Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 9

: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   swiss brian
    best thing-parents who come back for follow up check and bring the lovely bouncy baby up to the nicu to show us. or getting birthday cards from parents with then and now pictures.makes the shift work, the stress and the not so good moments worthwhile
  2. by   littleneoRN
    I laugh when you have a like a 1000 g kiddo, and you get them tucked in nice and cuddly prone with all your proper developmental positioning. You look back maybe 10 or 15 minutes later and she has somehow climbed up out of your bendy bumper and got herself turned sideways (or upside down...) in the isolette. Head hard up against the door and toes tucked in between the platform and the side wall. And they're sound asleep but look like they're about to exit their little plastic house. And you're oh so glad the doors latch tight on your isolette. They may look a little scrawny but they are strong little buggers!
  3. by   elizabells
    The grandfather of my late primary just sent a letter to the unit and the VP of nursing praising all us primaries - said we were remarkable women who exemplified everything that nurses could be at their best. I cried, but in a good way.
  4. by   preemieRNkate
    Quote from elizabells
    The grandfather of my late primary just sent a letter to the unit and the VP of nursing praising all us primaries - said we were remarkable women who exemplified everything that nurses could be at their best. I cried, but in a good way.
    That is really nice! It always hits me in a strange way when families who have lost a baby have nothing but praise and thanks for the nurses. At a time when they should be grieving and thinking of themselves and their family, they think of us. What an awesome job we have.
  5. by   AmericanRN
    Quote from preemieRNkate
    That is really nice! It always hits me in a strange way when families who have lost a baby have nothing but praise and thanks for the nurses. At a time when they should be grieving and thinking of themselves and their family, they think of us. What an awesome job we have.

    My mom's friend lost her preemie grandson about 4 years ago. He was a 26 weeker. Their family talks about the nurses literally every day. They told me it is because the nurses were always honest about the baby's condition and were compassionate to them. They had never experienced a preemie and then later a baby death. Now the family has a 6 month old granddaughter (same parents of the preemie) and they brought this baby up to see the other baby's old nurses. Just to show them that life does continue on and in all honesty they actually learned to NOT be so over protective with this new one.
  6. by   AbearsdenRNC
    Standing at bedside charting and you feel like someone is watching you. You peer under the covers of the incubator and there is just enough of a crack in the cover to see that adorable 28 weeker watching you through his CPAP apparatus and cap. MELT!

    Placing an irritable vented twink on their tummy and watching them melt into the nest with a perceptable smile around the ETT.
  7. by   Jerico
    Came on duty tonight in the Level II.

    Mom and Dad came in, baby born at 0400 - 20 hours ago. Dad arrived while mom was in labor, directly here from Iraq he got to see his baby son born! He hadn't seen mom since she was about 3 months pregnant...

    Totally awesome to watch these two with this baby boy.

    Made my heart sing to know this very young man made it back from Iraq AND got to see his son born AND got to see his wife again.

    Baby OK and beautiful, just monitoring him.
  8. by   danissa
    jerico, what a beautiful story! I'd have been bawling my eyes out, I'm welling up just picturing it! Hope this wee family have all the luck in the world!!
  9. by   RainDreamer
    Took care of a sick little kiddo last week ...... exchange transfusions, the whole bit. Came in this week to find out the mom called the day shift supervisor to make sure they knew I would be taking care of her baby tonight because she "just loves me". Awwwwwwwww!!

    What an absolute sweetie pie baby too. It's great to see her at this stage, from being so sick. And what a great mama!
  10. by   Sweden
    I love seeing parents realise that they have actually become parents, that the baby in their arms are inded their child!

    Traditional care of premature/sick babies usually delay the process a bit, it must be harder if you dont get to hold your baby. But a few nights ago I admitted 29 week twins (c-section) and got the opportunity to put both babies in their fathers arms within 10 minutes of birth. They went down to the nicu still clinging to dad and his face was lit up with the biggest smile I have ever seen. They both ended up needing CPAP, ivs, bloodsamples and iv medicines, but everything was done with them on dad! He slept with his children on his chest and never left the unit..... Two days later they are off the CPAP and the whole family are together in a private room.

    I love kangaroo care!!!

    Anna
  11. by   BoonersmomRN
    I'm still on orientation but this week I took care of a 28 weeker who was born to a mom with PIH/HELLP. Mon was on MAG so she was still too sick to come see baby but Dad came up a lot and he was a bundle of nerves. Wouldn't come into the room to see the baby and kept asking if she would die at first and eventually I was able to coax him in but he woulnd't look into the isolette. He finally saw the baby she was on BCPAP and eventually vented due to severe RDS. Dad was a mess and it was very sad and he asked a ton of questions which I gladly answered but they were heartwrenching. Baby was their " last chance" as mom was older and they had lost 4 babies before. Last night she was extubated and Dad showed up in time for it...before we were able to hook her back to BCPAP we were Neopuffing her and I called him over so he could finally see her face ( she was also on phototherapy so eye shields but it was off for this). I finally was able to convince Dad to put his hand through the isolette hole to touch her head and when he did she opened her eyes WIDE and turned her head to him. I said " She knows you are here" and he just started bawling. My preceptor went ahead to put her back on BCPAP while I went around to comfort Dad. When I did he took me into this HUGE BEAR HUG ( I could barely breathe!) and then pulled me back and shook my shoulders while saying" THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I SAW MY EYES ON HER! I SAW MY BABY GIRL! SHE HAS MY EYES!!!!!!!".

    It was amazing. We took a dig picture before we put the eye shield back on and printed it out for him. He held onto it like it was gold.

    What an amazing experience
  12. by   SteveNNP
    OMG.


    ^^ That gave me chills...... ^ ^
  13. by   mauigal
    [font=fixedsys]one of the funy things i have seen is a dad. this dad was really hands on type of guy. it was the first day his former 24 weeker was to get a bottle. as dad poured warm breast milk into a volufeed he took a sip! a big smile came over his face and we all laughed. he then said "little guy you are going to love this" it was so sweet watch him feed his son his first bottle. it was really a funny moment & warm fuzzy moment rolled into one:wink2:

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