Walker Colt Pruett was born on April 25 and spent the next 80 days of his life in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Like about one of every eight infants born in the United States, Walker was born premature, at just 26 weeks. He weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces, and Capturing Hopes Photography captured every day of his stay in the hospital.
The company, which is led by a team of volunteer photographers, takes pictures of premature babies as they continue to develop until the moment they go home with their parents. In Walker's case, when he turned 3 months old and weighed more than 5 pounds, mom and dad took him home. See his journey below:
From his first day to the moment he opens his eyes, starts wearing clothes, begins breastfeeding, and finally goes home, the cameras captured everything. You can see him growing and developing right before your eyes.
For moms of premature babies, the project is inspirational. If your child has to stay in the hospital, seeing a video like this or viewing daily picture updates of him or her can show you that things are really progressing. It's inspirational to see just how strong these little nuggets are and how hard they're fighting.
How did you capture your child's first moments?
Image via Capturing Hopes/YouTube