We're an Army National Guard family and we live very close to DH's family. DH's first deployment will be ending soon and he'll be returning home. He's only seen LO in person for a total of 5 days out of the past 7 and a half months - 2 days when LO was born and 3 days before going overseas.
How do I tell DH's family that I want it to just be me and LO when I go pick up DH? I haven't physically been in the same room with him since the beginning of October and that was the last time he held LO. I'd like a little bit of time with just the three of us before I have to share him with anyone else (that, and MIL is overly dramatic and makes everything about her... think "MY BABY has returned home!!").
For those who also live close to their families, how do you deal with visitors (particularly those who come over unannounced) shortly after your soldier returns home? DH's family doesn't seem to understand boundaries, so it's not likely that they will call before coming over and it is likely that they will come over frequently (possibly daily or every other day for like the first two weeks if allowed since he'll be off work for two weeks after returning). What is the best way to deal with that when what you really want is some time to get used to not only being a married couple living under the same roof again, but also working as a team to raise a baby?
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