I keep meaning to post, and never get around to it! I'm too tired to do a whole update/summary now, and not much new is going on, anyway - I'm almost 31 weeks, everything is going okay, some back pain, need a bigger bra, DH has been awesome.
This thread does touch on something that I've thought about for a while here, though, and I'd like to offer another newcomer-ish perspective. I never posted on MDC before joining this due date club. I specifically chose this site, though, rather than babycenter or thebump or the ten zillion other "mainstream" parenting sites out there, though, because I wanted to come to a place where I could talk about cloth diapering, homebirth, babywearing, attachment parenting, simple living, etc., and just get treated like I'm, well, normal. I have lots of friends with kids, but most of them are not doing most of the things I plan to do. When I talk with many people IRL about my plans, I get some weird responses (examples: Homebirth - "Wow, I've never heard of that before!"; Cloth diapering - "But isn't that worse for the environment because you have to use water to wash them?" Co-sleeping - "But they'll never want to leave your bed!", etc.).
I think everyone should feel welcome here, but I don't think there should be pressure to make sure this site is super-mainstream or feel like we need separate AP threads, just because people who feel uncomfortable when their ideas & values are challenged. My understanding was that Mothering magazine was all about AP, being environmentally conscious, etc. , and this what this site was originally created for - to discuss AP related stuff. I'm really grateful that there is a place where I can get some of my "non-mainstream" parenting ideas validated, as well as learn some new information & get my own ideas challenged - I was really grateful when two mamas on here strongly advised me against getting a used car-seat!
Anyway, I'm tired and rambling. I just want to express my gratitude that there is a site that was created for the purpose of being supportive to "crunchy" mamas like myself, amongst a vast sea of more "mainstream" sites, and I hope that doesn't change. I value each and every one of you ladies' input - I've learned so much from all of you.