NICU ‘Rock Star’ Turns ‘TV Star’ at 3 Weeks Old

Posted on Jul 05, 2019

Keyshonda practices Kangaroo Care with Ryle
Keyshonda practices Kangaroo Care with Rylee

Baby Rylee is only 3 weeks old and already a star. After her early grand entrance into the world at just 3 pounds, 8 ounces at 31 weeks gestation, she finds herself featured on television with her mom, Keyshonda.

“Rylee, being so small, has been going through little things, but she has been a rock star as the nurses say,” Keyshonda says. “She’s a little spunk. She definitely likes what she likes when she likes it.”

The local CBS affiliate is showcasing the tiny bundle of joy in a feature on a special skin-to-skin bonding technique called Kangaroo Care.

“My first day after I had her, the nurses told me, ‘You should do Kangaroo. It’s really good for her,’” Keyshonda says. “They have been taking such good care of her, oh my goodness, the 24-hour care here is absolutely wonderful.”

Her lactation consultant, Deborah Locicero, says it’s true–baby Rylee is thriving and Kangaroo Care is helping her grow and become stronger. Keyshonda gushes to the TV reporter about the joys of motherhood and the benefits of skin-to-skin touch.

“It’s phenomenal,” Keyshonda explains. “Because it really helps your baby bond with you, even with dads, as well. My husband, the first time that he did kangaroo time, he was just like, ‘Oh, it’s perfect.’”

As mom Keyshonda looks down at her sweet baby girl as the news camera is rolling, she feels blessed. A proud grandma watches behind the scenes, snapping photos and taking video of the treasured memory. A special moment baby Rylee will get to look back on and see her first days of life as a tiny TV star.

But for now, it’s back to focusing on the Kangaroo Care bonding to pave the way for Rylee to have a happy, healthy future.  


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