Manly Baby – Prematurely Born Ryan Doing Grown-up Things before He Shouldn’t Even be Born

Prematurely born baby Ryan had entered the world 9 weeks before expected with just 3lbs on him. “We joked that he wasn’t premature just ‘advanced’ – so I came up with the idea that we should do a photo-shoot of him doing manly adult things,” Ryan’s dad explains. “Each shoot took about 15-20 minutes.” It was necessary to make props and find outfits for each scenario. “The next step was setting up the scene, framing the shot, arranging props, and setting up the lighting where appropriate. My wife often helped out by holding him so I could put his hands/arms/legs in certain positions, holding things. After I got the pictures of Ryan, I would take some shots of anything that he couldn’t actually hold, like the ax swinging or the fish on the fishing line. I then used Photoshop to remove myself from the pictures and combine the best parts of his body into a unified composite photo. People’s reaction was mostly positive finding the photos funny, though, some people even feared for Ryan’s safety. I always explained how the ‘danger’ all came from Photoshop and he was always being held and was never in any harm. I’m curious to see what Ryan thinks of them 18 years from now when he’s actually grown up.” And lastly, beautiful advice from the experienced dad: “My three pieces of advice for parents of premature babies are to be patient, be positive, and seek support.”

Meet Ryan – The Manliest Prematurely Born Baby in the World

I’m 25 and I’ve still haven’t mowed my lawn in my life

Ryan came to this world 9 weeks earlier than expected, but he just doens’t have time for fooling around

Though, it wasn’t like that before his dad made a joke: “He wasn’t premature, just ‘advanced’”

Next thing Ryan knows is… He gotta go to work… Every day…

He started working out, like you should too, you lazy…

He took it really seriously

First shave is always awkward

Nimbus STIHL 2000

He gets real hung’y after all that heavy lifting

These days his a bit more calm, playing poker with ol’ buddies

After he hit retirement he kept on fishing. It calms his nerves and it’s a solid escape from his wife…

via [artfido]