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What Newborns Really Look Like

You might be envisioning a chubby little cherub but babies can run the gamut on how they look at birth: skinny, chunky, scrunched-up, long, bald, hairy, you name it (even cone-headed!). These parents shared what surprised them about their newborns’ looks. Expect the unexpected.
Judah, one day old

“When Judah was born, he had red hair. I couldn’t stop kissing him and looking at his hair. Never in my life did I imagine I would have a sweet little redheaded boy!” —Amanda Wissmann


Kinley, seven days old

“We just couldn’t get over how chunky her tiny little face was!” —Tanya Scanlon


Sophia, seven days old

“The first thing I noticed was how long our daughter was. She was 21 inches long at birth! I was expecting a tiny little baby and here, I have a long string bean!” —Devon Lindsay


Mnqobi, seven days old

“When the doctors first handed him to me, I was scared to kiss him because he was so little.” —Thenjy Mazibuko


Harrison, two hours old

“I definitely realized how very strange (and scary!) it is to see yourself in another human being!” —Leah Roberts


Mariana, three days old

“Mariana was born with so much hair. She had at least two inches when she was born.” —Chelsea Clark


Jocelyn, seven days old

“We didn't find out the sex, but both of us just had the feeling it was a boy, so when my husband got to say ‘It’s a girl,’ we were definitely surprised!” —Korrianne Risinger



Mia, two days old

“She was definitely bigger than we expected!” —Hilda Kruger


Lenny, three days old

“My wife is a high risk labor and delivery nurse, and I work on babies as a flight paramedic, so when we first laid eyes on our son we were just so thankful that he was healthy!” —Ryan Birt


Sarina, five days old

“The first thing I thought after meeting our little girl was that she was definitely more beautiful than we ever could have expected.” —Tanya Giancaspro-Carvalho

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