Okay, lets be honest for a second. EVERYONE has someone they look up too, wether in ‘real’ life or ‘online’. It could be a friend or a celebrity. It could even be your family. But there is ALWAYS going to be that one (or few) people you compare yourself too.
I do this a lot on instagram and a lot on my blog too.
I am constantly looking through peoples blogs and people instagram feed wondering why I am not as good as them. Why am I not as smart as them to come up with the ideas they are doing! Why does their picture get over 100 likes and I get 50?
But the most important question I ask myself is WHY DO I CARE SO MUCH??
Why am I looking for validation from strangers? Well because thats what Ive been told I need and guess what, its worked. I love having people tell me my make up went well that day or that Jaxons dinner looked yummy after I spent all afternoon trying to come up with a new meal idea. Its nice to see the small things that go into my day are appreciated, even if its by another mummy who knows the struggles of trying to get ready quickly every morning or one who knows how difficult it can be to find the time to batch cook new baby foods.
When I sit and look at these beautiful pictures people take of their toddlers and babies I am so envious (in a good way, not a bitter way) at how they manage to get their toddlers to stay still longer than a split second. I am even more jealous if they can get them to smile! I struggle to keep Jaxon still long enough to just get him dressed, I have zero chance of getting him to stand still for a picture when he could be off doing something he shouldn’t.
Since Jaxon has started moving be it rolling over or running around I am almost certain that every picture I have ever taken of him has motion blur because the little horror just won’t stay still. Even in his sleep this kid CRAWLS around his cot. Matthew and I have stood and watched in disbelief as he has crawled around the cot trying to get comfy. Honestly like a dog would spin in circles before plopping down in its bed. Its utter madness.
So there I said it. I follow so many wonderful people on instagram and I just want you all to know if you can get your child(ren) to stay still or pose for a picture I am extremely jealous. If you come up with amazing new play activities for your babies/toddlers/children then again I am extremely jealous and also left feeling a little guilty for not doing them myself.
But please oh please if you have any tips or tricks to get beautiful pictures of a toddler who spins around the house like a tazmanian devil please help a mumma out and let me know.
Here is a picture of my little devil. Doing what he does best, being a weirdo.