It's great to meet you!
I wish I lived in Chicago but alas i don't. A really good friend of mine does but she is neither a mom or vegan, sorry i can't help there. i'm sure you'll meet people through this site. Good luck!
My sister used to take some natural herbs to help her sleep, when i remember what it is i'll let you know.
as for registering for baby gifts, i am launching a website in about a month that will have clothes, gifts and silver jewellery, all made by me!!! I'm pretty excited, i'll be using organic cottons for all the baby stuff. Look for it near the end of February 2003 at www.cedarseven.com.
take care and good luck with your pregnancy,
my husband and i are still trying, and having fun.