NICU Nurse Takes Job to Whole New Level

Giving birth to a premature baby is something no expectant parent intends or plans for. What is supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of the whole pregnancy journey becomes one of fear and anxiety as parents watch their newborn baby fight for it’s life. Premature babies often spend weeks in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and the thought of leaving them there often deters parents from going home from the hospital for days at a time. The process is exhausting and draining, both for parents and for their babies.

 

Chris and Michelle Korres were facing that very process when their son Benjamin was born two months early. After spending a solid week in the hospital with him, the two new parents reluctantly took a night off to get a good night’s sleep at home. When they returned, however, they found somethings brightly colored hanging from his IV pole. Upon closer inspection, Michelle burst into tears! Someone had created Benjamin a tiny blue cape with a big red B on it, and left it on his IV with a note that read, “To our little Superhero, love Stephanie T.”!

It turns out that “Stephanie T.” is actually Stephanie Treherne, a NICU nurse who knows just how hard the first weeks of a premature baby’s life can be. Though she had never met Michelle or Chris, she knew Benjamin from her time on staff and thought it deserved the cape. “It represents exactly how we see the babies. These babies are super strong. They fight through so much. They’re just little superheroes.” The Korreses were overwhelmed by the simple gesture of kindness and faith in their son, especially since it’s clear the cape was handmade just for Benjamin! Nurses like Stephanie make the hard journey through the NICU just a little easier with their kindness, compassion, and willingness to go the extra mile for parents and their babies!

 

Diner Waiter Surprised by Generous Patron

Ben Millar hasn’t been home to Northern Ireland in two years. He works as a waiter in a restaurant in Houston, Texas, and can’t afford to make it back to see his family very often, especially since his girlfriend Taryn is pregnant. However, Ben stays positive about the situation, and is even able to joke with his customers about it. This is what happen when Millar waited on a man identified only as Jeffery, who said that he had been to Ireland many times with his family. “I jokingly said, ‘I wish I could go back that often to see my family,” Millar explained. “I thought nothing of it, and we all joked after. The night went on, and I proceeded to give good service and talk to them.”

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Once Jeffery and his family had left, Millar picked up their check and was astonished at what he saw. On a bill that totaled $182.87, Jeffery had tipped him $750! He also wrote Millar a note, “Hopefully, this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays.” Millar’s initial reaction, of course, was, “Holy s***!”

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Millar says he will indeed use this money to go see his family soon, though it will be after the holidays. The couple’s son, already named Killian, is due in January, and he wants to bring them both with him to Belfast. He also wants a way to reach out to Jeffery to let him know just how much he appreciates his kindness. Taryn posted a photo of the tip on Facebook with the caption, “Thought I would share it to show everyone that’s there is not only hate out there. Truly blessed.” We wish this young family happy holidays and safe travel!

4-Year-Old Honors Late Mother By Wearing Her Wedding Dress In Beautiful Photo Shoot

Losing a loved one is never easy, and losing a parent is particularly difficult.

Little Nora Davis, a 4-year-old from North Carolina, may only have a few memories of her mother as she grows up, but thanks to a dying wish and idea of her mother, Amber Davis, she’ll have some understanding of how much her mother loved her.

Amber Davis was diagnosed with a rare type of cervical cancer only a couple years after having Nora. Though Amber went through radiation and chemotherapy, she ultimately lost her battle with the cancer and passed away at the age of 27. Before passing, however, she had the idea of doing a photoshoot of Nora in her wedding dress. Amber’s husband and Nora’s father, Derek Davis, dressed his daughter in Amber’s wedding dress, wedding band, and diamond earrings and they headed to the exact same wedding venue where the couple got married years prior.

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Photographer Heidi Spillane says the shoot was a beautiful way to pay tribute to the bond that mothers and daughters share, even after death. “She saw it as a way for Nora to remember her Mama once she passed away,” says Spillane. “She wanted me to promise I would do it when she was gone.”

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According to Spillane, it wasn’t a sad day. It was emotional, but enjoyable, and Nora loved every moment. “She was beaming with pride in her mommy’s dress,” says Spillane. “She loved every minute of it. She would look at the picture of her mom standing in the same spot and touch the dress. It was a really special thing to witness.”

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Father Of Four Girls Showcases His Hectic, Wonderful Life On Instagram

It seems like more and more of Instagram is becoming a competition to see who has the most beautiful, perfect life. While you may actually have a beautiful and perfect life (in fact, we hope you do), no one’s life is always picturesque. That goes double if you’re a parent.

If you’re a parent, chances are that photo of your baby in a fedora in a field of heather was the result of at least an hour of soothing, hushing, and just one good picture out of probably hundreds. While a great picture, yes, it’s certainly not reflective of 99% of what life is like as a parent. Simon Hooper knows this and has decided to chronicle his life with four daughters in a raw, hilarious Instagram account of his own. Under the Instagram username @fathers_of_daughters, Hooper showcases his lovely girls being real happy children as he simply tries to keep up.

Cooking with the family is important so that they get an early interest in what healthy eating is all about. But when you add two 10 month work experience kitchen hands to the mix who have minimum training and hygiene standards that would get a greasy kebab placed closed down, Jamie Olivers 15 minutes meals turn into Simon hooper's 90 minute botch jobs. In the end you just chuck it all in and hope for the best. The likelihood is that it will get rejected by the discerning clientele anyway. Might as well just short cut the whole process and chuck the raw food directly into the bin. #masterchefiaint #sausageandchipsitis #worstworkexperienceever #ottieatearawgarlicwhole #whydowebother #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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Hooper is the husband of a midwife and father to a 9-year-old, 6-year-old, and a pair of 10-month-old twins. He classifies himself as a jack of all trades: “a handy man, taxi driver, swimming instructor, tutor, chef, counsellor, human climbing frame, bank, personal shopper and PA.”

I seem to forget to feed myself sometimes. I can get to 5pm and realise I've had nothing other than a cup of tea that's been microwaved 5 times and has a skin on it that's thicker than I feel after watching a documentary of dark matter. The twins, on the other hand, get 3 square meals a day spooned directly into their mouths. I tried crouching between them in the hope @mother_of_daughters would feed me too (FYI I don't have tiny arms) although I was rumbled by Delilah who kicked up a fuss. They have absolutely zero loyalty or compassion for me. Get between these girls & their food and you may just lose a finger. #noidonthavetinyarms #foodoverfathers #arewefeeders #theydontsharefood #nowonderimlosingweight #microwavetea #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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After a week of wiggling, twisting & flicking, Marnie finally lost her first tooth. I was so please for my, now lisping, daughter until she informed me that some kid in her class got £5 (WTF) for his tooth – the tooth fairy is obviously sensitive to inflation and the fluctuations of the world economy – but come on – that's £100 for a full set of 20! Which parent out there is dishing out £5 a tooth?! If I find them, I'm going to force feed them their own teeth as they have set a ridiculous benchmark for everyone else to live up to. I may actually have to sell my own teeth to cover this! #iswearigot10patooth #50pforbigones #toothfairytax #thetoothfairyisobviouslyloaded #toothinflation #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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we have A LOT of toys for the girls. Some hand-me-downs, some brand new. We offer up the hand made, ethically sourced, non toxic, bespoke blocks made from organic, carbon offset wood, lovingly sourced from Norway. They look down their nose at them with disgust, decide they're tosh and toss them to one side. Then they go on a rampage to find keys, my wallet, my phone, anything that resembles a remote control and plastic packaging. If that fails, they bug me until i give up the goods. Many mornings, you'll find me running around the house, quietly cursing the babies, who've hidden my cash / debit card and /or keys. guess I should get used to this as I hear teenage girls take the same stuff. #stophidingmyshit #pointlessexpensivetoys #allthebabieswantismywallet #girlstakemystuff #ishouldgetusedtoit #fatherofdaughters#dadlife #instadad

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His endearing posts feature him answering awkward sex ed questions that his dautgher has for him, highlights the struggle of trying to dress two little girls at once, and shows the physical strain he must put up with as his silly eldest daughters try to swing off him like monkeys.

Is it only me or do all men learn to sleep on an 8 inch strip at the edge of the bed? Irrespective of the size of the bed, or how many people are in it, I always find myself relegated to the 'man zone'. I've become so used to sleeping on this limited area of bed real estate, that I'm confident that I could sleep on top of a wall & not fall off. On the other side of the bed (the promised land), @mother_of_daughters sleeps like a star fish all night long, kneeing me in the back and generally complains about me coming to bed too late, being too cold or my foot encroaching onto her territory. At least the bed's nice and warm, even if the reception isn't sometimes! I hope that next Sunday, on #NationalLieInDay, I'll not only gain another hour in bed, but more space – but it's doubtful ! If you want to regain that hour (and some space for that matter) click in the link in my bio, loads of great prizes to be won @SimbaSleep #bedrealestate #livingontheedge #girls #twins #daughters #therestoomanygirls #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #gopro

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This week my eldest has been doing sex education at school. Shes very mature about it & having a midwife as a mum, they know a lot more than your average kid, no 'front bottoms' or 'nunnys' in this house, it's strictly a 'vagina' affair (which coincidently would be a great title for a drama series on TV) That said, she's chosen tonight (when @mother_of_daughters is away) to ask questions about men which makes me feel like an embarrassed child, but i promised to tell her the truth. My personal favourites – "do you wear a condom daddy?" Me – "Yes". Then why do you have so many children? Touchè. "Have you and mummy had sex more than 3 times?" I laughed proudly – "Way more……like at least 9 or 10 times" ( I didn't want to come across as a sex crazied maniac). #sexeducation #shestheadultimthechild #sheknowsmorethanme #dontaskaboutmasturbationorilldie #ivedoneitloads #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife #parenting

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Adorable and genuine, Hooper is clearly and awesome dad. “My whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” says Hooper. ““There is way too much sugarcoating when it comes to parents, so I wanted to share what it’s really like and provide a bit of humor at the same time.” Not to mention, Hooper is doing a fantastic job at preserving those precious, fleeting moments of his girls’ childhood.

Tomorrow is international day of the girl and I, more than most, am celebrating. I might be heavily outnumbered and outgunned, but I'm celebrating because my girls are strong independent young ladies that are growing up in a world that they can do anything they put their mind to (with a little encouragement). We strive for equality and see women as equals (and in my case, as superiors!). That said, in many places girls are seen as second class citizens and have limited opportunities to reach their full potential. This has to change. Go kiss your girls goodnight & encourage them everyday to reach for the stars. Tag a strong girl and share. #mygirlswearthetrousers #daughters #dayofthegirl #girlsareequals #girlsarestrong #sisters #mygirls #girlsareamazing #beproudofyoudaughters #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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Hospital Staff Dresses Premature Newborns In Superhero Capes To Help Them Fight For Lives

Now for news that will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Nurses and volunteers in a Kansas City hospital decided to dress up the babies born prematurely in handmade felt costumes, most of which were superheroes!

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Having a baby born prematurely is extremely hard for parents, who often have to leave their child in the hospital for weeks or months after birth, so they can grow stronger and bigger. Babies fight for their lives in small incubators, and it can be incredibly challenging for parents to watch them do so when they can so rarely hold them.

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However, with the help of some very kind people, the nurses at the NICU surprised parents for their baby’s first Halloween by dressing them up. They also provided them with a card that reads, “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!” and has their baby’s footprints on it. On top of all that, they gave them a Halloween children’s book and a small pumpkin filled with goodies.

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“The parents were able to choose their babies’ costumes to match the babies’ personalities,” said Michelle Manuel, director of media relations for the hospital. Most of them picked superheroes because of the struggle their children are already in because of the complications that come with being born early.

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Is there anything cuter than seeing a tiny infant underneath a Captain America shield? These babies, though they may not realize it yet, are already superheroes. This hospital is amazing for pointing that out! Happy first Halloween, little ones!

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