I actually really enjoyed having visitors last time in the hospital, but I'm a very social person. I also had an easy birth and had a boat load of adrenaline afterwards, so I was kind of hyper and wanted to be the center of some attention, ha! I felt very flattered that my friends cared enough to make a trip to the hospital the very first day to meet our child. The only reason I don't want to call my inlaws too soon when I'm going into labor is because my MIL, while a wonderful and loving person, is kind of like Sandy's mom...a little on the helpless side. She always ends up making everything about her and makes more work, even though she means only the best. She can't lift my toddler or really take care of him ("what does he want for dinner?" "I don't know, just give him some pasta and sauce" "what kind of pasta? rotini? elbows? penne? should I cut it up? how much sauce should I put on it? should I mix it all together? should i put more than a tablespoon in there? should I heat it up before?" etc), so honestly, it will just be easier to have one of my friends (all of our boys are the same age) watch him while I'm at the hospital. This way, my inlaws can just come to the hospital that evening and coo over the new baby.
My mom, on the other hand, is an amazing person to have around when things need to be done. Even though I'm 35 years old and even though she gets on my nerves constantly (moms!), I still secretly wish for my mom whenever I'm not feeling well. I am really hoping this baby comes a week early like his brother did, so my mom will be in town for the first few days. If he doesn't come early, she'll be in Australia and Europe for work for the first few weeks of his life, boo.
Also, for those of you first-timers - don't forget to bring a nice pillow with you from home! Even if you're only going to be at the hospital for one night, trust me, you'll want that pillow. Hospital pillows are the worst!