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Take Good Care Of My Baby! Bobby Vee circa 1961 
Aug. 28, 2011 9:58 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2014 3:20 pm
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
Aug. 29, 2011 4:14 am
Your daughter really is an angel - I could never do a job like that, it would just break my heart. Thank god there are people in the world who can do it though! Your cupcakes look lovely :)
Aug. 29, 2011 4:18 am
This year, we attendended the high school graduation of a grand nephew that was born just a few ounces over one pound. He had a twin that didn't survive being born. Whenever I see him I marvel in awe of our medical abilities, yet none of it would be worth a dime if it wasn't for the caring and enthusiasm of nurses. They are the ones that bring knowledge and technology to the human level.
Aug. 29, 2011 4:58 am
Oh Candice! What a wonderful blog. NICU nurses are truely Angels. How rewarding it must be to see their graduates return and celebrate life with the caregivers that made that possible. I have had the pleasure of meeting Christine - indeed she has a heart of gold. :) Your cupcakes look great - that in itself was an amazing feat.
Aug. 29, 2011 4:59 am
My daughter is an RN and works in L&D. She's very good with children and I always thought she would do well in a NICU but she says it would tear her up to deal with the death that is inevitable. My hat is off to Christine for doing that job and you for making all those beautiful cupcakes!
Aug. 29, 2011 5:49 am
NICU nurses rock (and so do you for cucpcakes)! I want to give a special shout-out to the NICU RNs at Mary Washington Hosp. in Fredericksburg, Va for taking such good care of my grandsons J.D. and Alex.
Aug. 29, 2011 6:35 am
My daughter is in 3rd year nursing and is just starting to specialize in NICU nursing which will take some time to fullfill. She will likely do Delivery & Maternity as a stepping stone and while she takes some speciality courses. I am very proud of her choice as both her and her younger brother were NICU babies. I agree with you as a parent, these nurses are angels! I never once feared leaving my baby in the care of our nurses because I could literally feel the love they shared with me for my little bundle! I am very happy you needed 500 cupcakes this year and hope you need 600 next year to include all the new graduates!
Aug. 29, 2011 6:37 am
What a hard job that would be. Your cupcakes looked wonderful and so did the cute little graduates. I've always been grateful my DS was born healthy, seeing that little diaper makes me appreciate that even more!
Aug. 29, 2011 7:37 am
Good Morning Alex, I could never do what Christine does either. I cry just about every time I go to her work. Thank you for stopping in. Have a great day!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:02 am
Happy Monday morning to you Mike, I whole heartedly agree. Tecnology is nothing without the caring loving hands of those nurses. I am smiling as I say... "You attended the HS Graduation of a NICU Graduate!" How wonderful is that?
Aug. 29, 2011 8:02 am
Wow! That's a lot of cupcakes! And they look beautiful! :) And thank you to your wonderful daughter and all the other NICU nurses - takes a special person to do that kind of job!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:21 am
Aaahhh, thank you Baking Nana, that means alot to me. I'm so glad you know my Christine. She truly does have a heart of gold. And she treats her Mama wonderful too! {{{hugs}}} to you today.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:23 am
Good morning Miss Candice. What a beautiful blog. Those cupcakes look amazing and all the other photos are so sweet. I LOVE ALL NURSES! They are truly angels of mercy. Love to you and your sweet Christine.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:36 am
Hi Maridele, I'm so happy you came by this morning! You too have an "Angel" of a daughter. L&D Nurses Rock. They have a hard job as well. Oft times it's a very happy occasion getting to help bring a child into this world. But, sometimes, it's heartbreaking. I am standing up and applauding you for raising up a wonderful daughter and clapping some more for the job she does.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:57 am
nurses, teachers and firemen are the best people in the world! i now know that after my wife's stroke. especially the icu. type nurses. i SURE COULD NOT do their job!! i'm not that strong...may god bless her as he has blessed you with such a caring daughter!
Aug. 29, 2011 10:51 am
Hello lucylove, thank you pointing that out! NICU, in fact ALL Nurses, ROCK. TY as well for your kind words about the CC's. (thought I'd expire before I got them all done.)I'm so glad you Grandsons got great care in the NICU in Virginia. My eldest daughter's firstborn, my 2nd grandchild, was born in Virginia. I'm giving a great big "SHOUT OUT" to ALL nurses today!!!!
Aug. 29, 2011 12:45 pm
Afternoon to you Carrie! How poignant that your daughter, having been a NICU Graduate along with her brother, has chosen to be a NICU Nurse. That just touches me like nobody's business. Thank you for sharing that with me. We have this (besides cooking) in common now. I love it!!!
Aug. 29, 2011 12:49 pm
Hi Cat!!! I'm so happy you came in to chat.... I agree with you. I could never, ever do that job. Although, I am a "Rocking Grandma" for the NICU, having the lives of those lil' ones would be just too much for me. That little diaper is only about 4 inches long. Amazing isn't it???
Aug. 29, 2011 12:58 pm
Hello there Christine M.... BTW, I love your name! LOL!!! Can I just tell you????...... that IS a "hellalotta" cupcakes. My hands and wrists are still sore from all that piping! Thank you for your kind comments.
Aug. 29, 2011 1:03 pm
Aloha My Mauigirl! Been missing you so much lately!!! How's it "hangin?" (Isn't that Hawaiian slang?)Thank you for stopping in to comment. And, thank you for the LOVE! I'll tell Christine Julie sends her love. She's on her 1 on, 1 off schedule for the next how-ever-long!!! Couldn't do that either. Love you!
Aug. 29, 2011 1:08 pm
Hiya gderr!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful comments!!! No, I mean it!!! Here's why... Daugther's a Nurse, I was a Teacher, Husband was a Firefighter. So, again, I say thanks for the wonderful comments. I'm glad your experience with the above professionals has been positive. God Bless you too Gary!!!
Aug. 29, 2011 1:51 pm
Ah, Mom! You so honor me with your kind words! It means the world to me that you are so involved with my NICU! The staff love you (and of course, the goodies you send). Thanks again for helping with the reunion! And for being a "rocking" grandma.
Aug. 29, 2011 3:07 pm
NICU nurses are the angels among the saint that are pediatric nurses. I worked for years in a perdiatric nursing home as an administrator. Yep you read that right. We provided care after the critical care had been exhausted and I have nothing but reverence for the people who care for these babies. And for you for being such great support.
Aug. 29, 2011 3:09 pm
Oh, thanks a lot - now I have that song stuck in my head! LOL!
Aug. 29, 2011 5:40 pm
You are welcome darling daughter. You've done me PROUD!
Aug. 29, 2011 5:42 pm
Oh My Gosh BigShotsMom, I've never heard of a pediatric nursing home. That's amazing! I wonder if there any around here? You're awesome too you know.... being the Mama of a Big Shot and all! That took some parenting! LOL!!!
Aug. 29, 2011 5:43 pm
That IS a great song... I just love the lyrics. And, guess what? It's been stuck in my head all day too!
Aug. 29, 2011 7:58 pm
Awwww, Candice, sweet Candice! What a nice blog. Isn't that Christine just something else? What a special person she is! And then look at you, doing all of that work for this project. Those cupcakes are amazing! I wish I had one right this very minute! Now I'll have that song on my mind all the rest of the night! My son's partner's youngest was a preemie, and I know how much they loved the nurses. Thank you for this blog. Puts a big smile on my face!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:20 pm
Candice, I knew you would really rock as a Grandma, and you really do! Plus OMG 500 cupcakes? Wow! I can only imagine you are frosting cupcakes in your sleep. What an awesome difference Christine is making in so many lives. People don't realize how important nurses are, especially to folks like myself who gets woozy at the site of a needle! We should all be very thankful for our healthy children. My son was underweight when born, but full term and healthy. Hugs to both of you!!
Aug. 30, 2011 10:49 am
Hello there Marianne, you are just so sweet yourself! My Christine IS "something else!" Well, you just get on up here to Oregon and I'll make you some cupcakes. LOL!!! See you in October dear... (still humming that song this morning, geesh!)
Aug. 30, 2011 10:57 am
Oh Lora, you said a mouthful... because I had a dream about cupcakes last week. I dreamt I didn't get them all frosted in time for the event... YIKES!!! I was a stress case before I got them all done. But, sweet Jill, DDIL, came over on Friday and helped me frost the last 120. BTW, can't wait for your to see you too! I'm getting all excited!
Aug. 31, 2011 6:03 am
[Will read later . . . ] Just wanted to share that my middle baby - who was my biggest baby at 8'14", full term after a normal pregnancy and delivery - was the second baby in the NICU at the hospital she was born at, nearly 21 years ago. They opened the NICU 2 weeks before she was born - and though I did not anticipate needing it's services, I was glad it was there. She was born - daddy "caught" her and cut the cord. I got to nurse her and after some more ooooohing and awwwwwing, she was taken over to the newborn nursery. Five hours later, as I finally about to get to sleep (after 30 hours awake), a nurse came to tell me they were transferring her "next door" to the NICU - I offered [as a half crazed xray tech (=] to hold her for her chest xray - but opted to sit in a wheel chair in the hall and watch instead (= [She had worn me out!] We were so blessed! She was only in for a week. She was never intubated, just under a "hood." I went home without her at two days, and when I went back to visit that evening, I got to hold her for the first time since the delivery room. At 4 a.m the next morning, when I got up to use my breast pump [I was terrified I would "dry up" before I could nurse her!], I called to make sure she was still on "room air." Ten minutes later the phone rang, and I panicked! It was her nurse who was calling to see if I wanted to come give her her first bottle. Are you kidding?! I was dressed and out the door in a flash! We somehow missed the first reunion (which is a Halloween party every year), but went to the sixteen after that. Now she's 60 miles away at college, without a car - but it would be wonderful if she could make it this year - for her 21st birthday! We never had wonderful homemade cupcakes at our reunion, btw )= They were gorgeous, Candice! What a blessing to share with the "babies" and their families!
Aug. 31, 2011 6:04 am
OMGoodness! I am long winded! Sorry for the novel I wrote above! Sheesh!
Aug. 31, 2011 2:29 pm
Btw, one of the reasons I have worked sooooooooooo long where I do is that we do not have a pediatric ward, and for many years did not have a maternity ward, either. I was not thrilled for a few reasons when we opened the maternity ward - and eventually the NICU. (BUT, I was SO glad I had all three of my babies before the maternity ward was opened - I would not have wanted to chance driving 30 miles to the hospital in labor during rush hour traffic - which I would have done twice, btw - I was happy to have full coverage closer to home!) When the NICU was opened, as the graveyard xray tech, I was appointed the one to do the morning portable xrays on those itty, bitty babies. I hated it. It is SO intimidating to have to deal with the fragile babies and all the tubes and wires - and just not mess anything up! I hated it! Fast forward a few years, and let me tell you how flattered I was when the nurses trusted me enough to do xrays on the babies by myself! What a compliment that was! At some point, it was decided that "they" did not want the xrays taken on the babies before 7 am - and I missed going up to the NICU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!
Aug. 31, 2011 3:11 pm
OMGarsh Barb, I had no idea your babies are NICU Grads! One time when I went up the Christine's NICU, there was this 8 pounder there.... jaundice or something. He looked so big compared to the itty bitty babies. But, a sick baby is a sick baby, no matter their weight!
Aug. 31, 2011 3:13 pm
Oh, honey... you're not long winded. You just had a story to tell. And, I'm glad you did. I know a bit more about you and your family now. And, I love you lots more too! hehehe
Aug. 31, 2011 3:14 pm
Barb, come on up here to Oregon... I'll make you some cupcakes. (that's what I told Marianne too!)
Aug. 31, 2011 5:04 pm
It was just the middle one - though she certainly did not look like she belonged. The first was the smallest @ 6'8", and babyxray had meconium, so I thought she would have issues, but no. Meggy was a very quick delivery. She was fine when she was crying, but turned blue when she was lucid. They think she had pneumonia. I asked the neonatologist at the time if this was common, and he said it is for c-section babies (she was a vag delivery). My personal theory is that she slid out the birth canal too fast to have her lungs squeezed clean like they should have been. [I come from good, strong peasant stock (= which make me feel guilty for calling in sick the last three days!] Btw, I love you, too! I'll bake 'em, if you make 'em pretty =DDD
Aug. 31, 2011 7:57 pm
Aug. 31, 2011 8:32 pm
Nurses are angels. They have a special calling. NICU nurses and Nursing Home nurses are especially gifted and appreciated. The very young and the very old present such special situations. I have always been amazed by what nurses do. Thank you for sharing YOUR special angel with so many people who need her so very much.
Sep. 1, 2011 7:29 am
Chris k, thank you so much! I could never be a nurse in any capacity. Let alone in the NICU or for the elderly. I get too emotionally involved. You've said it correctly. ALL Nurses angels.
Sep. 1, 2011 9:07 am
WOW Candice, I always wondered what 500 cupcakes looked like:) Just so you know, I counted 499, wonder what happened to the last one? Your daughter does amazing work, I volunteered at the hospital a few times to rock the babies, but they were already recovering. It breaks my heart to see so many helpess little darlings in big glass boxes. The graduates is a great idea to reunite the parents, babies and nurses. That must be a very rewarding and exciting time for the nurses. When the oldest Redneck boy was born, my nurse was aces+++++. I sent her a thank you card as she made me feel so good in the hospital. It was the little things, like a heated blanket, a kind encouraging word, and an appreciated smile that made me realized she was molded for her job. Great blog!
Sep. 1, 2011 10:27 am
I very specifically am not a nurse [in case you all had not guessed (=] . . . My parents met in nurse's training. (Out at old County General (= My poor kids! I mention it eeeeevery time we drive past the big, old, white building out in LA - remember the hospital that was shown in the opening of General Hospital? That one (=] I'm a "hospital brat." It was all I knew . . . BUT, nurses deal with way too much garbage - and waaaaaaaaaaay too many people! - and just are not compensated properly for it! And now that the nurse to patient ratio has changed so drastically from 20-30 years ago, it's just hideous! I could not do the job - and so, so, sooooo admire those who can!
Sep. 1, 2011 5:31 pm
When my parents and nephew were in the hospital I realized how important nurses are! Most of them are a true God send! Great blog!
Sep. 2, 2011 11:09 am
What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing! The NICU nurses are truly wonderful and a God send. My little bro was in the NICU for one month. He spent his first Christmas there. I will never forget what wonderful care he was under. Your cupcakes look amazing!!!
Sep. 2, 2011 11:25 am
Thanks so much redneck gramma for your kind remarks. Actually, there were 504 cupcakes. I was so afraid that I would miscount while I was baking and not deliver 500. So, I counted them like a go-zillion times. Christine counted them, my hubby counted them, my son counted them and my DDIL counted them. You just said that cuz somehow you knew I was freaking.... Naughty gramma! LOL!!!!!
Sep. 2, 2011 11:33 am
BTW, just had this thought; you're a Rockin' Redneck Gramma!
Sep. 2, 2011 11:36 am
Oh, and there are baskets of knitted and crocheted caps and blankets the volunteers make just for the NICU. They are so cute!
Sep. 2, 2011 12:53 pm
I odn't know if they kept up the tradition, but we came home with a baby bonnet made from a lady's hankie. Do you know the one? With a poem attached (wish I could remember the poem!) but it's for baby to wear now, and then with a snip of a couple threads, it becomes a hankie (something old) for a bride to carry down the aisle - or, if the baby is a boy for his bride to carry. (I made a few bonnets using that for a model, but it is hard to find ladies' hankies!)
Sep. 2, 2011 7:27 pm
Barb, I'm with you. I just don't have the guts to be a nurse. Too much pressure, plus I'm a big crybaby. I get attached and get emotional and cry! Yes, indeedy.... Nurses are special!
Sep. 2, 2011 7:29 pm
Happy Friday Shannon k! Thank you so much for stopping in. Very well put, Nurses ARE a Godsend. And, God's hands.
Sep. 2, 2011 7:32 pm
Hi lovecakes, I'm so glad you came by my blog! So, your baby brother is a NICU Graduate! That's awesome!How old is he now?
Sep. 2, 2011 8:34 pm
Well of course I dropped in :) I still can't believe the size of that diaper. So xraybarb, you're telling me that was a real hospital in those long, long ago intros? Not saying that I watch GH :)(: All joking aside, I have the utmost respect for nurses. No matter what field they are in, they work hard to help us all.
Sep. 3, 2011 7:20 am
Your daughter is an angel indeed and so are you Candice. What a great blog!
Sep. 3, 2011 8:05 am
Hiya Cat, I've got several friends who are Hospice Nurses.... now THAT'S a really hard job too!!!
Sep. 3, 2011 8:08 am
Aaahhh Nikki, thank you! I wish you could meet Christine. You would like her, I'm sure. (pssstttt, come closer.... we're planning to go to the Mid-West gathering next year.)
Sep. 3, 2011 3:41 pm
Candice, you read my mind. I wasn't sure if I wanted to mention that here but the best nurse to ever come into my life was a hospice nurse. She was such a blessing and a comforting pressence when my mom passed.
Sep. 3, 2011 3:48 pm
Oooh ooooo, I just read your post above mine by chance do you mean you get to come here?! There is a lot of the Mid-West you know. If you might mean here, do you have my email? But it's ok if here is not the Mid-West you mean, cause you know Mr. Harvey is in the Mid-West and someday I hope to meet that fellow and his lovely wife and let's see there is Mother Ann and......... :)(:
Sep. 3, 2011 7:59 pm
How cool would that be to have the Oregon gals coming to the Midwest? Woohoo!
Sep. 4, 2011 2:01 pm
Cat, a few weeks ago, my darling daughter's(not Christine NICU RN, the other one; Lisa)FIL died. My good friend was such a help and comfort to the family in his final hours. And, when the time came for him to go, they called her and she came right over; it was 6am on a Sunday morning. Yes, those nurses are some kinda special!!!
Sep. 4, 2011 2:05 pm
Yes Cat, I do mean there. I want to lay on the ground and look up at the stars and go down to the pond and sit around gabbing and eating and well, just all of it. I got so homesick reading the blog about the MidWest Roundup I could hardly stand. So, I've started saving my pennies to come. Maybe Mike will come too. And, Mother Ann too! And, Lady Sparkle too! And, let's see, who else?????
Sep. 4, 2011 2:07 pm
@Magnolia Blossom, yes... for sure this Oregon Gal wants to make it. And, I'm hoping you'll plan to go again too!
Sep. 4, 2011 3:40 pm
Oh Candice, I wasn't sure if I should mention those nurses who are there at the end when you were talking about the begining of life. Our hospice nurse was so kind and explained everything to my sister and I. Mom passed in peace and to that nurse I will always be grateful for her devotion and caring. Coming into life and going out of it seems to take a special kind of nurse to be there for the family.
Sep. 4, 2011 3:46 pm
TOO COOL! Right now I am aiming for the end of May or a weekend in June. If you happen to be interested in the civil war era we have some cool places to visit around here so you wouldn't have to fly in and out. We do have stuff to see. OK so it isn't as cool as either coast but hey you gotta work with what you got :)(:
Sep. 4, 2011 3:47 pm
You know where to reach me don't you?
Sep. 4, 2011 5:02 pm
Oh, May would be awesome! June would be awesome too! In July and August when it gets all hot & humid, I just melt. I just love the Midwest and miss that part of the country lots! Remember, I'm a Hoozier! I also love Civil War era sights and memorabilia. It would be fun to take a field trip. I'm like Lora, I love to explore. (@ the LV RoundUp, I was dissappointed that she went up to Hoover Dam all by herself without me. In all fairness though, she had no idea I was that kinda girl. We'd just met for crying-out-loud. LOL!)If I can get all my pennies rounded up and saved, I'm SO coming!!!
Sep. 4, 2011 5:03 pm
And, NO..... I don't have your e-mail address. Mine is orangecandy@comcast.net
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