Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 7

: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   Eirene
    i just love this thread. we were infertile and went through many attempts at ivf before adopting our little man. we made a plan with his birthmom at 20 weeks... and on a sunday night (26 weeks) she called and said "your son is here!" we were throwing clothes in suitcases, leaving the house in a disaster to go and meet our new son. when we arrived, he was so small, so fragile. we had never really experienced a "baby", let alone one that weighted 820 grams! we were terrified.

    our primary nurses, michelle and karen, taught us so much. i was away from home to be with him for 3 months while he was in the nicu when hubby had to come back home. they were such a wonderful teachers. another poster wrote... "the mother told me she could actually sleep when i was on duty". i felt the same way toward our nurses with wings.

    our little d suffered 2 ivh (grade iii), rop, and was battling coming off of crack-cocaine. there was one night when we seriously thought about taking him off of life support, he looked like he was in so much pain. i won't ever forget him crying that silent cry while he was on the vent. michelle told me: "do what your heart tells you. you already know what to do." little d came off the vent 2 days later. he was so irritable. when i held him for the first time, he finally seemed content. i cried and cried. it was amazing holding my baby boy for the first time.

    he's now 6 and full of piss and vinegar. he has quad. cp and bpd, but he truely is the light of my life. he's articulate, smart, and so darn sassy. he's developmentally right on target despite the ivh's. i honestly couldn't imagine my life without him. because of his nurses, he's alive and is my beauty boy. he is my happily-ever-after.

    before our nicu experience, i would have never thought nursing was for me. now, i'm almost finished with my program. my life has been forever changed due to d's nicu nurses.

    thank you so much for everything you do.
  2. by   cherokeesummer
    I really enjoy reading these stories I'm crying from the one just above this post...D's story is very amazing and beautiful.

    I finished nursing school, with the exception of one more clinical this weekend and then I study for my NCLEX and then start my new job in the NICU in September. I love reading these stories, they really reaffirm my dreams.
  3. by   Resurgan
    One of my dad's was of the idea if the baby cries and you cuddle them you make a rod for your own back. (perhaps a diff thread to discuss)

    This was a 29 weeker who had only been touched through the portholes. I felt baby was stable enough for a cuddle and suggested a kangaroo cuddle at the next appropriate (for all) moment. Mum's face positivley glowed but dad immediately said no due to the beleive mentioned above.

    My break (all 15 mins as we were rammed busy!) was spent finding/copying the unit literature for him. Then I spent a good few hours discussing with him the merits of kanagaroo cuddles, the need for mum and him to cuddle and his reasons/ fears for cuddles.

    He relented if somewhat reluctantly, I like to think of effective teaching but hey if it was brow beating then im a bully.

    The gratitude in mums face had me welling up with happiness. After mums cuddle, including kick ass grin dad had a brief cuddle too. Well the look on his face (I know you know what i mean), the guy finally melted and realised what he'd been looking at through the portholes all this time.

    My loss of a cup of tea and that other overrated stuff- food, made a mum a mum and a dad a dad e.g. a family complete. that's why i nicu nurse and love it.
  4. by   DC3RN
    Watching a new father cry because he is so in love with his baby.
    Helping new parents and just watching their confidence grow.
    Seeing the patients come back to visit, remembering their nurses name and knowing I made a real difference in someones life.
    There are so many little things, it's the best place to work.
    Denise
  5. by   danissa
    Quote from DC3RN
    Watching a new father cry because he is so in love with his baby.Denise
    YEP...Gets my heart every time.!!!!!!!!
  6. by   juliachloe
    Mom's shirt soaked with tears because you just told her she's gonna hold for the first time.

    Truck driver burps - always from the little girls.

    Elation that your kid pooped for the first time in 3 days.

    Daddy gets pee'd on.

    Knowing you make a difference - I miss that.
  7. by   juliachloe
    Cobedding twins hitting each other or sound asleep with one's hand in the other's eye.

    Oxygen-filled eyes since they hate it in their noses.

    Future rock-climbers that manage to get up and out of their nests and into the portholes.

    Toe-sucking.

    Turnip heads - always pooping while their eating and turning so red.

    A 23-week vented kid that just got a pacifier for the first time and sucking like mad.
  8. by   beachgurl
    Awwww these are all so touching
  9. by   elizabells
    I don't know why I never read this thread before - but I'm glad I read it now. My primary of five months is probably not going to make it, and I needed this tonight.

    Okay, my happy NICU moment - Finding a wee one trying to kick out the porthole of the isolette might be my favorite. And yes, that look of relief on my primary's parents' faces when they see me walk in the door is good too.
  10. by   EricJRN
    Quote from elizabells
    My primary of five months is probably not going to make it, and I needed this tonight.
    That's really rough. I'm sorry. I'm glad that we have this thread to help us decompress at times like those.
  11. by   RainDreamer
    (((((Eliza))))) So sorry to hear that
  12. by   elizabells
    Thanks, guys. This is why we don't fall in love with CDH ---> ECMO ---> PPHN kids.
  13. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from elizabells
    Thanks, guys. This is why we don't fall in love with CDH ---> ECMO ---> PPHN kids.
    But it's hard not to. Partly because they always have the NICEST parents in the world. Never fails.

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