How soon after birth did those of you delivering in a hospital end up having visitors (and has that changed your mind about when you will be willing to see visitors this time)? I realize this could vary greatly for a number of reasons, but I'm just curious. Stuck in boxMy parents were around on and off for my whole labor then emergency c section which was a little after midnight. They stuck around and saw the baby until I was in recovery and allowed to see the baby. So they actually saw and held her before I did but I really didn't care, some people do. They went home about 3am (when the baby was brought to me) and returned about 9am the next day (visiting hours). My 84 year old grandma came around noon. They came and went during visiting hours until I went home (2.5 days). I honestly didn't mind at all. They all saw boobage. When I had my incision checked they stepped out for a break or ran an errand. But I only has them visit. This time mil will also be here and it will be a scheduled c section. I'd probably allow mil and my parents there during the surgery then leave when I get moved to recovery and have the baby. I'll probably ask them to stay away for a few hours then I'm sure it'll be in and out after that. My parents were fine last time knowing I needed to hold the baby and they never once kept the baby from me. They helped change diapers, brought the baby to me, helped me in and out of bed, and took turns holding the baby's hand when she got stuck under lights 24/7 for the whole visit. I'm not sure mil will be as chill but DH will have to play that game. Her job isn't to hold the baby all the time or keep the baby from me...which is all she keeps talking about. So it'll be interesting.
How soon after birth did those of you delivering in a hospital end up having visitors (and has that changed your mind about when you will be willing to see visitors this time)? I realize this could vary greatly for a number of reasons, but I'm just curious.
Can a second time mom give some recommendations for me? I'm wondering what a good number of nursing tanks to get and other nursing bra type things? I got one tank, and a nighttime nursing bra so far. The night one seems basically like a sports bra but it was comfy and on sale so I grabbed it. I know I'll need regular nursing bras but need to wait since I don't have a clue what size?
@Kate08Young I know the big thing with underwire bras is plugged ducts...have you ever had any trouble with that? I really would love to do underwire and at least feel a little okay about my body post-baby.
@KattyC Honestly I was fortunate to avoid PPD or really any 'blues' postpartum. I was miserable leading up to delivery that I was just ecstatic not to be pregnant anymore. I was more comfortable sleeping and actually got more sleep with a newborn than I did while pregnant. My pregnancy symptoms disappeared very quickly. I was in a fantastic mood. That said, that's not the norm for everyone, and PPD is a serious matter for anyone going through it.
I will say that I went through periods of depression when weaning DD from breastfeeding (when she was 12-14 months old). Each time I would cut a feeding, I would experience about 2 weeks of depression - apathy, deep sadness, etc. That corrected itself a few weeks after she was completely weaned, but that was my main issue with mood following birth.
How many freezer meals do I need to make? Do I need multiple month's worth?