We took Elliott into the portrait studio on Tuesday for his 2 year pictures.
It was a nightmare. It was crowded, we were stressed and he just lost it. We're talking threw himself down on the ground, screamed, cried, tried to run away and had a full scale melt down with flailing arms and legs.
I'm not even showing you all of the pictures of him on the floor, because they all look something like this:
Luckily, or unluckily, the photographer didn't take any pictures with him actually sobbing. She caught semi-happy moments in between the tears. I kind of wish we could have videotaped the whole ugly incident so I could play it at his high school graduation AND wedding reception.
Towards the end, right before we gave up and left we did get 2 semi-cute pictures.
This one is pretty good, but you can see the tag in the back of the overalls and that drives me absolutely bonkers.
Luckily I had a special birthday coupon and when I used it I was able to order two 5x7's of the above picture and two 5x7's of the below picture and the coupon covered the entire thing. I had planned on using the below picture to hang on "the wall" next to Spencer's 2 year picture. I wasn't thrilled about it, but it would have to do.
I stressed out about it all week. I just knew that we could do better.
After we realized, last night, that Elliott can be bribed with candy I made another appointment and we decided we were going to power through.
I'm so glad we did. My heart is happy and I am content until he turns 3. You can totally tell he has candy in his mouth in some of these and I don't even care. We kept giving him teeny tiny bites of jelly beans to keep him cooperating. Next time we'll use a less chewy candy. Live and learn. Live and learn.