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What can I expect the first day home with my newborn baby?

(No, I haven't had my baby yet blahh)

But I was just wondering. If you remember, what all went down on that first day you brought your newborn home? Was it like you imagined? Was it stressful or relatively calm? Did you take them home alone or did you have family there to help you adjust? If you could go back and do it over again, knowing what you know now, what would you have done different?

(You don't have to answer all of those if you don't want to. I just like hearing everyone's stories :o])


Asked by caitxrawks at 10:36 AM on Dec. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • the 1st day home was not what i had imagined,it went better than what i had thought it would. My DD slept almost the whole time, My MIL brought food over so I wouldnt have to cook, I was sooo tired because I didnt sleep well in the hospital so I slept most of the day, because newborns have to eat every 3-4 hours so make sure you sleep when the baby is sleeping, but newborns sleep a lot! so thats good! lol
    my DD never cried for 2 weeks, so that was also good for us. and also, make sure to get all your laundry and cleaning done before u go into labor so that is one less thing to worry about!
    Congratulations and good luck!!

    Answer by chloe_romano at 10:41 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • When we got home it was just me and my husband, I spent the entire day in this stupidly calm state. I was just so amazed by his little face and his eyes and everything about him. I didn't have family to help, and I'm glad of that now since it was a lovely uniterrupted family day and was everything I could ever have dreamed of. I wouldn't have done anything differently, except maybe take more pictures. Good Luck honey, not long now.

    Answer by haleykarson at 10:38 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • Well, we didn't have our baby at a hospital. We had him at a birth center at 5:30 pm and went home the next day at 8 am. It was very peaceful when we got home. My mom was there and she cooked and cleaned for us. I just layed around with the baby, just staring at him. :) It was awesome.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:39 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • Stressful. I was PISSED. I come home.. we were home about 15 minutes by ourself.. then my hubbys cousins/friends (3 of them) came over and STAYED FOR HOURS. Just on the computer and just chillen. OHMYGOSH. I wanted to kill them and my hubby didn't tell them to leave or anything. So when he needed to eat.. I had to leave the comfort of my living room to go in our room ALONE while my hubby stayed with his company while istruggled to do it alone. If i were you i would tell everyone/put a note on the door saying your parents only allowed there because all i wanted was to be alone with my hubby and our new baby. I still want to kill them when it hink about it. They were on youtube watching CHAINSAW videos with the volume ALL the way up. UGHH

    Answer by krazyash023 at 10:47 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • PP read my mind! I got all of everything I didn't want to worry about done before we went to the hospital, then when we got home (this time around) my oldest ds was at my mom's house and so it was just me and my husband. We ordered pizza and stayed in looking at baby boy#2! It was sooo nice to have some time to sleep, I didn't sleep very good in the hospital and neither did my hubby. It was nice to welcome our oldest ds later in the evening home to meet his little brother, because we were relaxed.

    Answer by MamaRoberts at 10:49 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I was able to leave the birthing center 20 hours after my son was born. To me it was nice going back home because the bed in the center, like a hospital bed, just was not comfortable. I was ready to be home even though I was not gone long. There is no place like home ;-) My SO brought our son and me home, we let our dog meet him for the first time. Then my parents and sister came by with pizza and juice. I got to relax a tiny bit, but I was exhausted. We did not get home until about 6:30 pm, ate, hung out, and enjoyed our little boy. We did not have a nursery or anything in the birthing center, we did everything for our son, so that was an easy transition.

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 11:02 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • Bringing my oldest home did'n thappen until she was 7 weeks old so by the time she got home things were very different. With my oyungest I could'nt have asked for a more perfect day. My mother drove me home and my ex took our truck home. We stopped and picked up a few things I needed on the way home and grabbed some lunch to go. Got home and just got situated, my mom ran out and got some warmer smaller clothes for little nut we needed and brought a friend and dinner with her when she came back.

    Answer by tat2edmommyof2 at 11:14 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My ex had class that night and was'nt home until 11ish. We all just hung out and were mellow until I was ready to go lay down. They left and little nut and I went to bed. My oldest dd came home the next day and his parents came by BUT I ALWAYS limited the number of people that were there and everyone knew if I wanted to go lay down they were to clear out. I was NOT going to try to rest listening to hoots and hollers from the living room.

    Answer by tat2edmommyof2 at 11:14 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I was in the hospital 2 days & when I was released I went back to my parents’ house where I was living. My now husband came with & stayed for dinner & him & my mom helped with my daughter that night because I was still drugged up from Percocet! She was so small & so new & I LOVE how she was just getting used to using her limbs. The waking up every 2 or 3 hours to feed her got tiring, though. 2 or 3 nights after I came home with her I was so over tired & stressed I was crying as hard as she was! I eventually laid down on the couch with her on my chest & a blanket my grandma made for her over both of us & she went to sleep. I was so exhausted that I was still silently crying after she fell asleep! Her dad came over that night & he & my mom packed her a bag & he took her over to his mom’s (& dropped her off the next morning around 6 or 7). I felt really bad, but she needed to get to know her dad, too & I needed some sleep!

    Answer by DancingK at 11:17 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I've learned in life that nothing is ever as you expect it to be.. but the first day home with our son was fantastic. You're so relieved to be out of that hospital that nothing could be better. Just think about having a nice dinner and not hospital food, your own stuff again, your own comfortable bed, and a brand new gorgeous baby! My son slept the whole time after we got home, and I spent most of my time taking pictures of him!

    Answer by BeckNAiden06 at 11:23 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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