When I first met Kayla, her sister-in-law had referred her to me and I’m so glad she did. We started off with a maternity session and I had just got the idea to run a “Grow With Me” package but hadn’t advertised much about it yet! Kayla was the perfect person to offer it to!
With twins on the way, I was so excited when she decided this package would benefit her greatly and over time I liked to check up on her and see how she was doing. Lots of body aches but rightfully so since it was 2 against 1!
Not only have I been able to watch Cody and Zoey grow but I’ve also been able to watch how Kayla has grown into such a great mother!! Her motherly instincts were on point from the very beginning but from maternity to their first birthday session, I was in awe of how she took care of both without missing a beat. Providing the same love and attention for two! She’s doing such a wonderful job and they are blessed just as much as she is to have each other!
Cody and Zoey were welcomed into the world on September 6, 2018. They were born 4 weeks and 3 days early. Zoey weighed 5 lbs. and 7 oz and was 19 inches long. Cody weighed 5 lbs. and 14 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Cody was in NICU for a week so Kayla had a lot of trouble breastfeeding in the beginning due to a lot of stress.
During their newborn session, Zoey was so alert. Typically you want them to be kind of sleepy so they’re easily positioned but Zoey wanted to see what was going on. Kayla fed them right when she got to my home for their session and did everything right to get them ready, but Zoey wanted to be a part of the action. Due to lots of butt patting and rocking we were able to get them content and it did the trick, but every once in a while one eye would pop open from Zoey just to get a peek! I just loved it because it showed her personality early!
So, instead of stressing over getting them both asleep, I embraced that Zoey wanted to be awake through the session and look how sweet these turned out!
Even Cody realized what fun we were having and wanted in on the action too! They both just melted my heart!
For their next session, Kayla opted for the Christmas Minis I was offering at the end of the year! How much fun it was to be apart of their first Christmas! And, it was a great update on how Kayla was doing as a new mom of two!
As you can see she had everything under control! There were times where she would get Cody content and then Zoey would start to cry and then vice versa, but she was great at knowing exactly how to get them happy again. I was so glad to see all the first time mom fears and jitters were gone at this point and she just knew what to do!
What a beautiful family!
Two people I have to thank during Cody and Zoey’s sessions is Kayla’s mom and dad! At least one, if not both, came to every session to help and it made things so much easier for Kayla and I throughout their sessions. I can tell Kayla has had great role models in her life and they have played a big part in the great mother she has turned out to be.
Aside from the “Grow With Me” package, Kayla reached out to me for Spring photos for Cody and Zoey. I was so amazed how much they had grown between Winter to Spring!
By this time, the twins were 8 months old. Cody was crawling and was trying to stand and walk on his own! Zoey wanted to stand on her own since that is what she did usually already, and she was completely in charge between the two of them! They both were super happy babies during their Spring session, although we couldn’t get Cody’s smile out until the very end. Zoey loved to cuddle and sit with mom but Cody had to be on the go. They were also both babbling a lot! The sweetest sounds ever.
Now, Cody and Zoey’s first birthday has come and gone and although I’m sure this won’t be the last time I see them, it was definitely a bittersweet feeling thinking this is the last session of this package. Time flies when you’re having fun and these two amazing babies have had so much fun in their first year! I loved watching how active they’ve become. It doesn’t make it easy for photos but I love when their little personalities shine through each session. In this one Cody was ready to show off his smile and Zoey was ready to be on the go! It’s so funny how they flip flop between each session! When one is busy, the other is picture ready!
Kayla did such a great job at ordering their outfits, balloons, and bringing their Mickey and Minnie dolls, but nothing seemed to be going her way throughout this session. Eventually balloons were popped and when Cody would sit still, Zoey would crawl off. Thankfully Kayla’s mom was there to help and having that extra pair of hands helped out a lot but Zoey was determined to take charge just as she always has! I couldn’t help but smile because they were being exactly as they always have, and I couldn’t have asked for a better last session in this package.
Happy Birthday on September 6th Cody and Zoey! I hope you had as much cake at your party as you did at this session! You are loved by so many!
I am so happy I have gotten to know you two over this past year and watch you grow. It was such a joy for me!