Wednesday, May 17, 2006

That'll be One Percocet, Please

The Prince's sister delivered a beautiful baby girl on Sunday. Exciting news. And it reminded me of my own special delivery experience--

The Rabbit was born via a Cesarean section. Granted, scheduled C-section because she was breech (stubborn even in vitro...) but nonetheless, for all those who have had one (and our numbers are growing rapidly....) we're talking major surgery -- and the creepy kind where your innards are on the table and you're awake enough to know. Sure, it's a lovely morphine-induced awakeness, but still, you know.

So moments after I am sewn and stapled shut (oh yes, staples....think the kind that the cable guy uses to keep the cords off the floor. Gross - right?) I am pushed into a tiny waiting area to my gorgeous new creature and....seven family members (both mine and The Prince's) snapping pictures of her and me, both drooling. Lovely.

My father happens to be of the medical persuasion, so at some point his skills kick in and he shoves everyone out -- which they want to anyway because the baby is now leaving and of course she's a far more interesting show than me, drooling in a green cap and gown. So off they go, and I am then left in a hallway, yes, still drooling, for about an hour. Alone. Really.

When I finally get to my room, the gypsy caravan is still there, and stays there for more snaps, some snacks, and I suppose drinks would have been splendid had Nurse Ratchett not finally appeared and marched everyone out.

This continued for days. Don't even get me started on the afternoon The Prince's best friend showed up, in town for a conference, brought a bucket of chicken to the room for him and The Prince (applesauce was about all I could imagine eating...) and watched television as I dragged my swollen body to the shower and tried not to glance anywhere south of my neck.

By the day we left, I had sent orders that anyone who showed up within a one-mile radius of our apartment for the first three days would be spat on Exorcist style by not just the Rabbit, but me as well. This dove-tailed well with the whole new-crazy-mama cliche.

This happy memory came back to me last night as we chatted about his sister's own C-section. And I realized should Baby Due ever become a reality, things will be done very differently. I'm hiring a bodyguard and a bouncer for the hospital room. Anyone who wants in will have to be on the guest list -- one limited to those nice ladies in white who brought me pain meds when I buzzed.

4 comments:

Jill said...

Two of my husband's aunts showed up in the hospital the first time I gave birth. While they are nice ladies, I was never one to fake emotion, so my eyes shot daggers at them for the entirety of the visit. They did not return for my second birth.

Manhattan Mama said...

So THAT's the trick! Dagger eyes...I will remember this for my arsenal bag....

Sugarmama said...

I'll bet you could get the nurses to keep everyone out. Or hang a sign on your door at the very least. But once you get home, I would recommend letting in the ladies who want to bring you tasty free foods and who express their enthusiasm for doing your dishes, watching the Rabiit, and letting you have a shower.

Manhattan Mama said...

I totally agree. My favorite guest was a friend, who showed up with a basket of goodies, a flamingo shaped lamp (which I loved because it threw off this soft pink light which kept everything a nice low glow for me and the rabbit), and a bottle of Cold Duck. He gave us all kisses and then ran out. My mom also arrived daily (after day 3) with bags of lasagna, would do the laundry, wash dishes and hold the Rabbit while I slept.
They stay on the list.