A couple weeks ago, my friend Colet challenged me to catch a picture of the peanut when she is a crab apple. I loved the assignment but it proved trickier than I imagined!
I blame all my photography shortcomings this month on the hideously grey and overcast days we've been having. The lighting in my house could not be worse. Shot after shot is grainier than I'd like, but I couldn't fail this challenge! So I present, my Cranky Peanut:
I wish I could have captured the huge crocodile tears welling up in her eyes but I was moving fast because I don't have the heart to get up in her face when she's this upset.
But this experiment got me remembering one of my other favorite photos from when she was an infant:
At my baby shower, my friends kept with our little tradition of decorating white onesies with fabric pens. Every new mommy is also sent home from her shower with a "group onesie" signed by all the attendees of the shower. Mine says "We love baby Dahle!" and I was specifically instructed to use the onesie on the days I was feeling most frustrated with my little peanut. The idea is to remember the support and love of friends when those endless nights are getting to be a bit too much.
So with all that in mind, I snapped this photo when the baby was good and riled up over something or another. I love the contrast between the sweet and sappy onesie and my pissed off baby girl. It makes me laugh every single time I see it.
It also makes me very thankful to know that those long nights do actually end. I'm going to need that reminder come June. . .
So thank you, Colet, for this challenge. It is a lesson I've forgotten in the last year or so. Sometimes it is these angry and upset photos that bring back the most memories. Or at the very least, show off a side of our children's personality that is all too easily hidden from our memory banks.
Heck, they make great blackmail shots, too. Don't they?