We bought a new camera when I was pregnant with my first. It was, by far, the most used item of anything we got in preparation for the baby. Seriously.
We took a lot of photos. And this is what they look like…
The Sleeping Newborn Stage
Rather than sleep while he did, I took photos of him sleeping. He slept a lot. During the day.
It doesn't matter how many hundreds of photos I took during this stage. I wish I had taken more. Someone had told me beforehand that newborns change by the minute. I didn't listen. They were right.
I can not look at these photos or I will start foaming at the mouth for another baby.
Awake Newborn Stage
Those photos are hilarious.
They make those sleepless nights seem not so bad. Fun even.
Happiest Baby on Earth Stage
He smiles when he is laying down! He smiles when he is propped up on pillows! He smiles during a bath! He smiles when he is pooping!
I am like, the best child photographer ever! I could win awards with these amazing shots I am getting.
It is at this point that I discover I need a backup drive.
The Back of Head & Butt Stage
"Look at MEEEEE! Look over here!!!"
I jump up and down and do handstands and hold stuffed animals and squeaky toys and it doesn't help.
Usually, all I wind up with are several photos of his butt and the back of his head.
The Blurry Stage
He starts walking. And running. He never, ever, ever, ever, ever stops moving.
Shots are either blurry or just the back of him running away.
The Performer Stage
He likes to pose for the camera. Enjoys it! He digs things out of the dress up box just for camera opportunities.
My little baby is made for the big screen, what a little performer! What personality! Look at these wonderful photos!
The "Signature Face" Stage
So he enters into this goofy "signature face" stage. Every time a camera appears he does the same ridiculous face. Same ridiculous pose. Serious family photos need not be attempted at this time. Normal photos are not available. Please try again later.
Fortunately, we find it really, really funny.
Assuming we don't need to get a passport photo of him taken, that is. Which we did. But this is also funny now. Everything is when you look back, isn't it? Especially in photos.
Photos rock! Take more, more, more, more…
The "NO Pictures!" Stage
The camera appears and immediately, his hands cover his tiny face and he yells "No Pichews!" and he runs.
These photos are terrible. I'm sure they'll be funny eventually though. So I'll just keep on taking them.
What photo stages have your little ones gone through?
(Any grandparents reading? If you want to buy a gift and the parents say they don't need anything, make sure parents are equipped with a seriously awesome camera. Trust me on this. Better camera, better photos. Better photos, more photos. This means more photos for YOU. You are welcome. I'm here all week. Actually that isn't true. I'm here only a few times a week. I have stuff to do sometimes.)