This little warrior has just hit the 100 day milestone in the Royal Alex NICU!
Katana Grace was born on January 21st at 24 weeks gestation. Being fifteen weeks premature, she weighed only 1 lb. 6 oz. When I met her last week she was up to 4 lbs!
I particularly love shooting Ronald McDonald House families at the Royal Alex because it’s where my son, Kane, spent his first 54 days. Those oh-so-comfortable nursing chairs and the array of lines bring back a lot of memories. But joking aside, the NICU was the best possible place for Kane and I’m sure Christina and Benjamin feel the same way. The staff at the NICU taught me a lot and I am so glad I am able to give back to parents through my photography and peer support.
On March 12, Katana also had surgery to repair part of her intestines because of an earlier bout of Necrotizing Enterocolitis. She now has a temporary ostomy and is due to have surgery to reverse it in mid June. If you would like to know more about Katana, see how far this little warrior has come, or continue to follow her journey please visit her Facebook page: Katana Grace Preterm Page.
Katana it was great to meet you and your family. You are one tough little girl. Keep growing and learning to breastfeed and then get out and enjoy the world!