I'll edit the first post with a EDD list.
Now I have to get back in the swing of responding to several posts again.
BFS ~ We are having boy #4! I didn't find out with ds2 or ds3 but I needed to know this time so I would have time to process any disappointment over having another boy. I'm glad I did because I know I would have hard time if I hadn't known and this baby came out a boy.
Name ~ I have a couple of names picked out but dh and I never agreed on anything. Now he's gone and it's going to be difficult to settle on something with the sporadic communication. I joked that this baby might not be named until he's 8 months old. ince I have a Ryan, an Ethan and a Kellen I think we should keep the tradition going with another -en or -an sound ending name. Does that make sense? It doesn't have to end with those letters. It could be -in, -yn or -on, too, just has to sound the same. But the name can't start with the same letter of one of the boys or be too similar so no Ian or Evan or Brian or Kian (that was one we both really liked, pronounce Key-an). All those rules plus finding a name that I like and has a good meaning makes it very difficult. I keep coming back to Braeden and Brenden. Sean absolutely does not like Brenden, too similar to Brandon, which is very popular. He liked Braeden ok but the meaning isn't great, broad meadow. I also like Aiden but that's too popular. Carrie, I like Logan, too, but yeah, very popular. There's a girl in the boys' TDK class named Logan so I feel kind of weird using that name. I don't like to use a name of someone I know even if it's just an acquaintance. .
Diapers ~ I think the rule of thumb is at least a dozen dipes a day for newborn/younger babies. So then it just depends on how often you plan to wash. If you want to be able to diaper for 2 fulls days and wash on the 3rd, you'll need at least 3 dozen in the NB and then the small size. I'm never quite sure about covers. I think I've read that you can get by with only 2 but I think I'd want at least 4. I have sooooo many woolies that I don't worry about that anymore. I'm currently making a sleep sack out of some alpaca/merino yarn I have. It is water resistant so I can put that on baby right over the diaper and we're good to go. Nice and easy for the NB stage when they need to be changed every hour or so during the night.
Weight gain ~ I can't remember if I already said that I gained 30 lbs. with each one of my boys. It looks like I'm on track to gain the same this time. I'm 22w and have gained 15 lbs. so far. I'm ok with that. I'm just not happy with the weight I started at. KWIM? It's hard for me, too, to not be bothered by how much I'll weigh. My butt and thighs get big, which I hate.
Should we do belly pics? I think that would be fun. If I can get one of me today, I'll post even if you guys don't want to. My belly is huge! I look like I'm done and I'm only halfway there. I'm not worried about it in a "there might be something wrong with the baby" way but it does freak me out. Why am I so huge so soon? My neighbor is 4 weeks behind me and you can't even tell. She's close to my age and this will be her 3rd child so I can't blame it on age or # of pregnancies. Ugh!
If anyone is looking for inexpensive, one size PUL pocket dipes, SunBaby Diapers are cheap! They are made in China, in case that's an issue for anyone, but it's a private Mom business. She does use a factory but everything is supposed to be very fair and safe, very ethical. The dipes are only $4-5 each.
Ok, I think that's everything.
I know what I forgot...
katrina ~ It seems strange to me that your MW would say it's too early to hear the heartbeat. I've always been told that by 12w you should be able to hear it easily with a doppler. We heard my babe's heartbeat with the doppler at 10w. Is she using only a fetascope?