I've just been extremely busy this last week, but am glad to see everyone seems to be doing well, aside from nausea, vomitting, indigestion, heartburn and exhaustion (not a bad list!!)!
Yes, most of us are nearing (or at) the 12 week mark - is anyone starting to feel a bit of a sense of relief or lightening of the stress? I know it is only a marker of time, but it is nice to know we are getting this far.
Wishfull - I see you have your ticker set for your u/s - exciting! Mine is not until next Tuesday - make sure to tell us all about it!
As far as knowing the gender, ever since I thought about becoming pregnant years ago, I have never wanted to know and we aren't going to find out until we birth our little one.... we aren't even curious (although I understand people who are), because I feel that that moment will be even more special with a little extra surprise in it. Also, what we only care about is a healthy baby (in all the possible ways that can be defined) and so we wouldn't change anything about our preparation if we knew the gender. What are others planning to do?
As far as telling people (Belle, I think you raised this, too?) - we told parents and some siblings only after the 7 week u/s. Other than that,we will wait at least until after 13 weeks for general family and close friends, and after that, for general public (work, etc) only when I am showing (which I think will be a while). I imagine around 5 months - 6 months time period.
AFM - My nausea is appearing more suddenly (and I gag more, but have only thrown up a few times), but it doesn't come up as often anymore. I think I am transitioning in some way out of the first trimester symptoms. My constipation (so bad in the beginning) is pretty much gone (thankfully!). I am rounder in the hips and lower belly, but no weight gain. I also notice even more the lack of oxygen when I begin something physical (walking up a steep hill or a short uphill hike or the beginning minutes of a run), whereas I never was short of breath previously. That is probably my biggest reminder that I am interconnected and attached to this little being that really needs my oxygen and also is taking away lung and breathing room from me!!! That, and the fact that I am still always hungry and eat almost twice as much as before.....
Hope all is well for you all - and Welcome to Hopeful - we are looking forward to hearing how you are going with your three, as I am sure you will have many more u/s and supervision than some of us!)