Two different dads did amazing things for their premature babies in the NICU.
In North Carolina, Eric Hart's son, Collier, has been in the NICU since he was born prematurely in July. When Halloween came, Hart wanted to celebrate his son's first holiday and to "help him feel brave," according to TODAY. Seeing his son hooked up with wires to machines reminded Hart of Iron Man, so he was inspired to create the superhero's costume for Collier.
Hart's background as a professional prop maker came in handy when he designed templates for the mask and scaled them down to size before cutting shapes out of foam. Once the mask was assembled, the rest of the costume came together with a red-and-yellow onesie. Collier wore the mask long enough for photos to be taken and sent to friends. Watch a video below of how the costume comes together, and Collier wearing it.
On the west coast in California, Chris Picco suffered a heartbreaking tragedy when his wife, Ashley, died after an emergency C-section. Their son, Lennon James, was born at 24 weeks but was slowly dying after being moved to the NICU. Picco set up the Ashley Picco Memorial Fund in his wife's memory and posted updates about their son. After sharing that his wife "would often feel Lennon moving to music," Picco decided play his guitar and serenade Lennon with the Beatles song "Blackbird."
His acoustic concert was captured on camera and can be heard in the video below. In the latest update to friends and family, Picco revealed that Lennon passed away after four days. "I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said 'goodbye for now' ... All you need is love."
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