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(Belly ‘art’ by an excited Daddy & Big Sister)

How far along: 37 weeks.

How big is baby: Baby is estimated to weigh 6-1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard).

Weight gain/loss: I’m back up a pound, rounding out my total pregnancy weight gain to 5 lbs.

Sleep: I’m back to my old wiles, not sleeping through the night–which I think is just good preparation for having Baby Ott home. Each night that I lay awake in bed I find myself thinking that I could be snuggling a little baby instead. 🙂

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I’ve had very little appetite, and am having difficulty eating. I’m so looking forward to eating some of my favorite meals–and cooking (!) for my family soon!

Movement: It’s amazing to notice the sleep & awake patterns that are happening–she’s predictably awake and quiet at the same times of day. When I’m more ‘busy’ (which isn’t that often while on bed rest) she’s more prone to times of sleep. When I’m more consistently still–like at night–she’s wide awake and very active. Amazing!

What I’m loving: 1. Knowing that Baby Ott is going to make her debut very soon! 2. Feeling such thankfulness that we have the privilege to add another daughter to our family. 3. Spending much time together as family–making memories as we do life together.

Symptoms: At my OB appt last Thursday I knew something was off–as I’d been having headaches on & off for a few days. When my blood pressure was taken, it was quite elevated. My dr. scheduled another appt for today–to re-check my bp and to check my fluid level via ultrasound. Today, because of my still elevated symptoms and some other related issues, we were able to move forward with rescheduling my c-section for later this week.

What I’m looking forward to: 1. Meeting Baby Ott! 2. Watching our family dynamics change as Schaeffer becomes a big sister. 3. Rejoicing for God’s goodness to our family as we once again celebrate the gift of life.

Best moment of the week: 1. During my ultrasound today, my niece Hazel-who had been instructed to be as quiet as a mouse-exclaimed “that’s incredible!” as she watched Baby Ott’s body parts being displayed on the screen. So true, and so well said–out of the mouth of a babe. 2. Spending time alone with my Dad–we don’t often have time together just the two of us–and it was wonderful to sit together today, even in the quiet, and enjoy time together. I’m so blessed!