I've had a hospital birth (first) and a home birth (second). Home was definitely better for us. I'm in New Zealand, and midwives are the norm here, but my first midwife was a nervous, overcautious type, so it wasn't my ideal experience. I went out of my way to find one for my second pregnancy who was more open and relaxed about letting things work as they are designed to
She turned up 15 minutes before my son was born, then sat and watched as hubby delivered him
Both kids were cloth nappied (diapered). I made most of my own and enjoyed it, so having lots of outgrown nappies weren't a problem, and I reused them for my second baby (then lent them out to family and friends, and then sold them). It was an extra half-load of laundry per day, and I didn't have a problem with that. I was definitely a cloth addict, though, so it was part of the fun. Back when my daughter was born (almost ten years ago) cloth nappies were only for crunchy weirdo types, now they're practically mainstream, so even if you buy all your gear it can be a lot cheaper. I'm using all my terry and flannel flats and prefolds now to wash windows and stuff, so it's not like they're sitting unused or going to waste.
I breastfed both kids long past the socially acceptable point around here, but even that didn't seem terribly long term to me. My mother-in-law was horrified when she realised I wasn't going to wean my first baby at 6 months! She came around, though. Other family members were more obnoxious, but I simply ignored them. None of their business, in my opinion. My daughter weaned herself at around 20 months when I was pregnant with my son, and I weaned him at 2+ when I had had enough. I bought bottles and a pump before I had my first baby and barely used them. Waste of money, to be honest, at least for us.
I didn't co-sleep with my daughter, but she was a good sleeper. My son, however, from the moment he was born, wouldn't sleep alone. I never intended to co-sleep with him, but the first night I brought him into my bed out of necessity, and he didn't leave until he was around 3. It worked for us, I got far more sleep while he was small than with my daughter!
Again, I didn't find babywearing until my oldest was a toddler, so my son was really the only one worn a lot. I sold the stroller because I never used it! When my daughter was a baby I had to wait until she was sleeping before I could get anything done, when my son was a baby, I simply threw him on my back and he was quite happy to watch or sleep while I did the housework.
My son was the only baby who had jarred baby food, though. I made all my daughters food from scratch, but I was only juggling one kid then
Totally dropped the ball with my second baby there, and after a couple weeks of jarred food, he wouldn't touch my homemade stuff :/ He's still kind of a fussy kid, whereas my daughter will eat anything...
Neither of the kids ever went to daycare. We went to Playcentre together (Playcentre in NZ is a parent co-op ages 0-6 early childhood education). Lots of people around here think that if your kid doesn't get left at kindergarten (also early childhood education, not the first year of school, such as in the US) for at least a year before they start school, they'll be clingy and won't transition well. My kids had no problem. While other new entrants were crying and clinging to their mothers in their first week at school, my kids happily waved us goodbye. They'd never been left with strangers before they started school, and I think that made them feel a lot more secure to be left when they were ready.
We didn't have the kind of support families had in years gone by, unfortunately. We've had family fairly close, but none that were willing to take up the slack when we needed it. But we coped, and it doesn't last forever. It was still an easier, cheaper, and less stressful way to raise my babies