Staying in the picture

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October 19, 2012 by Caroline Mincks

I recently read Allison Tate’s tearjerker of an article, “The Mom Stays in the Picture”. Like so many other women, it made me think. I have lots of pictures with my mom as I was growing up. Though she was usually the one behind the camera (not much has changed!), off the top of my head, I can think of at least five or six great photos of the two of us together. There are many more not-so-great ones. That’s more than a lot of people have. I know how much I love looking back at those photos. They remind me of the great times I had throughout my life, enjoying time with my mother. It’s also fun to see how she looked – always so pretty and so proud.

She might disagree. Knowing her, she would look at some of those photos and say that her hair looked terrible or she looked washed out. I don’t see it. I just see my mom, who I love no matter how photogenic she is. I look at those pictures and all I see is love and good memories.

I want Ethan to have that. I have lots of pictures of us together, but I am still selective about which ones I share. I have several pictures of him that I think are beautiful, but that I felt ashamed of because of my appearance. But after reading Tat’s article, I have changed my mind. Who cares if my face looks fat on camera? Who cares if I have rolls? It’s no secret that I had a baby seven months ago. It takes time to lose that weight, if it ever totally comes off. So my skin doesn’t look fantastic – I doubt my son will judge me in the future for not slapping on some foundation in the morning.

So, despite how awful I think I look, here are some of the photos where I stayed in the picture!

And, for a bonus, a video I took today. I look horrible, but I was having so much fun with my little boy that I couldn’t help capturing our playtime!

And yes, that is Ethan giving me a “kiss” at the end, just like you can see in the picture above! He has started doing this more and more frequently. I’m not sure if it’s just a coincidence, but I am sure that I don’t care. It’s adorable.


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