We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints will help families heal and remember how strong they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM NATALIE AND MADELINE'S FAMILY
My twin girls were born at 30 weeks and 1 day. We had a long two month journey in the NICU. Looking back it seems like a distant memory but I remember visiting my babies, praying for them, and pushing for them. I pumped my milk for them religiously and brought it to my girls daily. We celebrated the little things like no oxygen and then I cried and cried when they had to have it again. It's very true what they say - it is a roller coaster. It's up and down every day and it feels like it will never end. But it will. We finally got to bring our girls home a few weeks before their due date and they were soooo tiny. I remember being so scared and going to doctor after doctor. But now they're healthy and have all kinds of personality. Just know this: there is a life outside of the NICU and one day you will be living it with your sweet baby and you'll barely remember these days. This too shall pass. Stay strong, its a rough ride. But soooo worth it.
Natalie and Madeline's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Brian C. Parks.
A Note From Brian:
This shoot didn't go quite as planned. As soon as I stepped out the door and saw the dense fog everywhere, I knew we were in trouble (especially with the family having driven in earlier that morning!). Luckily, the family was willing to spend a little time in town to give the sun time to burn away the fog.
About an hour or so later, we reconvened and had beautiful (and surprisingly cool!) weather for the shoot. The twins were game for three different outfits and almost a full hour of shooting. They did an outstanding job! Thanks to the family for their patience and adaptability!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 600 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Bryan/College Station.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.