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'Out of shot, I was still in my pyjamas': Amy shares the reality behind this snap of her twins

‘It was evening, and the girls had been particularly fussy that day.’

EACH WEEK, A different Irish parent chats us through a family photo from Instagram and explains what was really going on outside the frame – from tantrums to toilet disasters.

Fancy taking part? Email amy@thejournal.ie with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature.

wydsh Source: Amy Callaghan

This week, Amy Callaghan (@twinningwithamy) chatted us through a candid photo of her twin girls, Ayda Rose and Bonnie Jane.

Tell us a bit about this photo. What inspired you to take it?

The girls were about three months old here and were really beginning to notice everything around them, especially their little hands. One evening, we were lying up on my bed and they both just started to play with each other’s hands, laughing and looking at each other. It was really special.

What’s one thing that’s going on in this photo that you wouldn’t know from looking at it? 

What you don’t see is me, still in my pyjamas. Not out of laziness, but because the girls were having a particularly fussy day and I genuinely didn’t have time to change. Looking back now, they had probably started teething and I, being a first time mother, didn’t realise that’s why they were being so fussy and out of sorts!

Did it take many attempts to get the right shot?

This one was pretty natural due to the fact they were just playing with their hands. Sometimes Bonnie would look away or Ayda would have her hand in her mouth, so the moment they were both looking up, I would just snap a few in succession and see if any turned out nice. Some days they absolutely hate it and I don’t even bother trying. Generally, though, they absolutely love the camera and smile all day long! Maybe it’s because I’m behind it making the most ridiculous faces!

Do you have a family photo from Instagram with a great behind-the-scenes story? The day at the beach when the little one ingested a mouthful of sand – or the smiley photo taken just minutes after a tantrum? If so, we want to hear from you! Email amy@thejournal.ie with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature in What You Don’t See Here.

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