30 Weeks

We’re at 30 weeks now – 7 months! Baby is about 16 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage).

cabbabe

Almost there! This definitely feels like the home stretch, as we’re in full clumsy, no-night sleeping swing (I am fighting hard against the waddle walk)! Ray is working hard at painting the baby room so we can start putting everything together.

Coming up: Ray and I have our birthing class this weekend and I’m hoping to post pictures from the family shower this past weekend soon. Here’s a sneak peak from Mom (everyone else – please send me your pictures and I’ll post them. I only had the video camera that day).
shower ladies

Tears of Joy

US Army Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Kelley, left, of the 229th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, weeps as she watches the inauguration of US President Barack Obama at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

US Army Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Kelley, left, of the 229th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, weeps as she watches the inauguration of US President Barack Obama at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

Optimism

 

The Obama family, celebrating service
The Obama family, celebrating service

 

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.” 

— Noam Chomsky