Mum gets trolled for her baby’s ‘zombie’ first birthday shoot

But the shamers didn't realise the heartwrenching reason she chose to do it...

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Celebrating your baby’s 1st birthday is a big deal for lots of us: there’ll often be a party, there will almost definitely be cake, and some of us might even rope in help from a pro photographer to capture the whole thing on camera.

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That’s exactly what Brisbane mum Amy Louise did when she called Amanda Queen Photography in to mark son Phoenix’s 1st birthday bash.

But there was a bit of a difference from the usual requests – Amy went for something zombie-themed 😲😲😲

The resulting pics show Phoenix, zombie-like, in a forest eating ‘bloody brains’ cake…

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There’s no doubt it looks artistic, if a little unusual, right?

Still, Amy admits she got some pretty nasty comments when she shared the pics on Facebook – with people telling her she was a bad mum and that she was negatively affecting her son’s mental health.

What they didn’t know, however, is that there was a very special reason Amy had gone for this particular theme.

You see, Phoenix was born on Halloween – and was immediately taken away from his mum as he had no heartbeat.

“I knew he was dead, I knew he was gone,” Amy recalls, talking to the Daily Mail.

“He was lifeless and there was nothing we could do. When the doctor sat next to me, I just said, “He’s gone isn’t he? He’s dead.”

“The doctor squeezed my hand to try and show his emotion but it was a mess. It was awful. I just kept seeing this tiny white coffin flashing through my mind as I started to process what had just happened.”

Miraculously, however, after 13 minutes, Phoenix came back to life. He and his mum were kept separate for 4 days as both were too ill to be near each other (Amy had to have a blood transfusion).

And, as Phoenix’s first birthday approached, Amy knew she wanted to do something to mark the special circumstances of those early days.

“What better than a zombie-themed cake smash for the tiny baby boy who was pronounced dead and then miraculously came to life on Halloween,’ she said.

“I’ve always been a really different and creative person, and I knew that I couldn’t just do a “naked baby with a blue cake in a studio” type shoot.

“It had to be big, special and meaningful. We always called him our little zombie because he was brought back from the dead on Halloween so I thought let’s have him eating a brain.

“The ideas just kept flowing from there and we decided a walking dead style shoot with a gross brain cake would be a perfect shoot to showcase our emotion and our story.”

Images: Amanda Queen Photography on Facebook

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