Getting the word out to family/friends
(warning, this is a long post!)
OK, so this baby is going to be making an appearance sometime in the next 4 weeks. We have half of our family in town here, and the other half is a 2-3 hour drive away. We're telling everyone that if they want to be in the waiting room, they're more than welcome to be there (however it will just be DH and I in the delivery room), and I'm wondering......
We have a list of "requests" along with some general info that we'd like to pass along to everyone. I was going to send out a mass email to everyone, but is that rude??
It's super long (and not the finished draft), but here's what I've got:
"OK, now that the time is getting close, I thought it would be easiest to send this out as 1 mass email to get the info to everyone :)
We are very anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby O, and we know everyone's going to have some questions or need info, etc, so here it goes - hopefully I've covered everything, but let me know if I've left something out!
Once we know that baby really is on the way, we'll let everyone know - but we're asking everyone to please not call us every hour for an update! Once we have anything to update, we'll be sure to let everyone know.
I know some people had mentioned wanting to be in the waiting room for when baby is born, so once we're heading to the hospital, we'll let everyone know, and then by all means, please feel free to come and hang out at the hospital - but in all likelihood it will still be a number of hours, so make sure there's something to keep you occupied!
There's really nothing near the hospital (we'll be at Victoria General), and the cafeteria closes at 4 or 5 I think. There is a fridge there, so you can bring some food and keep it cold if you like, but be sure to label it, or some other pregnant woman might decide that it looks really good at that point ;)
Also - when we were there a man's iPhone was stolen in the amount of time it took for him to go to the nurses desk and ask for an update - there's a lot of people in and out of visiting areas, and the theft rate is pretty high.
We won't have much to update everyone with other than 'we're heading to the hospital', so if we do have anything we need to get out, any updates we have will probably be sent by Scott via text message - that way he can get all the same info to everyone at once, rather than having to make a dozen or so different calls.
Visiting & seeing the baby (the important part!):
Once baby is here and the Dr's/Nurses have had a chance to check everyone over and make sure everything is OK, we'd be happy to introduce Baby O to everyone. So in a perfect world, it'll be about an hour after baby's arrival.
The hospital doesn't have any set visiting hours or limits, but for the first bit, we're asking everyone to keep visits short to give us a chance to rest and recover - especially in the hospital as there's no guarantee of a private room, so we may be sharing a room with another new mom looking to get some rest as well.
Once we're home, we're asking for no visitors on the first day or 2, so we can try and get used to having this little thing with us. Afterwards, visitors are always welcome, especially with lots of notice and anyone bringing a frozen dinner!
As I mentioned, we'll be at the Victoria General. The parking is around by the general entrance, and they are brutal with the parking there, so be careful, otherwise I can almost guarantee you'll end up with a parking ticket.
The labour/delivery ward is on the 3rd floor of the first tower (fist set of elevators you'll come to, and they're blue), and once you get up the the 3rd floor, the waiting room will be on your left, but I'm sure you'll see some familiar faces.
Places to stay:
If someone happens to need a quiet place to crash for a bit while we're at the hospital, our house is available to be used, and I think everyone has the code to the garage so no one has to worry about having to find Scott and get keys to the house.
Once the baby is here, we're asking for no overnight visitors for a while, so if you need a place to stay and don't want to bother with a hotel, ******* have also offered their suite to anyone who wants it as well.
......Not many people want to stay in a house that has a newborn in it anyways ;)
We all know how bright and painful camera flashes are to our eyes, so considering baby's eyes will only be an hour or so old, we're asking if everyone can turn the flashes off on your cameras.
"The Age of Facebook"........I heard someone say one time that 'Nothing is official until it's on Facebook', and it's true - but we're asking everyone to keep everything off of Facebook - anything about the new baby being here, pictures, etc, please don't post anything - we have family that we'd like to be able to tell first, and we don't want them finding out baby has arrived, name, sex, etc through facebook before we've had a chance to tell them.
So, if you're excited about baby arriving, share the excitement with us, and then after we've had a chance to tell the rest of our family, you can share the news with anyone you want :)
And lastly, if Baby is born during the week, as much as we know everyone wants to be there, we know it's not practical that everyone may be able to leave work or pets etc, and it might be easier for some to wait until the weekend. So if you are planning a visit after we're home, please just let us know so we don't have everyone showing up at once.
So.......what do you think? Is it rude to send something like this out to all our family?
Sorry it's so long, if you made it all the way through, you deserve a medal!! (or maybe a cookie. cookies sound pretty good right now ;))