Every birth is a miracle! When babies are born full term, all fingers & toes accounted for; breathing & suckling and able to go home with loving parents, we rarely think how different it could have been. For some couples, the child they waited for, thought
would be healty and active is somehow not.
I never knew just how many children come into this world with medical problems. (My children and grandchildren were all born healthy.) Some baby's medical problems correct themselves with time, some problems need immediate medical intervention or the baby will
die, some medical problems will require ongoing care for a time, some for a lifetime and some of these babies just don't make it. I am overcome with emotion everytime I go the Salem Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where my daughter Christine-NICU RN
works to see these beautiful children who have everything against them from the git-go! I am even more moved by the selfless care these NICU Nurses give 12 hours a day without hardly taking a break and many times not eating. Intensive Care is INTENSIVE! The
parents looking to them to "take good care of their babies" and each time they send a little one home,(although it's a happy occasion) it's like tearing a piece of their hearts out. You see, many of the babies LIVE right there in the NICU for weeks or months
until they are well enough to go home. They become family!!! The babies, their parents, the grandparents and extended family members are all a part of the heart of the NICU. They all share the same goal and thus become very close to these kids and their families.
It's only natural that the NICU staff wonders about the progress of "their" babies (or Graduates, as they're called) after they go home.
That's why very year the Salem Hospital NICU Reunion Committe hosts an event for NICU Graduates, their parents and extended family members as well as NICU staff members to celebrate the lives of these little ones. It's a time of reconnecting and catching up
on medical progress made, visiting, playing, laughing, eating and winning prizes. It's very rewarding to see a child come to the reunion year after year, doing better and better. Of course there are those graduates who just didn't make it and are sorely missed
at the reunion....
This year I bid the cupcake job and was able to see firsthand the love these nurses and volunteers genuinely put forth to provide a "fun" event for the kids and their families. I am so very proud that my daughter has chosen to use the talents she was given
to be a part of keeping babies alive and helping most get well, go home and lead full and productive lives. She IS AN ANGEL to them! And, they are her babies!
Today while I was in the NICU, I saw a precious darling little 27 week gestation fella that weighed in at 1lb, 3oz. He'll be there for awhile I'm sure. Although for confidentiality reasons I could not take a picture of this angel, I did take a picture of Christine
in front of his isolet. There is also a picture below of the diaper he wares. Yes, that's a one dollar bill for scale.
All children are miracles..... and NICU NURSES are miracle workers "Taking Good Care Of Your Babies!"
Christine NICU RN
The little boy in the isolet behind Christine weighs just 1 pound 3 ounces!
Look at all the equipment it takes to keep him alive.
Diaper worn by most babies in the NICU
Two Nurses Eating Cupcakes!
They had to work and weren't able to attend the NICU Reunion this year.
So, of course someone HAD to bring them Cupcakes!
The NICU Graduates Painted Hand Signing Wall
A NICU Graduate adds his signature.
Is this little gal cute or what?
Two Graduates fishing for rubber duckies.
And, (drum roll please) The Cupcakes!!!
250 White & 250 Chocolate
I couldn't have gotten these delivered without help from my DDIL, Jill
84, 85, 86..... oh shoot, I need to start over. 1, 2, 3...
Ta-Da!!!! All 500 Cupcakes
The recipes I used are from the Allrecipes site