It's a rite of passage for the Texas parent to drag their child out into the bluebonnets dressed in a cute outfit and take their photo. Seriously, it seems everyone does this. So, of course, being a new parent, I was totally excited to take LM out to the bluebonnet field for some photos.
Well, perhaps I should clarify the excited part - lest you think I have become normal or something. This is what really happened. I was driving said boy to the bluebonnet field, thinking about taking the photos, and actually STARTED CRYING in the car over how excited I was that I had a little boy to photograph in the bluebonnets. Yeah. That's right. I'm still crazy.
He was NOT INTERESTED at ALL in smiling for the camera. Or, really, even LOOKING in my general direction. Instead, he was interested in picking and EATING the grass, and lunging forward to hit his head on the ground, resulting in a grass stain on his forehead. Seriously. It was not pretty. I moved him from patch to patch. I sang. I danced. I made funny noises. I made funny faces. I changed cameras, locations and directions.
Nothing made an impact on the boy. At all. He couldn't have cared less about his Mama wanting a prized bluebonnet photo.
Once - ONCE - one time for a brief moment he smiled at me. And, I think I got one decent photo. Maybe two. That's it. We hope, if the weather and temperaments cooperate, to try one more time this weekend before the bluebonnets fade into the past for this spring. I'll share the fruits of our labor here if we get out to do it.
See you soon.