About a week before a short visit is good.
At least that is how I felt. Every Mom is different. Some can handle visits right then and there and others need a month.
You win major points if you bring something they can eat for dinner that night. Bring a lasagna and a salad mix and offer to fold their laundry or something and they will probably want to make you Godparents.
Yes! They are both into eating healthy and like Thai food. We live to far away to actually bring dinner without it going all gross (It's almost 2 hours to get there), but we COULD pick up some thai food on the way or something like that.
See. That is awesome.
And if she is breast-feeding make sure nothing is too spicy.
either one of the later days while still in the hospital, or a few days after they get home. at least that was what was best for us--we wanted that first day to get to know our new baby, but hospitals are boring so it was kinda nice to have visitors toward the end of our stay. it took a few days to adjust to being home as well, my folks didn't come until friday and we came home on wednesday and i think that was just right.
They are leaving the hospital in just a few hours, so that isn't an option. I think next weekend may be the soonest we can get up there, but we're going to go buy them a present now!
Her name is Avery. I would love to get them a bouncy chair, but I think we need to get them something small (they don't have much room or much money). Maybe a book and a gift card would be more appropriate in this situation since he's a student.
I was up for visitors any time when I was in the hospital with the first. It's sooooooooooo boring there. I realized after that one, though, that you can sign out AMA any time so by the time the third was born, I was hitting up the gourmet grocery store for wine and brie about 4-hours post-partum. Hey, it had been NINE WHOLE MONTHS!
I say just call and check first and see what they feel is best.
That's a riot! Is it tacky to get them a gift card? He's just went back to college this year and they don't have lots of money or space.
No, gift cards are perfect for when you realize that everyone told you to "buy large" baby clothes because they grow so fast, and yet they come out impossibly small and nothing fits. Not to mention diapers! I think it's actually a much more thoughtful gift for new parents than another tacky thing with lights on it that won't be even mildly entertaining to the baby for at least 6-months.
Me personally? I was ready right away. I stayed in the hospital less than 24 hours. Two hours after birth I was taking a shower. Non c-section is soooooo much easier. Your body recovers quite miraculously.
Wow! This is her first baby, but apparently she didn't get any of the drugs or anything. It was all natural. She had 4 hours of labor and then the baby was born.
granted, i've always had c-sections, but the first few days at home (especially if she's breastfeeding) are hard! I don't feel up to company for nearly 2 weeks unless they are coming to help clean/cook/launder something. newborns nurse nearly 12 hours a day
I had Lunea on a Tuesday night (natural birth, no pain meds but did have pitocin to complete induction), but had some post-birth complications that kept me in hospital until Friday morning. I went home to my folks house so I wouldn't have to climb stairs incessantly until my blood levels were high enough. My parents through a neighborhood "welcome home baby" party Saturday.. it was a long day, but I felt fine :) Each woman is different, though. I'd say check with her to see how she's feeling.
Heck, we had a couple of friends in the room at the hospital, one even there before/during the delivery. Probably not the most common example. (: