Having premature babies is a scary experience for any parent, but new dad Cole Farden has found a way to lighten the mood for his family — he makes up songs about their experience, set to popular music.
Farden, a high school football coach in Texas, recently posted a song to Facebook he called “Premies in the NICU” that’s set to Christina Aguilera’s ‘90s hit, “Genie in a Bottle.” Farden wrote the song for his twin daughters, Elliott and Georgia, who were born on Aug. 29 when his wife Kyla was just 26 weeks pregnant. “Their due date was originally Dec. 3,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“Ooooh—Elliott’s saying let’s go. But little Georgia’s saying no, no,” he sings in the song, which has been viewed nearly 4,000 times. “Both our girls are doing great. Every day surprising us. They are premies in the NICU. We hope they’re home before Christmas.”
This isn’t Farden’s only made-up song: He also covered Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (dubbed “25 and 2,” created when Kyla was at 25 weeks and two days in her pregnancy) and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” which he renamed “Look What Mom Does for You.” Farden says he originally started making up these tunes to entertain his wife after she was put on bed rest in late July. “We were in the hospital for 38 days,” he says. “I would talk to her stomach and talk to the girls.”
Farden says he just gets ideas and tries to figure out how he can write a song and get his daughters involved. His wife’s hospital stay was “very tough” on the couple and Farden says he figured that entertainment was “always a good thing.”
Now, the couple is in the NICU daily with their babies. Kyla goes to the hospital every day at 2 p.m. and they’re both there from 7:30 to 9:30 every night. “We just do their baths, some touch time, and hold them,” he says.
Despite being in the NICU, Farden says his babies are “doing awesome.” “They’re doing really well for as early as they were born,” he says. The couple is hoping to have their daughters home by Christmas.
Even though having newborns in the NICU is stressful, Farden says he and his wife have just tried to make the best of the situation. “I just try to remain positive,” he says. “It’s still scary today but we’ve just embraced the role of having premature girls…we can handle it.”
While Farden is the entertainer in the family, he gives credit to his wife for keeping everything together. “She’s the strongest individual I’ve ever known,” he says. “The way that she’s been as a mom…she’s the reason why our girls are doing as well as they are.”
Farden doesn’t know what his daughters will think of his creative outlet but he’s hoping they’ll eventually love it. “I would like to think that at some point they’ll think their dad is this crazy, fun entertainer, and as they grow up they’ll be a part of the videos, too,” he says. “But I really just started doing this to make my wife laugh.”
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