We had our boy at home 9 month ago. We had family on call to come and pick up our 20 month old girl when needed but in the end it was fine having her there and she stayed for the birth. Now I am pregnant again and she will be just over 3 when the new baby is due. We are thinking about doing the same again but I'm not sure what having an 18 month old and a 3 year old there will be like. I'd be interested in anyone elses experience.
My MW did say last time that I would likely have the baby at night. I surprised her by doing the whole thing during the day. Early labour started the evening before but the intense bit started in the morning and I had him at 10pm. She said almost all the women she knows who have had HBs with other children at home gave birth at night.
Last time we were unsure how it would be and it turned out being nice having her there. Now I'm feeling unsure again which seems daft but we will have two this time and DS will be younger than she was and DD will be 3 which is quite a different age. I think she was too young to worry too much about what was going on but she was old enough to spend time entertaining herself.
Last time dd was 4. I was in established labour early evening. Put her to bed in between contractions and my little boy was born at 2 am. We had to go wake her up as she wanted to see the baby 'when it came out'. This time I have a 4 and an 8 year old and I have my oh's parents on standby in case I labour and it's too much them being there or I have to transfer to hospital. Hopefully they will both be at school or in bed!
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