A friend is in hospital in England avoiding anything going wrong with her baby. She is going a little stir crazy and has asked for suggestions. I can’t send a care package because it would probably arrive after the baby, so I gave her the list of suggestions below, but if anyone has more, add them in the comments and I will forward them!
Here’s my list of ten Things To Do In Hospital:
- Write: write letters for the baby to read when it’s older, or little accounts of things that have happened in your lives that you want to become family stories.
- Knit. Do you knit? Learn to. Good for baby clothes (because they’re quicker), whiling away long hours and being a security risk for air travel.
- Read books and nursery rhymes onto tape to play for the baby when your voice gives out.
- Learn something: a new hobby or a game or a language.
- Try to invent a perpetual motion machine using only hospital equipment.
- Find out the life stories of other patients and try to use this new intimacy to persuade them to name their babies Clarence-Algernon, Mamie or Rudolpho (… were any of those names ones you were planning on?)
- Make a picture book – either drawing or collage. It can be as silly as you want, the baby won’t know for a while and then it will be a nice family heirloom. Bonus points for using hospital equipment.
- Devise an escape plan (using only hospital equipment).
- Formulate a five-year plan for world domination.
- Use hospital food to create modern art masterpieces. Photograph them. Try to get them into an exhibition.