I'd imagine it's all of the above, plus the simple fact that I just feel so much better than I did during those gloomy, wintry, couch-ridden first weeks. Every day is full of possibility: Will I bake bread today? Make peanut brittle? Run errands? Drive into D.C. for lunch with Hill friends? Sit on the patio in the sunshine and read a book? The choices, while perhaps not infinite, certainly beat out lie-on-the-couch-and-watch-bad-daytime-TV, which was my activity of choice for pretty much all of February.
I guess I'm hitting my pregnancy stride, so to speak. I finally seem to look pregnant even to strangers, at least in the right clothes. The host at Maggiano's last Friday asked me when I was due, which thrilled me to no end. We're actually giving serious thought to baby purchases. We test-drove strollers a few weeks ago (and think we've settled on this one, in red), and we're beating our heads against the wall trying to settle on furniture for the soon-to-be nursery (hate. all. of. it. ugh.). I started reading the Fifth Month chapter in What to Expect today. Fifth Month??? Seriously? How can it be that I'm really almost halfway there?
I find myself wondering what the rest of the pregnancy will be like. After this month, there will be a lot to look forward to: Harbor Springs in May with Arwen, Bryan, Camilla, and Blaise; a trip to Georgia in June to see my family and my Hotlanta friends; a weekend in Jacksonville in July for a party to celebrate Judge Black's 30th anniversary on the federal bench (recently ok'd by my doctor, despite the plane ride-- hooray!); and the beach with my family in July, hopefully with a few days at Kiawah just for David and me. Throw in a baby shower, serious baby shopping, decorating the nursery, perhaps taking a birthing class, creating a new office/den in the basement, and generally enjoying the summer, and I have a feeling the time will fly by.
Oh, and we have a little something to look forward to next Monday: the "big ultrasound," during which we will-- if the little one cooperates-- find out whether we're having a son or a daughter.