Are there any "out of the ordinary" people that you buy Christmas gifts for? Do you do anything for your postal carrier or for the person who delivers your newspaper? Who are people that you do a little something for that might not be on everybody's list. What do you tend to do for them?
I don't know how out of the ordinary these are, but we're giving our babysitter $100 cash and a gift card to Williams Sonoma (she likes to cook). And tomorrow is cooking making day and we'll be delivering heaping plates of homemade cookies and candy to six of our neighbors.
Andrew does gifts for the babies who have to spend Christmas in NICU.
I remember being in there on Christmas and feeling extra sad, because outside a quick Merry Christmas, it was business as usual in there. I was hoing for something just a little extra to make his first Christmas a more special. I decided going forward to give a little something to the babies and parents to acknowledge the holiday. I know I would have really appreciated that as a NICU parent.
Last year I gave picture frame ornaments with NICU 2010 on them, a little box of chocolates for the parents, and a small Christmas book for the babies. I signed them with a then and now picture of Andrew, his "stats" and this poem: We also brought cookies to the nurses. I will probably do the same thing this year.
Twas the night before Christmas, and in each isolette
Little creatures were squirming and getting all set;
Machinery sat by their bedsides with care,
In hopes that good breathing skills soon would be there.
Day shifters were home all snug in their beds,
As visions of overtime danced in their heads;
While preemies on ventilators, and some on CPAP,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap...
When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
The residents woke up to see what was the matter.
Away from the sink I flew like a jet
To make sure all was well at my baby's isolette.
Some bilirubin lights with their powerful glow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to babies below,
When, there before my wondering eyes, it would seem,
Was an oversized stroller and a medical team.
With a handful of needles with which they could stick you,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nicu.
More rapid than eagles his specialists came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Nurses! Now, Residents! Now, Neonatologists!
On, Social Workers! On, Respiratory and Occupational Therapists!
From the front of the unit! To the end of the hall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
Up to each baby's cribside they flew,
With the stroller full of toys, and St. Nicu too.
And then, in a twinkling, they stopped at each bed
And tucked in the babies and got them all fed.
As I looked at my baby, and was turning around,
Down our aisle St. Nicu came with a bound.
He was dressed in red scrubs, and I could instantly tell
That his clothes had an obvious hospital smell;
A bag of stuffed animals was flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
A little red pen he held tight in his teeth,
And a stethoscope encircled his neck like a wreath.
He was chubby and plump, with a few extra pounds,
And I laughed when I saw him there doing his rounds.
A turn of his clipboard and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke few words, but came straight to my side,
And running down his face was a tear he had cried.
And laying his hand on the back of my head,
He gave me a nod, and slowly he said:
"Each night you come here you're aware of the danger,
But your baby is loved by the One in the manger."
Then the medical team gave a thumbs-up and smiled
And St. Nicu placed an animal next to my child.
But I heard him exclaim, as they rolled out of sight,
"Merry Christmas, tiny baby, and have a wonderful night!"
Last edited by Lavender444; 12-11-2011 at 11:24 AM.
Amber, that is so thoughtful! It's great that you have stepped in to make other parents feel better about their baby's Christmas in the NICU. I know you've talked about how difficult that time was and it's so great that you've done some really positive things with your experience.
I can't think of any gifts that we do that are too out of the ordinary. Last year I baked a lot of fudge and gave it to our neighbors and sent some to work with Jason. If I feel up to it then I will do that again this year.
Okay, Amber, pass the kleenex. That is completely sweet.
Kayla - I've never made fudge. Is it fairly simple? I should look up how...
Amber, that is such an amazing thing that you do! What a wonderful tradition to keep up with. It is very inspiring. I know my grandmother was in the hosptial over the holidays and was amazed at the generosity of strangers who would bring her gifts, etc... and I know it brightened her day!
I don't do too much "out of the ordinary" shopping. Aside from the typical gifts, I do try to do something extra special for my boys teachers and I will buy something extra for our landscaper. I haven't ever done anything for the mailman and we don't get the paper... I've thought about doing something for my hairdresser and for J's coaches, but haven't decided if I am going to. I might just do some baking and share that with them...
Julie, fudge is fairly easy. That is one of the baked goods I have to have every year! YUM!
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
We do 10 neighbour boxes of baked goods. And our paper carrier and mailman get coffee gift cards. Our hairdresser gets a gift certificate for her favourite store and the kids babysitter gets $100.
me and DH 09/06/05
Alicia Marie 07/06/08
David John Courtenay 14/10/09
DSDs Portia 2001 Lexi 1999 Cassondra 1989