Thursday, January 28, 2016

Little Lorenzo'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.

“Our sons name is Lorenzo Decklyn. He was born 6 weeks premature on July 4th 2015 at 11:10pm. He was 5 lbs. 8.2 oz. and 18 inches long. His birth story was an unexpected one. I was eventually diagnosed with atypical HELLP and atypical Preeclampsia. After 4 days in the hospital with no answers and much stress, it became too much for him and he was delivered via emergency c-section.

After 3 days in the hospital we were going to be discharged the following day when the nursery staff noticed a feeding issue, he appeared to not ever be hungry. Turns out Lorenzo had a spasming pylorus. This is the sphincter muscle that lets food out of your stomach and into your lower intestines. His food sat in his stomach for hours so he appeared full. He ended up needing a feeding tube for 25 days to let this muscle mature. In the meantime, he was supplemented with IVs. However, he kept blowing his IVs and this resulted in an unexpected problem. Without IVs for nourishment, he'd get weaker. He once had 3IVs in one day. We were extremely worried about this getting worse and both issues could result in surgery. We were lucky enough that my breastmilk via feeding tube got him healthy enough just in the nick of time to not need IVs any longer. Yay! Then we had to wait for his pylorus to heal. Finally, Lorenzo came home after 27 days in the NICU, the day before his mommy's birthday!”

A Note From Jen:

“Lorenzo, despite being born early and spending time in the NICU with feeding issues, has some of the best chubby cheeks I've had the pleasure of working with! This little guy spent time in the NICU, struggling to eat, and finally came home with his family after 27 days.  He was so sweet and his family was lovely to photograph.  Best wishes to this little fighter!”

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 Henrietta, NY.

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

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