Voluntography – March

On Saturday I returned to our old stomping grounds, the Royal Alex NICU, for a shoot with Parker and his family. Parker was born to Crystal and Chris on December 8th at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed 2 lbs 1 oz at birth and was immediately flown from Fort McMurray to Edmonton.

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So far, Parker has spent 96 days in the NICU. His first 84 days were spent in D Pod, which is one of the level III rooms where the most critical babies are cared for. On March 3rd Parker was taken off CPAP and moved to F Pod. These are the same two pods where my son, Kane, was. In fact, Parker’s shoot took place in the bed across from where we spent the majority of our 54 days. Lots of memories.

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This was Parker’s spot in D Pod

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He has since graduated to a crib

Crystal has been by Parker’s side since she was released from hospital. She and Parker’s seven-year-old sister, Kathleen, have been staying at Ronald McDonald House, while Dad comes down from Fort McMurray as often as possible. I’m so glad we were able to plan a shoot when everyone was there.

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Parker now weighs 6 lbs 4 oz. His current goals are to move to low flow oxygen and master breastfeeding. We wish you all the best, Parker.

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3 thoughts on “Voluntography – March

  1. Absolutely Beautiful. It has been so hard watching our son struggle just to breathe from the moment he was born. Something we all take for granted everyday. Thank you Kristy for sharing in our joy of how far Parker has come. You really captured it. There are no words.

  2. Crystal, my thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family since Colleen told me of your beautiful son.
    I hope the next time I am up in Fort McMurray you and Parker will be home.
    God Bless
    Carole Taylor

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