Do you have a nice, snug swaddle blanket? My kiddos (as babies!) always sleep better and longer when they've been wrapped up nice and cozy. We like the SwaddleMe blankets because they're very easy to use. Also, a white noise machine works wonders for our little guy.
There's a company that I've ordered cute princess costumes from before. Some of their stuff is basically copies of Disney princesses, but they have others that are mire unique. And I like that they carry bigger kid sizes, not just up to 3-4T. It's called LittleDressUpShop.com. (They have other costumes, too, but I just have two of the princess dresses. Nice quality.)
I just put my 5-month old on the potty for the first time the other day, so I don't think there is such a thing as "too early." I did the same with my two older ds's, and they were both in underwear full time around 16-18 months. I really think if you introduce the potty in a non-pressure sort of way very early on, potty learning is pretty easy. And I like it better than washing diapers!
First, let me tell you how sorry I am about your previous loss. I'm sure that complicates your feelings this time around. :hug
I "found out" with my first two, then let it be a surprise with my third. While not knowing was exciting, I can honestly say that I DID feel less bonded to baby #3 because I didn't know his gender. It was just harder to visualize him ahead of time without knowing a name or knowing which room he's eventually share, or imagining his physical...