Miss Kerrigan Sue was born just days before Christmas and I was lucky enough to be there to document her birth. I also got to visit with Kerrigan, Nicki, Corey, and Kennedy on Christmas Eve for their newborn session. With a newborn due right around Christmas, Nicki joked they hadn’t even had a chance to decorate the house for Christmas. And she was right -- there wasn't a Christmas decoration in sight. It felt like a regular day with a newborn and it was so great because all of their focus was on their kids. I love that.
Kerrigan decided that for a good portion of her session, she would be awake and alert much to Nicki’s dismay. But we snuck in a few sleepy moments here and there.
Kerrigan was nursing like a champ at just a few days old and the house showed signs of a nursing mama working hard to relieve engorgement and to nourish her baby. Needless to say, I have "been there, done that" and I'm *always* impressed with a new mom who is working so diligently for her baby. She started out slightly nervous about nursing in the hospital and she was already exponentially more confident in just a few days time. While Nicki nursed Kerrigan, Corey diligently washed the pump parts while sweet Kennedy sat eating apples, playing on the iPad and was genuinely interested in what the heck I was doing with her little sister.
This was my third session with the Mozak family and during every session, Nicki mentioned her Mom in one way or another. Nicki’s Mom passed away in recent years and she really wanted to honor her in some way during the session. Her mom loved snails and snail figurines. Nicki had pulled out some of her Mom’s snail figurines that remind her of her Mom. I love when a family incorporates elements of their lives like that. Truly, photo sessions are about the family, what’s important to them, and the focus in their lives. It was so moving to see the snails she had carefully planned out as being a part of the session just days after birthing a baby.
Corey is now surrounded by his team of girls and I think he couldn’t possibly love one more over the other. He laughs and jokes with them, lights up when he sees Nicki, is full of energy and fun for Kennedy and melts when he sees Kerrigan. This is a man who has his family of girls at the center of his heart.
Congratulations, Nicki and Corey, on the addition of Kerrigan and your new family of 4!