This is my fourth and I've never taken all of them in. I took just my 3yo once for a quick visit and she charmed all the nurses but asked a TON of questions. I had to have an "exam" and she said "What he doing? Why he looking at your booty?" LOL I try to get my MIL or DH to watch them when I go to the dr. It's just too much to take them all in!
That is exactly how I feel about my one. Too much. Plus, it is nice to have *one* thing that is mine, ykwim? I have a local friend who trades babysitting favors with me if I can't get family to do it. That way we both get free babysitting from someone we trust.
Nerdymom- Thank you so much for your pointers! That is exactly what I needed. When I get on there to assess the registry my head starts to spin! I will get in there and edit soon before my SIL sends out the invites and registry info. I have the boppy and nursing supplies on a Target registry. My mother thinks I should have two registries, so I just threw a few things in that one, but I think that will lead to confusion. Her logic is that not everyone will want to order stuff off amazon, some will want to go buy it in the store, but we are requesting people just have gifts shipped here so I don't have to try and bring a bunch of stuff home on the plane. Plus I think if they really feel the need to go buy stuff at the store they can get ideas off the amazon registry. I'm thinking about eliminating the target registry and only having the amazon one, what do you think?
Also wanted to add that I have 3 older kids and I do not invite them all to hang out when the midwife comes for an appointment, not that they really want to anyway. DD2 is 6 and she loves the midwife b/c she delivered her and she's really, really excited about the baby so she tends to stick around longer. But I encourage them all to go out and play so we can have some peace and quiet.
The amazon list allows you to "reserve" a gift if you plan to buy it elsewhere. It is a very simple process, you just click on the "buying this gift elsewhere" button right below "add to cart" and follow the prompts. Easy peasy, no need to have 2 registries I think.
If I could have my DH there it might be a different story, but as he works and it is just me. My friend is in the same situation, but she takes her kids. She doesn't mind it.