As a pregnant woman in her third trimester, I’ve already been to the hospital once since passing that blessed "full-term" mark. My partner's the only one who knows, though, since I kind of knew it wasn't really go-time. I was simply following instructions from my medical team, because of course. Still, that initial "test run" made me think about the day our second baby finally arrives, and how I'll absolutely be letting all my favorites know. In fact, those essential updates will likely mirror the classic texts sent on the way to the hospital to give birth. I mean, what good is technology if we’re not punctuating life-altering moments with watermelon emoji?
Yes, of course there are a few key relatives and family members who will be getting a phone call from us when baby’s about to make an appearance, instead of a quick and probably incoherent message. But my best friends? They’ll get their updates in the same way we share almost all updates: text.
My first labor and delivery required a middle-of-the-night trip to the hospital, so I didn’t really have the luxury of checking in with my BFFs at that hour. Now that my second labor and delivery are just around the corner, though, I can’t help but picture all the scenarios that might be ahead. If I’m heading to the hospital during regular daytime hours, I may or may not have smoke coming out of my thumbs as I send off the following messages: