This Hospital Had Its Own Adorable “Baby Olympics”


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What happens when baby fever meets Olympics fever? Baby Olympics of course. In honor of the winter games, one hospital held its own Olympics for babies and the winners were predictably adorable.

At Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, parents welcomed medal-winning babies into the world last week. To commemorate the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics the hospital’s nursery staff handed out six different awards to some of the newest babies born at the start of the games. The awards included Strongest Lungs, Sweetest Cheeks, Longest Eyelashes, Most Hair, Brightest Eyes, and Best Napper.

Amanda Ciccone, mom of newborn Vincent who was awarded Most Hair, told TODAY, “It was a really cool and fun thing to do. It definitely adds to our story.” For the awards event, the nursery staff swaddled the babies in red, white and blue striped blankets and hats. The awardees also received a plaque. “For the patients and the parents, it helps them remember this very special moment that we have,” Jeff Hodges, chief nursing officer at Magee told TODAY. “It is really celebrating all our champion babies … we just thought it would be fun to include some competition in this.”

So what would it be like if babies actually participated in the Olympics? The Olympic Channel shared this video to Facebook, and it definitely wins the gold medal for cuteness.

How has your family been celebrating the Olympic Games? Share your experiences in the comments.

—Sher Warkentin



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