I agree with doulala. Lots of educating myself, including watching peers of mine with kids (got a lot of "what NOT to do"s that way, too!). I didn't have strong feelings one way or another about a lot of issues until I started educating myself, and you will find that, too. You'll find yourself defending your choices tooth and nail. We have SO many decisions to make when a child enters our lives it makes your head spin.
Another thing I did that I am SOOO glad I did was join a local moms group. I joined when I was 6 months pregnant, and they were (and are) fantastic. I've gotten so much support that way, and been able to bounce ideas off of moms, some with the same styles as me, some different, but it's helped me find the balance I want.
at 12:50 AM on Oct. 13, 2010