The first step is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is Kristina Uelk and I'm addicted to taking photos of my 2 year old!
The warning signs were all there; my camera's memory card is constantly full and our laptop accumulates hundreds of new pictures every month. But, it wasn't until last week, that I truly recognized my little photo addiction. My son, Brody, was playing in our living room when he climbed inside his toy box and buried himself in toys. After a moment, he looked at me and said "Mommy, take a picture." That's when the light went off... I really do take pictures of everything!
I must say, my snap-happy habit started innocently enough. As soon as I found out I was expecting my first little bundle of joy, I started documenting the journey. Growing belly photos, birth photos, month by month photos of baby's first year, and capturing major kiddo milestones are all pretty standard. Still, I find myself not wanting to miss a single cute, messy, or silly second of my sweet little guy's life. The fact that Brody now recognizes this just makes me laugh. He'll yell "cheeseburger" during any moment he thinks is photo worthy. He'll even come up to my face, put his tiny hands around my cheeks, and say "smile mommy." Of course, I crack up at this and happily oblige.
Is there an intervention for this? I like to think I'm just a doting first time mom. Still, I'm starting to wonder if I will be this photo crazed when (God willing) future children grace our family. So, tell me moms and dads, will the photos taper off as my toddler grows or siblings arrive? Drop me a line and let me know how the story unfolded with your family.
Meantime, as I wrap up this blog, I'm enjoying a picture-perfect spring day on our deck. Brody is sweetly sitting in a sunny spot, drawing with his crayons. He looks so cute I may just have to..well...take a photo! Until next week, bye for now.