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Traveling to Meet Baby

How Did Your Relatives Plan to Greet the New Arrival?

Your bags are packed and you're ready to go, but how soon can you get there? The birth of a first child is a momentous occasion that friends and family are eager to share with a new mom and pop. While some mamas would prefer to limit their hospital well-wishers, others are happy to spend their lil one's first few days surrounded by celebratory visitors. For close relatives that do not live near the mama-to-be, planning to be present for the birth of the baby is much like a game of chess – strategic planning and all.

A friend on the East Coast is trying to figure out just how quickly she can get across the country once her sister-in-law goes into labor. Not knowing exactly when the baby will begin its decent, she is not sure if she should book a trip based on the babe's due date and just hang around waiting for the arrival, or if she should just plan on paying full-fare and purchasing her ticket when the contraction begins. How did your long-distance supporters plan their visits to greet your new arrival?

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0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 7 years
My baby came unexpected and I called all my relatives.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
I don't know if any of my family will be at the hospital. The problem I have is that my sister is due around the same time as me so if she is still in the hospital she will not be coming and my brother and his wife have planned a trip during that time to Ireland so they won't be there and my mom does not like to drive outside of her little town and especially in the winter so I may not have any family there. It will suck but what can you do. I am one of the moms that likes having visitors. My husbands family may be there but it just isn't the same. I am also due around New Years eve.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Most of the family lives within an hour of the hospital and all plan on trying to be there for the birth. The baby is expected on New Year's Eve so it'll be a party. BTW, I wanted to add a cool smiley face icon but the link I have no longer works. I don't know where the Sugar Network is keeping them anymore.
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