First question, is the baby in the first picture who was presented as Trig Palin on April, 18, 2008, the baby wearing the puppy cap? In my opinion, yes. Weight loss is not uncommon in the first week or so after birth. In the first picture, Trig was swaddled so tightly that the blanket was cutting into his or her face. I think this may have made the baby look plumper than it really was.
In the third picture, we see him or her awake and without a head covering, revealing the ruffled ear also seen in the Triggy Bear photos. Is this the same baby seen in the first two pictures? I don’t think so.
I don’t think the ruffled ear was ever meant to be seen publicly. Even though ear deformity can occur in Down Syndrome infants, it is a hallmark of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which is what I believe that baby suffers from. If the baby were known to have FAS, then Sarah would have to admit to drinking while pregnant or faking a pregnancy. Admission of either would most likely have been the end of her political career.
Next question, why allow pictures with the ruffled ear showing to be taken in the first place?
I doubt Sarah ever thought Mercede would share the Triggy Bear pictures online. I also think those pictures were the reason that Mercede’s computer was later scrubbed.
As for the baby shower photos, I think Sarah was enjoying the attention so much that she didn’t realize at the time that photos with Trig’s ruffled ear showing had been taken. Notice that in the pictures where Sarah is holding Trig, she is careful to hide the right ear. Kristan Cole published the photos on her website but according to a post on PD, Kristan tried to remove them, however they could still be viewed by using the search function and entering “Trig”. Later some of the photos appeared in several magazines but none of the shots used showed Trig’s right ear. Would so many shots of Trig have the right ear covered if it wasn’t being done on purpose?
Third question, are either of the babies shown above the baby Sarah presented as Trig in the fall of 2008? I think not. Sometime after the May pictures, Trig was replaced with the baby below who really does have Down Syndrome.
Final questions, first, why did the ruffle eared baby replace the one presented at the hospital? I think the first baby was a stand-in for Bristol’s baby who suddenly became ill. The Wild Ride had already taken place and a baby had to be presented so they simply borrowed one for some photos. Bristol’s baby was better in time for the Triggy Bear and baby showers so he or she was used until the Down Syndrome baby was obtained.
My last gut-wrenching question is this: Sarah, what happened to that ruffle eared baby???