Lately I’m afraid to be without Scarlet for too long, and it’s not because of my overprotective paranoia (although there is a degree of that in existence), but it’s because I’m afraid to blink or I’ll miss something. I know all of babyhood is filled with new growth and milestones on a rapid basis, but there’s something about 15 months and the new language/walking skills that change daily. Today alone, she learned to walk with shoes on (it literally took two seconds) and learned to ask “What?”
A friend recently talked about how her baby isn’t perfect, but her baby is perfect for her. And I think every day that the same is true for me. I suppose most parents must feel that way but probably not all do. Scarlet though, she is totally my kid. She has tangled hair, she really has never vomited or drooled (thank god), she talks passionately to her stuffed monkey, she says “Oh no!” with an Italian accent, she brushes her own teeth and loves to do so, she loves cheese and chocolate, she sings and dances, she sometimes head butts the floor because she likes the way it feels…and another huge reason came about last week at my sister’s wedding. The photographer took a few pictures of her and said, “God, she’s really used to the camera, isn’t she?” And it’s true. She doesn’t always sit still for me but she does get what I’m trying to do and she mostly helps the process along. And she’s amazingly photogenic. People often say to me that she’s cuter in person in pictures. And I sometimes wonder how to take that. Should I be flattered that my kid has such a big personality that no camera can capture all of her essence? Or should I be insulted and they’re telling me my pictures suck? I usually choose the former. She is VERY photogenic with her creamy skin, caramel curls and huge eyes. However in person she is always in hilarious motion. And I’m not working with a video camera here. An extremely photogenic, spirited child is both a piece of cake AND a challenge to photograph. Does that make any sense?
I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately. I’m not sure why – I think it’s because she has such cute fall clothes and her skin is healing more and more. Some of these pictures could be a Baby Gap ad, I’m convinced. She poses!:
Lately she really loves open doors and will stand in them, sit in them, lie in them, peek out of them and open and close the door repeatedly. It’s a new fascination. As you’ll see, she never goes beyond the porch and likes to stick out a hand or foot to “test” the life outside of our open doored porch. She also likes to stand in the doorway and wave to cars:
Why so serious??
As serious as she can look in pictures, she is really such a goofball a lot of the time:
We’re at the end of a very rare free weekend so we filled it up with fall foliage driving and New England pumpkin fun:
She was shy at first but the true goofball came out:
P.S. I don’t know how to use Photoshop yet so I can’t erase out runny noses. Sorry, I tried.
And I should think that covers it. May your Sunday nights be warm and bad TV-laden.