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Newborn photo shoot takes a majorly messy turn

Theresa Edwards

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Theresa Edwards is a freelance writer and professional whiner. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her family where she enjoys reading, roller derby, and complaining about the heat.

Pooping baby gives parents candid picture of the reality of parenting

At some point in every parent's life, he or she will experience the joy of having their precious bundle of joy pee, poop or throw up on them. In one family's case, they got the whole thing on camera, and their reaction is perfect.

You know the bit of conventional wisdom that says newborns don't do much but eat, sleep and poop? Well, Mark and Shayna Resnick of Sarasota, Florida, know that to be true firsthand — and they have photographic proof!

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The Resnicks enlisted Gigi O'Dea, owner and photographer at Memory Portraits by Gigi, to help create this sweet shot of 10-day-old Asher lying serenely on his father Mark's back:

Pooping baby gives parents candid picture of the reality of parenting

Image: Gigi O'Dea/Memory Portraits by Gigi

Before the magic could happen, Asher decided to create a little magic of his own, giving his parents the perfect photo keepsake and inducting his dad into a club every parent is a member of:

Pooping baby gives parents candid picture of the reality of parenting

Image: Gigi O'Dea/Memory Portraits by Gigi

We've all been there! Gigi gave SheKnows a little background on the shoot and the Resnicks' sense of humor, saying, "These parents were so much fun to work with. In contrast to a lot of first-time parents, they were very laid-back and go-with-the-flow kind of people. This image was particularly important to them, as they really wanted a special image where they could showcase baby Asher with the dad's wing tattoo on his back. They were very committed to making it happen, obviously at any cost. We had been joking about the possibility from the time they came to be photographed. Knowing that Asher would be naked on Dad, we knew there was a high probability that it could get messy. I guess we never imagined just how messy it could be!"

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Anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of a little accident like this one knows just what a shock it can be. You can't stress about it, and you have to take it in stride with a little humor and a lot of baby wipes, which Dad Mark was willing to do, and it's a good thing too, because according to Gigi, Asher had even more in store for him. "Asher pooped on Dad not only once, but twice, and then proceeded to pee and spit up on him! I just love it when dads are the target in these mishaps."

Mark shared the image on Facebook, and it's gotten a lot of attention, going viral in a matter of days. Gigi thinks she knows why. "I am very surprised by its popularity and can understand why people are so drawn to the image. Almost any parent can relate, as they have probably had a similar experience at some point with their own babies."

I think we can all agree on that! Gigi, for her part, hopes people will take the time to appreciate the other images that came out of the now-infamous shoot, because Asher is one cute little guy, and the Resnicks are clearly proud, doting parents.

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"Asher was probably the happiest baby that I have ever photographed. I was able to capture 34 smiling images of him in his newborn session, which is unheard of! Obviously he got the last laugh!"
Pooping baby gives parents candid picture of the reality of parenting

Image: Gigi O'Dea/Memory Portraits by Gigi

He really did! Just look at his mischievous little grin!

For her part, Gigi O'Dea knows a thing or two about babies. She was a NICU nurse for 20 years, and newborn photography is a specialty of hers, so she's "come to expect the unexpected." You can check out more of her photos on her website, Memory Portraits by Gigi, or on her Facebook page.

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