Don't know if anyone else is going through this, but it seems that in the last coupla months here, lots of people have decided they want to visit us before the baby is born. Lots of out of town guests. I'm very surprised by this- I expected a barrage to meet the new baby, but not a stream of pre-birth visits.
While I can totally see how these people want to wish us well, and I can totally see how seem people would enjoy this, I don't. I'm a really private person, and a homebody. I have a social life, but I generally feel the most re-charged when I've had the chance to spend time alone or just with DH. With being so tired in late pregnancy, I mostly want to hang around my little nest at home, and while away our last (ever!) kid-free hours with DH and the dog.
Most of the visit requests are coming from family, and they are very much the entertain-us types. And I don't have the energy for it this late in the game.
I understand the intention of guests isn't to barge in, they're just excited. But I don't know how to fend off these requests. Right now, we've got someone wanting to come up and stay with us every single weekend between now and the birth, and I'm feeling overwhelmed.
What would you say to let these people down gently? Anyone else dealing with a similar barrage of visitors?
A friend of mine suggested "I love that you want to come visit, but maybe we could do it after the baby's born?" I think that might be good, but several guests specifically stated they wanted to see us "one last time" before the birth...