Ram - I felt one movement at about 16 weeks, it was like baby did a flip. After that, I felt nothing at all (well, nothing recognizable) until about 19 or 20 weeks, I think. When I went in for my u/s at 21 weeks, I had around a week of feeling baby move consistently and strongly enough that I could tell what it was. My sister said she felt her first move at about 18 or 19 weeks. So don't worry about it at all, really.
Val - I'm sorry about the hip pain. It's good that you're getting so close to done, if things are going to start hurting! I hope the doctor can give you some tips to help.
Livinsky - He's so adorable! And people probably think he's older because of the hair and because of his huge size!
Not to contradict Livingsky, as obviously her experience is different, but my niece was in 0-3 month clothes for her first six months. She was healthy, and within the normal range for growth, but on the slow end. So mostly I think the best bet is just to have a few clothes from each age range and add as necessary. I hope that is a good bet, because it's what I'm doing.
AFM: So . . . tired. I was really hoping for less of this. My brain doesn't seem to function like it used to, and my body doesn't either. So far today I've eaten, hooked up one hose to another, picked peas, and sat on the couch. And I'm tired. I am in awe of you ladies who are working through your pregnancies. Maybe I could do it if I had to, I guess . . . but I'm not sure how. I'm just hoping that you aren't as tired as me. For your sakes. Anyway, I'm still managing to eat well most of the time (and I keep frozen pizza on hand for when I can't). I'm still thrilled to be pregnant, and getting more excited by the day to meet the little one, but I wasn't expecting this level of exhaustion.
I have been doing something useful, though. I've been planning and making phone calls about getting our house insulated and our windows replaced before winter. It's going to cost a whole lot, but MIL will help with that (she's part-owner of our property), and we really need to get it done. Our kitchen has dropped down to nearly freezing in previous winters. That's not okay for baby. So we're hoping to get insulation put on the outside (to replace the NONE that we currently have), and new fancy windows with high R-values to replace our old leaky ones. I've been doing all the organizing and phone calls, and now I'm at the stage where all the estimates are done and it's SO MUCH MONEY. But I think it will be worth it to us, and it will improve the resale value of the house probably by as much as it costs at least. More importantly, we won't have to wrap Baby up like a mummy every year for 8 months out of the year.
My neighbors are so nice, I got a high chair (the kind that straps on top of a regular chair), a jogging-type stroller with big wheels that should work in the forest, and an exersaucer the other day. For free, from one neighbor. Another neighbor said she'll sell me her whole cloth diaper stash (prefolds) for $100, and then I should only need to get more covers and I'll be set. She also has a breast pump, a swing, and a few other things that she would sell me for cheap. My niece loved her swing to pieces, so I'm pretty excited about that (it was the only place you could put her down for more than 30 seconds that didn't make her SCREAM), and I think a breast pump might be useful so DH can do a few of the feedings once baby is past nipple-confusion age. Feeding time is nice bonding time. Also, another neighbor gave me a bassinet, some clothes, some blankets, and some baby towels for free. I hadn't realized how much people like to give stuff to babies. I'll basically just need to buy a car seat new, I think. I already got a wrap, and my SIL wanted to get something for us so I asked for a breastfeeding pillow. Yay for people helping out!