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spending christmas in the maternity ward
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:35 PM
So my question is has anyone spent Christmas day either in labor or just given birth.
bub number 3 is due jan 4 but I could be induce earlier. I am so scared of going into labor either Christmas eve or day or of just given birth and still in the maternity ward on Christmas day. my eldest dd is 3 and its the first year she is excited about Christmas I would hate to miss her Christmas morning. and I also have a 18 month old at home as well.
If you have had a Christmas baby how did you handle Christmas?
Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:43 PM
I can think of worse places to spend Christmas lol..
My DD2 was born on Christmas Eve.
I enjoyed a lovely Christmas Day in hospital with family visiting me. I didn't have to do a thing!
My then 2 yo DD1 was spoiled by everyone else.
I even got to enjoy Christmas Dinner complete with pudding for dessert (public hospital).
Was no issue at all.
As she has grown up we usually celebrate her birthday in early December when she has a party.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:56 PM
Our son was born Christmas Eve. I went into labour on the 23rd, he was born just after midnight (so early the 24th). I was in hospital with him until the 30th I think.
It didn't bother me being in hospital for Christmas - family came to visit (my parents, hubby's parents, grandparents and my sister), and we did gifts in the hospital. The difference being there weren't any other children to have to worry about and bub was the first child/grandchild on both sides. Sure there was no "normal" Christmas meal together, but I had hospital food (which was actually yummy) and we had a new baby to occupy our thoughts and day!
He's turning 4 this year. First real party, on the 23rd. So far almost everyone invited is coming, so obviously having a party that close to Christmas isn't a problem for everyone! And we celebrate his birthday as his birthday, and then Christmas as Christmas, same as if his birthday was in June or any other month. Of course, if he was born on Christmas Day things might be a little different.
I'm sure it will be ok Petskies - your children will be excited about a new sibling, they will still get Christmas even if it's just a bit different this year! All the best as you welcome your new bub.
ETA I can think of one thing I didn't like - people telling me that my baby was a wonderful Christmas present. I don't know why (maybe because his birth wasn't great) but it just grated me a lot.
Edited by Jekaho, 15 November 2012 - 01:58 PM.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:07 PM
I spent most of Christmas day last year in the ED as my 1yr old cracked her head open and had to go to hospital to have the gash glued up and observed.
She got a toy
They got to see my super cute toddler dressed as a baby Santa( well, Mrs Claus as it was a little dress lol)
You could always have TWO Christmases, maybe one the day after or later in the week. I don't think a 3 yr old will mind TWO days of food and fun and toys.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
I wouldn't worry so much, I was due January 4th with my first he was overdue and I didn't actually have him till 11th Jan. Even if it does end up being a Christmas baby it will be okay. My sisters DD was 21st Dec and she was in hospital on Christmas, it was all okay, you're recovering anyway. Your older kids will be fine.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:27 PM
I had my bub a week before Christmas.
We ended up in the special care nursery and were let out Christmas morning. I can't remember what time exactly. I had an almost 3 year old and 18 month old waiting for me at home. I was rather sad about the whole situation on Christmas Eve but we were not even close to being the worst case in there, so I think the whole experience made us realise how fortunate a lot of us really are.
In the special care nursery they gave out toys for all the babies and food hampers for each family. I don't know what they did for the wards but I know they are normally decorated. The staff are jolly but some of the families coming to visit are a little solemn (spl?), understandably. It must be so hard for them.
It was a strange feeling coming home. All I could think of were the families left behind. We didn't have Christmas at our house, we went to my MIL's and the children opened their presents instead. We were suppose to have a second Christmas morning but were too exhausted so when we got to about two weeks after Christmas we decided to just give the children their presents at lunch time.
Prior to this I had been debating whether or not we would 'do Santa' at our house. That Christmas made the answer crystal clear for us, so we now don't 'do Santa' at all.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:34 PM
Could you not just opt for the early discharge option, unless you or babe are unwell or you had to have a c section? You can go home within about 6 hours at a public hospital, and have a midwife visit you at home once a day for the first few days. If me and baby were well I would choose this option, especially as its not your first.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:42 PM
I am having this same dilemma at the moment. Bub is due Dec 26. I don't want to be in hospital for christmas when we have DS13 and DS21mths at home and all of our family are at least 4 hours away.
I'm just kind of hoping that since the other two were born a few weeks early - this one might come early as well!
Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:59 PM
Christmas Day in a Maternity Ward is not such a bad thing.
The staff try really hard to accommodate the families of their patients so there are often present openings and dinners with families in hospital if there is no way the patient can go home.
I worked practically every Christmas Day for over 20 years and it is one of my favourite working days and this was even after I had my own children.
Edited by soontobegran, 16 November 2012 - 08:00 PM.
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