The excitement and nausea are building! We're still not telling anyone...well, ALMOST not telling anyone. A few, very select, helpful friends and professionals now know. That and the sweet lady at the kitchen store in the mall. She was SO nice, and we were eyeing the new Vitamix mixer...sigh...I just couldn't help it. :) But that's ok, she told me that she could spill the beans about her new grand baby to customers, since they won't tell, either. It's like we were kindred spirits. And yes, she will be passing along info about your's truly to the expecting parents. Gotta spread the cloth diapering love! So, who might you ask, was one of my first calls? Why, Jessica from [MOD] momma, Inc., of course! To quote her exactly, "Relax, take care of yourself and I'll handle the details!" Whew! That was SO good to hear! I told her we were planning a home birth and I needed a list of good midwives to interview. That's not really something you want to have to look up in the phone book and cold call yourself, you know? The appointment to meet with her is scheduled for next week. I say we're planning a home birth...I should clarify, I am planning a home birth. My husband isn't 100% convinced just yet, BUT after watching The Business of Being Born, he is MUCH more convinced. Our first visit will be at a birthing center, then we'll start intervewing midwifes in our home. After the movie, I think the is starting to figure out my reasonings. I'll elaborate as the weeks go on...and on and on...only 35 more to go! Yipes! OH MY WORD! I MUST have a big fat juicy hamburger! NOW!!! I don't remember having true cravings with the Pink Princess, but boy oh boy, am I having them now! I've desired red meat everyday for the past week. While I've only gotten it twice, we already have plans to get more. I think Mr. Fix-it is finding amusement in this, too. I wanted to devour the menu on our first ever visit to Red Robin. Not eat everything on the menu, but actually EAT the pictures of burgers on the menu. Thankfully it was laminated, so there was no harm done. Warning: If you're pregnant and having cravings RIGHT now, this may not be a good time to click on their website link...don't blame me if you eat your computer monitor. Keeping this a secret has proven to be a test of the will. It's so much fun to pop the info on people, I just want to do it! But...I'm being mostly good. Releasing some excitement on let's say, the kitchen store lady, certainly helped. When she eventually reads this, the sweet young lady from my church that does the mall surveys is just going to dye, too. In order to be eligible to do a survey on cheese, I had to answer whether or not I was pregnant or nursing. I said, "Can I plead the 5th?" She didn't catch it and just put down "no". Bwahaha! My husband has been very supportive so far. This morning he asked me how I was feeling (it's not been fun). Honestly, I could just kiss him. Well...I could do a lot of other things, too. We are married after all...any way...He has decided that we should walk the mall at least twice a week. I REALLY don't want to put on all the weight I did with my first pregnancy, and I appreciate his eagerness to help in a non judgmental, I married the best guy in the world, sort of way. I hope every mama has someone as supportive. He was also the one to pull ME into the kitchen store to check out the Vitamix, take a mall survey from our church friend, and take me to lunch at Red Robin without batting an eye at my cravings. Course, I blame the survey lady...she DID mention something about a burger with a fried egg on it....yum! Craving city! I ended up with the guacamole. I'm also craving avocados. I would have had one on my omelet this morning, but the Pink Princess wanted pancakes instead. Sigh. I have ordered a set of Queasy Beads for myself and my coworker. My nausea is getting worse and I know she's already in the midst of it. Poor thing. The sweatband SeaBands are working for her, but really...sweat bands just aren't quite the fashion statement either of us want to make. That and neither of us wants to constantly tell people just why we are wearing them. The Queasy Beads just LOOK cute! Here's hoping they work! I'll keep you posted!