Thursday, July 28, 2011

NICU

Today, I went to see Danielle and Michael's new baby girl, Sunnie. She was born at 27 weeks along.

We were out of town last week, so today was the first chance I had to go see her. She is adorable and perfect and itty bitty. She is perfect, just tiny. She is on tiny bit of oxygen and has a feeding tube, but is doing amazingly well.

Her parents are so cool. They moved in with a cousin with lives a couple of miles away. They walk to the hospital 3 times a day with milk for Sunnie and to bond with her. She is a blessing and adorable. This little family has a tough road ahead, but they are really trying to do the right thing for their little girl.

While we were in the NICU, there was a white haired lady wearing her pink lady uniform. She had to be close to 80 years old and she was rocking babies. Her volunteer job every day is to rock the babies who don't have people there to hold them. While I can't imagine a parent not wanting to be there with their child, there are babies who are just left in the hospital.

An important part of a NICU baby's recovery is to bond with a person. They have to feel human contact. This allows them to bond with people later on in life. It actually speeds up their recovery time, too.

I was just overwhelmed with appreciation for this lady. She was taking her retired time to go and love babies that she might never see again because she knows that it's important for this little baby. What a loving thing to do.

2 comments:

Take heart... said...

You know, I bet the lady in pink is getting a whole lot from those little babies too. I read somewhere about how the elderly are starving for physical contact. I often think of that and how true it must be.

I'm thinking these little NICU babies are her lifeline too.

beth said...

What a good point. I didn't think about that. She seemed to really be enjoying rocking the little guy.