Disclaimer: All photos posted with written permission from Corbin's Mom, Sarah--Thank you!
One of the downsides of knitting for NICU's is that if you don't work in the hospital or in the NICU where your efforts are being directed, you never get to see any of the little Littles modeling your creations. We often have to rely on our imagination and maybe a doll or two for sizing.
Sarah, Corbin's Mom, found this blog, recognized the reindeer hats, and left a very sweet comment thanking the group for our time, also graciously sending me pics to be posted to this blog for those of my group who made them and also to inspire all of us charity knitters everywhere that our projects go to real live Cutie Pies who wear them with style!
Look at that face--the definition of adorable! This Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer hat was designed and knitted by Kathy, an RT in our department. Great job, Kathy!
This is a great picture using perspective show how small preemies can be. The pacifier is normal sized. The thicker part of the cannula under the nose is regular sized (the prongs are extra extra small sized specifically for preemie babies. Corbin weighs a little over 3 lbs here, what would be the smallest range of "Medium Preemie" in my book "Warm Hats for Wee Noggins".
That also means that, yes, there are babies born even smaller who survive and flourish.
Corbin rocks his cupcake hat! Other than the reindeer hat, I'm not sure exactly who made each of the others but I know Corbin and his family greatly appreciate each hand-knitted hat he received.
Again, getting size-technical for all NICU knitters--notice the adult hand holding Corbin's head. At this point, his head was only about 12" around, at most and his little arms aren't much bigger around than an adult man's thumb.
Again, for perspective for knitters, the tape on his right foot and the ID band on his left ankle are both 1" wide and the orange NG tube in his right nostril is half the size of a coffee stirrer.
Every time I stop to think about how small preemies can be I'm overwhelmed with awe at how frail on the one hand and tough on the other hand these little guys are who grow up to be regular sized people. They go through the developmental stages, preemies just do the last weeks of it outside the womb. Anytime you need to remind yourself that our world is made up of miracles, come back and visit these photos again.
My favorite pic--Corbin is a happy little man in a blessed family. Catch that dimple on his right cheek and that mischievous smile. We wish you the best of life, our little friend!
Thank you from all of us, Sarah, for sharing your son and his journey with us.