Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lovable Laycee's NICU Grad Shoot

Please enjoy our inspirational photos and consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. Our programs include an online support group, the gift of photography, group events and meetings, information, and email support. Our mission is to connect parents and let them know they are not alone. We thank our supporters, volunteers, and donors for allowing us to touch the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families. 

We pray these special memories will help the parents to remember how strong they were in overcoming a crisis situation.

A note from Mom:

"Laycee was born with CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia). She was a full term baby weighing in at 7lbs 11 1/2oz. Within 3 hours of birth she was life-flighted to Houston to be treated in the Children’s Memorial Hermann NICU. Her condition was life threatening and needed surgery to repair her diaphragm in order for her to survive. Our stay in the NICU lasted 8 weeks and 1 day. She had to be on a ventilator for the first 3 weeks of life. From there Laycee was weaned down off the ventilator to CPAP, Hi-Flow machine and then finally room air. It was very long process and that wasn’t even working on feeds. We are still fighting her feeds but she is slowing making progress.

Our journey with the NICU was totally unexpected. We did not know Laycee's condition before birth. The nurses and doctors were absolutely amazing at HMH. They took the time to talk to you on a level you understood since your world has been turned upside down. When we left for the day we knew our little one was in great care. We were encouraged to ask tons of questions and to call anytime. That they were there for us. The first week prior to her surgery was the toughest for me. I just couldn't wrap my head around what was happening. Our NICU team not only showed that they were there to treat our daughter, but that they were there for the parents too. Without them our journey may have been worse. I am so grateful for the nurses there and for the help they provided once we were discharged."

Laycee while in the NICU

Volunteer Photographer:
 Ashley Diamond Siegert - College Station, TX

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