Anyone who has ever had a baby forced to spend time in the NICU knows that those days are hard, and they can seem endless. Which is maybe one reason that dad Matt MacMillan and his wife decided to mark their time there with their tiny but mighty miracle Ryan – born 9 weeks early and weighing not quite 3 pounds – with this hilarious and sweet series of images.
The photos depict their “advance” kiddo doing many adult things prematurely.
Matt wrote on Bored Panda that each shoot took about 15-20 minutes, between the setup of props and wardrobe, the framing and lighting, and then the editing.
People love the photos, especially after Matt assured them that he used a lot of Photoshop and Ryan’s safety was always paramount – of course he was never in danger!
Ryan is now 6 months old and thriving.
If you’re facing down the NICU with a brave little bundle of your own, Matt and his wife have three pieces of advice: be patient, be positive, and seek support.
One day, it will all be a distant memory – one that, if you’re Matt, will always be commemorated in this series of photos that remind them what a strong little trooper Ryan was from the start.