Rome Jacob 26/5 1lb15oz Hadley Grace 26/5 1lb13oz Nixon James 33/5 4lbs10oz
A combined total of 200 days were spent in the Calgary's Neonatal Intensive Care Units between my three littles. I will never forgot those days and will always be extremely grateful for the care they received. Without the NICU my family would look very different today. After going through that journey, I wanted to be able to give back to future families like mine, for them to know that they are not alone.
This is such a special project for me as it is so close to my heart. I will never forget the raw emotions I felt as I watched over my little ones daily, the strength, determination and fight it took for each and every breath.
Today they are strong, healthy, fun loving kids who truly live each day to the fullest. The joy + happiness that this project brings to the families that have little warriors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is so amazing.
Over the past 8 years our project has had the honor of donating to The Calgary Health Foundation for Calgary's Neonatal Intensive Care Units, the pleasure of giving 2,700 gift bags to very deserving families, and along with some of Calgary's best photographers, we have photographed over 700 of Calgary's tiniest patients. With the purchase of every Small+Mighty shirt, our project earns the proceeds. Those proceeds will then go towards sending Small+Mighty bodysuits to families + hospitals to give out to their tiny patients in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17th. Over the past few years we have been unable to visit hospital sites + deliver packages ourselves however, in the future, we hope to be back visiting all 5 NICU sites in Calgary, leading up to World Prematurity Day to gift families + capture moments and memories of these little warriors journey for their families.
Our goal is to expand across North America. With the purchase of every Small+Mighty shirt, our project earns the proceeds. Those proceeds will then go towards sending Small+Mighty bodysuits to families + hospitals to give out to their tiny patients in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17th.
The babies that will receive these gifts may not born yet and the families have no clue that they will go into preterm labor and have a premature or sick baby. I remember sitting in the NICU on November 17th, 2012 just a little over a month after my twins were born feeling so scared, sad and clueless as to what the next minute, hour, or day would bring for my two little fighters. Though I had been through this just 18 months earlier with my first born, it was all so much more intense. Feeling helpless as a parent completely changes your outlook on things, this is why I have such drive to give back to the NICU through the Small + Mighty Project. To be able to bless these families and brighten their day, is a gift that I am so honoured and grateful to be a part of.