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December 11th, 2012, 07:29 PM
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Location: Ontario
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With our babies being born in December right close to Christmas and the holidays, will you be attending all the family functions? I'm a little worried about the risk exposure to germs. MY mil has a big Christmas eve thing at her house with people coming and going all evening. We usually stay all night at that. Then the next day she has a dinner with all the family. Also DH grandfather will be having a Christmas get together the Sunday before Christmas with the whole family. I'm worried about the baby getting sick. I haven't had him yet but I'm sure he will be here before my due date which is on Christmas Day. I plan on breastfeeding him so that will help to boost his immune system a bit.

I don't know if I shoud back out on the Christmas get togethers this year? I don't want to and I know the kids like them.

What will you be doing?
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December 11th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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We are taking the kids to my grandparents. But it will just be Me and my family, my sister and her family and my grandparents. I've debated on and off going since she will only be a week old but I think we're going to do it. I don't know how I'd feel if it was people in and out all day.


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December 11th, 2012, 07:38 PM
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My baby will be a look don't touch sort of thing at these functions. I will not take the risk especially for my hubbys side of the family its going to be at a hall and it's fairly big. They can get irritated with me all they want but, we are standing firm. He's our christmas present and too young to share just yet. I'm not taking the risk of him getting sick and having to go to the hospital or something.

If you do decide to bring him people should understand, and just make sure you and your hubby are extra careful with your hand hygiene when touching him after you've touched someone or something!
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December 11th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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We will be staying home. Most of my family is 3+ hours away and that is just too far to take a newborn baby for me.
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December 11th, 2012, 08:27 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Location: Southwest USA
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With our living situation, we don't have much choice. (living with MIL, and she hosts Christmas each year) If baby is here by then, we will spend a lot of time in our room. I'm also counting on DH to make it clear to the family that baby is going to be mostly "look, don't touch" unless they have permission and have washed/sanitized.
SIL's 3 kids are almost always sick with something (luckily hasn't been quite as bad since nephew got his tonsils removed) and other SIL will be coming out as well...

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December 11th, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Location: California
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We aren't having a big Christmas this year, but I've already taken him out quite a bit. I guess it just comes with the territory with having older kids though - I have to bring him to preschool to drop off my son and I figure that exposes him to more germs than my extended family. I wish I could better protect him, but I am kind of throwing in the towel and hoping for the best. I do try to keep him in his carseat with the carseat canopy on whenever we go out though.
OK, so this was my very round about way of saying, yes, we'll be doing all the regular Christmas celebrations this year.

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