I'll further ditto the walk as soon as you can
. It makes all the difference in the world and I know I felt so much better and a bit more "human" being able to walk around and go to the washroom, ect... I think putting real clothes on as soon as I could made me feel better in the hospital. I just wore an old t-shirt and shorts, but it felt good.
When you're home, don't feel bad about taking it easy! I tried to be superwoman because I felt so great and did so much all at once when I got home, but really, I should of been just nestling in, enjoying the first days. If I had of known my son was going to be the type never to sleep, I would of, lol! Oh, and cosleeping is the best! (I can't remember if you're planning to or not) That way there's less getting up. This time I have the crib side car'd to the bed for ease and extra space since our bed isn't big enough for all of us.
Keep a basket handy to where you are of things you'll need; extra water, nursing pads, extra diapers, tissues, washcloths, ect... I also liked having lots of pillows around. I didn't care much for the boppy as it irritated me too much, but lots of people do like them. The football hold is really good for nursing when sitting and I used it for quite a while. Of course laying down to nurse is nice too. I still prefer to nurse my son that way as it's restful.
I ditto having meals ready and frozen. Also if people offer help, take it! I was embarassed about it at first, but after a while, it was nice when someone came and did dishes or straightened up for us.
We have a split level house, so I too had to deal with stairs. Just take your time on them when you need to use them and hold on if you need to. I know it probably wasn't pretty watching me go up and down stairs, but I didn't care!
ok, those were pretty scattered thoughts and not a whole lot new. I think the most important is to think positive!! It's a beautiful thing to give birth no matter how the baby comes out. If you're flowing with positive energy, things will go so much better. Best wishes!!!!