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Dad's Adorable Photos Capture His Preemie Son Doing 'Manly' Things

“I’m curious to see what Ryan thinks of them 18 years from now when he’s actually grown up.”
PUBLISHED ON 02/06/2019

When Matt MacMillan first became a dad, he put his photo editing skills to work and photoshopped his daughter playing sports as a newborn. Two years later, the dad planned to do the same when his son, Ryan, was born, but things didn’t go as according to plan.

The little boy was nine weeks premature, and spent six agonizing weeks in the NICU. “It seemed to last forever,” the dad explains in a post he wrote on BoredPanda.

"We didn’t let it slow us down,” the dad writes. “We joked that he wasn’t premature just ‘advanced’—so I came up with the idea that we should do a photoshoot of him doing manly, adult things.”

Take a look at some of the photos below.

Baby’s first shave.

“Ryan earning that paycheck.”

Poker night!

“Ryan tunes up his mom’s Prius."

Nothing like an end of day workout.

“Ryan blows the leaves like a champ.”

“I’m curious to see what Ryan thinks of them 18 years from now when he’s actually grown up,” MacMillan says.

Needless to say, friends and social media fans alike couldn't get enough of the funny photos. And rest assured—Ryan wasn't put in any dangerous situations for the photo shoots.

“The ‘danger’ all came from Photoshop, and he was always being held and was never in any harm" the dad explains. "After I got the pictures of Ryan, I would take some shots of anything that he couldn’t actually hold. I then used Photoshop to remove myself from the pictures and combine the best parts of his body into a unified composite photo.”

Here’s a BTS look at the unedited leaf blower photo.

That’s the magic of Photoshop for you! The dad behind the Facebook page Man vs. Baby also knows a thing or two about photoshopping epic scenes with his kid. And he’s got pictures to prove it too.

While the photos are all in good fun, MacMillan has a more personal message he hopes other parents in his shoes take.

“My three pieces of advice for parents of premature babies are to be patient, be positive and seek support.”

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