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Monday, February 16, 2009

A little bit of perspective...

I am so exhausted so this is going to be short and sweet. Today, at my pediatric clinical, I was able to observe in the NICU for a couple of hours. I am not totally for sure that this is the type of nursing that I want to do, but it is definitely under consideration. Anyway- I was able to observe a nurse taking care of a baby that was born at 26 weeks gestation (just a little FYI for those of you who do not know-- 37 weeks is considered term and 40 weeks is what they go by to calculate due date). He was almost 3 pounds. Below is a picture of a diaper that he uses....and yes- that is my school ID next to it (which is the exact same size as my driver's license, but I did not want to post that for obvious reasons :). And also- this diaper was still too big and had to be folded down about 3/4 of an inch. Anyway- the whole reason for me posting this is a) it is something I am interested in and wanted to share, and b) I know that we have all heard of tiny 1-2 pound babies and such, but this baby was almost 3 pounds, and he is honestly the smallest baby I have ever seen in person. I was truly amazed.

And then here is this little Pamper next to Parker's size 4 Pamper....I wish I had a regular newborn diaper to compare it to, but I am fresh out! :)


Viv said...

Wow! Makes you realize how lucky we are to have babies born at full term huh? Hope the little guy does well! Thank you for sharing.

Kristin said...

wow, so tiny!

Anonymous said...

More power to you if you go w/NICU! Those lil babies scare me!


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