Penny-- no way! We don't know if we're having a boy or not, but our top boy name is August/Gus too! Actually, DH likes Augustus better but I think it's too long. :)
I don't think the cats know what's about to come in 4 months...they currently like to sleep on our faces, though, so I'm sure we'll have to perform our own tactical sweeps to keep them from stealing the baby's breath!
Baby purchases! We actually...haven't bought ANYthing yet. I've been getting a bunch of stuff for free, from friends & freecycle, and am hoping to do this for as much stuff as possible! So far we have a carseat/stroller, jogging stroller, changing table, swing, a bunch of different baby carriers, a breast pump, some blankets, a very cute onesie and a copy of Free To Be You And Me. That's all the baby needs, right?
We haven't spelled out the birth & after-birth plans yet. I'm giving birth at the Sacred Birth Center, a house here in Oakland with midwives & doulas. The birthing room is like a big bedroom, with a tub! I'm super excited for a water birth. My husband and mom will both be there, as well as my midwife and doula. We haven't worked out any other details at this point, but the Center has a great pre-natal care process - we go in for a group talk with the other moms every other Saturday, and they cover a ton of topics, so the birth plan concept is coming up. As for after birth...I have no idea what to expect! We'll be bringing the baby home as soon as possible, and then the current plan is just to stay in bed with the baby for a week and see what happens! I'm super lucky to have my parents so close - my mom isn't currently working, so she'll be able to come over and help out while I get my bearings. Also, since my husband is a student, he'll be around too. So we'll figure it out together!
Oh, and no circumcision. I have always been passionately against it (I have a history with the queer/intersex community), so it was never an option. My husband had a little concern about the whole "he won't look like me" thing, but I...well, I put my foot down with a resounding "absolutely not" so he agreed (he didn't feel too strongly about it).
Baby names have been tough, since my husband has very bizarre ideas whereas I tend to prefer more traditional. The current top-runner is August, called Gus for short. He also likes Forrest, and Forrester is a family name for me, so I'm thinking August Forrester might be the one! But I'm hoping to have a few options that we can then pick from once we actually see the baby in person. My older brother actually "chose" his name - my parents had 3 top contenders, and kept reading through them after he was born, and he would let out a little cry each time they said "Matthew." So, he got it! Funnily enough, the other 2 choices were Devon & Ethan. And...my name is Devon, and my younger brother is Ethan. From the very beginning we were getting hand-me-downs!