1. (For those that have already had children): Before you had children, what were your thoughts and feelings about child bearing? How are these thoughts similar and different to Bella’s thoughts? Did those change when you learned you were pregnant like they did for Bella?
I haven't yet got a baby, but have
been pregnant - I've had miscarriages - so I'm going to answer this.
get Bella's feelings in Breaking Dawn and understand the whole Rosalie situation, first her being antagonist towards Bella and then super-protective of Bella/Renesmee. Before I met my husband, I didn't really want children. I figured I might have a family someday, but when I was in my 30s and had already done all the big things I wanted to do career-wise. But after meeting my husband and realising that I wanted to be with him forever, I had a complete 180 change of heart and became super broody really fast. Having a baby is now a priority for me.3. Was the pregnancy as unexpected for you as it was for Bella and Edward?
Umm, not really I don't think. When Bella realised, I figured out the whole "oh, of course, female vamps can't conceive, but male vamps could get a human pregnant: makes total sense" thing before the book explained that. And the symptoms - sickness, dizziness, hunger, dreams, etc - suggested pregnancy to me quickly....but then I've been there recently!
Oh and one thing I always thought SM didn't get quite right. When you're pregnant and your period is 5 days late (so you're probably about 19 days past ovulation), although you definitely wouldn't have a bump with a normal pregnancy, you can have changed sleeping and eating patterns and be dizzy with nausea. I have been! 4. Both Bella and Edward act fiercely to protect the ones they love. Do you think it is right for Bella to protect her baby before considering Edward’s needs?
Totally, it's a mother thing. It's not optional or something you think through. It's just automatic - protect the baby before all else. Okay, not everyone falls into that category (or no one would ever do illegal drugs or drink to excess when pregnant!) but that's how it was for me.