Dad paces outside in the waiting room, cigar in hand. Family members finding more comfortable spots to lounge. Placing the collect call after the birth to update other family members.
So maybe I’m over-stereotyping the past, but before technology such as Facebook, Twitter, wireless internet and even the cell phone, the hours spent in a hospital’s labor and delivery area were marked by boredom and periodic updates spread by word of mouth.
As millennial parents, we’ve been looking into ways to give updates to our friends and family from L&D. Thanks to the hospital’s wireless internet, as well as Facebook mobile, we can give updates in real-time to those not at the hospital.
We’re obviously not going to get into the nitty-gritty details of the labor process, but at the very least, we can inform interested parties of Parker’s arrival moments after it happens. Plus, it’s one more thing we can do to keep us from going insane in case the labor is lengthy. Additionally, we’re taking our digital camera and USB connector so that post-delivery pictures of our new boy can be added in the minutes/hours following his birth.
The first update will probably mention that we are in the way to hospital, and then continue from there. So be expecting that first update sometime after July 17th (when Parker becomes full-term).
In the meantime, enjoy your Independence Day weekend!