That's it. There's never been a hassle...no fuss, no arguments. The only concern we've ever had with picture day is the fear of one of them having a bad picture or goofy smile.
Then, we had a little girl.
I can't say that people didn't warn me. I've honestly heard a countless number of times, "Oh, you just WAIT! Boys are EASY! Wait until she gets older!"
I never would have believed it, but today I saw the signs - and they scared me.
Lauren had her preschool class pictures today, so sure enough, last night I spent who knows how long picking out the cutest little outfit for her. I ironed everything, found a pretty matching headband to go with it, panty hose, dress shoes...she would be adorable.
Ummmm, no. When Lauren woke up this morning she announced that today was "PICTURE DAY"! Joining in her excitement, I took her to see her outfit with a smile.
"Look baby girl! Don't you love it?!"
"Mommy, No! I'm not going to wear this, I am going to wear my pink dress! I have my bow that matches and my fancy pink tennis shoes!"
"Lauren, you can't wear tennis shoes with a pink dress on picture day. They'll probably get your shoes in the picture. You need to wear dress shoes."
"No Mommy! I know what I'm going to wear! I have it all figured out."
The same thing happened when I went to fix her hair. "Mommy! I know how I'm going to wear my hair! I can do it!"
As she soaked her hair down with water, I had the horrific image of what her crazy hair, pink running shoes, first school picture was going to look like. A mess.
Did I mention before that we've never dealt with any of this with the boys? I seriously could have put them in their swim trunks and said, "Go. You have pictures today." They would have grabbed their breakfast and grunted, "Okay."
We eventually got Lauren Elizabeth off to school. By the grace of God we got her in the original outfit but it wasn't without a fight.
Later today, I asked her how it went. "Did you have fun? Did you smile?"
Lauren put her two little fingers in the corners of her mouth and pulled her cheeks back, sticking her tongue out. "Yes! Like THIS!" She giggled as her brothers began laughing with her. I could only stand and shake my head.
I have no idea what her pictures are going to turn out like but I have a bad feeling that I don't want to know.
There was so much more drama involved with her than anything we've ever experienced before. She's FOUR and this is preschool. Please tell me that it won't get any worse.
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