Birdie: I wouldn't worry too much about it. I think every practice has a different idea of how much you should gain, and everything I've read says that those "ideal curves" are just that - unrealistic ideals. No-one gains exactly the recommended amount every month, coming out to exactly the right amount at the end. You might slow down in the second, you might keep gaining at the same rate, you might gain faster, and from my reading those situations can be (and usually are) just fine. I'm on the other end of the weight spectrum - I've lost 5 pounds or so. I'm not great at remembering to eat during the spring/summer/fall. So I think you're doing better than me. My doctor was unconcerned, and told me I'd pick up later. Sounds to me like you have a worrier for a care provider, at least as regarding weight!
Tear: I will so totally take some of that rain for you. It's just been getting drier and drier here, and forest fires are becoming a real risk. It's finally raining right now, but not very hard. I hope we get a ton and somehow that takes it away from you. The weather report doesn't look hopeful in that regard, but I can hope anyway, right?
Livingsky: It's funny, I imagine we're getting really similar weather, but I've been just comfortable. I'm even still wearing wool long underwear under my shorts (they're thin, but they make me considerably warmer). I've only taken them off twice. I have always had a tendency to be cold, though. I hope I start feeling unnaturally warm before I give birth - feeling warm in late October would be a pleasant change! Of course, I suppose it would make the reality seem worse afterwards, when I crashed back into my actually-freezing life. I just realized, I need to listen to more music now that my husband is gone (so Babby can hear my voice and to keep me from getting lonely), and I chose that artist (Danny Schmidt) that I invited you to come to (on very short notice) last fall - when we were both just starting TTC. It makes me doubly cheery to listen to the album that I bought that night, thinking that you and I both got pregnant since then and have little growing babies inside us.
Val: I'm so pleased that your DH got to feel significant baby movement. And maybe a little jealous. I can hardly wait until I can feel movement sometimes . . . wait, wait, wait. How about now? I think I felt one big ol' somersault (that word sure is spelled oddly) about a week ago when I was lying in bed, but that's been it. Oh well, I know that will pick up in time.
Meander: I'm sorry about being so hot and uncomfortable. And about such bad carpal tunnel. Those braces do make it nearly impossible to type. I had to wear one for a few months in college, and it was rough trying to type papers. That was for tendonitis . . . I sure hope it doesn't get worse during pregnancy, it's pretty debilitating for me. I mean, I have coping strategies, but it can be hard . . . and mine didn't come with numbness, just with inability to grip and pain in certain positions and situations. I hope you can get that fixed up.
AFM: Been pretty busy, getting a bunch done. Now my DH left for work, and I'm trying to maintain momentum instead of getting bogged down again. In some ways, I think the way to do that is to own my bad moods when I have them. Yeah, today I was grumpy as hell. And that's okay. I had reasons (my previously favorite rooster kicked a broody hen off the nest and (I think) ate one of the eggs, I couldn't find the staple gun to make a box to keep her in, and for pity's sake my kitchen won't clean itself!) Tomorrow has every chance to be better. It might be great weather now that we might have a bit of moisture, maybe I'll find the staple gun (or buy a replacement), I have goat babies to watch playing, and I can listen to music if I want to. But I don't have to feel bad about today being grumpy, either. I'm enjoying my pregnancy so far, really. I feel good, except that when I forget to eat it's more of an emergency than it used to be. My DH is pleased, and even kissed my belly like he was kissing Babby the other day, and that made me feel very joyful and content. So, tomorrow I hope to be cheery again. I have SO much to be thankful for.