Not all heroes wear capes. But some do! Like the little newborns at the Natal Infant Care Unit of Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina. Veteran NICU nurse Katie Windsor decided to celebrate Halloween this year by dressing up the newborns in her unit as teeny, tiny superheroes, People reports. And she chose superhero costumes for a very sweet reason.
“I was on Pinterest looking around for ideas and I saw something that sparked an idea,” Windsor told People. “I thought these little babies need to be superheroes because they already are little heroes.”
So she dressed them up in a range of tiny, knitted superhero costumes, including a Batbaby, a Superbaby, and a mini-Princess Akira. The photos have clutched the heartstrings of the internet, getting thousands of likes and shares on the center's Facebook page.
And you can see why:
The story is especially moving considering that the NICU can be a scary and traumatic place for new parents. Emily Sauceda is the mother of little Batman, aka her son Fisher, who was born weighing just 2 pounds and now weighs barely 6. “I had been trying to find a costume but couldn’t find anything small enough,” she told People. “Being in the NICU is hard, it’s a difficult situation, but this made us feel like regular moms and dads.”
Turns out, this has been part of Winsor's plan all along. “They have to leave their babies at the hospital and it’s not normal," she said. "This kind of normalized things for them and at that moment it made them happy."
Kate Winsor is clearly a hero herself. And thanks to her, I finally figured out my Halloween costume: woman sobbing while looking at pictures of tiny babies dressed as superheroes!!!