Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 6

:scrying: After a wonderful 6 months maternity leave home with my girls, I'm headed back to the NICU and I need some encouragement. Help me remember WHY I love my job despite the horrendous hours.... Read More

  1. by   neonatal_icu_rn
    Quote from 2curlygirls
    I love "Eye-PAP". Oh and the poop squirts. Nothing like finding and scrubbing the poop out of isolette after a blow out!
    FINDING it?! How about catching it in your hand or on your arm in the middle of a diaper change! I try to be really careful by putting a clean diaper under the dirty diaper and pulling out the dirty one after wiping, but that doesn't always work!
  2. by   vemiliob
    Yep! I do the same, sometimes using a plastic bag, instead of a cleaned diaper.

    I have many happy moments that keep me up after all.
    “Eye contact” is one of the most. Sometimes “skin contact”, while embracing a baby on my chest holding her/his head against my neck, making him calm down.

    But “eye contact” being closer than twenty centimeters for few sec’s, is a silent, magical, meaningful moment.
  3. by   twinkletoes53
    I've been taking care of a 700 grammer for 3 months now. She weighs 2.5 kg. now. We are working on her PO feeds, which she is having trouble with. (We have to thicken all feeds to honey consistency due to severe reflux.) Last Satruday after her bath, she was all wrapped up in her blankets and wide awake. I called her name and she looked straight at me and actually focused on my face for the first time. and tracked me with her eyes. It made my day. Her Mom has also said to me several times that she wishes I could be there every day to care for her baby.
    I also had a primary patient who is now 6 years old. She was a 24 weeker, 650 grams, with Gr. III bleeds, who required serial taps for hydrocephalus. It resolved before discharge. Her parents bring her to see me every year at Christmas. Last year, she sang a nursery rhyme for me, and when her Mom asked her what she'd learned in Bible class, she started to quote phrases that she haad memorized over the weeks. Wow! She also takes gymnastics to help with her balance. Things like this just make my day.
    I love babies who will kick her way out of their SnuggleUp and try to crawl out of the bed. Feisty little things! I had one, thankfully not intubated, whom I saw upside down in his Isolette, sound asleep. I think he was remembering where he'd just come from. And how laying upside down was perfectly natural to him.
  4. by   Mimi2RN
    We had a cute 8 1/2 lb term baby who came to us with a hgh bili (ABO incompatibility) at less than 24 hrs of age. He was under multiple bili lights, with an IV for several days. He was out from under the lights one night for a feeding, and started to smile at the nurse who had just fed him. I took a great photo of him, and it was a real smile, not just gas!
  5. by   Krinky
    We had a set of 28 week twin boys, and we put them together in a servocrib once they we well enough and one of them always had his had on his brother, just making sure he was still there. And the one being touched all time time was very irritable, he just wanted to be left alone... sibling rivalry so young!!
  6. by   rnkelly
    We have a 30 weeker and last night her father got to hold her for the first time. As this huge man held this tiny baby girl, tears just rolled down his face. All of us had to hold back the tears at this beautiful moment.
  7. by   anniesong
    The "look" on a babies face when they breastfeed successfully for the first time and seem to really "get it" makes me smile. As does his or her mother's expression of joy when it happens.
  8. by   crissrn27
    How they turn their heads and try to drink the water if you put them in a "tub" bath. They think their back home!
  9. by   ldh
    I have a funny incident which happened recently - a mother, as she was changing her baby's diaper, was asking one of the RNs about the mongolian spot on her baby's buttocks. The RN bent down to have a look (real close) at the spot and the baby farted, really loud right in her face! It was hilarious!
  10. by   prmenrs
    Quote from ldh
    I have a funny incident which happened recently - a mother, as she was changing her baby's diaper, was asking one of the RNs about the mongolian spot on her baby's buttocks. The RN bent down to have a look (real close) at the spot and the baby farted, really loud right in her face! It was hilarious!

    This could've been much, much worse!!
  11. by   ldh
    Quote from prmenrs
    This could've been much, much worse!!
    Very good point, I totally agree!! :uhoh21:
  12. by   Ashalee705
    I love this post, I can't wait to be an RN! I love reading everything about the NICU!
  13. by   mamas3angels
    I'm not a NICU nurse yet but when my son was in the NICU my hubby was on his way in to see our son and the nurses were changing him and right as my hubby walked a round the corner her heard one of the nurses say "This baby has big balls." My hubby just played it off like he didnt her them, but the got super red. I'll never forget the story...

    Though that would make you laugh!!!!

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