94 Days In The NICU

I love a baby story with a happy ending. I especially love a preemie story with a happy ending. My brother Dan, now 26, was born at 30 gestational weeks (a full 10 weeks early) and spend two months in the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) before he was able to come home. This was actually my first encounter with charity knitting - at 12 years old, I can vividly remember the sights, sounds, and smells of the NICU, down to the little handmade hats the nurses put on his minuscule head.

Babies are born premature for any number of reasons, often with no explanation or warning whatsoever. And so when I hear stories of people loving on not only their own little NICU miracles, but other NICU miracles as well, I get all misty and have to share.

I found the photo above on Ravelry, shared by user lartemis. She made 92 hats to celebrate the 92 days her daughter spent traveling back and forth to the NICU to spend time with her twin sons, born at just 28 weeks. Both boys are healthy and happy three year olds now, and these hats were made in honor of their fight, and to help warm and comfort new little NICU residents as they grow stronger and fight to go home with their families.

She used the Wrapped With Love Preemie Hat pattern for all 92 of her hats, and it looks like she embellished many of them in her own way. The pattern is available for free, and comes with instructions for attaching a super cute bow for baby girls!