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Capturing My Son’s Moments



In the two years since we built our family through domestic adoption, I've become a member of what you might call the "mamarazzi." My camera is always at the ready, prepared to capture the latest happenings in my little man's life. Going to the grocery store? I have to bring my camera with me. As we maneuver through the store in our ridiculously large, impossible to "drive" cart in the shape of a car, Max might do something I want to capture forever. Going to the park? Camera's coming with us, so I can take another photo of Max going down the slide. Can anyone ever really have enough slide photos? A random Wednesday (or any other day of the week) at home? Yep, have the camera ready to go. I have snapshots of Max doing nearly every activity his little life is made up of, from playing to eating to getting a bath to sleeping. The poor child can't catch a break from the mamarazzi!

I have had people comment on how many photos I take. I admit I may go a little picture crazy. But I am his mommy and I happen to think he is incredibly cute! If I photographed as well as I think he does, I would have a lot more pictures of myself! I am just like any other parent who wants to capture her little one on film to preserve the memory for a lifetime. I want to be able to pull out these pictures some day when Max is grown and say, "I remember that exact moment," and tell him the story of what was happening when each photo was taken.

As much as I enjoy snapping my son's picture for memory's sake, I take them for another reason, as well. I was adopted as a child, and I have no baby pictures of myself. Pictures of me don't begin until age four, when I was adopted. I sometimes wonder what I looked like as a baby: Did I have a lot of hair? Is there a picture of me somewhere sleeping soundly in my crib? Running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day? Dressed up in my first Halloween costume? Digging into a cake that was all my own on my first birthday? When you snap a picture of someone, you tell that person, "You are important, your moments are important. I want to be able to pull out this photo and remember this moment over and over again." I wonder if anyone took my picture before the age of four. Were my moments important enough to anyone that he or she wanted to preserve them forever?

Recently, as Max and I enjoyed a fall afternoon at home, this mamarazzo was on duty once again. Rakes in hand, we pushed all of the leaves in the front yard into one huge pile. Time and time again, Max would stand at the edge of the front porch, start the countdown: 3…2…1, and would take off running, pumping his little arms, to jump feet first into the leaf pile. As he sat there in the middle of the leaf pile, surrounded by the colors of fall, I captured that moment: Max's deep, brown eyes glisten with pure delight. His light brown hair gleams in the sun like it is made of little droplets of water. His toothy smile so full you can clearly make out the dimple in his right cheek. This moment is important, my son is important. I want to remember this moment forever. 

 


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6 Comments

I love that “mamarazzi” term.  That is sooo appropriate.

I think I took my baby photos for granted.  I think it would be hard not to see any of me prior to age 4.  So it’s no wonder you are snapping photos non-stop.  Doesn’t hurt that your subject is such a cutie-pie!

Reading this post is an added incentive for me to continue taking tons of pictures of my kiddos.  AND I need to do something with them so my kids can have the opportunity to look back at them.

What do you do with all of your “mamarazzi” pics?  Do you scrapbook them?  Do you print them out or view them online?

Thanks for this post!

By Danielle Pennel on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm.

When child keep first footstep of life on ground. its a huge moment for capturing to show next generation and the child itself.
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By jesicamenon on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 9:25 am.

Thanks for the feedback, Danielle! I am a crazy picture taking fool. smile At this point I print them, and just slip them in a photo album. Or albumS in this case, loL! I am not much of a scrapbooker, but I try to at least keep them in all together in some organized fashion so he can see them later. How about you, how do you organize your photos?

By Maximilian's Mommy on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:32 am.

I’m guilty as charged! My husband teases me about this all the time. Son has been home for 4 years and my digital camera says I’m nearing photo # 4000….

By sjbj on Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 3:45 am.

Yes! Mamarazzi! Finally, a term for my sickness. Thanks for the laugh.

-Lindsay
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By LRW on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm.

A picture is worth a thousand words!

By jtwinkle,http://www.jkpadopt.yolasite.com on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:24 am.

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