The things we do to get the perfect photo of our kids. I mean come on. Sometimes it gets downright ridiculous. We all love it when people ooh and ahh over our littles. My husband had the idea to put Nathan into a carved out pumpkin when he was 3.5 months old. Sounded innocent enough. We carved out said pumpkin and stripped the baby down to his diaper. We took everything outside and prepared our photo shoot. I could see in my mind how cute and perfect the photos were going to be!
We were living in Florida at the time so the weather was nice and warm. We set everything up and put Nathan into the pumpkin. He actually didn’t mind it at all. I was afraid he would scream his lungs out. But I was pleasantly surprised. He was calm and relaxed the whole time. We could not get him to smile but still captured some really cute photos. Mission accomplished! Now it was time to take the baby out of the pumpkin. Easy right? Not exactly.
When we put Nathan in the pumpkin his arms were on the outside. During the photo snapping he had slipped his arms down into the pumpkin. He was now in the pumpkin up to his neck. I started freaking out. How the hell am I going to get the baby out?! I started panicking. I can’t pull him out by his head. Should I carefully roll it over and dump him out?? I’m screaming for my husband to get him out! Pull some superhuman Hulk power and rip the pumpkin to shreds! OMG should I get a knife and cut him out?? The panic totally took over my body and my rational thinking. Maybe I should call 911?!
John told me to calm down. The baby was not hurting or even upset. He was able to get his fingers down into the pumpkin and successfully pulled Nathan out. The whole ordeal was probably 2 minutes long. It felt like a lifetime. I’ve never felt so relieved than when Nathan was free from the baby eating gourd. I vowed to never put my baby in a pumpkin again! That lasted two years.
In comes baby number two. We decided to do the same photo shoot with Nathan’s baby brother. Because remember? Reopening my battle wounds from the previous ordeal is worth it when trying to capture the perfect photo. I was having flashbacks of our initial pumpkin debacle. This time I bought too small of a pumpkin. I figured if it was just big enough for baby’s body there was no way he could slip his arms inside. Ha! I’ll show you pumpkin! Time to test my theory.
Logan hated it! The pumpkin was too confining for his liking. He could not get his arms in so I had succeeded! However, he screamed the entire time. I’m sure the neighbors could hear him down the block. Parents of the year right here. What are those crazy people doing to their kid? Oh just stuffing him in a pumpkin because that’s totally normal. Carry on.
Again, the completely irrational things we do for the perfect photo.