Monday, April 13, 2009

It Always Surprises Me

One day, in the past few months, I was working away in the NICU. An old seasoned NICU nurse. I have seen it all, pretty much done it all, and taught it all. Nothing surprises me. I was feeding a cute little girl who was born full term and was about three weeks old. I began to notice her listening to me, watching my eyes. Yes, I talk to all my babies. I sat her up and started really talking baby talk. Cooing, and gooing. Me. Not her...Well, guess what she did? She smiled at me, not once but several times. This old seasoned nurse who had done it all and not surprised by anything, ran to the door of her little room and yelled out for anyone who could hear, "THIS BABY JUST TOTALLY SMILED AT ME!!!!!" Everyone turned and looked at me like I had two heads, and I went back to my sweet baby and fed her bottle to her. She and I were happy...

15 comments:

Judy said...

What a sweet story. I bet you are a great, caring nurse. I love the snake stories below and the pictures and your new header.

Sky said...

awwwwww...i am glad you were excited. you probably saw the miracle of this baby's first smile!

Cape Cod Kitty said...

How heart warming, Beverly....those babies are truly blessed to have you be part of what they first feel and see in the world.

One Woman's Journey said...

I love it. A baby smiling at us is priceless. Thanks for sharing

Kay Dennison said...

Awesome!!!! Was it also a sign that she is getting well and get to go home to mama soon?

Wendy said...

Oh, I think that's a wonderful moment to treasure! A three week baby smiling at you!! I love it.
I would have shouted to the rooftops too!
I hope you told her mommy. Babies truly are miracles and this one has kept you old seasoned nurse on your toes!
Hugs

Beverly said...

How dear! We sometimes fail to notice those little things, especially when you see babies all the time. Wonderful.

JeanMac said...

So touching - a real connection you have with the wee ones.

Darlene said...

Weren't you the lucky one to see the baby's first smile. And she was a lucky baby to be talked to by a caring nurse. Don't tell me that those smiles are gas; I don't believe it.

Beverly said...

Thank you all for the sweet comments.
Yes, I really do love babies, and she is hopefully doing fine at home. I never write about babies while they are still in the hospital. I would not want to for privacy reasons. So, any I do mention are all home with their mommy and daddy....

Darlene said...

I must add that the picture of your grandson on the heading is so precious. He has such a sweet face and you captured it well.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Great Story! I love that you got such a kick out of this, especially because as you said----You've seen it all!
What a lovely gift that dear little baby gave you...But, YOU gave that little Baby a great gift, too!

Thanks for your visit!

Tabor said...

This is such a wonderful story. You are going to live forever with memories like this to warm your soul.

Like Darlene the header photo caught my eye and made ME smile.

Brighid said...

Special moments are only captured by those who can see them. What a wonderful thing to share. I have a granddaughter with CP, and am blessed by her in a thousand ways.

Leesavee said...

It makes me smile just to think about it! :)