MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The tiniest little angels at Banner Desert Medical Center are the babies in the NICU. On Tuesday morning they got a special visit from Santa.
"He was born at 24 weeks and he weighed 1 pound 13 ounces," said Sara Wheeler, son Beau has been in the NICU for two months.
Weeks later strong little Beau is 3 pounds 11 ounces.
"We just got a little outfit for him that says my heroes wear scrubs," said Chase Wheeler, Beau’s father.
Those heroes are the NICU nurses at Banner Desert, who know just how hard this time of year can be for msom and dads.
"It's really special for us to bring Santa to them because it's their first Christmas," said Jackie Rowe, NICU Nurse.
And for Santa, this is his favorite day.
"The babies' first Christmas is just a magical thing," said Santa.
"My mom makes matching PJs for all the grandkids. They usually open them on Christmas Eve but he got his early so he could wear them to meet Santa," said Sarah.
Santa and his helpers went from room to room, cuddling the little bundles of joy.
“Oh yeah the babies will smile," said Rowe.
And taking pictures is a memory the families are so grateful for.
"We want him to know he was a fighter and made it through that we were here for him every step of the way. We are rooting for him and happy he is just here," said Sarah.
"When they get to show their babies those pictures when the baby does mature and finally understand, that's a special thing," said Santa.