Hello friends – welcome to the next series of Travels in the South. This series starts with the arrival of Fozziemom and Fozziedad all the way from Australia. Today we highlight how the mom’s encouraged the dad’s to go to a baby hospital. Something was mentioned about biological clocks. I’m not sure what that means. So the field trip was scheduled and everyone gathered in the Jeep headed to Cleveland, Georgia. Does that town ring a bell with you? How about if I show you a picture of the hospital.
Now is that a hospital or what? The moms were so totally excited upon seeing this place. Personally I think it was because of all of the mountain streets that the GPS was directing everyone to travel. And yes, it was so hidden away near the mountains that dad said he thought he heard banjo music playing. But again I digress.
Welcome my friends to Babyland General Hospital – home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will know that mom is not a huge fan of those kids. In fact to refresh your memory, mom got one when she was a young teenager. She completely hated it. It might have been because mom was a tomboy. It might have been because the freak had red hair and reminded her of Chucky. It could have been just because. But mom hated the freak of nature.
And upon getting fussed out repeatedly because she didn’t “play with it”, mom did just that one day. It was a swift game of Indians and Cowboys with the red headed freak being tied to a tree and set on fire. Don’t worry mom wasn’t hurt and the fire wasn’t huge… just big enough to take care of little Chuckette.
So knowing the story, you would think this would be the very last place mom would want to go for a visit. But through conversations with Fozziemom, it just *had* to happen. Strange huh?
When you pull up to the hospital, there are huge ceramic babies in cabbage leaves all along the front and sides of the building. Some are boys and other girls. Some have pacifiers while others don’t. And look at this picture closely – do you see who showed up for the tour? BASHFUL! Can you believe that?
Now daddy said that there were more squeals coming from the girls than he had heard in a long time. It wasn’t bad enough that the place looked huge from the outside but then you have all of these ‘babies’ sitting around the building. Shaking my piggy head. By this point, even mom was giving in to the hospital with anticipation and couldn’t wait to get inside of the hospital.
When you first enter, along the walls there are pictures of hundreds of celebrities who have autographed pictures to Xavier Roberts (the founder of Cabbage Patch Kids). Also as you go further into the waiting room, there is a huge cabbage patch chair. Oh don’t worry, everyone had to take a turn on the chair to get their pictures taken… you know for documentational purposes to prove they were there – yeah that’s it.
Now some people – snort oink – had a great time in that chair. And mom and Fozziemom said the cabbage patch chair is way comfortable.
The hospital is set up in many sections. The waiting room, the nursery, the baby room, the toddler room and then the delivery room.
The nursery had babies that were so young in their cribs. Of course Fozziemom couldn’t help but to gather one up and rock in the rocking chair that was so handy in the nursery. Look that picture – doesn’t that show ❤ ? And a cool thing about the nursery and baby rooms – there was crying. Babies that actually were heard crying! What an awesome delight that was.
And the baby room for toddlers – OMP! Mom said they had the toddlers in cribs taking naps, in high chairs, in bouncy chairs, on changing tables and in strollers. Can you imagine that? And there wasn’t just a few – there at least 50-75 babies in these couple of rooms. It was a hoot – and daddy said mom was overwhelmed.
After seeing these rooms, everyone had to go into the main room which also housed the delivery room. On this day, we were five minutes late or we would have seen the birth of a baby. Mom just kicks herself for missing that.
All over the main room there were hundreds of babies in different stages in their babyhood. These babies were sprouting from their cabbage patch leaves. Some of their heads would move. In another section, some babies were in their leaves and their bodies would come up and down out of the leaves. But these babies, they were ready to be born yet. The babies are pollinated by fanciful Bunnybees and taken care of by the licensed patch doctors and nurses.
Did I mention that the staff of the hospital are all dressed in nurse outfits? Of course they are – why wouldn’t they be, right? I mean it is a hospital – snorts with piggy laughter.
Dad – bless his heart – thought he was going to pass out when mom told him joyfully, “Honey, I want a baby!” He made her promise that it wouldn’t end up like the first one she had. After she promised, he let her loose to find her perfect baby.
So while Fozziemom and Fozziedad searched the hospital for their liking, mom took off to find her baby. Dad says he thinks that mom held at least 80% of the babies talking to them to see if any of them with bond with her. Just when she thought she was going to give up – she found her baby – Haley Bree.
And look at Haley Bree – with her pink glasses, pacifier and ballerina outfit that mom just had to buy for her baby – of course completed with tutu. And yes, that is a baby diaper in the picture as well that mom bought.
So my friends, what has the Travels in the South taught you? Putting together Fozziemom and mom, there will be trouble. You can’t even guess how much trouble because we will get more into that next week. But this day also teaches us that a mom can change her colors. Once mom saw exactly where Cabbage Patch Kids came from, she *had* to have one. Now, she has fond memories of their tour this day and all of the oohhing and aaahhing that mom and Fozziemom went through with all of the babies.
Join us next week my friends as we continue with our Travels in the South with Fozziemom and Fozziedad.