Baby Marlies [Newborn]

Tiny. That’s what Marlies was. Tiny. None of my own babies or grandbabies were that small and while many of you have had smaller babies, this little sweetie looked pretty darn little to me. She weighed 6.9 pounds at birth so nothing out of the ordinary, but the mind forgets that babies are really that small because they sure don’t stay that way for long! That’s the thing I love about newborn pics — having that physical memory that they were really once this tiny — at 9 days old in Marlies’s case. And skinny. And wrinkley. And precious as all get out. Jenny is the daughter of my friend Kathy and this is her first grandchild! What can top that (except maybe the second grandchild). I know this from experience, and I’ll let the cat out of the bag here that we are going to have another grandbaby come April!!! Thank you Matt and Danielle for the wonderful surprise!!! More on that later but these two new parents who were so relaxed with this new baby of theirs. I was pretty impressed with their calmness and I think Marlies is going to have one fantastic life! Congratulations Roman and Jenny! Now for this beauty of theirs. Oh, so sweet.

And from her nursery meet “Owl”.

“Owl Who?”

“Owl always love you!”

I love that Jenny and Roman brought some homemade blankets over for the photo session that were made by special friends and special family. The one below was made by Marsha Said, a lifetime quilter extraordinaire! Look at those ruby red lips that match the blanket … kiss … kiss … kissable.

And this next blanket was made by Jenny’s Aunt Bev. Such pretty colors, both of them. Marlies came to my house hungry, so she fed, pooped, then wasn’t sure what she wanted to do so her folks just carried her around a bit. Once we thought she was good and asleep, we tried to move her around, or move her hands, but she would make little faces and furrow her eyebrows as if to say “would you leave me alone!”

I had some stations set up outside but wouldn’t you know the day was a bit overcast and not as warm as I was expecting so we kept Marlies bundled under the covers much of the time. Makes you want to lie down a take a nap doesn’t it?

And this last pose was a funny one. Just seconds after I sat her in basket she pooped so no way was I able to adjust the blanket as poop was rising up her back.  I think she is just starting to realize what is happening in this next picture.

“Sniff, sniff — something smells familiar.”

 “Oh, no bother, someone will tend to me eventually.”


You both are going to make wonderful parents and Marlies is going to be smothered in love, just like every baby deserves. Enjoy these moments — they don’t last long! Love, Mary

Julia James Laible - August 27, 2011 - 11:21 PM

Love the big yawn!!!

Megan - August 28, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Oh my, she’s gorgeous!!! What a sweet little girl…I love the bows! - August 28, 2011 - 12:26 PM

Pretty baby for sure! I made up the bows just as they were arriving by tearing apart a necklace I have, finding some seam binding, lace, and elastic in my old sewing kit, sewing them all together, then pulling out my trusty hot glue gun to attach the flowers. I need to buy some flowers though because I am going to reassemble my necklace cause it was new! 🙂

Kathy Grover - August 28, 2011 - 4:47 PM

I don’t know how to thank you enough for producing the beautiful pictures of Marlies and precious Roman and Jenny. My heart is filled with gladness. - August 28, 2011 - 7:48 PM

You just did thank me enough — your heart glad makes my heart glad.

Kay Lynn - August 29, 2011 - 9:07 PM

Jenny and Roman said you’d taken photos .. I had to see if they were up yet! I love them. The one with the big yawn is my fave. 🙂 - August 29, 2011 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Kay Lynn for writing. You know I had all these stations and stuff planned, but Marlies had her own plan. Babies are like that and that’s the beauty and adventure in it. She’s pretty dang cute!

Lori - August 30, 2011 - 11:56 AM

I love them! Great work Mary!!

Kathy Jones - August 31, 2011 - 9:02 PM

Wow! What beautiful pictures of a beautiful new family! You captured some great moments that I am sure will be treasured for a lifetime.

Kathy Bettger - September 6, 2011 - 2:53 PM

Beautiful people, beautiful baby, beautiful photos. Good work by all.

lsj4157 - September 6, 2011 - 8:38 PM

Beautiful baby, happy family, all captured with Mary’s extraordinary eye for capturing the spirit of the moment and the heart of her subjects, who just happen to be some of my favorite young people. Blessings to Jenny, Roman and Marlies–and the whole Royer/Grover families. Thanks for sharing Mary.

Sheila Webb Clark - September 12, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Just perfect! What a sweet little baby. Great job on the newborn photos! - September 12, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Thank you Sheila! Didn’t get one picture that I had in mind to get, but that’s how babies are and how can you go wrong with ANY baby picture, right? So guess what?! I am going to be a new grandma again — twice. Both my daughter-in-law and daughter are expecting three days apart in April. I’ll get lots of practice then!

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