The 52 Project 2014: 13/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.

13 week 2014

Oh, my hard headed Mia. That hard head of yours will come in handy during your little protests where you lay on the ground, pretty face down.

How ridiculous is this?! We were at the Santa Barbara Zoo (which you can say, btw!) and Mommy and Daddy were leading the way to see the gorillas down the hill. Clearly, we didn’t get this route approved by you first because you just weren’t having it. You stopped, said “no!”, fussed for a hot second, sat down on your bottom, and then proceeded to lay face down on the ground. I laughed, and I’m not even sorry about it. Other passers by smirked, too. I think I scared you out of your protest position by shouting, “Quick, get up! People are coming and they’re all going to step on you!” Oh, no!” Those folks that I was referring to heard me and said “Aw, we would never step on you” as they passed by. Um, thanks for stepping on my strategy, guys. It worked, anyways. You got up soon after and didn’t have a single issue the rest of our visit.

Is this a new behavior that we’ll be seeing more of in the future? Part of me hopes not. Part of me hopes so. I’ll admit, I wonder what else you’ll lay face down on or in! And where! What a great little book that would make…photos of you in protest in all kinds of locations. Who knows, maybe one day when you’re all grown up you’ll participate in some kind of “stand in” protest for something that actually deserves being protested.

How many of you parents deal with face down protests from your little ones? What other forms of protest does your little display?

*side note: I can’t believe you’re turning 2 years old in exactly one month*

Okay now just for fun, this is the portrait from last year’s week 13 in 2013.

13 week 2013

Like last year, each of my weekly posts will include the following list of my favorite few portraits from the week prior at Practising Simplicity’s linkup. You can check out the rest of the entries from week 12 here.

  • The C Word: I can relate all too well to this portrait. My daughter is also quite the explorer. I’m really liking this little’s style while roaming the neighborhood.
  • Nalle’s House: Such sweet captures of two handsome boys being happy and enjoying life, despite being sick.
  • Flight Platform Living: Probably one of the coolest portraits I’ve seen to date. The first mid-air shot is like, whoa. The hair, the face paint, the toes, the form. Just really cool!
  • The SAGA by Steinsdotter: I agree, half portraits can be quite interesting. You don’t need the rest of it to see how beautiful this girl is :)


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  1. Hi,

    Thanks for your valuable tips about Parenting. I am also a mother of 2 year old daughter and I know how naughty she is. Your tips is really helpful to calm in irritating situations as well

  2. Oh, I can just feel her frustration! Great capture :-)

  3. Hahahaha oh my god! First of all, she’s adorable!!!!!! My daughter doesn’t do it face down or in public yet, but I get her laying on her back in my home when she doesn’t get what she wants. I work at a restaurant/bar/bowling alley though and I see kids laying down like that all the time when they don’t get what they want and I always end up smiling at the situation and when I make eye contact with the parents they smile back at me like parenting is this huge funny experience that we are all in on.

    • Mia lays on her back at home, too. And then she slides all over the floor like a human mop. Definitely moments you just gotta roll with. I give “the look” to other parents, too. Funny how we all recognize that look, right? Like, “hey, i feel ya. Been there.” Thanks for the comment, Tina :)

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