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A Day in the Life of a NICU Mom

This is what it looks like when mom can go home, but her babies can’t.

Bridget holds Molly, one of her twin baby girls, in the NICU at Cohen Children's Medical Center. | Photo credit: Lee Weissman

For some women, four weeks of bed rest, two tiny preemies, and many months spent watching her babies live under the care of doctors and nurses in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) might feel unbearable. But since her daughters were born two and a half months early, Bridget Connors has taken it all in stride, knowing that the end game is getting her babies home, safe and sound. This is a glimpse into a day in the life of a NICU mom.

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Bridget wakes up every morning and heads straight to the NICU to spend the day with her babies, Lucy and Molly. Here Bridget greets Molly and spends time gazing into her eyes.

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The girls were born on July 17. Molly was just 2 pounds, 6 ounces at birth.

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Lucy weighed 3 pounds, 1 ounce at birth.

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Bridget folds the girls’ laundry. Because the nurses handle most of the day-to-day care for the babies, Bridget cherishes the little things she can do for them until she gets them home.

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Bridget and Lucy visit with grandma and grandpa. The NICU staff has everyone visit with one girl at a time to avoid any confusion with their care.

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Bridget is thrilled with the photo op—the girls’ very first side by side picture. Bridget snaps away, capturing this unexpected moment.

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Lucy has been having stomach troubles. Bridget looks on nervously while her daughter gets a diagnostic test.

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Kevin, the girls’ dad, visits each evening after work. The new parents enthusiastically bathe and change their daughters, which gives them hands-on practice and helps them to establish a nighttime routine. Bridget also pumps every three hours around the clock to provide enough breast milk for the growing twins.

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Bridget and Kevin help one of the nurses weigh Lucy, who exercises her developing strength with shrieks of protest as her little body is placed on the shockingly frigid surface.

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Bridget and Kevin hold Lucy's tiny hands before they head home for the night.

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Published December 8th, 2017