I'm starting to actually feel pregnant - I mean, besides the morning sickness. I'm now wearing exclusively maternity pants. While I'm not really big enough yet to fill out the stretchy tummy-covering waist band, they still manage to stay up (mostly), and they're way more comfortable than doing the rubber-band-through-the-buttonhole thing with my old pants. I'm also definitely sticking out more in front than on the sides; I can tell that give it another month or so and I will actually look pregnant and not just fat, even to people that don't know me. I've even noticed that the way I walk is starting to change a little bit, besides just slowing down. And my lower back gets sore easier - once the nausea is gone, I should see what I can do about strengthening those muscles, because that's only going to get worse.
Since I'm finally past the 12-week mark, I finally let myself actually buy something for the baby yesterday. I got a cute little newborn yellow classic pooh footed pjs at Target while I was killing time waiting for the video store to open so I could exchange a movie. I'm also thinking about setting up the bassinet that Mom & Dad gave me, even though I originally wanted to wait for Beowulf to get home from training before I did that.
Of course, every time I think about that, I start thinking about all the other stuff I need to do this spring/summer to prepare for baby, some of which has to be done before we even go buy a crib or rocker or anything. Things like getting rid of the futon that is currently in the room that will become the nursery, and clearing the rest of Beowulf's old military gear (stuff he doesn't use anymore) out of that room's closet, trading out the cedar chests (small one currently in the bedroom with the big one in the baby's room), and possibly finding a new place for my sewing machine.
I'd also like to get some of the junk cleaned out of the garage before Beowulf deploys, hook up the extra TV/DVD player in the bedroom (not sure why I haven't done that already), clean out the back garden so that we can grow tomatoes again this year, change out the light fixtures in both hallways (the bulbs these use burn out in 2 weeks, I swear), and maybe even get Beowuf and some of his buddies to help build the fence on the side yard that we've been intending to re-do since we moved in last year.