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T'was The Night Before Christmas - St. NICU

Posted by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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As a mom of a baby who will be spending his first Christmas in the NICU...I loved this poem!

T'was The Night Before Christmas - St. NICU

T’was the night before Christmas, and in each isolette,

little creatures were squirming and getting all set.

Machinery sat by their bedsides with care,

in hopes that good breathing skills soon would be there.

Day shifters were home all snug in their beds,

as visions of overtime danced in their heads.

While preemies on ventilators, and some on CPAP,

had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.


When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,

the residents woke up to see what was the matter.

Away from the sink I flew like a jet,

to make sure all was well at my baby’s isolette.


Some bilirubin lights with their powerful glow,

gave the luster of mid-day to babies below.

When, there before my wondering eyes, it would seem,

was an oversized stroller and a medical team.

With a handful of needles with which they could stick you,

I knew in a moment it must be St. NICU.


More rapid than eagles his specialists came,

and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name-

“Now, Nurses! Now, Residents! Now, Neonatologists!

On, Social Workers! On, Respiratory and Occupational Therapists!

From the front of the unit! To the end of the hall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”


Up to each baby’s crib side they flew,

with the stroller full of toys, and St. NICU too.

And then, in a twinkling, they stopped at each bed,

and tucked in the babies and got them all fed.


As I looked at my baby, and was turning around,

down our aisle St. NICU came with a bound.

He was dressed in red scrubs, and I could instantly tell

that his clothes had an obvious hospital smell.

A bag of stuffed animals was flung on his back,

and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

A little red pen he held tight in his teeth,

and a stethoscope encircled his neck like a wreath.


He was chubby and plump, with a few extra pounds,

and I laughed when I saw him there doing his rounds.

A turn of his clipboard and a twist of his head,

soon led me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke few words, but came straight to my side,

and running down his face was a tear he had cried.


Laying his hand on the back of my head,

he gave me a nod, and slowly he said-

“Each night you come here you’re aware of the danger,

but your baby is loved by the One in the manger.”


Then the medical team gave a thumbs-up and smiled,

and St. NICU placed an animal next to my child.

But I heard him exclaim, as they rolled out of sight,

“Merry Christmas, tiny baby, and have a wonderful night!”

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by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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That is a great poem!
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by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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Oh my god I love this. It made me cry. We left the NICU on May 1 but I'll never forget our time there.
Sending good thoughts to you for your Christmas in the NICU.
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by on Dec. 16, 2012 at 1:06 AM
Love it! My preemie was born 3 days before Christmas ... She spent her first Christmas , New Years and valentines day in the NICU.
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by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Love it!!!!
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by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I know this all to well. Just did this last Christmas. Thoughts are with you. Our dd spent halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New years there. Have a cheerful day though, you deserve it. It's not ideal, but you cannot change it, having your baby near makes it all worth it.

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