A Hospital Filled its Nursery with Little Olympians Who Have Won Our Hearts
While Americans had their eyes glued to Shaun White and Chloe Kim's winning snowboarding performances as well as other highlights from the PyeongChang Olympics, staff at Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were focused on their own little champions—the newborns in their nursery.
To celebrate the Olympics, the hospital decked out the nursery in red, white, and blue décor and handed out awards in categories such as Sweetest Cheeks, Longest Eyelashes, Most Hair, Brightest Eyes, Strongest Lungs, and Best Napper. (Congrats to the parents of the child who won that last category—we're all ridiculously jealous.)
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The babies needed to look the part for their Olympic ceremony, of course, so the staff dressed them in the cutest and most patriotic swaddling blankets. One of the nurses even knitted tiny USA-themed pom-pom hats for the newborns to sport. It's fair to say that they all tied for gold medal in the cuteness category.
"The staff has a blast with it. It adds a little excitement and a little buzz to the unit," says Jeff Hodges, chief nursing officer at Magee-Women's Hospital. "For the parents, it's something that helps them remember this very special moment that they have."
This isn't the first time that Magee-Women's Hospital has gone above and beyond to celebrate a holiday in the nursery. Last year, they dressed the babies up for Christmas and also gave them little Yoda outfits to wear for Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the Fourth be with you…get it?).
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"At Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC, all of our babies are champions," says Hodges. "We deliver nearly 10,000 babies a year. It's all such a special event for these new families and we just thought it would be fun to include some competition."
Congrats to all of the little winners at Magee-Women's! And who knows, maybe one of these newborns will go on to compete at the real Olympics one day.