The Day we Went to the Hospital Cafeteria for Dinner

This past week we celebrated our son’s third birthday.  Jake came into our lives on Valentine’s Day in 2011, and from there on out, now officially shares the day with my favorite holiday of all time.  I can’t help but get nostalgic when I think of how he came into my life, and turned my husband and I into a family after 21 hours of labor.  At exactly 12:00 a.m. on a chilly Monday morning, he decided that was as good a time as ever to join us on the outside.  We all cheered in the delivery room- my doctors and nurses, my husband and I- everyone knew we secretly hoped for a Valentine’s Day baby.


When talking about how to celebrate his third birthday, my husband and I came up with the bright idea of taking our little family to where it all began- The Hospital of Central Connecticut.  Before you think we’re nuts, let me explain- when you have a family of four, and two of those members are children aged three and under, you go out to eat where you won’t go insane.  Well, that, and the hospital cafeteria has an amazing and inexpensive variety of food options for kids and parents, and the seating area is wide and expansive.  Translation= kids can eat burgers, fries, and vanilla pudding for dinner, parents can score a grilled chicken salad, and your dining table can be transformed into a play room without many people noticing.  Oh, and have I mentioned the gift shop?  Yep.  A huge win for everyone!!  The kids loved it, and Jake felt like a little King picking out his dinner from all of the different stations in the cafeteria.


After dinner, we went to the maternity floor and delivered a big container of chocolate chip cookies to the doctors, nurses, and staff to commemorate Jake’s birthday anniversary.  It was our little way of thanking them for being super amazing three years ago, and to spread a little Valentine’s Day love to everyone.  We plan on making this a new family tradition, and will do it again in September to celebrate Olivia’s first birthday.  Some times the best traditions are the little traditions that are without fanfare, without planning, and rich with memories.


16 thoughts on “The Day we Went to the Hospital Cafeteria for Dinner

  1. Great tradition and awesome birth story. How is everything so clean in your dinner photos…within seconds the pudding would have been on top of the fries?!

  2. Great idea, Marie! And what a nice thing to do for the nurses! Maybe we should make it a tradition to drag the kids to the Sweetheart Run and out for breakfast the day before so Jake knows WHY he’s here!

    1. T- thank you for calling me out on our lack of Sweetheart Running!! Next February? IT’S ON. Followed by a delicious breakfast at Kelly’s, obvs.

    1. Where else can you spend more at the gift shop than for dinner?! But seriously? A $17.00 Big Bird stuffed animal was well worth it, just for the mere fact of getting all four of us eating dinner at the same place and the same time!

  3. I love this!!! I bet your son LOVED it – I can totally picture it being an adventure for my toddlers!!! And how cool that you brought the staff some goodies. All in all, sounds like it was a great day!

    1. Vivian- that was the best part of it all! The adventure- a new eating experience, and telling Jake all about his big “birth” day. It was truly lots of fun!

    1. LOL Jenn- it was a LOT of fun! We had high hopes for it being a hit with Jake, and the night totally delivered! (LOL PUN INTENDED).

  4. Aw!! I loved this, and I loooove that you brought the staff treats on Valentine’s Day!! Happy birthday, Jake!!

    1. Sarah- next time when we go for Livvy’s birthday, I’m going to bring them mini doughnuts from Tastetease in Hartford. It’s half the fun of going!!

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