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We'll call my parents to come watch DD and then head to the hospital. I'm sure they'll tell my brother and grandparents.
With DD we had an induction, so close family and friends knew we were going to the hospital. I didn't feel any pressure because they were there and it was really nice during labor to have some distractions.
The people directly involved we are calling once we leave/are admitted. So, my Mom and step dad (since they will have DD) and DH's parents. I've told them under pain of death that they are not allowed to tell anyone else until we are ready. They can also come to the hospital, but will not be allowed in the L&D room for long and will have to wait in the caf or waiting room.
Once the kid is out, and I've had my first 2 hours of bonding, shower, food, ect. Then I'll take visitors and tell the extended family. I'm very strict. I had 20 people in my L&D suite last time since I let my Mom be in charge. It was terrible. This is time for me, DH, our Doula, and the baby. Period.
we don't have any other kids - so our parents will be called when I check into the hospital - which I'm hoping will be pretty late in the "game" (I want to labor at home for as long as possible). DH's family will have to drive 3 hours, and my family will have to drive 4 - so I'm hoping she'll already be here by the time they arrive.
Regardless, we plan on having about 2 hours to ourselves with DD before anyone comes into the room to meet her.
Text messages and FB posts to the rest of the world will go out after she's born.
livelaughlove9:I'm not letting people know until after the baby is born and we spend a few hours together. I know I will have a bunch of people trying to come visit us and i'd rather not have them come right away.
This!!!!! I don't want a lot of people there right away!!! We will have to call someone to watch DS so I am sure people will find out.... but still....
I will probably call my mom and stepmom as soon as I feel like I am getting ready to make the trip to the hospital. Then we will let the rest of family know when we get checked in and know for sure its the real thing. I think we will keep friends and everyone else updated throughout the process. We have let most people know that we want guests to wait until after baby has come and we have had a couple hours to recover before they visit.
I really want to wait to tell anyone until LO is here. I really wanted it to just be H and I for the labor and at least an hour after.
My in-laws and my dad were fine with this plan but when my mom found out about my plan, she flipped a $hit. I'm talking 3 year old type temper tantrum. Now I guess we'll be calling our parents when I get admitted....
#1 was an induction, so we let ILs know the night before.
This one we will let ILs know asap because they will take DS. We probably won't call anyone else until after she is born, we will be busy! (Or at least I will be!)
amcourt09:I really want to wait to tell anyone until LO is here. I really wanted it to just be H and I for the labor and at least an hour after.My in-laws and my dad were fine with this plan but when my mom found out about my plan, she flipped a $hit. I'm talking 3 year old type temper tantrum. Now I guess we'll be calling our parents when I get admitted....
If you don't want to tell them, then don't. What's the worst she will do, get mad at you? Who cares, she will learn how to deal. Besides she will probably be too excited to see the kid that she may overlook the whole not calling until an hour or two after the birth.