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Have I ever mentioned our birthday wall? It’s a long line of framed, matted photos: one for each member of the family, taken on or around the first birthday. It starts with Perry III and proceeds in order all the way to Perry IV.
The statement above merits two corrections:
- Since it begins with Perry III, it doesn’t proceed precisely in order. I’m older than he is. Who knows how much older I am? Now who is going to keep their mouth shut about it?
- Since it ends with Perry IV, it doesn’t include one for each member of the family. Since Perry IV is only 6 weeks old in his 1st Birthday Photo, one could even argue that it doesn’t technically include him. Does the phrase ovarian guilt seem appropriate here? I think it does.
This week, I’m going to stop procrastinating. Well, I’m going to stop procrastinating on that one particular project. I’ll stop the other procrastination later.
I dug up all the best photos I could find that were taken around Perry and Bethany’s first birthdays, and am trying to decide which to use for each of them. Parker will be easy since his birthday was just a month ago and we now have an awesome in-house photographer who specializes in close-ups of young children.
Why am I telling you all this? Not just so you can feel superior because you took 1st Birthday Portraits of all your children. I’m telling you because I want your input on which photos to use. Just have a look and use the poll below each group to tell me which one you think best captures the child’s personality. After all, if you read my blog you probably know as much about my children as I do. At least you know the good stuff about them, which is what we want to remember.
I love the happy, relaxed look of her smile here and the blurred background. I can tweak the color if I use this so she doesn’t look green. I could have tweaked the color before I showed you the pic so I wouldn’t have to explain, but I was procrastinating. It’s my super-power.
I love her eyes here. Can you see the combination of brown and green? Her eyes are still so mixed it’s hard to say what color they are.
A little bit of an odd pic, but the faint crooked smile with thoughtful eyes is a common facial expression for her.
I love Bethany in this one, but Kaitlyn might want to cry or die or kill somebody if we post it on The Birthday Wall. The fact that Bethany is partially or entirely sans clothes is also very typical of the child. Lord help us.
Her pensive look. Isn’t she sweet?
The composition isn’t great on this one, but I love, love, love the expression on Bethany’s face in this one!
So which is your favorite? Keep in mind, I can tweak the color, possibly soften the background and remove small elements here and there, but since I pulled them from web versions we won’t be able to crop them.
And now for The Boy, who is no longer the boy, but one of the boys.
Busy background, but that’s my boy. Busy, and smiling.
With his Grandma C. It would be nice to have a pic of her on the Wall of Fame.
In his suit at Miss Peanut’s wedding, Perry’s cousin. What a little man!
This one is busy too, but I think he’s highlighted enough that it would work well matted and framed.
Two of my favorite, most handsome guys in one pic. It’s a double feature! This is my favorite. Am I right, or am I biased? Maybe both. What do you think?
I love that he’s smiling in this one, and I love the incongruity of a man in a suit lying in an infant seat. But – tell me I’m weird – does it look like he’s being laid in a coffin?
His expression in this one makes me laugh every time I look at it. Is that enough of a reason to choose it?
Help me out, friends. What do you think?