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Good things come in small packages — and wonderful things come in teeny-tiny packages. Take Alexandra, nicknamed Alex, for example, a 1-month old baby who was born July 8 at just five pounds and seven ounces. Her mother, Jen G., has been photographing baby Alex next to common household items for an Instagram series called “Wee Baby Versus” or #weebabyVs. And it’s crazy cute.
The pictures show an impossibly small baby beside a teddy bear, soccer ball, carton of eggs and other familiar objects that lend a comparative contrast to Alex’s itty-bitty form.
The photos become even more precious when you have a bit of backstory. Jen’s pregnancy had been complicated. Not only does she have a clotting disorder that requires her to be on blood thinners while pregnant, but she also had a circumvallate placenta, a rare complication that results in two sides of the placenta attaching to one another. At 37 weeks, Jen’s doctor decided to induce labor.
“I was nervous to have her born earlier than we expected,” Jen said.
Jen got the idea for the series as soon as she brought Alex home from the hospital, a day that marked the end of a very stressful journey.
“On the first night we were home from the hospital, I set [Alex] down on the floor next to the bunk beds [and] she looked so ridiculously small there that the proportions of the room looked off, like someone had photoshopped a baby into the room and gotten the sizing wrong,” Jen says. “So I took a picture for my own amusement.”
Jen recreated the photo a few weeks later, and kept going from there, finding that just about everything looked absurdly big next to baby Alex.
“I had the idea to take a picture of her next to a dollar bill, like people do for scale. I posted that one to my Instagram account and my friends liked it,” Jen said. “I also took a comparison shot of my older son on the changing table and posted it with Alex on the changing table. And it was just so fun that I kept looking around for ideas. My 6-year old daughter has gotten into it [too], and she comes up with a lot of the ideas for [the series].”
“Wee Baby Versus” has garnered sensational interest on Instagram, especially after the parenting site Babble wrote about it.
“I had somewhere between 400-500 followers before and now I have over 2,000, since the Babble piece launched,” Jen G. said.
Naturally, the series cannot go on forever, as Alex is a healthy, growing baby.
“She's already gained two pounds since she was born and has gone from the second percentile [for weight] to the fifth.”
But until Alex is “normal baby-size,” Jen said she’ll keep up the adorable photo show.