Love the swap idea! I am so in, what fun. :)
Re: losses, my heart just drops every time I see a new loss thread in our group. Even though I don't know these ladies well, I can't imagine their sadness and the loss. I've had a number of friends go through losses and it's definitely made me feel so cautious with this pregnancy (especially because it took such a long time for it to happen for us). Hearing the heartbeat was such a huge reassurance for us, but I know that definitely doesn't mean we're home free. Even today, I've felt like my bump hasn't grown as much in the past few days, and it makes me nervous. I really can't wait until we can start feeling the movement and have that constat reassurance that there's someone in there.
I love the concept of Blessingways! I think it's so important to really celebrate the mama as much as the baby. I did see a post on MDC a while back that it can actually a pretty controversial term (to those who are Native American): http://www.mothering.com/community/t/778097/please-rethink-using-the-term-blessingway-to-describe-your-baby-shower-new-info/
Not really sure how I feel about it, but either way I'm sure you could do the concept with a slightly altered name if you felt like you didn't want to step on any toes.
travelmumma, the lime thing is so mind blowing!! I'll hit 11 weeks on Tuesday, but my "What to Expect" app (hate the book, love the easy date/size tracker on the app) tells me that I'm at lime! All these other fruits have seemed so tiny, but a lime! It's so tangible, and when I make that size with my hands and hold it up to my belly, I get chills thinking that there's a little someone that size inside me.
tropicana, I used to drink raw goat milk but our provider stopped selling it and I never looked for another source. I was secretly a little relieved, just because I didn't know what I would do if I got pregnant. I know that it is natural and real and if you have a good farmer, it's safer to drink than the processed stuff. But there's always that part of you that worries, and I'm a bit glad I didn't have to make the decision. I had a friend who still got their raw milk and just did their own low-heat pasteurization, which sound similar to what you're doing. I really wish there was an organic, low -pasteurized option, but the only organic milk I can ever find is UHT pasteurized, which to me is worse than drinking the regular milk. There's a regional farm that isn't organic but is much more responsible with their animals, and I know where it comes from, so that's what I usually buy (even though it's had regular pasteurization).
kel, thanks for sharing that post. I've read that blog in the past (and am in love with his pregnancy photos series pics), but hadn't seen it recently. Such a beautiful (though sad) post.
nhklh, I am so with you on the burping. Especially in the morning after I take my vitamins, I feel like such a twelve year old.