Santa paid an early Christmas visit to a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit in San Diego, California.
2 and a half-week-old twins, Tanner and Katelyn, came into the world early, so of course they expected an early visit from Santa at UCSD`s pre-natal unit.
2 pounder Helen and 3 pounder Augustine took their first pictures with Santa.
For Kim and Brian Itschner of Temecula, Santa's visit makes spending the holidays at the hospital a little easier.
'It's nice to have the holiday atmosphere. I hope those are happy tears. Yes they are," Itschner said.
The visit is a tradition here at the preemie unit. Bringing joy to families over the year; helping mark the progress made in helping these really little ones, make it home.
'I think back to when I started doing this kind of nursing, half of 3 pound babies die and now we send home babies that are less than a pound,' NICU Nurse Manager Jan Hebert said.
Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.
A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today. Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.