How many pillows do you use in bed?
2 or 3, depending on whether DH needs one or two that night. I've been using one between the knees since my first pregnancy!
What is your favorite pregnancy resource (book(s) website)?
I love MDC, I explore UC forums, and I also read the mainstream boards for a reference to what some people I know are talking about. I like knowing all sides to issues, and picking my own personal blend of necessities. I take what I need and leave the rest.
When did you start wearing maternity clothes?
2 months, I still had pre-weightloss clothes, too, and have been switching between the two all along.
What are you looking forward to during the first few hours after the birth of your baby?
I have an image in my head of being in bed with the entire family, and sleeping like that for the first time. Hope it comes true.
If you have other children, have you told them about the baby? Do you think they will adjust well, or do you anticipate problems?
I told Devon in the second month - he overheard us talking about it, actually. He's been an only child for five years, so I worry how he'll feel, but he's old enough now that he's mostly independent, so I don't think he'll be too shocked. I watch a lot of baby shows and he knows what's coming, and doesn't seem upset about it - in fact he seems excited.
Have you thought of preparing your animals (if you have any)?
I am re-preparing my spoiled rotten kitty (she was around with my first born, too), and keeping her off of my actual body when I sit or lay down - she could really be a pest when I first had Devon. I'm also not letting the dog on my actual body, now, too. That way it won't just be associated with the baby, but an actual habit that predates the baby. He's very jealous of when the cats get attention, so I'm not sure what to expect from him.
Does your DH talk to the baby?
Not yet, but he will put his hands over my uterus, or lay his head next to it to feel a sense of bonding. A lot.
Have you had any people tell you their horror pregnancy/birth stories, what were the stories?
I get stories about how fabulous people thought their c-sections and/or epidurals were. I get a lot of "Oh, you just don't remember what labor was like... you'll see, and you'll wish you'd done it the 'easy' way." Though my mother in law likes to talk about her second birth, a 10 lb. 14 oz. baby, 45 minutes of labor, and the nurse barely noticing the baby coming out in one big pop when she arrived at the naval hospital, because they felt it was still too soon in her labor for her to deliver.
What did you say to them?
I smile and nod. I tell the ones with the epidural fetishes that my epidural stopped my labor and then I didn't feel any pushing sensations, and had forceps to get the baby out which, 5 years later, the scars still hurt at the start of sex or when I get vag. exams. That tends to shut them up... They don't like hearing my reasons for wanting natural this time...
What is your favorite form of exercise during pregnancy?
HAHAHAHA! Walking. That's about it. (bad me)
Will you co-sleep?
yes. I got tons more sleep when I chucked the crib thing I was instructed to do by well-meaning people. I instinctively found myself using a lot of AP things but didn't know there was a name for it.
How long do you plan to breastfeed?
As long as it takes. Seriously, my first wasn't much of an eater, but I'd been bullied out of the breastfeeding, and when they instructed me to take him off formula at a year, I thought they knew best. (I really could have used this forum six years ago. I regret so much...) He didn't eat much of anything for almost two years. At least if he'd been breastfeeding still, I'd have known he was getting nutrition. So, this time, if it lasts 4 years, I'm not going to back down.
Have you thought you had multiple babies in utero?
I wondered early on, when I gained a lot really fast. I heard it runs through the mother's genes, and my family is expecting someone from my generation to have them. But it isn't me. I think it's for the best, but I wouldn't have been too upset if there were more than one.