So, for those of us who have older children: what are your plans for them during the upcoming labor/delivery? And, if you've already been through this scenario, what did you do last time?
We're planning a hospital birth, so will be away from home. DS will be 3. We have no family who live in the same city as we do. We have very few friends here either, as we only moved here last summer. The one close friend we have here is very busy, so even if she agreed to help, there's no certainty she wouldn't be busy.
My first choice to watch DS is my Mom. She is 1.5 hrs away by car, so not completely out of the question, but of course, she would need time to leave, etc so it would take longer to actually get here. She (I think) is willing to be "on call" for us, but my sister asked her if she would go on a weekend trip with them to watch her kids. The trip is July 7/8; my due date is July 10. Can she do both?
Also, I'm not loving the idea of coming home from the hospital to house guests, even my Mom & Dad, who I love & am close to. I just want it to be me, DP, DS, & new baby. Maybe, I just need to get over this!
And . . . I am DREADING the idea of leaving DS. I know he'll be fine. I know he would be much more comfortable in his own home than in a hospital waiting room. He loves my Mom & Dad. But, I've never spent the night away from him.
Anyone have any grand advice for me?