I just feel like that if there are a bunch of people in the room, DD will be distracted and everyone will be making a big deal of it and I really want to remember this moment forever. The hospital is about 40 minutes from MIL's house, so she will basically have to wait in the waiting room or go somewhere- she wont just be dropping DD off and going back home because she will want to visit and see the new baby too. Plus, DD will have to go back home with her because she cant stay at the hospital with us. The option of just not letting DD see the baby until we go home is completely off the table. I have to stay in the hospital for 48 hours after birth (well, I dont, but the baby does) and DD has never not seen us for that long. I dont want to keep her separated from us that long, and I think she would be shocked if she was. It would be two nights, plus however long I was in labor. So, if I went into labor at say, 8 pm on Monday night and gave birth at 3 am Tuesday morning, I wouldnt be released until 8 am Thursday morning. Thats a long time to be away from my 22 month old, considering 24 hours has been the max.
How did you introduce your little one to the new baby? Im especially interested in hearing from moms who have had a baby with another little one under 3 years old and how they reacted, what you did, and how you worked the introduction. Were you alone with your babes, were people around, was it in a hospital or at home? If you are a mama giving birth and have a kid that age, how do you plan to do it?