Hi ladies! Ive been lurking since my first trimester (Im now 19 weeks) and I think this forum is great! You ladies are an awesome support group! Im a first timer on the pregnancy train so I really appreciate all the sharing and support Ive been seeing on this forum. I thought I could keep on being a lurker, but after I got our 18-week scan, I just cannot contain myself! We are having a gurl and our very first child (and probably only one!) at that! Im attaching the u/s pics theyre so clear and shes adorable! Ive always wanted a daughter cause I have three brothers and no sister, so Im ecstatic! Im in mid-30s so we were thinking of sticking to just one child. I was feeling pretty depressed during my whole first trimester cause I was feeling sick and tired all the time, throwing up everyday, etc. Even though the pregnancy was planned, like Neecee, I felt like I had no control over my body, like something was overtaking it, some sort of a parasite I know, not the most romantic notion for a mother-to-be to have, but thats how I felt and I didnt want to pretend otherwise. It didnt help at all that the early ultrasound pictures didnt show much of a human form! Anyway, its true what they say though that in time, the baby grows in you, literally and figuratively. When I saw the 18-week scan pictures, she seems more real to me now, and Im actually feeling an attachment now. Not to say that there are no days when I feel like s#it and I still hate some of the not-so-good pregnancy symptoms, and I still have my ups and downs, but at least now theyre more bearable because our LO makes them worth it. Sorry for rambling. I just wanted to introduce myself (and our little one) and wish everyone a happy pregnancy. I look forward to chatting with you wonderful ladies!