... To a social gathering and what were your reasons for waiting or going?
My recovery has gone great, and DS is very chill and a good eater. DH thinks we're fine to go to a BBQ here and there, but I'm not sure yet.
I ventured out to a social gathering when my LO was about 2 or 3 weeks old. It was a pool party/bbq. Obvioualy I didn't swim but I was able to get out of the house with my H and introduce the baby to some people who hadn't met him yet.
I was more confident to take this LO sooner than my first. But my first was also born in December so it was too cold anyway.
I think you should be fine. Like PP said, just be prepared to leave early or miss out on stuff going on to take care of baby.
On the way home from the hosp we took a detour to my mom's house since she couldn't visit at the hospital - though I really don't count that.
We came home on a Sunday and the following Saturday we went out to breakfast and stopped in Marshall's for a short shopping trip. Since then we've really been living life as we did before. Going to DD's story times, the mall... Today we went to the local amusement park for a couple hours.
Not only was I stir crazy, but we can't live couped up with a 21 month old around. And making her wait until dad comes home to leave the house isn't fair.
With DD we waited maybe 4-6 weeks but kept it to outdoor places and we typically kept her covered. However, she was born in Sept and that was when bird flu was everywhere so we had a bit more reason to be paranoid. We did take her to a wedding reception at 7 weeks but kept her covered for the most part.
With DS, I think we will do our best to also wait 4 weeks or so before taking him to crowded places, specifically indoor places like crowded restaurants. My philosophy is that the world is germy and the longer we can keep him healthy and specifically away from viruses like RSV the better. He is EBF like DD was, too.
I don't know, I guess I'm lucky that DH is self-employed so this summer he purposely slowed down his schedule to help take DD to her toddler activities.
Also, I think you should just wait until YOU are comfortable. Don't let anyone pressure you one way or the other and don't feel obligated to stay anywhere longer than you want. It's really all about what you feel ok with.
Target/walmart shopping first week. Out to restaurants second week. And pretty much just allowed him to be part of our normal lives from the get go.
I don't believe in being a shut in and neither has any pedi I know or am neighbors with.
With #2 my #1 is exposed to a lot of germs with his preschool and play dates with kids in daycare. Baby will be exposed to more inside our home than out.
No big deal
I was at Target 4 days PP and out to lunch with a friend at 5 days, taking a short hike 8 days and at a BBQ at 10 days. I don't let anyone but family hold him yet though and keep him in the sling to prevent him from getting overstimulated and it discourages touching. I also could only last 2-4 hours before ending up really tired and needing to go home. I'm just now feeling like I have any real amount of stamina to be out for a long time so friends had to get used to us going home early from activities.