When people ask where I’m planning to deliver and I answer, “home,” one of their first follow-up questions is usually, “Oh, wow, but who wants to clean up that mess?” followed closely by, “What will you do with your daughter?”
The first question always makes me giggle (what kind of bloodbath do people think we’re going to have here?!), but the second one has two answers.
The short answer is: The same thing anyone else has to do when they’re expecting and have other children at home. Whether we stay home to birth or rush off to a hospital in the middle of the night, someone will have to take care of Poppy. So we’re talking to local friends and lining up a couple of options for her, depending on people’s availability.
The long answer is a bit more complicated, but starts with, “Really, we’re not sure yet.”