My Family: Neonatal Intensive Care

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Family We were sitting in the waiting room at the hospital to see my new baby nephew David. The waiting room had plenty to do. It had a TV with the Iowa game on, books to read, and magazines. I wasn’t paying attention to any of it. I was sitting on the edge of my chair not paying attention. My mind was all on the little boy I was about to meet. Little did I know that as soon as I held him I was going to realize what family was all about. It was on a Friday two days after David was born. He was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because at birth he had trouble breathing. My family had all left as soon as school got out. So here we were in a small waiting room with twenty or so chairs waiting to see David. Only four people were allowed in…show more content…
First we had to fill out some forms. On these forms we had to write down our names, how we were feeling, symptoms, and other general information. After we filled out the forms we entered the unit. Right by the doors were washing stations. There was two of them. They look quite plain. They had a foot pedal to control the water instead of knobs, and we were given soap to use from a nurse. We were instructed by the nurse to push the foot pedal to make water flow out and to wash all the way up to our elbows. We had to do this for thirty seconds. Afterwards we were allowed to finally go to David’s…show more content…
When I entered the room I saw him for the first time. He was so tiny and cute. As my mom raised him out of the crib he somehow managed to look even smaller. He just nestled in her arms like a little teddy bear. My mother was going to get to hold him first, then Aaron, Jason, and finally I would be the last to hold him. I didn’t mind that. Yes I wanted to hold him, but then I could learn how to hold him better by watching, and it was awesome seeing how that little baby boy lit up the room with happiness. When Aaron held him he did not move at all. The only thing we could tell he was doing was breathing. When you were really quiet you could hear it. It was just a gentle in and out breath almost like when there is almost no breeze outside yet you can still hear it calling through the branches in the trees. Now it was Jason’s turn. Jason held him for about 5 minutes. I don’t think David liked him very much because now he was squirming all around in his sleep. Jason eventually gave up and handed him to me. He calmed down almost immediately. I held him so his head and upper body were in the cradle of my left arm, and I held his lower body with my right arm. He fit almost perfectly. Other than a little movement of his arms every now and then he was completely still. Once more we could hear his gentle

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