Since I'm a FTM, I've never really experienced going through labor and then adjusting to a newborn and the sleepless nights that follow.. I do know, however, that I'm a private person and rather introverted, so having visitors in my house can be a bit exhausting for me unless it's my own family or a close friend. Most of my family live here, but DH is from southern California so his family is all down there. I found out last week that my MIL is coming to stay, in her words, "2 weeks and probably longer" when the baby gets here. I'm ok with it because we have a great relationship and I know that she'll be a big help, but when I start think about it, I'm worried about having guests stay that long right after the birth.
I also found out that my SIL is coming to stay with her youngest ( she'll be 9 months old or so) and then my other SIL will be flying in from Hawaii a few weeks after the birth with her girls. I love DH's family but part of me wishes that they all just lived closer so they could make smaller visits and I wouldn't be worrying about entertaining them or keeping my house clean enough. If this was my mom and sisters we were dealing with, I would just put them to work and not worry about it. I'm technically still a newlywed though and haven't spent a significant enough time with them to feel really comfortable. Plus, DH's family tends to be a bit.. how should I put this...combative with each other? Anyway.. I'm dreading it and I wish I wasn't. Part of me wishes it could just be me and DH for those first few weeks while we all get used to being a family, but then I feel selfish feeling that.