Category Archives: Newborn Photography – JB Moments

Studio Session – Baby Hannah

I have the best clients! I know I say it often but I really do. Back in May, I had baby Kenzie in the studio with her big brother Rhys. Well, her family liked her pictures so much that when her Auntie wanted baby photos they booked me 🙂

It’s a Girl!

Kenzie was the last baby girl I had in the studio. Since then it has been a run of newborn boys. And whilst I love photographing all babies. The parents of baby boys have been reluctant to let me try out some of my cute new outfits on them! (when you see them you’ll understand why!)

To say I was excited to meet six-day new Hannah was an understatement.

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Just look at those deliciously squishy cheeks. And those pouty lips are just swoon-worthy!

Sister Act

Hannah bought her big sister Daliah with her. She was only two but I can honestly say hands down the best-behaved two-year-old I’ve ever had in the studio. New baby sessions are my longest sessions at around two hours long and that is a long time for a little person to sit around. I usually recommend one of the parents takes siblings to the park or out on errands if they get restless. But Daliah was happy playing with the studio toys and checking what her baby sister was up to.

When it came to her turn to get pictures with her new baby she was good as gold as well.

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With siblings as young as Daliah I usually only do the above pose as having them both lying on the floor means that the baby is safe from falling anywhere.

But Daliah was so still and good at taking direction I asked mum and dad if we could try Daliah holding baby Hannah? I made sure they were just out of shot ready to dive in if needs be. But we needn’t have worried.

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Daliah did better than some six-year-olds!!

Unicorns! Unicorns everywhere!

I mentioned earlier my new outfits that are ‘apparently’ not for baby boys 😉 Well one of them is a unicorn outfit and mum and dad were happy to indulge me. SQUEEEEEEE!

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Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.

Hannah was awake at this point but she was so chilled. I think she liked being a baby unicorn!

A bucket load of cute

Shortly after being a unicorn took its toll on Hannah and she fell fast asleep. So asleep she didn’t even notice me popping her in some props to add some variety to her gallery including a bucket.

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Again because it was my first baby girl in AGES I had to break out the flowers.

Family Forever

I like to adapt my favourite silhouette image when there are older siblings and Daliah was happy to go up on dads shoulder for this shot.

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Hannah slept through it like a champ.

All too soon my time with this gorgeous family was up and I had to let them out of the studio! But not before I captured them as family.

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Baby Hannah is very lucky. She has been born into a family that is completely besotted with her. And if I’m honest – I was too!

Studio Sessions – Baby Boys

A Tale of Two Baby Boys

Last week I was lucky enough to have not one but two teeny tiny baby boys in the studio. First up was baby Max on the Monday and then later in the week baby Joey came to visit with his big brother and big sister.

Miracle Max

Max couldn’t wait to meet his mum and dad so he arrived a full month early! He came into the studio at six weeks new (two weeks adjusted).

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He had the most amazing big blue eyes that he kept pinned on me at the beginning of the session. I had to include this image as he looks thoroughly pee’d off with me here!

It’s a Wrap

He loved being swaddled though, and soon fell into a nice deep slumber allowing me to capture all sorts of beautiful images for his doting mum and dad.

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We’re a Family

Not only was Max eager to meet his parents, they were very eager to meet him. He was the wonderful result of two long, hard years of IVF. To say they were besotted was an understatement. It was absolutely beautiful to see.

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The moment you transition from being in love to being a family.
Fly me to the Moon

I never like to promise I’ll be able to create a composite image as it depends on all sorts of factors on the day. But mum and dad has seen one of my moon composites and really wanted one, especially as Max’s nursery is decorated with a moon and stars theme. I was determined to succeed for them, especially as I had a new moon composite that I was itching to try. I think it worked out pretty darn good 🙂

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“On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder, that the stars peeked in to see you, and the night wind whispered, life will never be the same again.”
I’m the Little Brother

Next into the studio was 11 day new baby Joey. His family travelled over an hour to get to my studio after a recommendation from someone who’d had a Christmas Mini session with me. No pressure then!

Joey brought with him his big brother Roman (nearly 4) and big sister Millie (9). Mum and dad really wanted some nice images of all the kids together. Normally I like to wait until the baby is fast asleep when dealing with young sibling like Roman but Joey was having none of it. I don’t think he slept the entire session. I needn’t have worried though as Roman and Millie were two of the best behaved older siblings I’ve ever met. They let me pose them with Joey in a whole variety of different ways. They were so careful with him.

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“Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past and most likely to stay with you in the future.” – Baz Luhrmann

Of course, it also helped that they were both very photogenic 🙂

Just Chillin’

Although Joey wasn’t for sleeping he was quite chilled out. He was just looking about, taking in all that was going on.

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I’d love to know what the little dude is thinking about in this image.

Rolling with it

In every newborn session I try to offer at least one prop set up. I actually found this vintage trolly cart at the Gardening Scotland show and have been dying to use it ever since. I would never normally use with a baby that wasn’t in a deep sleep. But Joey was so chill and I had mum spotting close by that we rolled with it (see what I did there!).

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I thoroughly enjoyed my week of baby boys but I’m wondering where all the girls are hiding? Desperate to break out the headbands!

Studio Session – Baby Scott

Working with children and animals

Many say don’t do it, but I personally love the challenge of working with little people and furry friends. Mum Nicola got in touch to book a photoshoot for her new arrival and asked if his two year old sister Millie could be included as well his furry sister Kira.

I always make sure that animals are well trained before I let them anywhere near children in my studio. If I think there will be any risk at all I take the photos seperately and composite them together in Photoshop in the editing process.

I didn’t have to worry about 11 year old Kira though. She was as good as gold and was just happy to sit wherever she was placed.

Millie, on the other hand was not into modelling for me at all on the day the family came in for the shoot.

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Is it my finest shot? No! But hopefully it will become one to treasure for the family.

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I also managed to snag this one before she was up, off and exploring again.

Be still my heart

Dad, Josh took Kira and Millie out for a while to burn off some energy. I always suggest this in my prep guide when there are older siblings as I have lots of play parks close by.

That left me time with 3-week new baby Scott. Fast asleep and smelling delicious (yes I grabbed a sniff when I was swaddling him – sorry not sorry).

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Isn’t he just perfection?

Mum didn’t want an overly proppy or posed baby photoshoot so I kept the wraps and backgrounds nice and neutral.

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Even when baby Scott decided to wake up he was quite content to lay back and pull all manner of adorable poses at his mum and I.

Making me work for it.

Millie was super cute with blonde hair falling in natural ringlets and the roundest, bluest eyes I think I’ve ever seen. I desperately wanted to get some more photos of her as the camera loved her. When she came back from her walk I perservered.

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See what I mean? Face of an angel.

Kira the bodyguard.

After family photos it was a wrap. But as we lay Scott down to get everyone’s belongings collected Kira was immediately over to make sure he was okay.

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Again not technically perfect, but I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and documenting the sweet moment.

Although I think she may have just been inhaling in that gorgeous newborn scent like I had!

 

Studio Session – Baby Kenzie

It’s a baby girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all newborns and cuddling with babies is one of the best parts of my job. But I have had a run of baby boys in the studio lately and haven’t been able to use all the cute headbands that I had a bit of a spending spree on after Christmas.

As a result, I was overjoyed when I found out Sunday’s baby was a girl 🙂

Baby Kenzie was just 13 days new when she came into the studio. Surprising her Mum, Dad and big brother Rhys by arriving over a week early!

Oh, Brother!

Rhys was only 3 years old but he was so well behaved. Especially once he spied the lollipop tree in my studio. I always like to start with sibling shots as then if they get bored one of the parents can take them to the park, etc.

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It looks like Kenzie already adores her big brother judging by the way she is looking up at him.

Three-year-olds can be a bit tricky to pose with new babies. They can be unpredictable and have quite a short attention span. Not a good combination when holding a baby! That is why I usually start with them laying on the floor. There is nowhere for the baby to fall!

Rhys was a total champ though so I knew we could try a slightly different pose – with mum and dad poised to catch baby, of course.

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One day Kenzie will be able to look at these precious memories. She will know just how loved she was by her big brother as soon as she entered the world.

Counting Sheep

Content with being swaddled and enjoying the tropical heat I keep the studio at for a newborn session, Kenzie soon drifted off into a nice deep slumber. Allowing me to get my headband and bonnet fix. But my favourite image of her is with my sheep lovies surrounding her.

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Don’t make me angry

Unfortunately for me, the deep sleep came to an abrupt end once we unwrapped her! Don’t get me wrong I plan shots for both awake and asleep babies as you never know how they are going to be on the day.

I couldn’t resist taking this image. She looks so mad at me!

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Wrap me back up now! And whilst you’re at it, bring me another bottle of the house white.

It didn’t stop me from stealing lots of cuddles from her though 🙂

 

Studio Session – Baby Alex

“People who say the sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” – Leo J. Burke

Like all other baby photographers, I love a sleeping baby to shoot. They curl up well into those adorable snuggly poses and look impossibly cute in all manner of bonnets and costumes in bowls and other props.

I have lovingly created guides for parents bringing their new bundle of joy to a session to help them prepare as much as possible for a sleepy session. The parents diligently read these guides and follow them to the letter. Yet on the day of the shoot….

Wide Awake

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Introducing 4-month new Alex. He was fast asleep when he arrived at the studio but as soon his car seat touched the studio floor. BAM! He was wide awake.

After his feed, which he demolished in record time, I swaddled him nice and cosy. “they usually drop off once fed and swaddled”, I confidently said. Alex just opened his beautiful eyes even further.

The most important thing to note is that as long as the baby is comfortable I will get gorgeous pictures wide awake or fast asleep. It is nothing to get stressed out about.

Counting Sheep

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I even decided to have some fun as he was so alert. Ever since I had got them at the Photography Show I had been dying to use my new sheep props. I love the look he is giving me here!

Chilled out little dude

Alex was super chilled out on my sheepskin cover. He was very content just to lay there and watch what I was up to and to make sure mum and gran were close by in case he needed a little snack.

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He was most disgruntled when I had the nerve to move him from his favourite spot. It was at this point that mum caught me sneaking a kiss to the top of his head and I wasn’t even embarrassed. I mean look at him? You would totally do the same in my position!

Gran’s magic cuddles

After a long cuddle with Gran, the unthinkable happened Alex fell briefly asleep. Not a proper deep slumber but enough for me to pop him a prop to give mum another look for her gallery.

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I literally have the best job in the world 🙂

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Studio Session – Baby Charlie

Cool Uncle Alert

Baby Charlie has a cool uncle. Fact! How do I know this? Well because he purchased a gift voucher for Charlie’ parents at Christmas for a Newborn photo shoot at my home studio 🙂

Low Expectations

Typically to get those swaddled, squishy baby pictures that a lot of parents want the baby needs to be about two weeks or under. I like to describe it as before they start to unfurl! Charlie was 10 weeks new when he came into the studio. During the pre-shoot consultation, his parents said they didn’t want wrapped or prop styled pictures. In fact, Charlie’s mum said, “we’ll be happy if we get one nice family one and one of Charlie’s smile”.

Challenge accepted!

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Not only did I get more than one lovely family shoot, as well as pictures of mum and dad individually with Charlie. I also managed to get some of this cheeky chaps cool expressions. What a little dude!

Smile!

Capturing this baby boy smiling wasn’t an issue because after he’d had some milk and a nappy change he was all smiles.

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Nailed it!
A proper Charlie

Being 10 weeks old baby Charlie had a whole range of facial expressions that he was happy to share with us. I just loved this one 🙂

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As usual, the two-hour session went by in a flash and after some snuggles, with his photographer, baby Charlie left the studio.

In other news…I’m an Auntie again 🙂

On the 22nd of January, my newest little nephew was born. At 8:55 pm, weighing in at a whopping 9lb 6oz baby Teddy entered the world.

Due to work commitments, it took two weeks before I could get to see him. TWO WHOLE WEEKS people! Finally, I packed as much of my studio as I could fit in my car and made the 320-mile trek down South to get my snuggle on!

He is my brother’s third son and he wanted a picture of all the boys together. Okay, I thought what are my options here? I swaddled Teddy nice and snug, but who to hold him? As my eldest nephew (12) is on the autism spectrum I thought it might be easier if they all lay on the floor and for my middle nephew (2) to have Teddy resting on him. But no, my usually easy going middle nephew was obviously still reeling from no longer being the baby of the family and definitely DID NOT want to hold the new baby!

You definitely have to be aware of all the family dynamics when posing siblings. My eldest nephew surprised us all by being willing to hold the baby but I knew I had one take and that was it.

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Lucky for me I got an image my brother and sister in law were happy with. Phew! Straight after that take middle nephew jumped up and was out of there!

Teddy by name

As soon as my brother told me my new nephew’s name I knew I had to use my teddy bear bonnet on him.

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I know I’m biased, but have you ever seen a cuter Teddy? I don’t think so.

The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice a new logo on this image. The Digitally Altered logo is a safety initiative created for Photographers (specifically Newborn Photographers) to easily mark and identify images that have been digitally enhanced, altered, combined or stitched together in post-production to create imagery that would otherwise be unsafe to reproduce straight out of camera. If someone clicks on it they will get the following info.

“If you have been directed to this page by another photographer or you have seen this logo displayed on another artist work, it means that the image you have seen has been created by combining 2 or more images together digitally to ensure baby’s safety.  The Photographer wants you to know that this image was created safely and that no baby was put into a dangerous position during the creation process. They also want to ensure that for those wanting to recreate a similar image or style, to not do so without further investigation into how to do it safely. “

I think this is a great initiative and I will be using it going forward on any image I manipulate to allow newcomers to the industry, parents and creators alike to understand that the image/s they are viewing requires further investigation into its creation process before trying to replicate it on a real baby.

Just hanging around

Back to the gorgeous Teddy.

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Cute, huh?

 

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Studio Session – Baby Warren

The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.

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Baby Warren at just over three weeks new came and trampled all over my heart with his ten perfect toes. To say I was smitten was an understatement! He took a while to get off to sleep as well so that meant LOADS MORE SNUGGLES FOR ME!!

Rooting for him

When he did doze off after a bottle of the finest white stuff, it was so worth the wait. I had a new tree root prop that I’d been desperate to try. (Yes I know my prop shopping is a serious addiction, but in my defence, it was on sale).

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Tree-mendous !!
Bear with me

Whilst slumbering we took advantage and dressed Warren up as the cutest little teddy bear.

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Beary cute
Funny shaped balls

Warren’s dad is a professional rugby player and had recently been awarded his 100th cap which mum wanted to incorporate into the shoot. Now I’m not a rugby expert (okay confession time I just watch for the tight shorts), but Mr JB advises me that getting this cap is a HUGE deal.

So I got a rugby ball shaped stress ball that was the perfect baby size and went with a wrap covered in stars to commemorate the achievement and I think it turned out pretty good.

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Warren was pretty chilled about the whole thing as you can see 🙂

Nice Try Dad!

I love creating images that look like the baby is being held aloft in dad’s hands. As a baby photographer, safety is my first priority so Warren is actually on a beanbag the whole time and I create the look with some Photoshop magic in post-production.Baby picture - JB Moments Photography

Warren clearly seems to think that dad’s catching skills are hilarious!!!

Three is the magic number

I think a baby photo session is more than getting some cute images of your new bundle of joy whilst they are still teeny weeny. I like to think I’m capturing the moment that your unconditional love takes on real, tangible meaning. The moment you fully transition from being in love to being a family.

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You are so loved baby boy

 

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Studio Session – Baby Pippa

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s a Girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all the squishy newborn babies that I get to snuggle in my studio but after a run of baby boys, it was lovely to meet 11 days new Pippa. At 6 pounds 8 ounces she was a small but perfectly formed bundle of gorgeousness. Time to break out the headbands!

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Sister Act

When chatting with mum as she booked the session she mentioned that she wanted some sibling shots with Pippa’s big sister Hollie who was two. Not a problem. Although two-year-olds are the most unpredictable in my experience so I had baby’s neck fully supported underneath the swaddling and mum close by before I even attempted the shot.

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In this instance, I needn’t have worried as big sister was amazing with her baby sister. But always better to be safe than sorry!

After posing like a champ Hollie went off with Daddy for a babycino like the big grown up little lady she is.

If the hat fits…

I have lots of wraps, outfits and hats for my clients to choose from but I always love it when they bring in something special to them. In this case, it was a knitted hat that had been Hollie’s when she was born.

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Bear with me little one!

Is that not unBEARably cute?! (sorry not sorry) 🙂

Bucket List

If I get a new prop I’ve gotta use it and mum was up for it too. Pippa was soooo cosy and comfy all swaddled up she was very content.

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All to soon my time with Pippa was up. One more snuggle and kiss of those gorgeous cheeks. Then I had to give her back to her family and get ready for the next little bundle of joy.

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Studio Session – Baby Zander

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“The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” – Jane Austen

At six days new, baby Zander was the last client in my bijou studio before the big expansion. And what a client he was. *swoon*

Seven pounds seven ounces of heaven

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Zander arrived fast asleep and as I undressed him and swaddled him up he made a couple of cute sighs but didn’t break his slumber. I was so busy swooning over his cheeks and button nose I almost forgot I was supposed to be taking the pictures!

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Teddy boy

In fact, he was so sleepy I was able to get the above pose that I don’t always get to do (please note this is a composite image and mum was supporting Zander the whole time).

Living in a box

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Time for a change of scenery and chance for me to try out a new box.  I had procured it with babies in mind (yes I am a nightmare to go shopping with!). Zander slept through it all.

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Even when I unwrapped him a bit and played dress up some more. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my job 🙂

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Feeding Time

After a quick refuel my little guy (at this point I’d decided I was keeping him, I just had to work out how to let his parents know!), quickly settled back to sleep.

We breezed through his family photos and individual pictures with mum and dad. As Zander stayed sleepy even after I took his swaddle off I decided to shoot for a  few more creative images like the one at the top of the page.

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Just hanging around…

Obviously Zander isn’t hanging he is lying safely on a bean bag happy in the land of nod but it makes for a cracking picture.

Then all too soon it was time to dress Zander back in the clothes he came in. I reluctantly hand him back to his parents who unfortunately for me had grown quite attached to him and wanted to keep him.

 

Studio Session – Baby Hugo

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Wally Schirra

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Baby Hugo was two weeks new when his parents brought him into my studio and it was love at first sight. Well for me anyway 🙂

Hugo slept his entire way through the session. Only stirring for the briefest period for a quick milk stop and nappy change. His parents had done an absolutely sterling job with my pre-shoot guide and as a result, I was able to provide them with a gallery of over double the number of pictures I quote for this type of session.

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We started fairly traditionally with him swaddled. Just look at those kissable cheeks!

I had been wanting to use a vintage suitcase I had for ages. I had procured it on one of my many antique shop forages. With baby Hugo still fast asleep it was just a quick change of swaddling and he rocked the set like a total champ.

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I couldn’t get enough of his pouty lips, so gorgeous.

Usually when I take the swaddle off the baby is when they wake up. So I approached the next set up with some small amount of trepidation. Not handsome Hugo though! He carried on sleeping like a total dreamboat

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As a result, we were able to get lots of gorgeous pictures with mum and dad as well.

The only downside of all this lovely sleepiness. No real cuddles for me. *sigh*