Helen's First Week

2 - 9 November 2004

What a week. It was Helen's first week of life, and I took a bunch of photos. I was trying to not use the flash on her, for fear of damaging her eyes or making her unhappy. As a result, many of these are a bit blurry because either the camera or the subject was moving.

The first night home Rachel tries to comfort her by giving Helen a little massage on her cheekbones. Rachel was moving in the second to last one there, and I think that it turned out to be a nice photo, because that's probably how Rachel was feeling, while Helen is fine.
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So that first night at home saw me up with Helen at various times, so I decided to try and take some pictures of us, using my little tripod.
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Rachel took a few shots of Helen and I in bed that morning.
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And I got some as we were hanging out in front of my computer in the afternoon.
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The next night, Helen was really hamming it up, and I couldn't miss the opportunity to take a few shots, even if there wasn't much light.
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That next morning, she was a little conked out.
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Grandma didn't mind.
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It was a little chilly that next night, so we made sure that she was wrapped up.
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Lots of sleeping that next day, I really like the shots of both Rachel and Helen independently snoozing.
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That next night, she slept a little, but gave me some good faces. I used the tripod again to take some self-portraits of father with daughter.
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She was reasonably alert Saturday morning, and I captured one of her wide-eyed looks.
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Rachel's brother, Gus, and his wife, Alexis, came to visit us for the weekend.
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Here are some pictures of Helen just after nursing, very content.
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Uncle Gus, Aunt Alexis, Helen, and I took a little walk around the block, and when we got back, Helen was tuckered out.
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I managed to get a few shots of peaceful sleep.
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By this time, mom had recovered a little from what we think might have been a little stomach flu from late in the week.
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Like Rachel's mother, Gus and Alexis volunteered to stay with us Saturday night, and take care of Helen, so that Rachel and I could get some sleep in and recharge our batteries. They didn't mind and it allowed them to spend some quality time with their niece.
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Monday morning, the day of her one week birthday, she was again quite alert and I managed to get some great pictures.
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Unfortunately, after Rachel had kind of recovered from her stomach flu, she got some migraine symptoms that started on Sunday. She has started feeling a little better, but still hasn't gotten her appetite back. However, that doesn't stop her from spending some quality time with her daughter.
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-Ross Beyer


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