Normally, nothing would interest me more than spending a day (or even a few hours) home laying on the couch. I’m not a homebody but I also don’t need to be out running around all the time either. Usually I am out and about because I’ve got a million things on my to do list and limited time to get it all done.
Way back when I had Corbin, I stayed home with him for about three months. I loved every second of it! Even though I wasn’t working, we didn’t sit home and stare at the walls all day long. Frequently we visited the local mall to walk some laps or go grocery shopping just to get out of the house for an hour or so. I would love the days hubby would come home for lunch so I could go to the bathroom without hauling a baby in there with me (or even better – a five minute shower!) and to tell me what was going on in the outside world. We had visitors pretty much right away when we came home from the hospital and I would always ask people to wash their hands but wasn’t too strict about it. I was trying hard not to be a totally controlling mommy from day one (that didn’t last long…).
Things were a little different when I had Carter. Being that he was born just before Christmas, he and his big brother spent many a day at Walmart or Target with mommy trying to finish up our holiday shopping that year. We didn’t have nearly the visitors at the hospital or at home right away but I was much more persistent about having people wash their hands. We were smack dab in the middle of cold and flu season and I didn’t need my little guy getting sick already after everything else we’d been through.
Since Easter will be right around the corner when this little one arrives, staying home all day won’t be much of an option in the very beginning. Although we won’t have many people visiting the hospital or house because we’re so far away from everyone this time, there are still a few things to be done. The boys want to go a local pumpkin patch that has Easter eggs hunts in the spring. It’s not overly busy which is nice so there shouldn’t be too many people oohing and ahhing over her. (I’ve already got a fabric car seat cover to keep her covered up and hopefully help deter people from messing with her) We also need to go see the Easter Bunny to get some pictures for the family and the baby book. Those will be our two big outings before she’s even ten days old. You better believe the diaper bag’s already stocked with hand sanitizer and plenty of wipes. I’m sure in the first couple of weeks she’ll also make a visit to the fire station (remember I’m not good at just sitting home all day AND I’ll have a very busy five year old I need to entertain as well) and daddy’s office. Other than normal grocery store trips and things, we’ll be at home until we head to Michigan in June, have Corbin’s birthday party in July and head to Disney in October. I’m trying not to be a total germaphob this time either since I’ll have two overly – protective big brothers loving on their sissy but I also don’t need a sick baby either.
How long did you stay at home with your little ones?