watching football, making a pot of soup and just relaxing; Griffin surprising me with a Starbucks on a cold and rainy morning; sweet friends offering to bring meals or dropping by to visit. I’m so blessed!