Chris and Mason had to spend the first few weeks of their life living in a controlled environment called an isolette. Like the words hints towards, they are isolated. We could only touch them by putting our hands through the holes on the sides.
My wife said it reminded her of the movie, Dumbo, where the mother could only touch Dumbo through the bars of her cage. We talked often about how the scene was so much more emotional for us now that we could really identify with Dumbo's mom. Maybe an odd connection, but it made us sad every time we thought about it.
Here is a rough drawing I did of Chris' isolette while in the NICU.
My sons were born on 9-10-11 at 28 weeks, 6 days. The both weighed less than three pounds, but they are fighters and now weigh 6 1/2 pounds. My wife and I were and still are very scared for them. We love them very much.