It’s high alert time! We’ve battened down the hatches, cleaned the house, packed the bags, found books and magazines to read to pass the time, routed the way to the hospital, prepared the baby’s room, purchased the extra food, and made plans for the boys for when the trip to the hospital has to happen. We are prepared and ready to go!
“But wait!” you say. “Are you pregnant? Are you due? Seriously, you don’t look a day over 2 or 3 months…” Ha, ha- very funny. Oh, HECK no! I’m not pregnant - nor will I ever be again, so you can just get that out of your head! And I give the credit for my waistline to Trader Joe’s Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream…
The Great Baby Watch of 2011 is for Ranger Rick and his wife. Mrs. Ranger is about to bless us with another niece or nephew, well, any time now! And when one of us gives birth, it’s a family affair. Seriously, when I had my oldest, I was a little miffed that I didn’t get to be at the party in the waiting room. It seemed like much more fun than the ordeal I was going through- and they had food! So, for the second, we just had the party in the room with me! (although they still wouldn’t let me have any food…) So, with this baby, we have plans and back-up plans and back-up, back-up plans to make sure that we are duly represented in the waiting room.
Here’s the plan: When the Ranger and the Mrs. are heading to the hospital, they bring Baby X’s sibling with them to meet with my Mom and Dad at the hospital. The sibling and my Dad head over to “Kid Central”-which is my house- where Dad will watch the boys and my niece so Mom and I can go sit at the hospital and cause trouble, er, I mean, make sure that the doctors know what they are doing, er, I mean, sample all of the treats in the vending machines. Yeah, that’s it! Because we are pretty sure that the baby simply can’t be born unless we are there for moral support- it’s impossible! So, we gladly do our part.
When Baby X’s sibling was born, I had just found out about my allergies. Hospital cafeterias are somewhat difficult to maneuver through when you have to avoid wheat, eggs and dairy- and vending machines are next to impossible! So, I learned to bring my own snacks. It is even more important now that both Mom and I have to avoid gluten. So, this is what is in my bag of snacks:
1. Kinnikinnick Chocolate Animal Crackers- great for the inevitable 3AM chocolate attack
2. Kinnitoos Oreo Clones- because nothing soothes the nerves like pulling cookies apart and eating them piece by piece
3. Peanuts- the ultimate portable protein snack
4. Banana Chips- close enough to candy to make you feel like you are eating something naughty
5. Peanut Butter and GF Bread- just in case an actual meal is needed
6. Rice Crispie Treats- made with non-dairy butter and Gluten Free Rice Krispies, they travel and keep as well as their delicious gluten-full alter-egos.
7. Lots of quarters- for the occasional potato chip bag, bottle of water or can of pop you can’t live without. Just watch out- the vending machine is “the debil!” as the Waterboy’s mom would say. Lots of hidden ingredients that you wouldn’t think about that will make you sick. Be extra careful with those quarters because the last thing you want to do is feel bad when you are partying, er, I mean, offering moral support…
It is possible to survive a hospital waiting room with allergies- it just takes a little bit of foresight and planning. Combine that with the fact that a hospital cafeteria will most likely have some of the “healthy” options (like fresh fruit) that will be ok, and you are set!
Our bags are packed, we are READY to go! I promise to mostly behave…. The Great Baby Watch of 2011 continues…