Babies With Down Syndrome Who Were Born 3 Days in a Row Reunite for the Most Adorable Cake Smash

Nicole Starr Photography cake smash down syndrome three of hearts shoot
Nicole Starr Photography

Earlier this summer, photographer Nicole Starr was working with the nonprofit Julia's Way on a photo series to celebrate babies with Down syndrome who breastfeed. That's when the Saratoga Springs–based photographer met three sweet baby girls -- Catherine, Mae, and Harper -- with an incredibly unique connection.

  • The trio, who were all born with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease, also happened to be born three days in a row.

    Each LO also survived major heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital within a few months of their births. Moved by their amazing stories, Starr planned a special cake-smash photo shoot to celebrate their first birthdays, and the results are as beautiful as they are adorable.

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  • "When we realized the connection between these three heart warriors, we knew that we had to celebrate in a big way!" Starr notes.

    "As a baby photographer, I specialize in cake-smash sessions, so of course I was excited to plan a very special cake smash for this group of girls that quickly earned the nickname 'Three of Hearts,'" she shares with CafeMom. "We let them be the stars of the show with just a simple backdrop and classically simple cakes, and their unique personalities definitely stole the show!"

  • Meet Catherine...

    ... who was born on June 23, 2016.

  • Meet Harper...

    ... who was born on June 24, 2016.

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  • And meet Mae...

    ... who was born on June 25, 2016.

    Starr told PopSugar Moms that each little girl had her own unique way of approaching the cake. "Harper really got into it and covered herself in frosting!" she shared. "Catherine was much more hesitant and delicate, and Mae was all smiles and kept leaning toward her cake, rocking her body back and forth like she was going to face plant because she was so eager to get a taste of that frosting!" 

    Can you even handle the cuteness? Nope, we can't either.

  • The Internet is loving Starr's photos of these three beauties, and Starr says she's over-the-moon about the online community's response.

    "We're so happy that people are connecting with the images, sharing their own stories, and reaching out to Julia's Way for guidance and support as they begin their own journey," Starr tells us. "The mothers definitely plan on staying in touch, and who knows ... maybe we'll do a follow-up session with the girls for their second birthday!"

    Yes, please! We can't wait!