Originally Posted by 1babysmom
Jealous! I've only once received one meal after any of my babies, though I did get well fed after my ectopic surgery. It's juvenile, but I've always been sort of envious of those who have meals brought to them afterwards!
I only ever had my biological mom and dad visit shortly after I had DD. With DS, we never had any visitors. I have never gotten any meals. I would *love* that, though, and I, too, feel a bit envious of people who got meals broth to them. Also, when I went to a... pregnancy support center, for people whose pregnancies were unplanned/they didn't have the means to get care/etc, they told me all about how they go and visit after the baby is born, and help out anything smaller of help you might need, and bring a "welcome baby" gift basket, all kinds of stuff, only for them to tell me that they weren't going to do it for me, because I wasn't delivering at a specific hospital.
Originally Posted by alaskanmomma
Is anyone else anxious to decorate and start Christmas festivities? I'm sooooo excited, but DH said I can't decorate until Black Friday, arghhhhh!
I am *so* ready! But, because it's "tradition," I'm forcing myself to wait until day after Thanksgiving/Black Friday. (DF is helping, he said even though he is equally excited, *no* decorating before then!!!)
Originally Posted by firespiritmelody
The standard hospital stay here is usually 24 hours, unless you birthed in the middle of the night, then they might suggest you stay an extra day. The local birth centers usually have you on your way between 4 - 6 hours if you don't have any complications.
For me, the plan is that my mom will come over if the girls are awake and keep them company/occupied. My MW will be there with her student and probably my doula and her student as well. Once the baby is born we'll probably call the IL's and if this baby is born at night like their sisters, then the IL's and close friends will be welcomed the next day, for short periods of time, *if* I am awake. When my youngest was born my MIL & FIL took my older girls for two days so that DH and I could bond with the baby and not have to worry about entertaining the other girls and it worked out great. That was over the summer though so with a spring (ie: school time) baby, I don't know if they'll be able to do that this time, so we'll see.
No one's every brought me food either, and I admit that I've been a little jealous of that too in the past. This time, I'm going to specifically ask people for food, especially if they want to come meet the baby in the first few days. Either bring food, or plan on doing a chore while you're here
I wish I was so bold as to say that. Unfortunately, I'm not. That's a great idea, though.
I'm also in the lots of CM camp and have pretty much had to wear a panty liner since getting my BFP. Now though, I'm also starting to have issues when I sneeze so I've moved up to a slightly larger pl "just in case". This happened right around the same time for me with my last pregnancy too. I guess it just comes with the territory of having your 4th baby.
I haven't had that much CM, but my bladder is pretty much shot, even when I'm not pregnant, so I'm afraid I will be moving into the "protective underwear" department fairly soon. I probably should have done it sooner, but... it's very embarrassing to me, especially when I've had to use it outside of pregnancy, as well.
DD really wants to be present the entire time, even when the baby is being born. I am insisting that she and DS *not* be present at the actual birth, because I think it would be too intense for them (besides the fact the hospital doesn't allow children during that time). But I told her she can be there for awhile beforehand, and as soon as the baby is born and everything is cleared, she and DS can come back in. My mom is going to take them for me, she convinced DD that labor can be very physically demanding, so they (my mom, DD, and DS) should go look for me some snacks and maybe a small gift for the baby during that time, which seemed to satisfy her.
Other than that, I will at some point after the baby is born, and probably after we are back home and settled in, invite a few very close girlfriends over, one of which my kids consider their nana, the other their aunt. Other than that, my older sister *might* sneak over to visit, but I can't see my younger sister or brother doing anything specific. We have almost completely disowned DF's family, and the few members he *does* talk to live several hundred miles away, and would never be bothered to visit.