Judybean, Carlin, and Madimamacita: I'm right there on the green team with you! This is our first and I'm so curious to find out (mostly for planning purposes I must admit) but I think it'll make a really nice surprise. I really want to keep our baby-related purchases to a minimum and have a lot of friends who are done having kids and giving away their baby stuff - but it's practically all gender specific and I feel like it's a bit cheeky to hoard it all until the baby's born when someone else could be benefiting from it. So in the meantime I've got a big stash of hand-me-down toys because those really aren't gender specific! We even have a bike/trike haha, I put it in with the other bikes in our (community) parking garage and later walked past with my husband and mentioned that it was ours, he laughed because he didn't believe me and thought I was joking around :)
RRL Tea: I'm drinking it too, we have to buy it at the pharmacy here - strange times. I think it's pretty bitter and have to force myself to drink it. I do love nettle tea (Clipper brand) so I drink that practically every day. Since we're talking tea, Clipper also make a fantastic raspberry tea.
AFM, I'm 18w1d and have felt three or four distinct kicks in the last week. Quick, light taps. No champagne bubbles or butterflies though :) My abdominal pulse is very strong and that's basically all I feel if I press on my belly. Wondering if I have an anterior placenta? My last appt was at 12 weeks, next is at 20 weeks. I feel like there should have been a 16 week check, but my midwife said that as long as it's less than 10 weeks apart (this early on) it's fine. 20 week scan on the 24th, hope all goes well. I've packed on about 12-15 lbs!!!! We did just get back from a 5 day holiday where we ate like kings.
I haven't been that worried about toxoplasmosis and my cat because she only goes outside for a few minutes a day (we have to literally pick her up and force her out the door, then she sits on the step and cries to be let back in). BUT late last night she made a bid for freedom, couldn't be coaxed in, spent the night in the wild outdoors, and this morning we woke up to half of a mouse on the doorstep. DH was cleaning it up and found the other half, partially digested, a few feet away. So I'm off litter box duty, and I'm keeping her away from me and off of our furniture for a couple days while she cleans herself up (I didn't see any visible blood on her but BLECH, and I wouldn't dare try to bath her - that's a death warrant). Is this overkill?? She's a loner of a cat anyway, so she won't even notice that I'm trying to stay away from her . . . she's just sulking about being locked out of the living and bedrooms.
I need some advice about co-sleeping arrangements, but I'll post that separately. Have a great week everyone!