Overnight guests after birth of second child

(30 Posts)
Beachcombergirl Thu 06-Mar-14 18:09:03

I have family who live a long haul flight away. I love them dearly and always look forward to seeing them (normally once every couple if years).

They have booked flights to visit around my due date for second child and would like to stay for a few nights once baby arrives. I am filled with panic and dread. They have said they don't mind sleeping on floors etc (there are 5 of them) and I know they'd be hurt if I suggest they stay in a b&b or similar. I feel terrible as, of course I want to see them, but I have no idea how I'm going to feel with a newborn and a toddler to manage.

I think they think it's ok as they have had overseas visitors very soon after they have had kids. They have a massive house however so this may have made a difference to making to easier.

Aibu to not want them to stay overnight?

CoffeeTea103 Thu 06-Mar-14 18:11:07

Yanbu, while they might be no trouble at all, the timing is really inappropriate. I think just explain how you would feel after the baby and hopefully they understand.

formerbabe Thu 06-Mar-14 18:12:13

Yanbu...I hate having over night guests...would be even worse to have them after having gives birth! Are they helpful types or will you be expected to 'host'?

Chottie Thu 06-Mar-14 18:14:07

No, you are not. I can't believe how insensitive some people can be. You will be recovering from childbirth, getting to know your new baby, looking after a toddler and just enjoying being a family together. And you will have 5 people sleeping on your floors!!!! and in your bathroom and your kitchen.

Say no, it doesn't matter what they say / do / think you are NOT being unreasonable. They need to stay elsewhere.

Mrswellyboot Thu 06-Mar-14 18:17:25

No way YANBU at all!!
Please tell them soon or you will resent it and won't get the special time back with your new baby. Five people!!!! No way

stopgap Thu 06-Mar-14 18:18:29

I live overseas, and my parents are currently staying with me for eight weeks following the birth of DS2. I couldn't be happier, but we have a spacious house, my parents are pitching in with the kids, and doing plenty of cooking and cleaning. But I realise a full house is not for everyone, and the last thing you want is unhelpful visitors after you've just had a baby.

Finola1step Thu 06-Mar-14 18:18:41

YANBU. Tell them now that they will not be able to stay at yours. And what if you are late and go into labour when they are there?

You could tell them that you are considering a home birth with a huge birthing pool in the lounge so privacy would be an issue. grin

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 06-Mar-14 18:21:20

I flew my mum over to the US post DC2's arrival. She was the only person I could have coped with. Emergency c-section, super strong drugs, toddler not liking the lack of attention... You get the picture. I'd say don't do it!

Tartanpaint Thu 06-Mar-14 18:22:08

Just say sorry no. You will have no idea how the birth/recovery/feeding/sleep/your emotions will go

Adeleh Thu 06-Mar-14 18:23:54

YANBU at all. Maybe find details of B+Bs near you, tell them that it would be lovely to see them, but that they are not staying in your house.

Beachcombergirl Thu 06-Mar-14 18:36:37

Thanks all. It's nice to know I am not being unreasonable. It's just hard disappointing them and potentially hurting their feelings. It's true though I just wouldn't be able to cope with them all in such close proximity at such an emotionally raw time.

gobbynorthernbird Thu 06-Mar-14 18:37:44

Can you sell it as being worried about their comfort? I know they say they don't mind sleeping on floors, but you could be up at all hours with the baby etc.

AnyFucker Thu 06-Mar-14 18:47:04

Just say no

CaptainTripps Thu 06-Mar-14 19:19:15

I may sound harsh here but I don't understand your angst. Just bloody say NO. Nicely. I'm sure they will be fine about it.

But all this hand wringing and guilt...why?

It's just hard disappointing them and potentially hurting their feelings

Either have them and put up with it or tell them no.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 06-Mar-14 19:20:18

My feelings would be hurt if someone thought it appropriate to impose upon me just post birth to be honest - don't worry about offending them!

fallon8 Thu 06-Mar-14 20:37:29

Say no...my parents always pitched up,long distance,but made it plain,they were on "holiday". So,I ended up with new babies,toddlers,plus mother sat on sofa,asking 'any chance of the kettle going on?"

Beachcombergirl Thu 06-Mar-14 20:40:08

Thanks guys. I will start researching some accomodation options

ProlificPenguin Thu 06-Mar-14 20:44:18

Yanbu. You, your baby and your toddlers needs should also be considered. Routine and own room especially important to toddler at this time.

NearTheWindymill Thu 06-Mar-14 20:49:55

No way. My DH has sisters who live abroad. Once we had one and her partner staying and all of a sudden we had his rellys staying on the floor. Never happened again. I made it crystal clear that visitors were very welcome providing there was bed space for them. I will not have the communcal areas of my home taken over by people sleeping on the floor.

A thought though - as there are four of you - could you book a small apartment and let them have the house and split the cost with them as a compromise?

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 06-Mar-14 20:51:30

There is no way I'd move out of my house having just given birth!!!

waterrat Thu 06-Mar-14 20:53:46

Please don't lie and say its about their comfort they are being very thoughtless - be polite and completely honest and say you will be exhausted, learning to cope and if you are bf you may be half naked ! And say your home sadly doesn't have the space for you to have privacy while they stay

Do not worry for a second about offending them - its far more important to consider yourself here.

waterrat Thu 06-Mar-14 20:54:32

And of course you shouldn't move out of your house! What a completely ludicrous idea

Tbh id approach is mock surprise as clearly they mustnt have realised its your due date wink

"X, Im not sure if you have realised but the date you are suggesting is when im due and I really will not be able to have house guests staying the minute I have given birth. There are some great b&bs local, or better still, come and stay once baby is three months old then we will all be a little bit more settled?"

clam Thu 06-Mar-14 21:02:49

Why are they coming? Is this a general visit, that just happens to coincide with your birth date, and they're touring a number of places and want somewhere to crash, in which case a big fat fuck off NO is required?
Or are they coming specifically to see the new baby? In which case a big fat fuck off NO is also required. They can defer and come at a later date.

Lucylouby Thu 06-Mar-14 21:03:28

YANBU. When dc2 and DC 3 were born, each night for at least a week either DH or I would end up downstairs with the baby while the other tried to get some sleep ready for when dc1 woke up wanting to be entertained. We couldn't have done that if we had people asleep on the living room floor. Also in the morning, if dc1 wakes early, you will probably appreciate your DH taking her straight downstairs so you can have a short lie in with the baby. That won't be possible with visitors. You will have enough going on without 5extra people in your home. Are any of the 5, children? That would be worse, extra noise and chaos when all you want is calm and peace and quiet.
You might just have to come right out and tell them, they probably won't get gentle hints about it being a bad idea.

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