Eric Hart’s little son, Collier, has been hospitalized since his premature birth in July. When the baby’s first holiday, Halloween, approached, Hart asked hospital staff if it was okay to dress his son up in a costume.

“I came up with Iron Man because he’s been hooked up to all those machines and wires, and that’s similar to what Iron Man went through,” he said.

“We thought we’d dress him up and take some pictures for the grandparents, the family and some friends,” said Hart, 35. “I figured I’d put the little mask on top of him just long enough to take a picture.”

“It just resonates with them of being able to find a small moment of joy during months and months of physical and spiritual exhaustion,”

“There are a lot of times when the baby is sedated, and you can’t interact, so this is something we could actually do and say, ‘We may not be normal right now but this is our new normal,’” he said. “Even though we’re in the hospital, we’re trying to do everything that a regular family would do and celebrate all the holidays.”

He is a tough tyke! Watch as this dad makes an iron man costume for his preemie son in the hospital.