Tuesday, April 18, 2006

SPT {April Fool-3}

Britton's 1st birthday--me as a Star Belly Sneetch

Britton's 2nd birthday--me as one of Captain Hook's pirates

Britton's 3rd birthday--me as Elastagirl

I'm not really into dressing up and making a fool of myself. I don't like anything that will draw attention. I can't stand for everyone's eyes to be on me. It makes me nervous and uncomfortable. I'm far too reserved, conservative, introverted, shy, and poised. Let others act silly; I prefer to disappear into the crowd, blend in, become invisible. I prefer the behind the scenes kind of business. I don't wear flashy clothes. I don't stand out. I don't insist on being seen. I don't do anything that might put the spotlight on myself. But, there is one person I'll risk it all for. There is one person I'll down right make a spectacle of myself for--my son. Yes, he brings it out in me, not because he's so flamboyant, in fact he's a lot like me and pretty shy himself. But because I want to set a good example for how to let go and have fun and I want to build memories that he'll never forget. I want him to remember that mom wasn't afraid to look silly. I want him to remember that when the crowd was implored to clap and repeat "I do believe in fairies," in order to bring Tinkerbell back to life, mom led the cry. I want him to remember that when Bert and Ernie wanted the crowd to dance and sing along, mom was the first one on her feet. I want him to remember that when the Curious George movie was over, mom clapped even though nobody else did. And when it comes to his birthday parties, I want him to remember that mom went all out just for him. So even though I don't normally feel comfortable dressing up and acting like a fool, I do know how to do it when it really counts.

And one final picture for your Self Portrait Tuesday viewing pleasure: three years ago today...


Blogger Deb R said...

You look great as Elastagirl!!

And I love the newborn photo of you and Britton.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

that last picture is one of the most beautiful ever! You are one COOL mom! Britton is one cool little man!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Kim G. said...

Wow! What a legacy of joy and value you are giving your son! To put our own selves aside and do what doesn't come easily for the ones we love - that is a sacrificial love that grows the sweetest blossoms. Thanks for sharing the great pictures and I agree, you looked fab-u-lus as Elastagirl!

Party on . . .

9:44 PM  
Anonymous beansprout said...

You do know when to make it count and that is all that matters. WONDERFUL pictures. And the last one is very precious.

11:35 PM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

Wee baby birth photos always make me cry. I love that you dress up for Britton's birthday party; all of these photos show joy and happiness, even if you're not always comfortable. I love the birth photo and I LOVE that despite a c-section, you've got beautifully dark painted nails....you ROCK mama!!

3:39 AM  
Blogger mayseek life said...

must be a deep deep reflex-to be so touched when veiwing a little bitty infant...i see that image and ooooooh sweet baby! it is incredible that even things we can't find the means to do for ourselves, we get another chance to do differently for our children.(what comes to mind is how i smoked for years and was unable to stop...when i got pregnant i stopped immediately.)
the parties do indeed look memorable.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous bella said...

Those are some special moments and memories you're leaving with Britton. How lucky he is. And that last picture is just so lovely.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

I think Britton is one lucky boy! The beautiful thing is I am sure he will have all those memories and love you for them. It is a perspective I have to admit I haven't thought of in this way before. Being really concious of how I will create memories for my son with the things I do and how amazing it can be to be sure there are some really fun wild ones.

Yes, I called you fun and wild darling!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

What a Wonderful SPT! Your unwavering Mother's love shows!

5:51 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

that was a magical post
with a beautifully touching photo
as the
grand finale...

i love this
and think i need to find it
in myself again...
that i used to be like this
but maybe,
i have let it slowly ebb away...

thanks for the inspiration

6:00 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

Aww. that little face.

It is so nice that you do that for your son. You don;t look like a fool at all, you look like a woman who knows how to enjoy being a mom to the full extent.


6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are the coolest!

what a lucky lucky boy (and you, too are one lucky mama).

LOVE the parties and the last pic.


7:20 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

awww he's so tiny!! those pictures are adorable, you are an awesome mom!!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Swirly said...

So, so lovely...he will certainly grow up thinking you are the super coolest!!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Server Girl said...

i got chills on that last photo...it was so sweet. I love love your elasticgirl costume. Seems like so much fun to have a costume party each birthday...love that idea. what a lucky Son!!!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

1. I love all these pictures. What a creative costumer you are. 2. I particularly love the Elastigirl outfit, or more... how you look it in. What a great smile. What a great moment caught on film. 3. The last picture is the absolute best... chills on my arms. So Beautiful.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

you look pretty in love!!

10:53 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

good for you for being brave for britton. the birthday photos are a wonderful chronicle of your love. but the one in hospital is by far the most vivid representation of that profound love. beautiful! thank you for sharing that incredible moment. it's going to stay in my mind a long while.

11:08 AM  
Blogger ArtsyMama said...

Oh my gosh, those pictures are priceless. Happy Birthday (yesterday) dear little Britton!!

11:37 AM  
Blogger baylor said...

Wonderful! And I loved the pictures! How much he will enjoy those when he is older! xoxo

11:37 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

Ha! These pictures were laugh out loud funny until I got to the last one and was all sighs. What a great progression through the ins and outs (and outfits!) of motherhood. Thanks for this...

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

you are seriously one of the most wonderful moms I know.

1:15 PM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

I want to echo all the above. You are such a cool, wonderful Mother to step into territory that would be difficult on your own behalf - and what you are giving Britton is indeed priceless... and that last/first picture. OOOh. Cute.

2:23 PM  
Blogger madness rivera said...

OH - that last picture teared me up, girl. Uh, so beautiful.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Beautiful! In every way.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww..so sweet! A very happy birthday to Britton. :)

7:18 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

oh this last picture just made my day and brought tears to my eyes. the reminder of what it really is all about. the love.

10:55 PM  
Blogger lela said...

i love this!

8:41 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Aw. Even though you can't see your whole face, you can just tell how happy you are to see that baby!

6:53 PM  
Anonymous courtney said...

I love all of them! You are such an amazing mom to dress up like that :)

8:03 PM  
Anonymous melanie komisarski said...

you're such an awesome mom! those are memories he is sure never to forget!!

6:17 AM  

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