DS will stay in school (he's in K4). I'll have enough to do taking care of this little one let alone with my "helper". Plus, he loves his class and needs that normalcy, and this will be real life. Also, I can bond with baby while he's away then give him my attention when he gets home. I also signed him up for karate--something that is HIS that he enjoys, but I can take him and sit inside with the baby.
Did any of you take a small fan with you to the hospital? I had a brief 3 hour stint in L&D last weekend and I couldn't believe how quickly I got hot laying in that bed.
S+TM - did you get a new crib mattress for #2? DD has used it for three years (as crib and toddler bed), and we'll be using the same crib for the baby. Wondering what others have done regarding re-using the mattress. @emy730 , I think we'll plan to have DD continue to go to grandma's house on a regular basis (she cares for her during the day). It'll be more fun for her and easier on me.
For the S+TMs who work outside of the home, did you have your older children continue going to daycare while you were on leave? DD is a creature of habit and she LOVES school (what she calls daycare), so I'm thinking we will leave her in while I'm off. But maybe I'm not thinking through it all the way? What did you do and what are you planning this time around?
The fan thing reminds me...anyone have a list of everything to bring with to the hospital? I should really start writing these down.Another thing: what do we (the mamas) need to have for ourselves once we get home from the hospital?
What was the panty situation once you got home? I used to send moms home with a bunch of extra mesh panties, but hospitals are getting stingy with what they'll send you home with. I'm not sure I'll get the same treatment I gave to my patients. Did you buy mesh panties for home? I don't think I'll be able to fit the overnight pad and an icepack in any of the panties I currently own. Did you even need to ice at home? I don't know what happens after discharge.