Great idea for a thread, forestlover. Like you, I had a miscarriage with my first pregnancy over a year ago. I feel a lot differently this pregnancy though. My miscarriage was at 11 weeks, but I never felt or truly believed that I was pregnant. Actually from the moment I got my positive test, I somehow knew that it wasn't going to last. My husband was very excited, but I was quite shocked since we were not trying and didn't think it was a good time for me to be pregnant as I was trying to figure out some health issues. I had to keep reminding my husband that it could be a miscarriage and not to get excited yet. I was very hesitant to tell anyone and took my time making prenatal appointments. Time kept going and nothing happened so I started accepting the pregnancy, although it still didn't feel right saying it out loud. By the time I miscarried, we were both becoming excited and were devastated by the news. As tough as that experience was, I feel that it happened for a reason and gained several positives from it.
I'm 15 weeks now and have had a very different experience from the first time. I haven't once had the negative feeling. It's more so that I'm aware something bad could happen, rather than being certain of it. I haven't had any hesitation about telling people. I've had more symptoms this time (only had sore boobs the first time), but overall have been feeling ok compared to what I've read from a lot of others. I had a bit of nausea earlier on with random gagging, but not much vomiting, and that has all mostly passed now. I do still feel tired frequently, despite getting a lot more sleep than I regularly do.
As for showing, I already had a bit of a belly before getting pregnant. Now it's like the baby is growing and pushing that belly up and out and there's not much I can do to hide it. Sometimes I feel like I look obviously pregnant, and other times just chubby. We have been telling people since fairly early on, kind of sporadically as it comes up in conversation. My husband has been awful about telling most of his friends though. I asked him to let them know prior to attending weddings the last two weekends, especially since the dress I was planning to wear made my belly look very much like a baby bump. However, he did not tell anyone the news, so I'm guessing a lot of people are wondering now - especially after I was the only one not toasting with champagne!
We haven't done much to prep for baby yet. I have looked around and bookmarked several items, but only purchased one little outfit. The baby's room is filled with furniture that we have to figure out where to put it or sell/give it away. I know we have almost 6 more months, but I'm worried that we'll keep procrastinating, and then all of a sudden baby will be here in a month and we'll not have much done!