I'll join after I hear the heartbeat (hopefully on June 26th!)
Mulvah- (LOL, love your name) I just wandered around a bead store and looked at the beads until I found one that looked perfect- last time it was a glass bead in the shape of a heart, with different swirls of color in the center, near the hole. I bet you can find something perfect if you look through a Joann Fabrics store, or maybe you will stumble across a really neat old necklace at a garage sale that can be taken apart. We've got until August, so we've got some time to look carefully, and think about what is really "us," you know? My bead was very "me," and I know another woman who made her beads with Filo clay, and they were all "hippie-dippy" and flowers and were totally her.
I still have my necklace, and while I don't remember all of the people who sent beads, I still love to hold it and look at it. Gianna loves to play dress-up with it now- I tell her that I wore it when she was born (for the C-section mama who asked, I wore it when I was in surgery!) I still had it on from the transfer, and I remember a tech whispered to the nurse who was by my head, giving me the run-down of what was happening, "What about that thing?" and pointing to my necklace. The nurse told her, "Don't worry about it." When I see it in the few pictures after Gianna was back in my arms, it's very comforting!