As a pregnant woman, I got access to the vaccine pretty early. Protecting Josh is our next priority. Owen will be getting his vaccine in the next week or two and we’re trying to figure out how to get one for Scott. (They say the best way to protect a little one is to make sure all his caretakers are flu free.)
The flu had a much bigger impact on our experience at the hospital. No visitors under 12 are allowed in the building – period. So Owen didn’t get to visit the hospital. The birth center has also implemented a STRICT policy of only 2 visitors per patient… and dad counts as a visitor! That means if you have a doula or labor support person in addition to your husband, nobody else can come in your room for the duration of your stay. Our nurses said they have had families “meeting” babies through the hospital windows and some women laboring with support people watching from outside. Even my friend Shawndi, who works at the hospital, couldn’t use her credentials so sneak in a visit!
Thankfully, we only had one grandparent in town during our hospital stay, so we didn’t have to do some sort of crazy “Josh Lottery” to see who could visit. Ethel got the privilege, but she was had to walk the halls like this:
Better safe than sorry!