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Sidney | Newborn Session

Sidney’s Newborn Session – Kaydee and her husband Simon, were trying for their second baby. The day before Simon’s birthday, Kaydee felt like she was pregnant. So she went out and got a home pregnancy test which, to her happiness, came out positive. On the morning of Simon’s birthday, Matilda, their first child, handed her dad the positive test stripe wishing him a Happy Birthday! What a great birthday gift to find out that your second child is on the way.

On Matilda’s birthday, they posted a picture on Facebook announcing to their family & friends that they were expecting their second child in the new year.

A few weeks later, just before Christmas, they had a private scan with Window to the Womb in Doncaster to found out the sex of their baby. They didn’t know what they were having until their reveal party when Matilda pulled out a blue teddy bear from a box, indicating it’s a boy. Once again, they shared their happy news on their social media pages letting all their friends know that a boy was on the way. Their happiness spilled into Christmas, making it just a little bit more special.

Then lockdown happened. All of a sudden, Kaydee was advice not to work. Simon got furloughed from his job, and Matilda was no longer going to school. Like many of us, their lives became uncertain and a bit scary.

Being isolated from family & friends is hard but especially during pregnancy. At the end of Kaydee’s pregnancy, she had horrendous back pain, and the hot weather didn’t help. These were the times when she needed the help of family & friends but couldn’t get any.

Going to the hospital in the middle of a pandemic was scary, especially when you have another life you are protecting. But everything worked out well, and Sidney was born healthy via a caesarean section.

Kaydee decided that she was going to breastfeed Sidney as she did with Matilda. Working in the NHS, she knows the benefits of breastfeeding your baby can give them. Also, it was easier not having to worry about making bottles when she had to take care of a 4.5-year-old.

I have had the honour of photographing Kaydee while she was pregnant with Matilda. Then I had the privilege of photographing Matilda’s first year of life – newborn, sitter and cake smash sessions.

So it was so lovely to hear from Kaydee about photographing Sidney’s newborn session.

Sidney arrived at my home studio in Doncaster on a Thursday morning when he was only 10 days new. He brought his dad, mum and big sister with him. He arrived sleeping from the car journey, so we quickly put him in the warm studio to help keep him asleep.

The first photographs we took were of Sidney with his big sister. She proudly held him in her arms and gave me such a big smile—perfect picture to hang on the wall.

Afterwards, dad took Matilda to Sunnybank Gardens for ice cream while mum and I finished photographing Sidney. Mum got to relax for most of the session while I took care of Sidney. Of course, she had to breastfeed, and I needed her help hold him during the frog pose to keep him safe.

He was a little dream during his newborn session. He happily slept while I did four outfit changes and three different wraps.

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