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.
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.
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.
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.