Along the same lines of being intentional about recording milestones, one area I don’t have much trouble with is taking photos.
(Although you probably shouldn’t ask about organization!)
I love taking photos, always have.
With the exception of a few months when I was pregnant with Madeline, I’ve managed to capture at least a few pictures of each stage in my girls lives.
One thing I’ve noticed about myself, though, is that I may push trying to get that perfect pose or expression a little too far.
Usually a photo session goes something like this:
- I see the girls doing something cute so I try to sneak the camera out to capture them mid-moment.
- They see me.
- Everything stops.
- I ask them to repeat whatever it was they were doing.
- Madeline immediately assumes a pouty expression and refuses to do anything.
- Susannah happily complies.
- I continue to cajole Mad into doing anything.
- She pouts more.
- Susannah gets bored and moves on to something else.
- I give up on Madeline and start working on Susannah.
- She’s lost interest completely.
- We all end up frustrated.
I think I need to stop striving for perfection from the girls and just take the photos I can (or that they will allow) and be happy with that.
If they end up frustrated and unhappy because I insisted on taking fifty-seven photos of something, I’ve robbed them of the joy that I was trying to capture in the first place.
I need to learn to be more flexible, and pass on a photo opportunity if it’s going to cause problems.
Better to just join them and create happy memories than to ruin the moment trying to preserve it.
But I will be happy when Madeline is past this pouty stage.