Yikes, Hildare!! Glad it is over now, and you and the baby are fine.
FrannieM-- mastitis BEFORE baby?? Are you breastfeeding currently? Dood that sucks :(. I had mastitis ONCE in four years of breastfeeding M, and it sucked! I put cabbage on my boob and it really seemed to work.
This week was, interesting. We left last Saturday night for our family Thanksgiving in our hometown. We crashed Saturday night at 11pm. At 6am Sunday, we headed out to Disneyland. We spent a very WET day trying to enjoy the rides, etc. It was ok, and I tried really hard not to grouse about spending $300 to spend a day at the happiest place on earth. Oh, and we got stuck on "It's a Small World!" :lol That was awesome.
Anyway, the rest of the week went ok. I learned that if I want to visit my family, DH's family will be amazed and confused, and it will disrupt plans, but MIL will pretend it doesn't. All will be fine, as long as I fit in my family in between all of DH's family's events :eyeroll. So frustrating. Normally, I don't see my family. We aren't close; my mom lives in a different state, and my brothers and I don't really get along. But, with being pregnant, I guess, I really wanted to visit MY family. Hubby is awesome, because he never argued with me, and made sure to remind in-laws of our plans :D.
Also, MIL and FIL are supposed to come and help with the baby in Feb. Ummmmm.... SO not going to happen. Michael (who is 5) pissed off FIL (who is in his mid 60s). FIL is very passive, and will not say anything until you piss him off, and then he will explode. Anyway, I was trying to take a nap and DH had to run next door for a minute. I *knew* Michael should have gone with him, but I was trying to sleep, and didn't say anything. Apparently, Michael was messing with FIL's chair, and FIL said to stop. At some point FIL sits in his chair, and Michael gets mad and throws a pillow at him, making FIL's book fly in FIL's face. FIL flips out and says, "WHAT DID YOU DO?????? DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST KID WHO THREW A BOOK AT ME??? tHE POLICE CAME AND TOOK HIM TO JAIL!!!" Um, WTF? At that point I got up, grabbed Michael's hand and walked him next door, to DH. At that point I knew I couldn't have that man in my house with my newborn and my 5 (will be 6 ;)) year old. He has yelled at him before, and hit him once (supposedly Michael hit FIL when FIL was asleep, and FIL hit him back in a "well, he hit me first!" way. In fact, he said those exact words). MIL also yelled at him because she couldn't hear him, and he was running an errand for me, and she misunderstood.
I just can't deal with that postpartum. I am thinking about having them over for a short visit maybe two or three weeks after baby is born. They were going to be here for a month. I would go nuts, and FIL would go missing LOL. It would NOT be a good situation.