Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Glen and Zoe -- NICU Grad Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM GLEN AND ZOE'S FAMILY
It was a very long, tough road. We spent 91 and 110 days in the NICU. There were a lot of scares along the way, but overall - it was a pretty typical stay from what we have been told.
 




Glen and Zoe's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.

A Note From Jen:
Glen and Zoe are absolutely adorable. 25 weekers, now HOME!



Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

SJ -- NICU Grad Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.



A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM SJ'S FAMILY
Our son was born at 34 weeks at Unity Hospital in Greece, NY. My water broke unexpectedly as my pregnancy was going perfectly normal. When he was born he did great and did not need any support breathing. He was in the nursery during his stay at Unity and they kept a close eye on him. The day we were supposed to be discharged ( we were going to leave in a couple hours after his car seat test) he had an apneic event and at that point we knew we would be staying longer. He ended up needing to be intubated and had to be transferred to the NICU at Strong Memorial Hospital. My husband and I were devastated, we had no idea what to expect. All we could do was cry. We met the ambulance at the hospital and were able to see him once they got him situated in his room. We walked into the room and my husband and I lost it, we just started bawling. He was hooked up to the ventilator and so much more. At this point the doctors told us that they didn't know what was going on but were going to run a lot of tests so it would just be a waiting game. It was so hard to see our son like this, we just felt so helpless and had no idea what to expect. We just talked to him and told him we loved him and knew he was a fighter and get through this. Several doctors came in and out and did tests and were telling us worse case scenario which was so hard for us. The first doctor told us he thought it may be brain damage and that was the hardest thing for us to hear, another doctor told us a seizure disorder, and another a metabolic disorder and many other things. We just tried to take it one day at a time and stay positive. All of the tests ended up coming back negative and they said he just needed more time to develop. They weaned him off of the ventilator, then he was on a nasal cannula and then eventually on room air. We were there for 11 days and the first 4 were the most stressful days of our lives. We literally felt like the world was ending and felt so helpless as we looked at him hooked up to everything. To other parents with babies in the NICU: try and take it one day at a time, it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel in the beginning but trust the nursing staff and things get a bit "easier" with each passing day. 






SJ's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.


A Note From Jen:
SJ was a little uncertain about the whole photography situation, but once he fell asleep, we got some great photos. Adorable little dude!




Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Adelyn and Emma: NICU Grads!

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Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.


A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM ADELYN AND EMMA'S FAMILY
Our miracle babies were taken by emergency c section due to preeclampsia at 34 weeks. They were in the NICU for 12 days and were very healthy considering they were 6 weeks early. They were 4'14 and 5'2 lbs. Since they had been monitoring me they did give me some steroids to help with their lungs and I think it really helped because they didn't need breathing tubes. Their biggest difficulties were learning how to eat from a bottle and maintaining their temperature. They were in isolettes for most of their stay and we had to keep checking their temps for awhile after coming home. Now they are 6 months old(4 1/2 corrected) and are hitting all of their milestones! We consider ourselves extremely lucky and blessed:-)Remember that they are where they need to be right now and they are getting the care that they need. the hospital environment is extremely exhausting and overwhelming so make sure you take some time away and breaks to process and recover. It was extremely emotional the first time I left the hospital and went home without my babies but it was exactly what I needed to come back to them stronger and rested. Take help when offered! Lean on your support system...they are there for you. Last but not least don't feel bad denying visitors. I remember being completely overwhelmed with family wanting to see the babies and hold them but what they don't understand is that you don't even get to hold them for that long or often. We had days where we just said no visitors at all and looking back I wish we had done that more. You will get through this!!!




Adelyn and Emma's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.





A Note From Jen:
34 week rainbow babies--now almost 6 months old! They were so good during our session and "posed" beautifully. Sweet girls!



Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nancalee and McKynlee's NICU Grad Session

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Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM NANCALEE AND MCKYNLEE'S FAMILY
Born via emergency c-section due to placenta abruption. My son had to be rescusitated at birth twice therefore was with out oxygen for quite some time. We stayed in the nicu for 8 days, during that time my son was on a breathing machines, had jaundice, wasn't eating well.
The day my babies were born and the journey to that day was so full of emotion for me. I knew something was wrong I gained no weight my whole pregnancy (who does that carrying 2?) I had 23 hospital visits, 2 sets of steroid shots, contractions for 4mos and on medication to stop them. I don't remember much from the day of delivery as it all happened so fast and I was put to sleep. When I seen my boy hooked up to what seemed to be hundreds of machines hearing things beep and not know why and heard that he had to be rescusitated I completely fell apart. I've never felt so helpless to my Children even surrounded by my family. I begged to hold him, I wasn't allowed to. Worst 12hrs ever..it was later that night the nurse came to my room and wheeled me down for much needed skin to skin all I could do was cry and try so hard not to squeeze his fragile body. I wiped my tears off him he was so perfect. The care that my babies received from the nurses was phenomenal no words can express my love for them, they made me feel so secure and comfortable. They showed me how to nurse them and we're so willing and eager to help. Its been a Rollercoaster with him, we've had 2 long hospital stays so far. Possibly some neurological problem but we're in good hands with golisano children's hospital."




(Photos here)
Nancalee and Mckynlee's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.


A Note From Jen:
These two loved each other so much! Born at 35 weeks after a placental abruption, they are now almost 7 months old. Adorable!


(Photos here)

Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meet Nora & Ellie! Preemie Prints NICU Grad Photo Shoot

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Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.


We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints 
will help families heal and remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM
“My identical twins shared a placenta. Because of this, Ellie had intrauterine growth restriction and a few other complications while in the womb. I was admitted to the hospital a month prior to their birth for daily monitoring. I had an emergency c section at 33 weeks. Nora was 4lbs1oz and Ellie was 3lbs3oz. Both had normal preemie complications. They had the Cpap only for a couple of days. They had to be under the lights multiple times. But really they were there to learn to eat, grow, and control the bradys. Both girls were in the NICU for a total of 29 days. They did well enough that after 2 weeks, they transferred them to a hospital closer to our home.

I have sat down to write this several times now. It is difficult to put into words how I am feeling. My twin girls are 7 months now. They are happy, healthy, and home! Our hearts are so full. I remember being in the hospital while on bedrest, for a month prior to delivery, reading other's success stories and thinking "will that ever be us?" Time seemed to stand still. All I could focus on was getting through the next hour and keeping my babies safe. Once they arrived, I knew the NICU was going to be an emotional rollercoaster. And it was. But the lows made the highs all the sweeter. I found it more difficult after my babies finally came home. I was on autopilot just doing what I had to while caring for my twins in the NICU and my family at home. I looked back at my NICU experience and struggled with feelings of guilt, grief, and sadness. What I hope to let others know is that if you too feel or have felt this way, there is healing. I can now see the blessings that came at such a difficult time in mine and my family's life. At the end of each exhausting day, find the positives. Whether it was a kind nurse, another milestone met, or just knowing you have your sweet little one/s here. This trial will pass and you will be stronger for having gone through it.”



Emma’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Blaire Ring.

A Note From Blaire:
“I had so much fun with these amazing twins and their vibrant big sister! They shared a placenta which led to their arrival at 33 weeks, but aside from some "normal" preemie complications, they are doing very well. The one thing that immediately stuck out to me was how enamored they are with their sister - she was at times the only one who could make them laugh!”


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, 
and organization please do not use for any purpose. 
____________________________________________

Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Leesburg, VA.


We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.