Son ducking school for birth. WWYD?
Hoping for a home birth. One huge factor in that was not being totally removed from my son (and dog) for X hours/days. Son is 17 but no car so if we offed to the hospital he'd be at home with the dog and then be reliant on people to bring him to see baby and to be perfectly blunt I don't really care about anyone else meeting Baxter than him. If the others (our parents, siblings, friends) are a few days I'm fine with that.
Harry knows my labour with him was fairly quick (first sign of impending labour was vomiting and diarrhoea, 6 hours later he was out), and we all - naturally - hope this one will be speedy. He's asked me for a letter he can carry at school so that once he gets The Text he can show his teacher, hop on his bike and be home in 20 mins. I explained he might not be in my room all that much, just popping in briefly, but he wants to be around (think he can be a worrier) in case we need anything, he can look after/walk the dog and just generally be a part of it all, even if not totally present. I really do understand, he and I are close and he's been an only child all this time, to be honest I'd be hurt if he didn't show interest.
But I'm quite zero tolerance about skipping school. I really think attending is so important and it's my job as parent to be strict about it. He missed half a day once due to the flight times going to Iceland, and our Australia trip was timed around his tern so he only missed 2 days (although it ended up being a week anyway due to volcano ash!).
He's going in to AS exam season and isn't exactly devoting himself to his studies, lol.
Am I being mean for even hesitating? Should I support him coming home? Or should I make him see out the day at school (if we start labour during the day) in case I labour much longer this time and he misses school for nothing? WWYD?