I'm due in February with my rainbow baby and this is both my husband's and my first baby. We've never taken care of a newborn before or even had much experience around babies at all. I'm not sure yet how much time my husband will get off work, but he'll definitely be home at least the first 2 weeks with me. At first I thought it would be helpful to also have my mom stay with us in the beginning, but now I'm wondering if it would be more helpful for her to come once he has to go back to work. I'm really close with my mom and my husband also gets along great with her, but I don't know if we'll want our privacy and special bonding time just with the baby, or if we'll want her there to help us from the start since we've never done this before.
To complicate matters a bit, I have a history of bipolar disorder, and one important thing I need to try to figure out is getting long enough blocks of time sleeping, in order to help stave off a manic episode. That means a combo of breast feeding and pumping so that someone else can bottle feed while I sleep.
Any advice? If you've had a baby before, would you recommend having someone else stay with you in the beginning to help? Thanks!