“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.” — Robert Louis Stevenson (via sweetandlovelythings)
Instead of post-mortem photos, some folks called for the photographer when they had a critically-ill child to take a picture while the child was still living so they would have a memento if their baby didn't survive. The baby in this one appears to be one of these. I would think this baby was very sick, perhaps with a high fever, at the time this picture was made.