1. Sympathy doesn't last long. Family and friends will offer help for the week most of the time. If you turn them down they probably won't offer again, figuring you've got it all under control. Take whatever help you can get. Even though you may be on a "baby high" at first and think you don't need help, take it anyway. This is your turn to receive help, and in a few months when your baby is bigger you can return the favor. It's not charity or being selfish; it's just the way people support each other in times of need.
2. Bonding requires time. Our society doesn't value or even understand the bonding between mother, baby, and larger family. This not only is critical the first hours and days, but also takes time. Skin-to-skin contact with the baby has shown to stabilize blood sugar levels, regulate his temperature, and help him grow faster. Just as importantly as these physical benefits are the important chemical changes that happen in both mother and baby's brains. These hormonal shifts make sure that they are stuck to each other like glue, or bonded. Oh, and dads experience these bonding hormones as well! Chances are, you're not going to be doing skin-to-skin with your baby in public, so stay in your own bed with your baby sleeping on your chest. While you're at it, take a whiff of that great baby smell from the top of his head. There are pheromones being produced there that are part of this process.
3. A newborn's immune system is immature. Think of your baby's ability to fight off germs as a blank slate. You need to write the instructions on it and teach it how to work. This happens when you share your own bacteria and antibodies through physical contact and breastfeeding. While this process is developing he is more likely to get sick from the big wide world. Viruses and bacteria that are easily handled by even an older child's body can be very dangerous for a newborn. Most vaccines are also not given until at least a few months old. The healthiest place for a baby is snuggled between mom's breasts! This is especially true for a baby born in special circumstances, such as prematurely or by Cesarean.
4. Rest will heal you faster. The bleeding that occurs after birth will end faster if you limit your stress and physical activities until it has stopped. This usually only takes 2-3 weeks. Prolonged or a return of bleeding is a sign that your Babycation is not over! Kegel exercises are beneficial, but anything else needs to wait until bleeding has stopped. Many mother report increased bleeding with things they thought would be simple, like getting in and out of the car and carrying baby in the carseat. I want you to feel better faster, stop exess bleeding, and not be having to deal with recovering once your support has left.