A lot of you asked me to share my Mama Bear Rules that I mentioned in this post. I sent this via email to family and friends who wanted to visit Kamea.
Hello Family and Friends,
I know you are all eager to meet Kamea and we hope to do that really soon. I’m still not sure when we’ll start setting up times for visits. Breastfeeding on demand and my need for rest (I only get a few hours a night) are my priorities right now. We’re also taking extra precautions due to the whooping cough outbreak until Kamea is six months old. I hope you all understand.
I have some Mama Bear Rules that I’d appreciate if everyone who visits kept in mind:
1) please take your shoes off (shoes bring in outdoor pollutants)
2) please wash your hands with soap – thoroughly – upon arriving
3) no guarantees on being able to hold her… even though she’s really cute! (If she’s nursing or fussy etc, in fact, I’m still learning how to nurse discreetly… be forewarned)
4) please keep visits short
5) no children (for now)
6) If you are sick, even just a little, or have been around anybody with the sniffles, please reschedule. Better safe than sorry. (Whooping cough can present very mildly in adults because they have stronger immune systems.)
7) If you’ve recently traveled, please wait at least a week. Longer if it was California (due to pertussis outbreak).
8) Adults/teens who are still in school, let’s try to arrange visits before school starts. Otherwise we should postpone until Kamea is out of the vulnerability window (6 months) Note to readers of this post… that smiley dude with the glasses is supposed to be an “8″ as in this is rule number 8, but it’s coming through as a smiley dude with glasses)
9) please keep visits to two people (max) at a time
Thank you in advance for understanding. As you know, we live an alternative lifestyle to a degree and I don’t want you surprised (or hurt) if we turn down invitations to various events for a while. We’re not germ-o-phobes, but we’re ftaking a few extra precautions.