Wow, big hugs to all of you who are stressing about your families. I am so sorry.
I feel really lucky that I have such good relationships with my family. My mom passed away 10 years ago, but the time we did have together was really good. My IL on the other hand, do not handle stress well. When I was in the hospital to have baby's heart monitored, DH asked them to watch DD because "we have to run some errands." I think he filled them in, just a little with minimal details, later on. We do not plan on letting them know when we go into labor, and have a friend lined up to take care of DD. Just don't need that kind of energy projected on us or DD. Today I was considering not even telling them that the baby was born until we were able to come home from the NICU. I think I will already have a hard enough time without them hanging out worrying/being weepy. (We should only be there for about 3 days for observation and to get an initial dose of his/her medication worked out, but still..... the thought of my baby in the NICU is kind of freaking me out. I was offered to have a tour set up so I could check it out in advance, but I think I'm way too hormonal right now, and do not think I would handle it well.) Anyways, I doubt we would be able to wait until we came home to announce baby's birth to my IL.... For the rest of our LO's life they would be celebrating his/her birthday 3 days late. Really they are mostly harmless and sweet, though they drive DH up a wall. Oh and they live next door to us! LOL! I do not think they know that DH is out of town, but DH did tell some friends of ours who live about a mile away, in case I needed anything.
In other news, I lost all my meals except for a handful of almonds and a bagel with some peanut butter on it, yesterday. That is even including the delicious dinner that DH prepared for us: baked flounder and two deli salads. I really think it is still this medication I'm on, plus the stress of DH being gone for the next 4 days. I took my first dose of Zofran after dinner, (pre bagel) and will take it every day DH is gone, if I'm too nauseous. I need to be functioning for DD, all the farm animals need to be cared for and we have some sheep that are getting close to lambing. It will be a long 4 days. Luckily I do have some help coming (and no, it isn't my IL next door. Even if they knew he was out of town.... they are the generation that the farming gene skipped. They would watch DD for me, though, while I tried to get my pregnant body to haul water, lift buckets of feed and move hay bales. ).
I miss DH already. I also realize that I have been really relying on him these last couple of months. It was really nice today to do a bunch of the farm chores myself. Even if I couldn't do everything that I would normally do. Yea! for our awesome farm volunteer who is coming to help me finish up some loose ends in the morning, and fill in the rest of the time DH is gone!
Oh and DD (3yo) picked me a flower today. I think DH talked to her before he left about being extra good while he was gone... there was probably some bribery in there too, since DD was talking about how she missed daddy, that he had to fly on an airplane to go to work, and that he was going to bring her a present. At this point whatever works!
Oops! Just saw the time. I have to get up early tomorrow. G'night all!