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Halo Mom: Unfortunately my mother can't stay, she passed this summer. Also I would ask my father, but his fiancee is battling cancer and he lives more then 10000 KMs from me right now, so that is a long haul. We're trying to find a solution. All my family is on the other side of Canada, and my husband has some family here in town, but they are all very busy with their own business and stuff, and some of them we wouldn't trust to look after our son over nights. I'm wondering what you do when you are delivering your second baby without family to help you with your first child. Or what you think you might do? Would you send your toddler to the sitter while you delivered?(I'm having a c section so just my husband can be there in the room) I really wish he could be in the hospital with us for the birth but with no family/friends to help out I can't see it happening. What would you do? Would you think about asking your sitter to come to the hospital for awhile?

Asked By: ~~Daniel's Mommy~~ - 12/6/2009
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I'd ask the sitter. Just remember they are paid by the hour, even if they are sleeping. Although you may be able to pay them less when they are sleeping... More
Answered By: Ivy's Having Twins! - 12/6/2009
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Answered By: iuo - 12/6/2009
 
Could your mom come to stay with you for a two weeks after the birth? Could someone you trust come and stay with you? If you have time, there is time to plan someone coming out
Answered By: Halo Mom - 12/6/2009
 
I've had this problem with all three of our children. We're military and we're stationed away from family... More
Answered By: Just Call Me G - 12/6/2009
 
A good friend would be a good choice. Otherwise a sitter would be a good idea. However, keep in mind that that will be pretty expensive since the sitter will have to stay with the baby for a certain amount of time... More
Answered By: barbaracdf - 12/6/2009
 
Well, I'll tell you what I did. I hired a sitter (mine was a scheduled c/s too) to stay at home with the toddler, and husband was with me in the hospital for the delivery. After we were out of recovery room and in our own hospital room, husband went home to relieve the babysitter and brought the toddler to the... More
Answered By: nd1400 - 12/6/2009
 
In your situation, I would ask a friend or neighbour if they wouldn't mind watching my daughter. Depending on how close I was to my sitter, I would ask them. Heck, what have you got to lose? :-)
Answered By: sammyyy - 12/6/2009
 
How far away is your family? Do you have a neighbour or friend you could call for a few hours? All of our family is 4 hours away, but I didn't have the luxury of knowing when I would deliver. My mother-in-law was on-call. A few days before my due date I started feeling crappy so we asked my MIL to come down the... More
Answered By: I LOVE my Thumbs-Down Fairy!!! - 12/6/2009
 
That's a tough situation. What I would do is send him to the sitters for the day, Once the C-Sections done they should allow your son in the room, then hubby and him can go home for the night and come back the next day.
Answered By: Erika (Nina and Brady's Mom) - 12/6/2009
 
i hear you on the no family thing. we are out here in alberta and both our families are in ontario. it sucks and its hard. we only have one baby, but i would give anything to have their help. as for your situation, sounds like the sitter is your only real option. maybe she can bring your son to the hospital after... More
Answered By: angeldust_599 - 12/6/2009
 
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