1. What's your due date?
20 April. It's absolutely correct, I know when I ovulated. I have yet to make it all the way to my due date, but I think that any time after 1 April I'm likely to have the BellyBean.2. How old are you?
283. Where do you live? (whatever you are comfortable sharing)
Central PA.4. What is/are your favorite movie(s)?
Hm. Science fiction (*good* science fiction!), probably. I used to really like movies that messed with your head, but I can't really watch those anymore (I cry too much
). I'm not sure what my favorite movie is... maybe The Fifth Element? Stargate? 5. How many children do you have/do you want to have?
BellyBean is our third. We're planning four, unless we win the Powerball or something like that and suddenly have scads of money; then we'll go until we can't anymore (which, knowing our fertility, means we'll probably end up with 15-20 kids), and probably adopt more. We absolutely *love* children, especially ours. 6. What is/are your favorite book(s) or author(s)?
I too am a voracious reader.
My favorite authors are Neil Gaiman
and Orson Scott Card
. Ender's Game
is probably still my favorite book of all time.
But I love all kinds of books, fiction, nonfiction, classics... I can't get into mysteries or trashy romances, but just about anything else is up for grabs. Other favorites that tend to surprise people: The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
; Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
.7. What are your favorite lullabies/ what will you sing to your baby?
I love all kinds of music and lullabies, and recently found a book (super cheap!) called Hush Songs
, which I will certainly add to my repertoire. In general, though, I make up baby songs for my babies. Sometimes I make up the melodies, sometimes I just take familiar melodies and substitute the kids' names or nicknames. "If you like BeanBean boy babies/ and giving them lots of leh / if you're not into poopies / if you just like to play / if you like giving nursie-nursies / to a sweet BeanBean boy / then I've got the best baby / so easy to enjoy!" to the tune of "Escape (Pina Colada Song)". Most are even sillier, but the kids love them right from the start.
(Note: "leh"= breastmilk/nursies; it is the first word/sound that many babies make, and in the case of my niece and my own children, it has most assuredly meant "Nurse me NOW!"
)8. What are your favorite books for babies/children?
This is a tough one for me. I was a very early and voracious reader, so I often choose books which I think of as "kid's books" and then read through them and find that they're not appropriate for most of the kids I know who are those ages. Like, I would never hand my 8-year-old niece A Wrinkle In Time
, even though I was younger than that when I read it, you know?
Babies are easier. BeanBean loved Eric Carle, and right now he's enjoying The Secret Garden (read aloud, he's not that fluent yet!
). We've got lots of early readers around.. I'm sure I'll find something for BellyBean. 9. What do you do for a living/what do you wish you did?
I'm a bum.
No, I'm a SAHM. I wish that I was a SAHM with a hell of a lot more money.
That or a biochemist. I love chemistry. And math... 10. What kind of music do you like?
There's very little that makes me ill, musically speaking, but it certainly happens. Lately I've been into booty-shakin music (rap that really isn't about anything but hot chicks shakin their big butts
) and kind of bubble-gum pop. I'm also a *huge* fan of baroque music, and I love opera and classical ballets.
I guess the word would be "ecclectic." 11. What is your favorite food? (pregnant and non-pregnant)
: Right now, absolutely nothing appeals to me.
Generally, I'd have to say sashimi (yes, raw fish with wasabi & pickled ginger), or seafood of any kind. 12. What is your favorite quote?
I've got *loads*.
"The difference between intelligence and stupidity is that intelligence has limits."-- Einstein; "Don't hold strong opinions about things you don't understand."-- Bumper Sticker; "I'm going to do it, but I need a cookie first."-- College Roomate; "When I grow up and buy a house, how will I know how to get home?"-- SkinnyPunk, age 4. I could go on like this all day... 13. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I'm not sure. My kids like having me around, I guess that's pretty good...
:14. What is your favorite beauty secret?
Beauty secret? Um, I bathe pretty regularly, and I try to remember to wear sunscreen... 15. What are your hobbies?
Reading, needlework (embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, and I've even been known to tat on occasion
), logic problems, sudoku & cross-sums (recently), music (piano & violin, singing & listening), foreign language, research problems (seriously-- I choose topics and research them just for fun; is that geeky or what?!), RPGs (haven't gamed in a while, but I'd love to get a tabletop running... once BooBah's PICA is controlled enough to keep her from eating the dice...
).16. What is your favorite form of exercise?
Even though I haven't done it in more than 4 years, I'd have to say riding my bike. I miss it so, so much.17. What is your ideal birth story for this baby?
Quick, easy, in the bathtub in the middle of the night. Ideally, I'd give birth around 5 a.m. very quietly and peacefully, so that when Mike & BeanBean get up to use the toilet, they find me in the tub nursing the BellyBean and Mike doesn't have to go to work. In fact, it'd be best if it happened at 5 a.m. on a Monday. You hear me, BellyBean? 18. If you were designing your dream nursery right now, what would you do?
My dream nursery... Hm. Well, I'd like to have a big room for the kids to move to in pairs, with several sets of bunk beds and slides and climbing toys everywhere. I have dreams of a giant train serving as a bed for up to 20 kids, with my nieces and nephew and children all spending time in there as they desire. The room would be attached by a bathroom to the master bedroom, where the smaller kids would sleep until they were ready to move into the nursery. 19. What kinds of pets do you have?
None, we live in an apartment.20. What is one random fact about you that no one could guess by looking at you?
I used to be traffic-stoppingly hot. Literally; I have caused car accidents with my super sexy bod. Today, I look like a beached walrus.
The other thing that nobody ever seems to guess by looking at me is my actual age.
For some reason, most people who see me are convinced that I'm *at least* 5 years younger than I am, and more often 10-12. I think that they're high, though, I think that I look my age.