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During the week it's just Sally and me at home, but this weekend we had my in-laws visiting both afternoons, and she was super cranky after they left. I'm wondering if it was too much excitement, but I feel bad bringng it up, because my MIL is so excited to see her. Next weekend we've been invited to their house for lunch, and I think DH's grandma will be there, so even more people will be around. I know everyone wants to hold her, but DH and I are the ones who have to deal with her at 3am whe she's wide awake because she spent the whole day sleeping in everyone's arms. Any advice?
Honestly, I'd tell them I was the one who needed to rest. Let them know you appreciate the thoughtfulness and will take them up on their offer another time, but right now you need a little time as a new family. They should understand how you feel.
Thanks. I'll have to talk to DH and see what he thinks, since it is his family. If his 87 year old grandma is there, I feel obligated to go, since she lives three hours away and hasn't seen Sally yet. If she's not there, then I think we will try to get out of it.
I think at a minimum if we do wind up at their house this weekend, there has to be more tummy time and/or bassinet time and less holding. Even at two weeks old, we're getting one good 4 hour sleep in a night if she's tired, and I'm getting totally protective of it!