I'd like to introduce you to Davian, who was born on December 13th, about four months before he was supposed to enter this world. He's a tough little guy! In the last four months he's grown from his birth weight of one and-a-half pounds to almost five pounds! I took these portraits of Davian in the NICU on March 29th, three days before what should have been his due date. You may recognize his parents, Angela and Devon, from the wedding pictures I did of them last May. Obviously this has been a tough journey for them -- having such a premature baby is unbelievably taxing, both physically and emotionally, yet Devon and Angela have shown nothing but strength and unwavering courage. They have spent every spare moment at the hospital by Davian's side from the moment he was born, even sleeping in his room. They have proven to be simply phenomenal parents of a simply phenomenal little boy.
Although Davian at four months is still smaller than a normal newborn, you can see the progress he has made by comparing the outer set of footprints on this card with the inner set. Go Davian go!
When he resists finishing his bottle, Devon and Angela must resort to feeding Davian through a tube in his nose. They make sure he consumes every ounce! Both of them have become very adept at attending to their tiny son, and medical jargon has become second nature to them.
Here is an image of Davian that I took on Christmas Eve when he was just 11 days old. You can see how tiny he was. He has made so much progress since then! Very soon he'll be allowed to go home. That's great news!