Oh man, the holidays could not have come fast enough for us! We are so glad to be at home with my family, relaxing and having all hands on deck with our little guy. Because despite how awesome he is and how much we love him, all day everyday at this stage gets really hard! I've realized lately that I'm not very good about sharing the bad and the not so great parts of our motherhood, which might make people think I have my shit together (and I don't). So I thought I'd be a little honest with our Christmas photos this year. Because this is seriously how it went trying to take pictures of a toddler, and while I prefer to share and only remember the good- this one was so chaotic it makes me giggle. These were taken after a rough go at nap time, but I had put them off until literally the last possible day in the last two hours of day light before we left for our Christmas vacation...
After a few attempts to get Emmet to sit or stand in front of the wreath, I have put only one of his boots on... he must now try to get the other one on by himself...and Moose decided the blanket looked comfortable.
I eventually gave in and put on his other boot, hoping that maybe he was ready to sit still... I was wrong.
Emmet heard the TV in the other room, and left to go see what Moana and Maui were up to. Moose stayed to model.
Emmet has now wandered back in. I assume that the song they were singing ended and that he remembered Moose and I were alive, so he came to check on us. I think Moose, in this moment, might have realized that he really loves his little boy.
Emmet spots his first favorite lamp to turn on and off that he has neglected for awhile from across the room...
...Emmet leaves to clamber up on the bed and play with the switch and Moose glances over with his best "should you really be letting your child play with that" look
I have now given up hope on this photoshoot, but I have decided to give bribery a shot and I give Emmet a pile of cheerios to eat and hold still... it works for a little bit.
No longer interested in the cheerios, he tries to run away again, and I realize that in order for all of this to be worth it I need at least one good photo. So I place him back in the scene. He is not pleased...
...and then I remember the small basket of Dot and Co Pacifiers for when little brother arrives that Emmet has been desperately trying to play with, so I decide to get bribery one last go. It works! He is pleased and so am I, and I even got some smiles.
Merry Christmas to you all! and Happy Holidays!