here comes the mama-razzi

I am trying to document this precious moment with you! Now will you please hold still so I can get a nice picture!! GAH!!

Tell me I’m not the only one who has done this. You’re having a beautiful peaceful moment with your child and you want to document it so that you’ll never forget it but then you end up ruining the moment in the process. I did this a few days ago when Noah and I were having a moment. He had just finished nursing and was looking up at me with his big beautiful eyes, just a shade darker than his daddy’s, and his little smile. You know the kind, the ones that melt your heart. I can’t even come close to describing how beautiful my baby boy was to me at that moment. And that’s the image that I want to remember when I’m old and in the mood to reminisce. Or when I’m crazy mad at him for doing some fool headed thing when he’s older 🙂 So of course, when I oh so carefully went to take a picture with my phone, he perked right up and the moment was gone.

I love taking ridiculous amounts of pictures of my boys as they’re growing up. I want to be able to document things both big and small; from the family vacations to the everyday stuff like playing in their room. Part of the reason for this is that I don’t have very many pictures from my childhood. A good portion of them were lost or ruined by my mom after she and my dad divorced. Who would have guessed that leaving photo albums out in the rain would ruin the pictures?! And it’s kind of a bummer to not have pictures of birthday parties or summertime fun from when I was a kid. So, sometimes I go overboard with the pictures, but I want the boys to be able to see that there were so many moments in their lives that we felt were important enough to document.

Now, very few of the pictures I take are ever printed out. Once or twice a year I’ll print out a huge batch and we’ll stick them in photo albums. The really good ones end up in frames on our walls. And I’ve started a tradition of doing a yearly photo book for them through Shutterfly. I usually do a smaller book for each one on their birthdays. But the vast majority of them are just sitting in our computer. Do you backup your photos regularly? If not, do it! I learned my lesson after Jacob’s newborn pictures were deleted. Gone. Poof. Never to be seen again 😦 Over the weekend Jacob pulled out a handful of albums and poured over them. He asked questions about each picture and wanted to hear stories about the people in them. I love going through pictures with Jacob. One of our favorites is this one of Grandma Dotzie,

Isn't she just beautiful?!

Isn’t she just beautiful?!

Grandma Dotzie is my mom’s mom and we (my sister and cousin and I) spent a good portion of our time with her when we were growing up. She died three years ago this coming April but Jacob remembers her and talks about her a lot. And now I’m getting all teary thinking about Dotzie and I know I’ll start rambling if I don’t stop myself.

Anyway, I guess that’s the point of taking pictures. Knowing that the boys will be able to open up an album whenever they feel like it and can flip through the pictures remembering and sharing stories with each other… that’s what I want. And that’s why I take so many pictures of them. That, and it’s fun 🙂 A few recent pics of the boys…

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Liam was not happy that he had to share a bath with his brother

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Noah doesn’t care who’s in there with him, he just wants to play!

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walking home from school… he looks thrilled.

I am thankful that my kids indulge me in my snap-happy ways. And believe it or not, I have gotten better about not ruining special moments by trying to take pictures of the moment. So the point of all this? Take pictures of the kiddos!  I doubt you’ll ever say that you wish you hadn’t taken as many pictures of them as children 🙂

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