Prevent In-Laws From Stepping On Your Toes
You announced your pregnancy to your family and all of the sudden, your mother-in-law starts calling you daily, emailing you pregnancy articles and parenting tips, and asking if she can help you shop for the nursery. You've barely had the time to wrap your head around the fact that your body is incubating a tiny human, so this may come as a big shock to your system.
Setting the ground rules early
Set the ground rules as soon as you can. Sit down with your husband and make sure you are both on the same page with regard to your pregnancy and what you wish for when it comes to the arrival of your baby. There's nothing worse than having to backtrack or argue about what one person said to a family member while the other one strongly disagrees.
Important questions to discuss with your husband
Finding out the gender of your baby
Baby shower planning
Tip: Set up a baby registry and include items that you want or need for the nursery. This way you receive items picked by your husband and yourself but your family feels like they are contributing to the baby's room.
Labor and delivery
First few weeks with baby
Compromise when needed
You may not see eye-to-eye with your husband on certain topics regarding your in-laws and that's okay. Maybe your husband doesn't quite understand why you want your mother in the delivery room, but his mother has to wait in the waiting room. Talk through these situations and try to come up with a solution that makes you both happy or requires that you both meet somewhere in the middle.
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