Except when people (like us) are bugging him or three or four other babies in the NICU are bawling simultaneously, Charlie is pretty peaceful. He doesn't like the snorkel when it goes in, but not having to breathe so hard quiets him down in a few minutes. This morning, his nurse told us, he decided to conduct his own trial of going without CPAP, but that didn't work so well, so we had a talk with him about practising medicine before going to nursery school. I'm sure he listened carefully, as he has to our little discussions about not bending his arm so as to pinch off his IV.
For company, he also has a picture of a dog and a cat taped on the access doors of his isolette -- which is more than we have in the way of pets these days.