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A Funny NICU Story

So, I was just thinking about how serious and maybe depressing so many of my posts are.  I know that it can’t always be helped simply because of the subject matter of this blog, but I wanted to take a moment to share a funny story from NICU life.

Most of the rooms in the NICU are filled with babies in open cribs.  Nurses do “cares” every three hours for each of their patients, which includes changing the baby’s diaper, taking their temperature, maybe changing the baby’s position in the crib, feeding, and I think recording oxygen levels and heart rate.  Cribs are spaced about four or five feet from each other and usually have a curtain that can be closed around each crib.

Well, the nurses are used to throwing a small cloth over a boy when they’re changing their diaper, buy they typically don’t worry about it with a girl.  One day I arrived at my baby’s bedside and the nurses laughingly told me that my little girl had literally peed a fountain that almost hit the baby in the next crib over!  Luckily the curtain between their cribs was pulled out just enough that she hit the curtain instead, but it would’ve landed right on the next baby over if the curtain hadn’t been there.

Way to go little baby!  I was pretty impressed with my girl’s abilities 🙂  Ha ha.  Maybe the baby next door had a loud monitor that kept going off and my preemie wanted the other baby to be quiet!  Who knows.  Very funny.

Do any of you have a funny story from your experiences in the NICU?  Please share in the comments!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. My little girl was quite the expert at peeing across the room too. Not at NICU, but once we got home I had to be more careful with her than with my boy.

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