Thanks! I just started a new job so I've been MIA all week. Sorry for not answering earlier!What's your first name?
NataliaHow old are you?
35 going on 36 soon.What are 7 words you could use to describe yourself?
Honest, direct, tall, kind, ethical, feminist, logical.Where do you live?
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Do you have a significant other (and for how long)?
Yep - his name is Jan and we've been together for 2 years now.Do you have any children?
No, this will be our first. Very exciting!What AP/NFL practices do you currently/plan on participating in?
Well I'm planning on breastfeeding and I've bought two slings, so I'll be wearing my baby around town as an accessory -
! And our idea is to try co-sleeping but Jan is such a bed hog that he's still a bit reluctant. He's afraid that he'll crush the baby. And I'm going to cloth diaper the baby too.What birthing choices are you making--what are your plans for birth?
Here in NL it's the norm to have a homebirth with a midwife, so that makes it very easy for me since I don't have to struggle against the established order to do it my way and it's all covered by insurance. I plan on renting a birthing pool and trying a waterbirth. I was at the birth of my nephew and this is how my sister did it and it was amazing. I want to follow her example.Do you plan on finding out the gender of the baby?
No we decided to let it be a surprise. I heard the heartbeat last time we were at the midwife's and it was about 140 so I think that is more likely a boy?Do you stay at home or do you work outside the home?
I just started an interim job (a fancy way of saying I'm temping!) for 2 months. After that I will have to see how I feel. I have to say it's hard working and being pregnant, I'm so TIRED!What are your hobbies?
I really like to read, maybe that's more a passion than a hobby. I'm not too crafty more clumsy really. I am learning to knit very slowly. I garden some, I love plants especially aromatic ones, flowering or not. I enjoy crossword puzzles... now I'm just rambling!What are three things you despise?
I don't like lies – it's just cowardly in my opinion. About myself I am working on my general impatience... I realize it makes me miserable! So why not slow down? And a third thing is tourists... it's terrible but true.Favorite foods/cravings?
I love food in general! Or actually I did before I got pregnant, now I'm much more selective. I can't decide on a favorite food, I love salads but no iceberg! I LOVE ice scream too! And as for cravings, for the first time ever I'm liking potatoes! I know now why everyone is so crazy about them. I'll take them in any form!Favorite Flower?
I like white lilies because they smell so good!Birthday? Birthstone?
June 26, 1971, so a moon child. Birthstone is pearl or moonstone.Favorite season?
Summer! I love the sun and the way everyone is so laid back in the summer.How did you meet your partner?
Can you believe that I met him at work? It was a firm belief of mine that dating at work was just trouble.... so our company did a teambuilding event, Jan and I were on the same 'team' and spent the day together. At the end of the day there was a party and a few beers later me and Jan skipped out together! We were the HOT topic at the water cooler on Monday, heehee. No one expected it to work out. But I knew that day we fit - I can't say love at first sight because we'd been working at the same company for 6 months but something just clicked.What are your favorite shoes?
I have these ratty flip-flops I bought a few years ago. They have ousted my birks as most comfortable... but really I shouldn't wear them out.What kind of travel do you like?
I love any kind of traveling! I hate the in-between that goes with traveling, the transit part though. I've spent my life trotting around the globe - okay this is an exaggeration but I like the image of me trotting anywhere.Are you from Holland orginialy?
No, I am half American and half Spanish. Born and mostly raised in Spain. I moved to the US when I was 16 and finished High School there and then did university. Spent most of my time in Washington DC since that's where I went to university and then I stayed and worked there a few years.Where is your favorite place to visit?
I love the beach! I think the Mediterranean coast – regardless of the country is beautiful, at least what I've seen. There's a beach in Delaware I love, it's a nature reserve between Rehobeth and Dewey Beach. Fire Island in New York I liked. Oh there's that whole Cape Hatteras area that is stunning. I prefer a beach that is not too infested with people – that's hard to find. I like to get away from people and be around nature.Have you been to the U.S.?
Yes but not recently. I was last in the US almost 3 years ago. I want to go really badly but my DH doesn't want to give his fingerprints to go for a visit. I understand but still it's a bummer! I want him to see how beautiful the US is! My Mom now lives in Florida so I'd like to visit her there sometime instead of having her visit us.1). Who was your first celebrity crush?
Ugh – really? It's embarrassing but I had posters of both George Michael and Michael J. Fox.2). Who is your current celebrity crush?
Johnny Depp – I can't help it I like his quirkiness and the movies he picks to be in.3). Shoes in the house? yea or nay?
Nay! When Jan and I moved in together he wanted the shoes off so we did that. It's amazing how much cleaner the house stays... I recommend it.4). Favorite book(s)?
Oh this is hard! I loved “A Hundred Years of Solitude” by Garcia Marquez. Another book that changed the way I saw the world was “Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. These are the two that come to mind now. I'll ponder this more fully and hopefully get back to you!5). What is your most quirky pet peeve?
Pet peeve.... um... I don't like peach skin, it's a real eww for me. Everyone makes fun of me for this.6). When you were 5, 10, and 15 years old what did you want to be when you grew up? What jobs or careers have you had since you did "grow up"?
When I was 5 I wanted to be a firefighter... not too girly, right? At 10 I wanted to be a teacher. And at 15 I wanted to be a Doctor. So I'm not any of these things. When I was 18 I decided I wanted to work for the Foreign Service so I studied Int'l Relations. Since graduating I've mostly worked in Finance with a brief foray into Social Services. Oh and I also taught for a bit but I just don't have the skill required to get students interested... it was a big disappointment for me to realize I am a crappy teacher.All right, so this is out of the greedy the fact that I'm going to Belgium tomorrow: Where would you suggest that I definitely visit while in your corner of the world?
Everyone will tell you to go to Brugges – and it is BEAUTIFUL – but I found it a bit like Disneyland, just tourists all over, milling around like ants and not a native in sight. I recommend Ghent. To me it was more Belgian and also very beautiful. Enjoy the beer and the chocolates!Have you had the "pregnancy crazies?" If so, what did you do?
Oh yeah... well I just seem to be on an emotional rollercoaster. I can't watch Extreme Home Makeover because I just cry, not in a bad way, usually I'm just so happy for the people. I did spend this last weekend feeling completely hurt by DH and not talking to him just because he said he would pick something up for me and then he forgot. I felt like I couldn't trust him and why am I having a baby with this inconsiderate dud? Then Sunday evening after him chasing me for an explanation to me acting all cold I finally told him and instantly felt better. Lesson here for me is to talk sooner! And then there is the memory lapses that just are ridiculous, I go to the supermarket to buy for tuna salad and leave without the tuna, doh!What's your biggest hope? Greatest fear?
My biggest hope is to be a good mother by my own definition. I hope our baby is healthy and leads a long full life and that we can provide a solid stepping off for them as a person. For the world I hope people start realizing in a tangible way that change is possible! We can create a better place for our children! I'm most afraid of repeating old family patterns that don't work and not realizing it. And my greatest fear for the world around me is a breakdown of civilization as in a war or huge disaster.