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Funny Scrubs Story

So, when I first arrived at the NICU where my 27-weeker had been lifeflighted to, I was recovering from a difficult c-section.  I had no pants to wear that were comfortable, and I was too skinny for maternity pants and too fat for pre-pregnant pants… you know how it is.

So, I was told by some family or friends that scrubs were very comfortable, and I should find some scrubs to wear.  So, I found a shop in the hospital that sold clothing with the hospital’s logo on it, and lots of scrubs in every color you could want.  So, because my favorite color is red, and I wanted pants that could be worn with anything, I got black pants and a red top.

The next day I wore them together to the NICU when I went to visit my preemie all day.  When the custodians came around that afternoon guess what their color scheme was?  Black and red!  There was one particular custodian that I often exchanged hellos with, and when she saw me that day she looked confused and asked, “Do you work here?”  It really was quite funny.

Unfortunately, the scrubs weren’t as comfortable as I had imagined.  They had so much length from the crotch to the waistline, I had to roll them up to wear them.  And, the top was extremely uncomfortable to pump or try to nurse in.  I don’t recommend scrubs if you’re looking for comfortable clothes to wear in the NICU after a c-section!  🙂

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. One day my husband and I went to see our daughter as we always did. To our surprise she had a cubical mate. I don’t know if the baby was a boy or girl. It was a big baby (Maybe about 9 or 10 lbs). And the baby was so cute. It looked like a little sumo wrestler.
    That day in the NICU was unusually quiet. My husband and I were watching our beautiful little girl dreaming like an angel.
    All of the sudden the peaceful silence was broken by a huge fart. I was shocked and new it did not come from my daughter (she was only 2 lbs at the most). So I looked at my husband while my brain was trying to process that sound. I thought to myself “he could not have done that”. I looked around the room at all the other preemie moms (They were staring at us). Then I looked behind me and my daughters nurse was standing there staring at my husband and me. I looked at the big baby sleeping in the the same cubical as my daughter , then looked back up at my daughter nurse and said “THAT WASN’T ME!”. The nurse replied laughing “I hope it wasn’t you because if it was you need to go check you pants”.

    Every body in the NICU broke down laughing. It was the new baby that shared my daughters cubical that passed wind. I still don’t know if wind was the only thing the baby past.

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