Atlanta Baby Photographer
As and Atlanta baby photographer, I do all kinds of baby sessions. One type of session that I don’t do often, but that I have a very special place in my heart for, is NICU sessions. I first met sweet, tiny, Abigail at the NICU session that I did for her parents. That session can be seen here. Abigail was VERY premature. I volunteer for an organization called Preemie Prints. Preemie Prints is a non profit organization that allows parents of premature babies to request a photo session. The session can take place either in the NICU or anytime in the first year of life. NICU babies are very near and dear to my heart because our youngest son was in the NICU for nearly 7 weeks at birth.
Abigail was born via emergency c-section at 27w 5days (a little under 7 months). She weighed 1lb 15 oz and was 14 inches long. She was initially intubated and given the medicine surfactant.
Then she moved to a CPAP to assist her breathing. She was given dopamine and steroids to help normalize her blood pressure, which prevented her from being treated for her PDA.
Abigail had a cranial ultrasound at 7 days to check for bleeding in her brain. Initially they saw level 2 bleeds. A week later they downgraded their diagnoses to level 1. She started receiving breastmilk feeds through an OG tube. Once she started tolerating those, they increased the amount of feeds and began adding fortifiers to her breastmilk due to her low birth weight and early gestational age.
During her time in the NICU we also had 4 NEC scares. She has received 5 blood transfusions. Abigail has moved from CPAP to High Flow Cannula to Nasal Cannuala (and back and forth and back and forth between those last two). She now weighs 4 lbs and something (its going up and down because of the belly/feeding issues she keeps experiencing), and is on a High Flow Cannula at 2L pumping room level oxygen into her lungs. They treated her PDA with ibuprofen at 32 gestational weeks, and it was effective at shrinking the PDA and decreasing the pressure on her heart. ”
It brought so much joy to my heart to see Abigail so big, and THRIVING. She was pretty much out of the woods when I met her, but she was still on oxygen support, and very tiny. The NICU is an emotional roller coaster. There are SO many ups and downs, and unless you’ve lived it, you would never begin to be able to understand the toll it can take on a family.
Abigails session was a NICU grad session, but for a non NICU baby, this would be a milestone session. I suppose it was a milestone session for Abigail as well. I had told her parents to let me know when she started sitting up on her own, and I’d get together with them for a session. To schedule your own milestone session with me, simply click here. Milestone sessions are some of my favorites, and I would be thrilled to capture yours! Contact me now to be your Atlanta baby photographer.