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Daddy Blogger Turns 4-Month-Old Baby Into Real Life Elf on the Shelf

(Alan Lawrence) (Alan Lawrence)

A Utah dad has turned his baby son into a real-life Elf on the Shelf.

Alan Lawrence recently came up with idea to help celebrate the holidays by dressing up 4-month-old Rockwell as the notoriously naughty holiday character.

For the weeks leading up to Christmas, Lawrence has posed little Rockwell in various acts of holiday mischief, snapped a photo and used editing software to take himself out.


Every morning the elf insists on throwing marshmallows at me while I eat my sugarless cereal. I don't like marshmallows in my cereal, I'm not four years old! #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) on Dec 17, 2015 at 10:20pm PST

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"My wife and I have never done Elf on the Shelf, but we've always been fascinated by it," Lawrence told USA TODAY Network. "This idea of telling your kids this elf lives in your home and causes mischief at night; we started to wonder how would parents really react to that."

Lawrence, a father of six and daddy blogger, said the idea came to him around Thanksgiving.

"A family member told me, "He's like a little elf,'" Lawrence said.


Tonight we left the elf all alone in the house for the first time. It was very nerve racking for me. I was so happy to pull in the driveway and not see my house on fire. The elf wouldn't stop bragging about beating Godzilla at every game we own. #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:35pm PST


So I ended up taking all of the syrup and candy canes out of our house hoping this elf would leave but it only made things worse. He deliberately let me read his report to the big man tonight as a scare tactic. "Dear Santa, They have not been feeding me enough sugar." I think he is serious about sending it. #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) on Dec 14, 2015 at 10:18pm PST


Flipped on the lights and caught him red handed. Somebody needs to start earning his keep around here. #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) on Dec 13, 2015 at 8:42pm PST


The elf has been a huge help wrapping gifts this week, but I was not as grateful when I stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night and found this present. #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) on Dec 12, 2015 at 9:09pm PST

"So, we decided to make it a reality."

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Now Lawrence has posted about a dozen of the playful photos on his blog and various social media accounts, including Instagram.

Rockwell has been caught shoving cookies into a VCR, throwing marshmallows at his dad, toilet-papering the Christmas tree and playing Connect 4 with Godzilla, among other infractions.

"I’m just glad he’s wearing a diaper and I pray that he knows how to change them," Lawrence joked on his blog.

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