My Nephew, Lorenz: One Week Old

11 years ago - #Lorenz

Is this the most flattering picture in the first week of Lorenz' life? No. Is it accurate in that Sis' eyes are closed, Mark looks exhausted, and Lorenz is barely holding off a crying jag with a look of "if you don't feed me in five minutes, I'm having a meltdown"? Yes! Zoom into the photo to get the full effect. I was in Minnesota to capture some moments in Lorenz's first and second week.

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Smile! You have no choice.
Smile! You have no choice.

First of all, let me say that it is exceedingly cruel to take pictures of such a newborn baby and post them. The poor guy didn't have a lot to say except "feed me". When I first arrived, he was barely opening his eyes. By the time a left, he was starting to look around and recognize me as "Not Mommy". It might have been my imagination, but his wild limb flailing seemed to be more controlled. And of course, he was starting to hold his own head up after just a week and a half! What an incredible baby!

This is a familiar sight. Sis is looking like she just woke up or she's about to fall asleep. Which was pretty much always true. More shocking than seeing my sister as a mother was seeing her awake so damn much of the time! Also, I should note that when I first showed up, the dogs were not allowed on the furniture anymore. After several days of realizing that Sis and Mark would have to enforce that rule, they gave up. This picture came late in the trip when Mel and Eugene were allowed back on the furniture. And speaking of Mel and Eugene, I took some pictures of just them so they wouldn't feel left out.

Eugene with a chew toy.
Eugene with a chew toy.

Mel under the table - one of his favorite spots.
Mel under the table - one of his favorite spots.

Mark holding Mel - the ORIGINAL baby
Mark holding Mel - the ORIGINAL baby

At this point, you're probably saying to yourself, "I came here for baby pictures. Where are the baby pictures?" Well, they're coming. Unfortunately, only half of the photos that I took actually turned out. David got me a new camera recently and I have to actually learn the fundamentals of photography to really use correctly. So the majority of the baby pictures didn't turn out. Here are some that did.

In his diaper changing bed. He HATES having his diaper changed.
In his diaper changing bed. He HATES having his diaper changed.

Looking sly.
Looking sly.

Sleepy
Sleepy

In a beautiful hat and sweater knitted by Mary Lou Reich.
In a beautiful hat and sweater knitted by Mary Lou Reich.

We took a picture because he looked like all butt.
We took a picture because he looked like all butt.

And I'm saving the cutest photo for last. Sis and Lorenz often fell asleep on the sofa together. In this photo, they fell asleep 180 degrees from each other.

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Lorenz and Sis recently went to Yuba City, California for Aunt Beth's 50th Birthday party. I believe that most everyone of the Everett clan was there, so it was a chance for Lorenz to see what he's in store for him. And also for Sis to see her relatives and probably get teased for being short. Unfortunately, I wasn't there, so I don't have the full scoop. But Mom sent me these pictures of Lorenz. And the other big unfortunate is that there is a great picture of Lorenz with a huge smile, but the photo came out blurry.
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