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The Shelly Belly 2.0

On Christmas Day in 2009 I launched my business with The Shelly Belly as my first post. My gorgeous sister, 36 weeks pregnant with blog regulars Charlie & Digby.

Now, just over 2 years later, the belly is full again while she’s expecting another one! I can’t wait for the addition of a niece or another nephew and am super excited to be flying up to Alice 2 weeks after her due date to meet and photograph the brand new bub!

So here’s Shelly again, with one on the inside, and the two gorgeous little fellas on the outside :)

Sydney Maternity Photographer: The Shelly Belly

It’s so cute watching Charlie play with her belly. Blowing raspberries, reaching up to touch it, & using it as a rather convenient seat :)

Sydney Maternity Photographers: Michelle, Charlie & DigbySydney Child Photographer: Twins playing in the grass

Digby has recently taken to referring to himself as Bibby (Shell reckons its Bigby, but I can’t hear the g). Anyway, it’s completely adorable!

Sydney Child Photographers: DigbySydney Child Photography: Charlie

The still shot doesn’t really do it justice, but Charlie has a new move, dubbed the Old Man Dance. Really slowly walking, wobbling side to side and flailing his arms about. Very very funny!

Northern Beaches Child Photographer: CharlieSydney Maternity Photography: Pregnant mum with twins

I am just bursting with excitement to meet the little one, and watch the boys become big brothers.

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Beach Boys

Charlie & Digby came to visit on Sunday at my place in Mona Vale, and after a lovely BBQ picnic in the park, we took them to the beach for their very first time.

I was holding Charlie’s hand as we walked onto the sand and the water came into view. His eyes nearly popped out of his head and he just said aaaaaaawwwww.

It’s so amazing to witness a child discover something for the first time. They’re so full of curiosity, wonder and pure awe.

Digby got a huge fright early on when a wave came up and splashed him, and he spent most of the time perched safely up in Mum’s arms.

Mona Vale Family Photographer: Twins first trip to the beach

Charlie sussed it out, and ultimately decided it was ok. PS they guy in the background with the video camera isn’t some random creep; it’s just The Fisherman :)

Mona Vale Child Photographer: Charlie at the Beach

I’m actually quite surprised Charlie didn’t try to just dive in! He would have his arms forward and back and I’m sure there was a part of him that thought he was making the waves himself…magic!

Newport Family Photographer: Mum & Toddler at beachNewport Child Photographer: Toddlers first beach visit

Love the little dimple :)

Northern Beaches Family Photographer: Toddler staring at the oceanNorthern Beaches Child Photographer: Charlie getting splashed

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A pair of posers

After a whirlwind trip back to NSW to visit some friends & family, Shell & Dean were in Sydney with the twins for one night only!

It’s so amazing to see how much they’ve grown in the 6 months since Christmas. They were just crawling babies…now they’re running! They have so much personality, and are vastly different from each other.

Exhibit A – Digby

Digby is scared of birds, doesn’t like to stray too far from mum, and seems to look at the camera rather cautiously.

Mona Vale Child Photographer: Twins crawling around yard

After tripping over his feet and face planting the concrete, he was rather upset. The pine needles seemed to provide a welcome distraction…

North Shore Child Photographer: Toddler playing in garden

Of course it’s necessary to taste all new toys…and he learned not to do that twice :)

Newport Baby Photographer: Baby eating pines

Exhibit 1 – Charlie

Charlie is an explorer, he’s happy to give cuddles to anyone, and he loves the camera.

Mona Vale Baby Photographer: Toddler running

Such a poser! Oh so casually leaning up against the wall, workin’ it like a pro

Northern Beaches Baby Photographer: Modelling baby

Charlie, you have so many looks :)

Sydney Baby Photographer: Posing toddlerNewport Child Photographer: Charlie sideways

My all-time favourite is the Reverse Toothy Grin!

Northern Beaches Child Photographer: Toothy grinMona Vale Child Photographer: Twins sitting on bench seatSydney Family Photographer: Mum, Dad & Twins

Note: I intentionally labelled them as Exhibits A & 1, as they are separate, but equally important :)

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