Babies at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital received an especially meaningful Leap Year present.
The newborns received handmade grasshopper hats on Wednesday for the once-every-four-years occasion. UPMC Magee nurse Caitlin Pechin crafted the hats in advance of Leap Day, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 29. The babies also received onesies to commemorate the special day.
Special guests Anne Sutton and Alec Traub donated 150 copies of the grasshopper-themed book “I Love You Like …” to Mother/Baby Unit and NICU families.
The book has extra meaning for Sutton and Traub. Traub wrote the book with Anne’s husband Scott, a friend and former co-worker who died in 2018 after a battle with cancer.
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They decided to write the book in 2016, shortly after Scott was diagnosed with stage IV neuroendocrine cancer in his lungs. They dedicated the book to Anne and Scott’s young son, also named Alec.
“I Love You Like …” tells the story of a young grasshopper and his father. The father is preparing to go to work, but his son frequently interrupts to ask, “How much do you love me?”
The book features illustrations by Glenn Zimmerman, who works for Paws Inc., the creative house that illustrates Garfield products.
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Magee’s Leap Day event allowed for both celebration and remembrance.
For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. More than 9,000 babies are born each year at Magee. The hospital also treats men for a variety of conditions, including surgical treatment. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first center to focus research only on conditions involving women and their infants.