So my MIL is supposed to come stay with us for four weeks next month. She's lovely, but a little tough to have as a long-term houseguest, since she doesn't always get along with the girls too well, and vice-versa, and she's not super-duper helpful in terms of picking up housework and whatnot. She's also not in the best health and pretty timid, so is not the go out on her own and entertain herself type. Last time she visited, and last time we visited them, I felt like I had to come up with entertainment for her every day. Not to mention the added stress of trying to get the girls to be nice to her and take to her. Again, all things not her fault at all, just sort of how she is.
Well, the only thing saving my sanity with this upcoming four week visit was that she's supposed to be going on a trip within that time for 8 days. The same week that DH is scheduled to be out of town. Just found out she's not taking this trip now. I have been near tears ever since learning this - I don't know how I'm going to cope with her here for that long! DH works really really long hours during the week, and like I said, will be gone for at least one week of this visit. And also, she now plans to come again in May so that she can see the new baby AND do her originally planned trip.
I'm at a loss of what to do, if anything? Do I just suck it up, don't worry about it, and hope that things will be just fine, which they very well may be? Do I suggest she put off the entire visit until May? Do I suggest she consider shortening her time here? Do I insist DH stay here during her visit? (Not really an option, he really needs to go for work)
Thanks in advance if you made it this far, and thanks in advance for any advice!