Today’s Blogtober challenge invites everyone to share their favorite personal Instagram photo. I had a hard time narrowing down my top choice and ultimately landed on this little gem shared on March 24, 2013. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
It’s March, we’re in Wisconsin. Everything is grey. Everything has been grey for months. The sky is grey, streets are sloshy and if I have to hear about your tropical vacation, I might shed a tear. We are all itching to be outdoors and need vitamin D. I vaguely remember this afternoon with two-year-old Ingrid. As I was cooking, she started grabbing things from around the apartment. I didn’t think much of it until I looked down and took a step back to observe what was happening. What is happening?
Ingrid grabbed a bag of change (and apparently tanning goggles – even though I haven’t been tanning since 2010). She settled down with the toy-of-the-day, piggy bank. Lion-on-wheels was invited to the party too.
Nothing is staged and nothing is altered. I considered cropping the loose change out of the shot for fear of “looking bad” and decided against it because it doesn’t matter. She can handle loose change and likes to drop coins into her piggy bank, fish them out and start all over again. I like this photo because it captures the messiness of the moment. I’m glad I didn’t let my own insecurities of looking like a less-than ideal parent get in the way of sharing this hilarious and bizarre moment. I questioned everything at this age. Babies have clear rules. For example, no strawberries before they are 12 months old. As kids move from baby to toddler, a whole new world of experiences, foods, challenges and wants opens up. I second guessed my gut-decision to say yes. Can she have a sucker? Climb on the “big kid” side of the playground? Is it OK for her to eat Brie cheese? I still don’t know the answer to the last one but she finds Brie to be “yucky.” More for me! Now, she’s able to vocalize her desires and frustrations but man, this is a trying time in parenthood!
So much has changed in the past year and a half(ish) since this photo was shared. My husband graduated college, I have a new job and we moved from our little apartment to our first house. Ingrid has happily reached several milestones and experienced more “firsts.” She still favors that crazy unicorn pillow and this blanket over all others and refers to it as her ABC blanket. I don’t have the heart to tell her it says “Baby.”As a self-proclaimed “big girl” she would scoff at the thought of snuggling with a baby blanket. That hashtag remains true today, toddlers are nut!
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