Here are some questions to get you started:
Where were you born? Where do you live now? Do you like it?
I was born in Iowa. I don't want to say where I live now because I don't want to have my illegal birthing plans on the internet.
I love how beautiful it is here and the independent spirit of the locals. We moved here a couple of years ago from Toronto (we are NOT city people), and we're still getting used to having gorgeous hiking areas all to ourselves 5 minutes from home. However, I do not love living in a state with a messed-up political system that is also unfriendly to normal birth.
What do you know about your own birth?
I was the last of 4, and the easiest, according to my mom. She didn't know what she was doing with the first two (although all 4 were natural), but she took some classes before the second set of us and says it made all the difference to actually know what was going on.
When are you due?
Official EDD is January 14. My personal estimate, based on family history, is January 25-ish.
How has this pregnancy been treating you?
Well... it depends on the day. This pregnancy was a big surprise, and although I'm excited about the baby I'm kind of overwhelmed too. It's a bit of a shock when your life suddenly enters an alternate reality. Lots of stuff going on in our lives and financial worries get me down; Hypnobabies gets me back up.
What are you craving these days? Any aversions?
Craving lots of dairy. In the summer I was mostly craving cold stuff, fruit, sodium nitrite and MSG-laden meats, and Chinese take-out. Now mostly beef (which I normally don't really eat) and dairy. Aversions have been pretty steady: inauthentic Mexican food, vinegary stuff, oatmeal (which used to be our everyday breakfast), and chicken if I try to eat it often.
What's been the best and worst thing about this pregnancy so far?
The best thing is definitely feeling the baby move around. This one is much more active than I remember the first time around, and helps me feel connected to the little one. Worst: Hmm, it's a toss-up between depression, the whole physical tiredness/nausea/sore pelvis thing, and guilt about getting so much more short-tempered with my DD.
Are you finding out the gender your baby? What are you hoping for?
Nope, although I'm really curious! I think I'm kind of hoping for a boy, except when I'm hoping for a girl...
How many kids do you want and why?
Not sure. We're pretty quiet people, so maybe just two unless we change our minds later.
What plans do you have for your birth? Are they any different from past birth experiences?
Under-the-radar hypnobabies homebirth with direct entry midwife. I had my first in Toronto, a quite nice on-the-radar, paid-for-by-provincial-insurance homebirth with midwives. Having had a homebirth I would never do it any other way (barring medical emergency, of course). This time around I'm looking forward to not having due date pressures (we did membrane-stripping and cohosh last time, but only because it seemed better than having to go in for ultrasounds, etc.), and to being able to listen to my own body for the second stage (the midwives in Toronto were good overall, but did directed pushing: ugh).
Are you planning on babywearing? If so do you have a favorite carrier?
Definitely. DD practically lived in a Moby wrap for the first year of her life. This time around I want to expand to a mei tai too.
What type of work do you do?
I'm working on a Ph.D. in philosophy, and working part-time as a student records clerk at a local community college workforce education place (data entry, basically).
What type of music do you like?
Corelli, Mozart, Over the Rhine, and random other things.
Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
Reading. Hiking. Gardening, although that may be more passion than hobby. I learned to crochet a couple of years ago, and do that a bit. I don't have a lot of spare time, so most of what I do I don't really feel is in the "hobby" category. More the "necessary activities to maintain sanity and/or put food on the table" category.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Reading. Hiking. Gardening.
What are your favorite books (adult books)? What is the last book you read (non-pregnancy?)?
Oh boy. Um. I don't know where to start. I like books a lot, and I like a lot of books. I love Dorothy Sayers, Jane Austen, E.M. Forster, and Charles Williams. I also read a lot of Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart (especially her Merlin trilogy), and young adult fiction. The last adult book I read was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (that's an adult book, right?) The last children's book I read was Greenwitch by Susan Cooper.
What are your favorite children's books?
Young adult fiction is one of my favorite categories. I love Cynthia Voigt, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jean Little, Beverly Butler, Edward Eager, etc. For younger children (my tastes being somewhat influenced at this point by my daughter's) I really like Bill Peet, Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, James Stevenson, Graeme Base, etc. I LOVE David Wiesner.
Is there anything you are worried about related to this pregnancy or baby?
Not really, other than minor irrational fears. Biggest worry is what our life is going to look like after January! I worried a lot with DD, but this time it feels like surprise = gift, so whatever gift we get will be the right one.