1. How did you choose your screen name? Mal is a nickname for Mallory and I was born in 1985. Kinda boring, I know.
2. Where do you live? Where were you born? I live in a small town about an hour away from Kansas City, MO and was born at the closest hospital from here, about 30 minutes away. I've only lived in this town my whole life.
3. What are your plans for this birth? I am having a hospital birth with a midwife just like with my first DD. I do have a doula this time though, which I'm looking forward to. I tried for a natural birth with my first, but got an epidural after I was started on pitocin. I'll try again this time.
4. What is one of your favorite books? Oh my, I have so many favorites I really can't choose just one. My husband got me a Kindle for Christmas last year and I haven't stopped reading since I got it. I think I'm up to around 40 books I've read this year.
5. What is the dominant color in your closet? I go through color phases. Right now, I'm in a purple phase. I just came out of a green and brown phase, before that it was a pink phase, and so on...
6. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go and why? I would love to visit Ina May Gaskin's Farm. I recently started doing my readings to become a doula and have fallen in love with the stories from The Farm.
7. Do you have any pets? I have two cats, Lulu and Hendrix.
8. What is your current job? What did you do pre-motherhood? For now, I am running a daycare in my home and have since I graduated college a little over two years ago. I am only doing this for a few more weeks before I start my new job as a part-time preschool teacher. Pre-motherhood, I was a full time student studying Child and Family Development.
9. What is one thing you like to do in your free time? I love to read, as you can see from the above. With it being summer, I've also been spending a lot of time in some sort of water... lake, swimming pool, whatever.
10. What's one thing you're looking forward to doing differently with this baby. What's one thing you plan to do the same? The biggest thing will be that I won't be home with the baby full time. I was 6 weeks shy of graduation when my first DD was born, so I have been at home with her pretty much from the beginning. I'm looking forward to the time out of the house, but so happy it's only full time, so I will still have most of my time with my kids. The same? That's such a "we'll see" kind of thing. We coslept with our daughter, cloth diapered, exclusively breasted, etc. My motto has always been that we do what works and I believe different things work with different babies. So, even though I plan on doing most of that the same I also realize some of the things I loved doing before may not be so great this time.