Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grayson'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.

“My son, Grayson, was born September 27, 2014 at 31 weeks and 3 days. He was a healthy 4 pounds and came out screaming! He has three older brothers (Nick - almost 14 years old, Josh - almost 12 years old, and Noah - 2.5 years old).

Grayson spent a total of 46 days in the NICU and came home on an apnea monitor. He was a fighter from the beginning always pulling off his CPAP and pulling out his feeding tube. There were many ups and downs during his NICU journey including staph infections in both eyes (which required us to gown up before being able to hold him. Grayson tried to tell the nurses and doctors that he was ready to go home after about 30 days, but then he would drop his heart rate while eating. This led to the apnea monitor for about 6 weeks after his discharge. As much as I DID NOT want to take him home on a monitor, it definitely let us get some sleep those first few nights! I cried the entire wheelchair ride from the NICU to the hospital exit -- because I was so happy that he was finally coming home!”

A Note From Maria:
"I had such a wonderful experience meeting this sweet family. I was so fortunate and honored to capture these images that they will cherish for a long time. Grayson is a handsome happy little 9 month old who captured my heart as soon as I saw him. His smile is so captivating, you would never know he had spent over 2 months in the NICU at birth. Thank you Preemie Prints for bringing this family into my life, I will always have a spot for little Grayson in my heart." 

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 and visit our website at 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 Frederick, MD.

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

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