Voluntography – May 2015

This little warrior made a surprise entrance on March 13th at 24 weeks gestation.

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Meet seven week old Christianna.

The even bigger surprise to her parents, Angelina and Lenny, was that they were pregnant at all. Angelina went to the emergency room in Fort MacMurray with abdominal cramping where staff told her she was having a miscarriage. After an ultrasound where the doctor found a heartbeat, they learned that Christianna would be joining their family, effective immediately!

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Fourteen month old Christian peeks in at his new sister.

We started out our session just shooting Angelina, Lenny, and Christian outside the Royal Alex NICU. Christianna had a number of tests over the course of the day and we weren’t sure how she was going to handle all the extra attention.

One of my all time favourite photos. This is where the isolettes await their next baby.

One of my all time favourite photos. This is where the isolettes await their next baby.

Tickles!

Tickles!

Christian was asking for his favourite song...

Christian was asking for his favourite song…is it stuck in your head now?

The handwashing routine. For those of you who haven't had an NICU experience by a couple of weeks in your hands are chapped from all of the handwashing!

The handwashing routine. For those of you who haven’t had an NICU experience, by a couple of weeks in your hands are chapped from the constant washing!

Outside Christianna's pod.

Outside Christianna’s pod.

Kane was in a different pod at the Royal Alex NICU, but because I was shooting in the afternoon I ran into quite a few staff who were there when we were. Christianna’s nurse of the day was one of our regular nurses two years ago. It was wonderful to see Nilufa and fill her in on where we are at.

Mama love

Mama love

Christianna's set up. We have the isolette sides down for photos. And watching over her is her brother's ladybug stuffie.

Christianna’s home away from home. We have the isolette sides down for photos. Watching over her is her brother’s ladybug stuffie.

Kangaroo care (or skin to skin) is an important part of a mom being able to bond with her baby in the NICU. But with micro-preemies transferring babies from the isolette to mom requires the help of nurses and respiratory therapists.

Kangaroo care (or skin to skin) is an important bonding ritual for mom and dad in the NICU. Micro-preemies require the help of nurses and respiratory therapists when transferring babies from the isolette to mom.

Christianna is intubated so it takes a little longer to settle her in with all of her tubes. This was only Angelina's sixth time holding Christianna.

Christianna is intubated, so it took awhile to get her situated with all of her tubes. This was only Angelina’s sixth time holding Christianna.

But you can see they both loved it!

As you can see they both loved it!

At birth Christianna weighed just 650 grams. She is now up to ...

At birth, Christianna weighed just 650 grams (1 lb 4 oz). As of Thursday, she was up to 1230 grams!

Christian peeking over the curtain made for a cute shot, but I also learned this is a regular occurance with him, which tells me it's important to document.

Christian peeking over the curtain made for a cute shot, but I also learned this is a regular occurrence with him, which tells me it’s important to document.

As always, it was a pleasure to photograph a Ronald McDonald House family who is “stuck” in hospital. When I first spoke with Angelina, we were going to just shoot her, Lenny, and Christian near Ronald McDonald House. I think we were all quite happy that we were able to get Christianna in the shoot as well!

3 thoughts on “Voluntography – May 2015

  1. Amazing story and great pictures! Hope all’s going well for Christianna and her family.B was in SCBU as we call it here (Special Care Baby Unit) and we well remember the chapped hands!

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