I was down with the flu these last two days and had absolutely nothing to do. Worse, I was wrestling with a major case of writer’s block. I’ve been putting this off forever, the perfectionist in me hating every shot, every pose. But bored stiff out of my mind, I resolved to put up the final installment in The Macavity’s Big Surprise. I apologize if Mama Macavity’s labor took longer than I thought it would. 🙂
Part 2 of The Macavity’s Big Surprise: Hello, Kitty!
The Sylvanian General Hospital was closed for the night. There were no more patients waiting to be seen; all in-patients had already been discharged. Nurse Nightingale put up the “The Doctor is OUT” sign as she proceeded to inventory their medical supplies. Doctor Murdoch was finishing his patients’ records when his cell phone rang.
Mr. Macavity was frantic. Trying to reassure him, Dr. Murdoch asked him to bring in Mrs. Macavity to the hospital right away.
Within minutes, Mr. and Mrs. Macavity were at the hospital door. Nurse Nightingale loaded Mrs. Macavity in a wheelchair and deftly wheeled her inside the hospital. Mr. Macavity, sick with worry, felt faint. He has had two other kittens before, but this felt different. He could feel it in his whiskers.
And it was. Nurse Nightingale took Mrs. Macavity vital signs- heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and baby’s heart rate- and were surprised to find two heartbeats instead of one! They totally missed this in Mrs. Macavity’s prenatal visits. (Even her ultrasound did not show an extra kitten.) Still, Doctor Murdoch and Nurse Nightingale were used to surprises. Mrs. Macavity was in very good hands.
The babies were ready to come any minute now; one baby’s head was already crowning. Mama used the breathing technique she learned in Lamaze class and within minutes of each other, the babies were born. Nurse Nightingale could not help but smile. Twins…safely delivered in the middle of the night… what could be better than that?
Before Mama fell asleep, Nurse Nightingale and Papa talked to her softly. They reassured her that the babies were fine. Papa whispered a tiny “I love you” in her ear. Slowly, Mama’s medications took hold and she fell into a tired, dreamless sleep. Tomorrow the babies will take much of her energy and she needs to get her strength back as fast as possible.
Meanwhile… back at home…
Rumpus and Asparagus stayed up all night making a “Welcome Home” banner for Mama and the new baby. Each wanted a different sibling. Rumpus wanted a boy to play Pokemon with; Asparagus wanted a sister to share in her Hello Kitty collection. They debated on the merits of a brother versus a sister and as the night wore on, neither one was willing to give in.
The next day, they were up before the rooster crowed. They set the house in order for Mama’s arrival, cleaning with a frenzy. Rumpus even got fresh flowers from the garden for the living room. Then they put up the banner they made in the breakfast nook. Asparagus and Rumpus, both believing this was a very special occasion, smashed open their piggy banks to buy Mama and Papa and the new baby a feast fit for royalty.
But Asparagus was puzzled. Where was Papa? What was taking him so long? Didn’t Mama and Papa get home together?
Mama chuckled quietly. These kids had a surprise coming to them and boy, what a surprise! 🙂
Papa sneaked through the back door, surprising the kids with… another baby. Both Rumpus and Asparagus were ecstatic! Here they were, each wanting a different sibling and what do you know, they both got what they wanted! Twins!
Rumpus and Asparagus quickly grabbed their crayons and pentel pens and wrote over their banner. As Rumpus held Baby Etcetera in his arms and Asparagus tickled Baby Electra’s tummy, Mama said a silent prayer of thanks. It really is nice to be home with a loving family.
Welcome to world, Macavity Twins! Hello, Kitties! 🙂