Monday, December 5, 2011

It Seemed Like a Good Idea - Photos with Santa

Of the many new parent gauntlets I've survived - nursing, colic, braving the Costco restroom with toddler in tow and no toddler restraint device in sight (more on this later) - this weekend marks not my proudest one, but the one for which I have the photographic evidence.

You know the photo - this or a thousand like it is inevitably coming soon to a Facebook feed (as destined for "STFU, Parents" glory) near you:

Note my inadvertent rude hand gesture to the photographer - the cherry on this ill-advised sundae.

Nothing says motherly love like foisting your stranger-averse child onto the lap of a bearded stranger, right? Or, failing that, joining the photo and grimacing a smile as you attempt to coerce a grin or, at least, stop the toddler tears long enough for a decent shot?

My intentions were good, at least. We'd skipped the Santa photos last year thanks to the aforementioned nursing/colic blur, so when I heard of a local pet charity doing them last weekend, we donned our festive apparel and naively headed out. I mean, aren't parents supposed to do this sort of thing?

At least the Pretty Pug had a good time. We'll just take him next year and every year after that until Master P opts into the deal and/or enters college, whichever one comes later . . .

7 comments:

Danielle said...

What would Christmas with a toddler/infant be without a crying picture with Santa? Luckily, they are resilient and won't hold it against you for long. My 4-year old practically begs to get to go see Santa now.

The Shabby Princess said...

I'm wildly proud of you for attempting this. And, I think the picture is darling--inappropriate hand gesture and all. Isn't that what holiday memories are all about?

Sara said...

It's funny to me how many people are impressed that our ten-week old didn't cry for her Santa photo. When, my husband and I know it's because she had no idea what was going on. I'm sure next year it will be a different story.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

nothing says Christmas like a crying toddler on Santa's lap. ;-) and you look fabulous lady. You also have one photographic pug there.

jennerilizations said...

I'm assuming Santas get paid hookers and blow, because I do not know how they get through long days of peeing, crying, and bargaining. It's like closing time bar!

Erin S. said...

I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I noticed the "bird" in the picture. Isn't that just the way it goes? Anyway, I give you kudos for trying...we don't even do that as I hate lines.

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Love it! Trying to wrangle a squirmy child for a pic I have often ended up with pictures with my hand in their crotch (for lack of a better word). Thanks for the reminder to be camera ready if need be during the Santa visit!

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