Babies in the NICU at Advocate Children’s Hospital got into the Halloween spirit on Tuesday with an adorable costume contest. This annual tradition, which takes place at the hospital’s two campuses in the Chicago suburbs of Oak Lawn and Park Ridge, is a collaborative effort between the NICU nurses, child life specialists and patients’ families.
“The nurses work with families to help make all holidays special for them while their babies are hospitalized in the NICU,” Advocate Children’s Hospital NICU clinical manager, Paula Glass, told HuffPost.
“Halloween is one of our favorite holidays because it typically is known as a holiday enjoyed by most children,” she added. “For the past several years nurses helped families celebrate this by helping them to dress or decorate their cribs.”
“The nurses work with families to help make all holidays special for them while their babies are hospitalized in the NICU,” said Paula Glass. Hospital staffers vote for their favorite costumes, and the winner receives a gift basket. The public relations team also shares photos of the Halloween babies on Facebook.
Glass told HuffPost that Halloween is one of the “first” milestones for newborn babies. “Their first Halloween is special, and unfortunately because they are still hospitalized they cannot enjoy the same type of celebration like those babies who are at home with their families,” she explained. “So, this is a way for families to participate in Halloween and virtually ‘trick or treat’ and share photos with families and friends.”
“This is a way for families to participate in Halloween and virtually ‘trick or treat’ and share photos with families and friends,” Glass explained. Glass said the hospital’s social media posts also give the families’ loved ones a chance to see their NICU Halloween celebration and offer supportive comments.
“It lets families know that others care for them and wish them well,” she said. “Having a baby in the NICU is stressful, I think this helps families feel some joy. That is important.”
Injecting a little fun and happiness into the daily worries of life in the NICU is invaluable. The Halloween event is also an occasion for families to get creative and bond with their babies.
Said Glass, “We hope NICU parents experience a bit of normalcy and joy in an otherwise stressful atmosphere. This celebration also provides parents the opportunity to create some special moments with their little one and celebrate a first milestone.”
Airline Crew Sing Happy Birthday To World War II Veteran Who Turned 101-Years-Old On Flight
In a heartwarming moment melting hearts across the internet, the crew on a Southwest Airlines flight serenaded a World War II veteran who turned 101 by singing Happy Birthday to him.
A sweet video that captured the moment was shared on Facebook by fellow passenger Samantha Goodwin, who praised the airline.
Along with the video clip, Samantha wrote on twitter, “@SouthwestAir being the baller airlines that they are took time out to sing Happy Birthday to a WWII vet.”
In the clip, crew and passengers can be heard singing to the vet, who turned 101 on 12 June according to The Daily Mail.
— Samantha Godwin (@WaldronSamantha) June 13, 2019
The main lights throughout the cabin were dimmed, as passengers switched on their overhead lights in tribute to the veteran as he made a wish. Creative replacement for birthday candles, don’t you think?
In response to Samantha’s tweet, the airline’s official Twitter account posted, “We treat our customers like family, and we’re so glad we were able to celebrate this milestone! Thanks for sharing, Samantha!”
The sweet clip has gone viral on social media, with people praising Southwest Airlines for recognizing the veteran, while others took the opportunity to wish the vet a happy birthday.
That was truly a sweet thing to do, don’t you agree?
Remember to share this story with your friends and family and give them something t smile about!
Woman Meets Her Soulmate after Stopping To Chat To Homeless Man
A woman found her soulmate after she stopped to have a little chat with a homeless man. 31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand. “I got booted in the head a few times, and I was chased and spat at.” Jon said
However, a chance encounter led to him finding love in 38 year old, Katie Nicol, who stopped to hear his story, and now his life has been turned around. “I went to sit with him and said, ‘What’s your story?’ We just hit it off.” Katie recalled.
Soon after their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.
Within three months, the two were in love. “We clicked straight away, he seemed so genuine. Every day we laugh. I went and sat with him every day. He said he wanted to change his life so we decided we’d work towards that together.” Katie said.
Jon, who had previously been hooked on heroin and hallucinogenic Spice, had been homeless for 18 months. He had also spent some time in prison.
Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.
Jon says he had started to give up on life and a future until Katie came along. He says that he owes much of his dramatic turnaround to Katie. “She’s helped me a lot, in so many different ways. She was sending me those notes and I thought, there’s something different here. I really liked coming back to them.”
“I wasn’t worried when he first came to my house – I felt like I could trust him straight away. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite food?’ and he said a roast dinner. He hates sausage rolls because he got given them all the time. He said to me, ‘I don’t want to ever eat chips again’. “Katie said.
Katie added, “Our relationship has got a lot, lot stronger. We just laugh together all the time.”
The couple says most people have been supportive of the them and their relationship. “We’ve had a mixture of reactions. The majority of my friends have been really supportive, however one has really had a major issue with it.” Katie revealed.
“But people meet on Tinder all the time, which I think can be more dangerous than sitting and talking to someone for four months.” She added.
After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love. What’s more, Jon has even reconnected with his estranged father who he hadn’t seen since he was six.
“I used to think about this when I was sleeping on the beach, that I won’t be here forever… Thanks to Katie, that was true.” Jon said.
Mom Mocked For “Spoiling” Baby With Down’s Syndrome – Writes Amazing Letter
At the very least, it can be very rude and annoying when strangers feel they have the right to jump into someone’s life and judge, give an opinion or make unwanted assertions. Sadly, for one mom, this has become something she experiences on the regular.
Kelly and her husband have adopted two children with Down’s syndrome, and often she is approached by strangers who have a thing or two to say about her kids.
One day, Kelly was carrying her young daughter in a baby carrier while shopping at a Target. As she browsed the shelves, she was stopped by a woman who had something to say about her little girl.
The woman reportedly said that carrying her daughter, Grace, would “spoil” her and prevent her from becoming independent. Kelly was shocked and understandably irked. Not wanting to react ungraciously in the heat of the moment, she simply smiled and walked away.
When she got home, Kelly sat down and wrote an open letter to the woman and all other people who judge her. Her words are so powerful that we believe everyone should see them.
“Dear Woman in Target,
“I’ve heard it before, you know. That I “spoil that baby”. You were convinced that she’d never learn to be “independent”. I smiled at you, kissed her head, and continued my shopping.
If you only knew what I know.
If you only knew how she spent the first ten months of her life utterly alone inside a sterile metal crib, with nothing to comfort her other than sucking her fingers.
If you only knew what her face looked like the moment her orphanage caregiver handed her to me to cradle for the very first time–fleeting moments of serenity commingled with sheer terror. No one had ever held her that way before, and she had no idea what she was supposed to do.
If you only knew that she would lay in her crib after waking and never cry–because up until now, no one would respond.
If you only knew that anxiety was a standard part of her day, along with banging her head on her crib rails and rocking herself for sensory input and comfort.
If you only knew that that baby in the carrier is heartbreakingly “independent” –and how we will spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years trying to override the part of her brain that screams “trauma” and “not safe”.
If you only knew what I know.
If you only knew that that baby now whimpers when she’s put down instead of when she is picked up.
If you only knew that that baby “sings” at the top of her lungs in the mornings and after her nap, because she knows that her chatter will bring someone to lift her out of her crib and change her diaper.
If you only knew that that baby rocks to sleep in her Mama’s or her Papa’s arms instead of rocking herself.
If you only knew that that baby made everyone cry the day she reached out for comfort, totally unprompted.
If you only knew what I know.
“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege. I will carry her for a little while longer–or as long as she’ll let me–because she is learning that she is safe. That she belongs. That she is loved.
If you only knew…”