Dee, yeah, a full bladder would mean an abdominal u/s. But usually that early if they try them abdominally and don't get a good enough picture they'll just have you empty your bladder and do a transvag one anyway. Good luck!! I remember being SO anxious right before my 7 week u/s. I was just terrified that there would be nothing in there... and immediately as soon as she stuck that thing in there, my little kidney bean popped right up on the screen, all flickering! It was amazing.
The 11 week ultrasound (the ultrascreen, the one that looks for genetic issues like Downs and the trisomies) was awesome. Our kid was just bouncing around in there, and then fell asleep so the tech had to keep jabbing my belly with the u/s wand to wake him/her up. It was surreal.
As far as maternity clothes, I started wearing maternity jeans around 9-ish weeks, not because I had to but because I loved how comfortable they were. Seriously, they're like sweatpants! I love them! Now I kinda have to wear maternity pants... but I don't mind. My MIL went crazy and bought me an entire maternity wardobe already, and a friend loaned me some of her maternity duds that are a bit more my style than the MIL-inspired wardrobe, so I'm set. It's getting hard to find shirts and sweaters in my closet that aren't too tight, but I really don't want to get into maternity shirts just yet.
I haven't had any real cravings or aversions! For a few weeks in the first trimester I couldn't figure out what I wanted to eat and had oatmeal or cereal for dinner a few nights. Nothing too bad. I had a short-lived chocolate pudding phase, too. Mmmmm... chocolate pudding...
I also went to bed around 9pm from about weeks 6 to 10. Otherwise my energy levels were fine. No sickness, no nausea, no nothing. I really think I hit the maternity jackpot here!
Emily, I feel you on the massive boobie thing. Mine aren't nearly as huge as yours (go you!), but in the last two weeks they've decided to grow a bit on me and I'm having trouble finding a bra that's comfy. Plus, the roadmap-like veins are SOOO attractive!
PiePie, I did read that your band size will grow because the ribs expand to allow the lung capacity to increase.
PiePie, I can't believe there is only one birthing center in all of NYC! How is that possible?? Wow! I'm using a birthing center that's attached to a hospital, but the BC has operating rooms in case of C-births, so you don't have to even set foot in the hospital. I'm going to ask at my 16-week appt when we can tour the BC, sign up for birthing classes and stuff like that.
Is anyone else freaking out about what to do after your maternity leave ends? I will need to work at least part time to make ends meet, but I'd like to keep my health insurance because it's better than my husband's (and much cheaper!), and I'm hoping to be able to work at least 20-25 hours a week (out of 35) from home. I hate the thought of having to check out daycare centers or babysitters this early, but I think that's what I'm supposed to be doing... *sigh* This stuff all happens so quickly!