My first thought is, “Who is that?” Of course I never saw myself in this station of life, or at least I do not remember it. But as I look at the photo I see familiar features. Not so much of me, but features that remind me of baby photos of my Mom and Aunt Jackie. I do not see many features of my Dad that would start to appear throughout childhood. While I want to deny the photo is me, I know it is.
I was born at 9:08 in the morning. I weighed in at a whopping 5 pounds 12.5 ounces. I slid into this world at 18.5 inches in length. The photo you see above is of me probably within 5 days of birth. I do have a photo from the same day but you cannot see my features like you can this photo.
Notice that I was born with a full head of hair. It appears our baby will be born the same. The ultrasound unfortunately does not give us hair color so we will have to wait and see. My hair has stayed pretty much the same color since with variations for sun bleaching.
I do not know if I came early or not. I have no knowledge of an early birth and while I may look a little thin, I spent no extra time in the hospital. I do believe my Mom smoked through the pregnancy would may account for my light birth weight and potential early delivery.
While my Dad is obviously not in this photo, he kinda is. Those dual tires and trailer in the background clearly represent him. I do not know if he was superintendent of Circle A Construction’s Paul, Idaho job at the time (I believe he was), he was still working with these sugar beet trailers. These tires provided my family’s income at this year and for many years to come.
These wheels tell me much more though. This photograph was likely taken at the Amalgamated Sugar Company’s factory at Paul, Idaho. If the photo was taken by my Dad, I am not sure a semi trailer would be so close. A pickup, office, or something else may have been closer. This shot was likely taken by my Grandma, because she worked as a dispatcher at the Paul factory for Circle A Construction then. Those trucks and trailers parked only feet from where the trailer was located. Furthermore, that trailer was so small that a good first photograph by my Grandma probably would have required a little more space and light. Hence, my Mom is likely standing outside the trailer, my Grandma taking the shot, looking down at the new mother and baby. The semi is also parked driving from left to right, which is the same direction those trucks drove and parked. Dad will probably clarify if it was him who took the shot, but I have a pretty good suspicion it was Grandma. Not only is Dad in the shot, but Grandma is too.
My Mom’s look clothing also is indicative of the time. Yep, I can class my self with a period. If that does not ring 70’s, I do not know what does. Those mirrored glasses that she would wear in many of my memories afterward. The overalls that were so popular at the time. My Mom is wearing the bracelet that as far as I know, she wore until the day she entered prison. While I am sure the glasses were replaced over time, I am not sure about the bracelet.
Even the tread on the tires seems like something from the past. The tread seems to have changed over the years for semi-tractors although I don’t know.
Anyhow, that is enough on this photo. Is that a cloth diaper? I must have been just changed or something because my onesie is still open at the bottom, or that was the coolest fashion! I swear I can smell the sugar factory now. That sweet, biting taste that smells of money to so many people.
That cute little baby is actually me. Amanda seems to think the ultrasound photos show a brow and facial features like this photo. I guess we will just have to wait and see this weekend.