July 8, 2007

Smile!


Do you know how many tries it took to capture even that crazy-looking picture of a smile? Many. It took many tries. I had to kiss him and make coochy-woochy noises, then quickly get out of the way, put the camera in front of his face, and hope the picture wouldn't be all blurry from not using the flash. Repeat and repeat and repeat, until the poor baby wouldn't smile anymore.

The little ingrate smiled first at Paul. Hey, no, don't take into consideration whose nipples were all cracked but nursed you anyway, taking a layer of enamel off her teeth from clenching so hard with each painful latch-on. Don't take into consideration who gets up with you at 3:30 in the morning when you want a little snack or a little company. No, no, I wouldn't want to influence you by reminding you who it was who gave up her body as a vessel for nine months, barfing and barfing in what had better turn out to be a genetic advantage. Heavens no! Neither will I present Exhibit A: stretch marks, or Exhibit B: saggy tum flap, or Exhibit C: hormones you could sharpen a knife on. No! Go ahead and smile first at the other one, that's fine with me.

23 comments:

Marie Green said...

Oh, I love the smile. I know how hard that is to get on the camera- great job. Too bad the little turkey smiled for Paul first!

Kathi said...

Even though it wasn't for you, that smile is priceless!

Jana said...

That little smile made my day!

Devan said...

awwww, it's so hard to get those smiles on camera. You did a great job. So far, both kids have smiled at me first, so I guess I've been lucky. D is better with them when they get older, I get the baby stuff.

Laura said...

So adorable -- I can't believe he's smiling already! Both my girls smiled first at my husband, too -- I think my jaw hit the floor in shock. I was so sure all those hours put in breastfeeding would count for something -- what about all that bonding?

jen said...

cute! I can't believe he's been around long enough to smile already..

is it bad that the first time my son smiled for me, I was yelling "NO!" at my daughter and he just thought that was the funniest thing? I'd look at him and say 'no no NO!' and it guaranteed a smile.

KatieBug (ksl) said...

What a cutie!!

Emblita said...

Beautiful smile! And now he's learned to smile at you and not only at his dad!
I got the first smile too... but I suppose that was easy since his dad was in Kosovo

nanann said...

Awww, its a beautiful smile -- it even looks like a great big laugh! Love it!

Diane said...

Haha! But what a darling picture! One for the baby book for sure.

LoriD said...

I'm sure that first smile for Paul was just gas. The beautiful smile you captured on camera was real!

Kelsey said...

Good catch! It took us a pretty long time to get Harper's grin in a photo. He is getting big too fast!

angie said...

What an adorable smile!! I love how you give him hell for smiling at his daddy first...too funny!

Mrs. M said...

you're funny, and you paint such a pretty picture! :)

AndreAnna said...

My daughter's first word was pup-pup. Then kitty. Then da-da. Then shoes. Then ma-ma. I feel your pain. LOL

What a sweet picture!

Karly said...

He has a gorgeous smile, even if it was for Daddy!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Yeah for smiles!

The one thing Shel has going for her is that she only smiles at me. Ha!

4andcounting said...

Precious. Absolutely perfect.

Shannon said...

What a big smile!!!!! I love it.

Omaha Mama said...

That smile made me smile. That is a great smile. Nothing like a big, toothless grin to make me feel all happy inside.

Annie said...

He was totally thinking of you. I can see it. That's a Mama smile.

Erica said...

Ungrateful bastard kids, I tell ya!

Good thing he's so adorable or you'd have to put him out on the side of the road on trash day, huh?

Sam said...

Oh, the smile! He's making me think of Mr. Magoo, but in the best way possible. In case Mr. Magoo is offensive, I have no idea.