We don't have any family close by, and not very many friends. But dh works from home and for himself, so he will probably take about a week off. My mom is coming a few days after the baby is born to help for 3-4 weeks. We don't have any other kids (just 2 high maintenance dogs!) so I don't have to worry about that, but since this is my first baby I really have no idea what to expect.
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With both my girls, my husband took a week off. However, after that: With my first, I didn't get help and I was an hour and a half away from any friends or family (we officially moved the day after the baby was born; I had been staying with a friend as my husband and I were still across the state from each other until then...long story). It blew chunks and I felt so useless. Having learned my lesson, I got housekeeping help lined up for a month (twice a week) with a lady from church when my second was born. It was part of a service auction: she did the work and the money I paid went to the church. She was SOOOO helpful! My then 2-year old was also a surprising help ("Can you give mommy that XYZ from that chair please?")
I don't have anything/anyone lined up to help as of yet, but I'm thinking of asking the same woman from church (or a nearby friend) to do the same cleaning routine (basics: sweep, mop, clean the bathroom, vacuum, trash emptied) once or twice a week. Still, my girls are now 6.5 and 4.5, and they already are a big help around the house (empty dishwasher, fold clothes, take clothes to basement, love to help transfer clothes from washer to dryer and turn the dryer on, trash, vacuum, could probably sweep and steam mop if I asked, even) so I think that's why I'm debating on asking for more help until I find out exactly what I need. I'm relying on visitors to help out with a task or two if they stay longer than a half hour, too!
It sure does make a BIG difference when it's not your first and you have friends/family nearby!