*Following a recent trip to the hospital after expectant wife Mariah Carey experienced a bout of contractions, Nick Cannon is already getting a taste of late-night parenting shifts.

“They’re calling it a ‘scare,’ but really, it was just nerve-racking,” Cannon, 30, tells the Los Angeles Times. “We were in the hospital from 4 a.m. until I don’t even know.”

And although Cannon is clearly excited about impending fatherhood to boy/girl twins — and mom-to-be Carey, 42, is “super ready” to meet the babies — the singer admits he is hoping their arrival is closer to their May 14 due date.

“The thing with twins is that you want them in their natural incubator as long as possible,” he says. “They might be ready to come out, but we need them to stay in for a while.”

Until his son and daughter make their big debut, Cannon jokes that the couple are keeping plenty busy with their surplus of baby gifts — including their life-size variety of stuffed animals! “We’ve got so much stuff … There’s all these giant stuffed animals,” he reveals. “It looks like Noah’s Ark in here. There’s giraffes, polar bears, lions.”

That said, despite the babies’ large stack of gifts waiting to greet them, Cannon — who is helping launch the Stamp Out Hunger campaign — insists his children will not take anything for granted.

“One thing I want to make sure of as I raise my children, they definitely have to be involved in these types of things,” Cannon explains. “Just because they’re a little more well off — and lucky, really — I want them to be able to realize they need to do this.”