Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meet Grayson and Scarlett! A Preemie Prints 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.

“B/G Twins Grayson and Scarlett entered into the world at 25 weeks and 5 days on 11/1/14. Grayson weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces while his sister came 17 minutes later and weighed 2 pounds. We have no real explanation as to why they came out early. We spent 17 and 18 (Grayson) weeks in the NICU before being discharged on oxygen and then getting head-shape helmets.

We joke that they couldn't wait to meet us, but truthfully there is no explanation. Every checkup during the pregnancy was great but one night while on a walk my wife developed a cramp. She visited the OBGYN the next morning who referred her to the hospital who said she was in labor. 4 days later we were in the OR as our 1 pound, 15 ounce son, Grayson, was delivered and then followed 17 minutes later by his 2 pound sister, Scarlett. We battled a staph infection (MSSA), bacterial meningitis, Grade 3 and 4 IVH, PDA, ROP, PVL, BPD, Pulmonary Hypertension, and double hernias but finally made it home on oxygen after 17 (Scarlett) and 18 (Grayson) weeks. We weaned off oxygen for a month but an early virus hit Grayson and put him back into Nationwide Children's for 5 days and now he is home and needs oxygen when sleeping. Both kids developed plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) and wear helmets. Scarlett's was severe due to weeks spent in one position while using a high frequency oscillator to breathe and is now moderate. Grayson's started off moderate and has a chance to get to a perfectly round head. Our journey is documented with pictures at if you would like to know more!”

A Note From Stephanie:
“The session with these two was so much fun! Both children have such fun facial expressions and were exploring their surroundings the entire time! Scarlett was full of sass and Grayson was so funny with his little faces he was making. It was a blast to photograph them!”

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 Lewis Center, OH.

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

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