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    While her baby sleeps, mom makes infant into art

    In “When My Baby Dreams,” Adele Enersen imagines her newborn daughter as a bookworm, an astronaut, a surfer and an elephant tamer.

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    Mila’s daydreams -

    “When My Baby Dreams,” Adele Enersen's first picture book, went on sale on Jan. 3, 2012 and featured a selection of photos from Enersen’s popular Mila’s Daydreams blog. The forest-scene image pictured here is the first whimsical photo Enersen took of her newborn daughter at their home in Finland.

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    ‘Petting a little lamb’ -

    Adele Enersen, 34, works as a copywriter and concept designer in advertising. She used blankets, clothing and other props from around the house to stage each photo of her sleeping newborn daughter.

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    A baby bookworm -

    Enersen happily remembers the moment it first occurred to her that she could take cute photos of her baby girl Mila by modifying the background. “One time she fell asleep in a funny position and she looked like a little fencer,” Enersen recalled. “My husband, who is a composer, put his conductor baton in her hand, and we took a photo.” En garde!

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    Where no baby has gone before -

    This photo of Mila as a little astronaut incorporates ordinary items from around the kitchen: a paper plate “helmet,” and tin-foil stars. The cord is from the Enersens’ computer.

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    Up, up and away -

    According to Enersen’s new book, “When my baby dreams of flying, she uses her birthday balloons on the way up ...”

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    Clotheslined -

    “... then makes an especially soft landing. But her socks are even softer!”

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    ‘A perfectly pink world’ -

    Several photos in “When My Baby Dreams” prominently feature the color pink – including this image in which Mila “strolls through a cotton candy park.”

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    Riding on an Indian elephant -

    Enersen used one of her old cardigan sweaters to create the elephant pictured here. “I used a lot of blankets and pillows because I have some kind of a thing for pillows,” Enersen explained. “I also used a lot of scarves and my clothing and Mila’s clothing. ... Oh, and a lot of cloth nappies!”

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    Surfer girl -

    In her dreams, baby Mila loves to catch waves in the morning.

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    Mom and baby together -

    Adele Enersen, pictured here with her daughter Mila, has given a lot of thought to how Mila will someday feel about her unique baby pictures. “I mean, I know that when she’s a teenager she’s going to hate me anyway,” Enersen said. “But I think overall she’s going to love it because it’s something so special.”

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    Baby shower gift -

    Adele Enersen’s “When My Baby Dreams” book – published by Balzer + Bray, a division of HarperCollins – went on sale on Jan. 3, 2012. To order a copy, click here. To see more images of Mila’s daydreams, visit Enersen’s blog or go to this Mila’s Daydreams Facebook page.

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