Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lovable Liam's NICU Grad Photo Shoot

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.

“Liam was born at 34weeks 5days weighing 6lbs 3oz and 19 inches long. He was immediately taken to the NICU and placed on oxygen. He was what they called a feeder grower. It took a long time and many pulled feeding tubes before he could finally suck swallow and breath when eating. He had many days on the light for jaundice. He overall spent 3 weeks in the NICU. When we arrived home it was weekly doctors’ appointments because he was having issues gaining weight. Since then, we have been to the doctor at least once every two weeks.
Liam has reactive airway disease and was on a nebulizer for a while and is now on a spacer inhaler. He also takes medication for a chemical burn to his throat from acid reflux. He sees both a king specialist and an ENT specialist. Because he has reactive airway he also has bad eczema (something that tends to go hand in hand which I didn't know until seeing the specialist). He had had RSV, which resulted in an ambulance ride and three night stay at children's.

What amazes me as that no matter what he is going through or how bad he may feel he always has a smile on his face!

Having to experience the NICU has taught me to cherish the little things, not rush things in life, and take things one day at a time. While it was incredibly frustrating wanting Liam to meet milestones right away, I had to learn through education of the nursing staff that all children will do things in their own time. It was helpful to know that the emotional roller coaster I felt and sometimes still feel like I'm riding is normal to feel and that there are many other families who are willing to support you and guide you. Keep your head up!”

A Note From Kate:
“That smile. Those eyes. What a beautiful baby boy! It was a pleasure to meet Mr. L this past weekend and see how far he had come in his first year! He's sure to be a quite the ladies' man!”

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 Germantown, WI.

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

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