How was your recovery of you had a toddler at home? My son will be just over 2 when I have a c section (first one, not a repeat)

My friend just had a c section and had a really good recovery. But she literally didn't lift her two year old until after 6 weeks. She sent her to full time day care. I don't have that option (stay at home mom).

So, how was recovering with a toddler? How long did you actually wait to lift them? He is still on a crib so needs help in and out.

Any tips/advice welcome

Oh and DH will not have any time off except weekends. My mom plans to come for 2 weeks and longer if needed, but I get the feeling she would rather not stay much longer.