Hi ladies! I'm a bit late to the party... I just saw this thread last night and it took a bit of catch-up reading.
I'm Diana and I'm 10 weeks 2 days pg with #2 and #3. We have a 20 month old DS who is very easy-going, but very busy. With the exhaustion and nausea, I've been having a bit of trouble keeping up with him.
Regarding the PP period, I found it to be much easier than pregnancy. By the end, I was just SO READY to be done, that anything seemed better. DS latched well, woke to eat every 2 hours like clockwork, and I actually got more sleep than I did when I was pg. I'd spend 10 hours in bed, then just lounge around the house all day. I did have a few rough patches when people would come to visit. I liked having company, but after about 30-45 minutes, I wanted them gone. I cried in the kitchen one day because my MIL and FIL came on a scheduled visit, then my BIL showed up as well. I remember telling DH to just get everyone out of the house NOW. My mom was there also, but I don't count her as a visitor. It didn't take much to overwhelm me for the first 3-4 weeks PP.
I found it very helpful to have lots of meals pre-cooked in the freezer, and my mom and I plan on setting aside a few days this fall just to cook. Also, don't sweat the small stuff. I was constantly questioning how all my decisions would affect my baby later on. Like, if I give him a boob every time he cries, will he ever learn to comfort himself? If I give him a pacifier because I know he just needs to suck and not eat (and I had terrible thrush and the most painful nipples ever), will I be betraying his trust in me? Is it okay to let him nap in his crib sometimes, or will he feel abandoned? I drove myself nuts. I felt unprepared for all the decisions I'd have to make. Hundreds of decisions every day, and I didn't feel like I was equipped to make them. But I was. All mamas are. You just trust yourself to do what's best for your baby, trust your baby to let you know what he needs, and just go with the flow. I wasn't a helicopter mom, constantly hovering, but I just worried I wasn't doing the "right" thing.
And remember to take care of yourself. Get lots of sleep, eat often, drink a TON of water, and let the housework go. I made the mistake initially of constantly feeling like I had to be doing something. You don't. Just relax. Take a walk every day if you can, just to have a few minutes to yourself. Let your DH or DP take care of the baby. It's good for both of them. I see so many stressed out mamas on here who don't let their partners help with their newborns. It's their baby too. No, they don't have boobs, but there are other ways to comfort a crying baby. He won't do everything the way that you will, but don't criticize unless it's something harmful.
Wow... I feel like I just delivered a lecture. I'll get off my soapbox now...
Kismet - that's so awesome that you have an u/s picture already! I know just being able to see a heartbeat makes me feel so much better.
I'll share mine too: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Fv6RQVgHXI/Tda7H6ScXQI/AAAAAAAAAzU/gmnpsMRonGA/s1600/ultrasound.JPG At the time (7 weeks 1 day), they were both measuring spot-on for dates, and both had good heartbeats (though I don't remember them).