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My 3 biggest kids won't mind us being in the hospital. They'll be with their grandparents and aunt doing all sorts of fun stuff. My 21m old will be so sad that I'm away. He's my little buddy and always by my side. The day Emmalyn is born our children will come visit and we'll have some special time together, just the 7 of us. The visit will probably be pretty short. Just enough time for everyone to hold her and for us to get some cute pictures. I'll have a csection so I'll be in the hospital for 4 days before I head home.
Hmm I hadn't thought of how often. My mil will be staying with her and she is thinking of places to go and other family to visit while she's in town (bringing dd with her). Maybe a short visit each day, but dd is only 3 so it will be pretty boring for her. My c section is a Wed, so I probably won't get out of the hospital til Sat.
I am worried about this too and my daughter has expressed her concerns about it several tines. The hospital I am delivering at only allows 30 minute visits from siblings, which seems really short. I will wait until I don't look like I'm in too much pain and I will let her visit as often as they will allow. She will be staying home with one of my best friends or my mom so I know she will be in good hands. My husband will also be going home to her several times. My dd said she wants me to bring one of her stuffed animals to keep me company. I know it will be hard on her but she will be ok.
If I go on my scheduled csection day, my mom will be here caring for the kids and taking them to daycare each day. They will probably visit the next day to meet the new baby, but not for long (maybe 30 minutes). Mine are 4 and 2 so it would be kind of crazy with recovering from my csection. Depending on how many days I am in the hospital that may be the only day they visit. With my last csection I was in the hospital the day I had her, and then one full day and went home on the 3rd day.
My sister in law is driving out to stay with us the week before my due date assuming that I'm still pregnant. She will stay with our 4 year old son and bring him to the hospital to visit. I would like him to visit often and if I give birth in the middle the night, I would like her to bring him as soon as visiting hours open
I doubt I will have my kids come in at all. My c-sect is scheduled for Monday, and I plan to be out by Wednesday (barring any complications). That's how it worked last time. If you feel good enough, my hospital will let you go in two days. And I'd much rather recover at home.
I am sure they will miss me, but I think they'll manage to be fine. I suspect I'll send Hubby home every evening, so it's not like they won't have a parent around.
When I had DS2 my hubby only brought DS1 once. I had DS2 at almost 8pm so the next morning he brought DS1 to see us and I went home the day after that. I think it'll depend on the time of day Olivia is born and how long they'll make us stay in the hospital (I hate staying there even though it'll be quieter than our house).
Colleen proud mommy to DS (8/2009), DS (6/2011), and DD (7/2013)
I never even thought of how often she'll be visiting. I'm worried its going to be really hard on her though she's always with me.
MIL will hopefully still be here so I'm sure they'll do some fun things together to keep her occupied. I know that visiting hours for siblings and family is from 12pm til 8pm no restrictions except no more than 2 people at a time. They only make you stay 24 hours as long as you have no complications. So I guess it'll depend on how it goes but I can't see her coming in more than once a day.
I want DD there asap after baby is born. My grandma is keeping her and she will be waiting for our call and be ready to bring her. If baby is born in the middle of the night then she will bring her as soon as she wakes up and gets ready. She will come to the hospital everyday and stay as long as she wants. She's 3 so that may not be long b/c she will probably get bored. I want her to be as involved as possible. I'm kind of struggling with the idea of her not being my only one anymore.
DS will be staying with my parents. their house is an hour away. my mom will be with me for L&D and will likely stay with me a lot during recovery. my dad will bring jacob to meet the baby, but they won't be spending much time at the hospital. DS is a momma's boy, but he adores his grandparents. i told him that he gets to stay with them for 3 days when i have the baby. since then, he keeps asking me when i'm having the baby b/c he wants to stay with nana and doc, lol. he's also tried bargaining with me to stay longer: "how about 5 days mom?" he'll be just fine!!!
As long as I have another VBAC, my kiddos will come visit as soon as possible after baby is born and stay for a few hours. Then MIL will keep them 24-48 hours after baby is born - then they'll be home with us again.
I don't plan on being in the hospital more than one night so I'm not planning on having any visitors really. Ideally I'll go into labor, have baby that day/night, and go home the next morning which is when the girls will meet their brother. Now if I end up in the hospital a few days then the grandparent's will probably bring the girls to the hospital or my husband will go between home and hospital.
Last edited by jersey_gray; June 13th, 2013 at 10:33 PM.