Here are side by side shots of the same pictures used above, removing the baseline and bringing the babies closer together.
Now, for fun, we add Piper Palin in an undated photo first seen on the Greta interview and we are told this is Tripp. Looks like Tripp to me. Looks like it's a day or two after he was born and he's lost some weight. That's pretty typical for newborns.
Now I want to introduce all three - Bristol, Levi and Piper. The picture I found is on the New York Times website. They are standing in a line, each approximately same difference from the camera. This was taken when the Palin family welcomed the McCain's on the tarmac prior to the start of Republican National Convention, and Piper would have been three months younger than in the photo above. Though it's likely she did grow some between the two pictures, I'm going to say it would be negligible.
Now for the fun. Below are photographed stages of Tripp's life presented in an overlay for your amusement, consideration, and dismay. Have a good look. Take out the ruler. Think about the position of the baby and the angle of the shot(s). Then tell us what you think of Bristol claiming the baby in her arms February was seven weeks old
When you do this, forget what the Palins claim Tripp weighed at birth. More often than not, the Palins don't tell the truth. They are smart enough to know that if they wanted to obscure Tripp's earlier birthday, it would make sense to add a couple pounds to his "birth weight" to fit the later-birth story.
Was Tripp an average size newborn ? He looks tiny to me. Over the years he's grown at an average rate, though. At three, he doesn't appear off-the-charts for his age and height. He isn't heavy. He's average. All I'm saying here is, he started small and grew normally. If we knew nothing of the date of the picture of Bristol holding Tripp in a blue outfit, how many weeks would we guess he was?
Someday I'm going to figure out how the birthdate fits with Trig's birthdate. Until then, it's one of the mysteries.
What do YOU THINK of all this?