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A Dad Photoshopped His Premature Baby Doing “Manly” Things and the Results Are Adorable

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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.

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

The photos depict their “advance” kiddo doing many adult things prematurely.

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

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.

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

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!

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

Ryan is now 6 months old and thriving.

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

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.

Photo Credit: Matt Mac

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.