When theres a brand-new baby in your life, it can be hard to focus on, well, pretty much anything else.
And its not just because little ones are notorious attention-grabbers between all of the crying,teething, and diapering. In fact, its because babies are, to put it simply, totally enchanting.
Whether its your first time holding a baby, or youre a parent who has had six kiddos and knows exactly how challenging it can be, its pretty easy to forget all of that when youre looking at a snuggly newborn, napping peacefully and exuding that perfect new-baby smell.
And for parents, these are the precious moments that help you keep your sanity and your sense of humor intact, despite the chaos of baby care.
Case in point, one professional photographer mom that decided to turn every sweet, cuddly nap into a precious memory, and also an amazing affirmation of her ability to find the funny in all aspects of motherhood, by dressing her deep-sleeping baby girl up in hilarious costumes!
Check it out in the gallery below!
Laura Izumikawa is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles.
She is also a first-time mom to her 4-month-old baby girl, Joey.
Joey is a total cutie-pie, and judging from the photos, a notoriously heavy sleeper.
Izumikawa decided to capitalize on her daughter’s sleep schedule and make some memories in the process by dressing her baby girl up in costumes while she sleeps.
Here, she’s pictured as Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, complete with the signature top hat!
Izumikawa began the project as a way to keep herself entertained in the up-and-down world of parenting a newborn, where you might deal with crying and screaming all night, and then have perfect angel sleeping all day long.
Izumikawa told Buzzfeed News that she couldn’t help but stare at her little love while she slept, and decided to capitalize on her baby’s deep sleep cycle with some hilarious photos, posted to Instagram.
Her little project skyrocketed to viral status after she posted this picture, of Joey dressed up as Eleven, the heroine of Netflix’s hit showStranger Things.
Apparently, Joey is such a heavy sleeper that Mom could dress her up in a costume, and add on props and wigs, all without her baby girl so much as batting an eyelash.
On the few occasions that Joey did wake up mid-photo shoot, it was usually just for long enough to flash a grin and head back to sleep.
Here, an adorably awake Joey looks positively delighted with her mermaid costume!
Joey likes to sleep with one hand in the air and the other by her side, which is convenient when it comes to decking out her photos with props!
In this cute picture, Izumikawa dressed her little girl up as a wizard, complete with a starry cape, a hat, and a long-flowing beard.
Joey’s left hand is holding tight to her wizard’s wand. Way to work those fine motor skills, baby girl!
Another major highlight of the adorable photos are the clever, punny captions that Izumikawa likes to tack onto the pictures.
This picture features baby Joey as an Olympic swimmer taking the gold, just in time for the Rio Games.
The clever mom added to the charming picture with the line, “What the best exercise for a swimmer? Pool-ups.”
Mom is all about keeping her finger on the pulse of pop culture.
Not only did she chime in with a relevant picture for the Olympics, she jump-started the aquatic theme earlier in the summer with her excitement aboutFinding Dory.
She and Joey celebrated the upcoming movie with a submarine shoot that cleverly reimaginedher pacifier as a scuba diver’s mouthpiece.
Still, it’s not all about what’s trending right this second!
Izumikawa proved that her daughter can appreciate the classics with an adorable gingham frock and short blonde wig.
Who’s sheplaying? Maria fromThe Sound Of Music, of course!
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