I have been thinking a lot about my pregnancies over the last few weeks (lots of babies being announced on facebook!). I remember all the anxieties I had (nervousness around an epidural) and the happiness I felt.
I had so much fun planning the nursery (both times) and shopping for the perfect coming home outfits for my sweet boys. I enjoyed seeing my little ones on the u/s, although I had more than I would have liked because of pre-eclampsia (they needed to make sure the growth wasn't being affected).
I made lists after lists of different things:
1) Possible names (for boys and girls)
2) Colours for the nursery
3) Questions to ask your doctor about cord blood banking
4) Questions to ask doctor about weight gain and foods
I thought a lot about what I wanted for a birth plan, and for me it came down to not having a plan. My plan was no plan. I knew going in that I wanted what was best for baby and me. I didn't want to be disappointed afterwards if I ended up needing a c-section (I didn't). I wanted to try and make it as long as possible without an epidural, but in the end I had pre-eclampsia and it was strongly recommended I get an epi as it can lower BP.
The only thing that I really didn't want to happen that did, was getting induced. With ODS I was induced at 36 weeks because of the pre-e, and with YDS it was at 39w6d - again because of pre-e. I am really happy with how things ended up (well, asides from ODS needing the NICU, however my health and his were both at jeopardy by continuing with the pregnancy - so it was for the best.)
Even with the inductions, I had a relatively easy, fast labour both times. I worried that it might be too hard on my body, but it all went very smoothly.
Did you have a birth plan? Did it all go according to your plan?