Erica, congrats on the u/s and good report from a very positive doctor's appointment! How fabulous to see your baby, right where it belongs. :D Now you can do what you need to do - relax and enjoy your pregnancy knowing you're in good hands.
Ram, beautiful bump picture, and I love the nursery motif. I can imagine that last month is really uncomfortable. So this is something I could probably find out via research, but I'd rather hear personal stores - what are you packing in your hospital bag for your delivery trip?
Caly, sorry that work is so stressful right now. It seems that even when we're trying to avoid stress, stuff just comes up.
Andaluza, I'm waiting as long as possible (prob 12 weeks) to tell my co-workers, partly because I'm nervous about asking for maternity leave off (ridiculous I know), partly because I've been at my job for less than a year, and partly because I'm not positive I want to return to the office. I will be interviewing daycare centers and potential nannies to leave my options open - plus I have a father who is insanely excited about being Grandpop for two days a week - but I don't know. That first year - I can't imaging leaving a tiny brand new baby at day care. Breaks my heart to think about, and right now I don't have more than a grain of rice baby in my tummy.
AFM I think I may have found a really great OB practice! My gyno is in her 60's and has retired from obstetrics, so she referred me to a fantastic practice with female-only practitioners (a big deal for me). Yesterday, one of the nurses did a half-hour consultation with me asking me questions about how I felt, etc. I had a few questions for her, and she was extremely helpful and friendly. She got me set up as a patient in the event that I need to come in with any problems (and not be referred to my GP, thank goodness). DH and I need to visit the nearby hospital to check out their birthing facilities and confirm that it's a fit, but I have a great feeling about it all! My first appointment is on the 24th, when they will be able to register the heart beat. I have a feeling there may be tears.
I've been having some dizziness and queasiness, but fatigue has been my biggest demon. I'm amazed to be awake at all, and I really need to get to bed right away. Stocked up on those mini cans of Hansen's Ginger Ale, some candied ginger, and peppermint tea. I also got some acai juice on sale and omega-3 organic eggs. I have been craving eggs! I know it's probably too early for cravings, but I'm going to eat healthy things my body asks for. I've also been forcing myself to do my workouts, and that seems to help with the fatigue. Running outside in the fresh air is the best remedy for my queasiness.
As a treat to myself, I have hired a house cleaning service. It sounds frivolous, but they use all non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners that will keep the house safe for myself and the baby. And, I can rest. I figure if my limited-income grandmother did it back in the day when she didn't have a job, I can do it now with my 40+ hours a week at the office.