I have a quick (not quick at all, actually) question for those who have been through this all before. My due date is August 6 and around August 15 my family heads up to our cabin for an annual vacation. The cabin is very remote and we'd be probably around 45 minutes travel time from a hospital or doctor. Also, cell phone reception isn't an option until you get to the road.
My question is twofold: first, I could go up to the cabin with DH in early July for a little mini-getaway, but I'm worried about traveling in that last month and being so far away from emergency help if the baby came early. Going up earlier isn't really an option because other extended family have it booked in June. And May is full of flies. Is traveling in the 9th month crazy-talk?
Second, if the baby came earlier than the due date we could conceivably pop up to the cabin for a few days when my family will be there. It would be cool to introduce the baby to the out of town relatives (aunts and uncles and so on). However, the drive is around 10 hours (much longer with nursing breaks, I assume) and again there's a distinct lack of nearby medical help. Finally, there's running water in the kitchen, but no bathroom (just an outhouse), so we'd probably have to pack dirty diapers and everything.
All of this sounds so insane that my initial reaction is just to give up on the cabin this year and just bond with baby and DH. The other side of the coin however is that our cabin is located in one of the most magical places in the world, I love my family so much and would love for them to meet the bambino early, and the thought of not getting to the cabin at all wrenches my heart out. For what it's worth, my aunt is a nurse and my sister is in nursing school, so there would be educated medical professionals on hand.
So, after this insanely long post, have any of you traveled with newborns? Are long car rides just not a good idea? Am I going to be so torn up that even thinking about driving is insane? I know a few of you have trips planned postpartum, but perhaps nothing this dramatic. I wouldn't go up unless the babe was at least three weeks old.... One option is to just play it by ear and see how I feel when the time comes. Anyone?