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The Art of Crying

posted by Kelly

I love my son, I really really do. I could positively sop him up with a biscuit most days. He is so stinking sweet and handsome. From his little round hippo teeth/gap to his adorable smiley eyes. He is full of life and full of passion. HE LOVES to laugh, he LOVES to climb, he LOVES to move 24-7. He does NOT like when you tell him “no”, he does NOT like when you take something away from him, he does NOT like when you don’t give him his way 24-7. There is no guessing Bennett’s mood. Subtlety is not his strong point. Ryan and I joke that he is a special kind of jerk (sorry, we call em like we see em in our family) when the world does not revolve around him. He is a hitter and a thrower and shows an amazing array of emotions. There are days when I want to put a red bow on his head and put him on the curb….but those moments pass quickly and he is back to his affectionate, sweet self. He is a virtual pendulum.

“Recently”, as in about 5 months straight, ALL of Bennett’s teeth have been coming in, including four molars in three weeks. Only parents can appreciate the gravity of the situation. We never had a clue when Chloe got teeth, she was such a chill baby. With Bennett, we as a family, have felt the grief of every millimeter of movement in his mouth. This unending pain has driven Bennett, not to drink, but to his beloved paci (pacifier for the layman) and blankie. Bad timing when he is also learning to talk.

I have been trying so hard to keep the paci tucked away for as much of the day as possible, but there are some days I can’t bear the whining and the begging. Today was one of those days. Unlike a nice, compassionate mother who would heed to his cry for relief and soothing, I pulled the camera out. Join me on the journey will you?

This is Bennett “Shakespeare” Portnoy, what a looker.

The art of crying, by Bennett

This is Bennett happy, putting out the vibe while organizing his cars. So happy, carefree, what could be wrong?

The art of crying, by Bennett

But wait…Bennett just remembered he hasn’t cried in the last five minutes.
The art of crying, by Bennett

But “Curious George” is on and he would have to break away to do his full on tantrum for his paci. Bennett is rocking his “grouper mouth” as Ryan calls it. I am sure you think we are horrible parents for all our nicknames. We do it behind their backs so it is okay. (wink!)
The art of crying, by Bennett

Yup it is worth missing George, my teeth hurt. “PAHHHHHHCI over dere” ( I would like it to be known he was sitting on my legs and I was laying on my back holding the camera up in the air hoping I was in focus….jackpot!)
The art of crying, by Bennett

The art of crying, by Bennett

The art of crying, by Bennett

“Over DERE!!!!!”
The art of crying, by Bennett

“MAMA (whimpering begins)”
The art of crying, by Bennett

Wait for it

Wait for it

Wait for it

There it is

The art of crying, by Bennett

and here come the real tears
The art of crying, by Bennett

Before you send hate mail, I did put the camera down and give him his paci…but these gems are priceless to look back on! I mean if you knew how many times a day this little routine played out you would actually feel sorry for me.

On a lighter note I do think I should get an award for creating the most ghetto craft ever! Chloe asked if she could be a unicorn like her favorite stuffed animal. Unicorn…right….okay… paper, tape, scissors, how hard can it be?

The art of crying, by Bennett

Kids will wear ANYTHING!!! I could not stop laughing at them and they loved it! I would also like you to know that the elastic on their heads was cut from the fetal monitor straps I kept after labor thinking “This is good elastic, I should keep this.” I consider it tipping my hat to the earth today and living green. HAHA…man I am the farthest thing from green but I did laugh at my “recycling” today.

The art of crying, by Bennett

At least one kid was in a good mood today.

The art of crying, by Bennett

The art of crying, by Bennett

What a goob…love her!

The art of crying, by Bennett

There you go…that is the art of crying by Bennett! Hope you enjoyed spending the morning with us. If you see Bennett sitting on the curb with a bow on his head, now you know what you are getting in to!

23 Responses

lauryn says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I laughed through the entire post. Love it! I always say that its hard for blogging moms. You always want to photograph your kids in the act. Which means putting discipline, or in this case, a paci, on hold for a few!

jennifer says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

OMG these are too cute! I love them all. You have some beautiful kids. And I love the getto craft!

Kenny says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:24 pm

So adorable. This will be ME when Sarah and I have precious little children!

Julie Nickerson says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Ok, I had NO IDEA Bennett was so much like ABEL! Wow, as you were describing him, I’m like “that’s Abel!” (like, I have no idea what a calm child is like….)

We always say how INTENSE our son is! He is either so B-A-D (we always spell it so he doesn’t hear us) or he is the sweetest, most loving kid. Like, always kissing us and patting our backs saying how much he loves us. But then the next minute he is throwing himself on the floor screaming and throwing toys. Our kid needs some “anger management” courses.

Anyway, I do the same thing…Pull out the camera and laugh away. These are great memories and I’m super impressed you knew where to find that elastic, let alone keep something like that. What in the world! :)

Amanda Brown says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Ghetto craft! That made me laugh. You’re the best mom ever.

Lissa Anglin says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I have always said I will definitely photograph my children throwing a fit, so OF COURSE I love these! How precious!

P.S. They are both so stinkin cute. Really. More pictures please!

chrissy says:

February 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

i love that he was begging you and you were outright taking pictures in his face. it’s amazing.
in addition- he’s huge and chloe’s hair is SO LONG! holy crappola!

Alaina Ivey says:

February 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

LOVE THIS!!!! I think you stepped into my everyday life. :) The unicorn’s were the best. I literally laughed out loud. Awesome.

Heather says:

February 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Definitely have a soft spot in my heart for pics of children crying. Love the one from our wedding that you snapped for us. :)

Mama Lee says:

February 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Oh…my…gosh, Kelly! I know I’m their grammy and I should make a show of sticking up for them, but it was too true to make a pretense about it!
I could hear your voice narrating (where-ever did you learn to be so sarcastic!!)and your comments were hilarious.
You done us proud!

Ellen says:

February 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

How adorable! This was great! Love the arts and crafts time…..

Rachel says:

February 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

How freaking awesome is Bennetts face! I can so whole heartily know how you feel! We deal with that around here too. Cree thinks he needs to scream or cry to get what he wants or needs since he can’t find the words. OY.

I miss these true life kind of posts from Filtering life!

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Jackie says:

February 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Love it! I was actually laughing out loud! Man, if we got Lydia and Bennett together I don’t think a room could hold the amount of drama that would ensue! Your kids are so adorable, the world needs more Portnoy!

Aubin says:

February 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Since you’re such a good mom and are limiting the paci I’m sure I will totally traumatize you when I say Shiloh JUST got rid of hers this week. Yes, she is 3 1/2. And she’s crying in her bed right now because of not having it! Bennett & Chloe are adorable! I’ve missed seeing their faces on here :)

Cami says:

February 10, 2010 at 1:12 am

Oh my, these photos are all so very cute! I have an odd obsession with crying babies (weird, I know). It makes me laugh and smile, so I enjoyed this post so much.

Art and Ann O'Dell says:

February 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

Wow! What fun! Brings back a lot of memories from when my kids were small.

Amy Martin says:

February 10, 2010 at 7:23 am

I see real tears! Shame on you for bringing him to such despair. You know I kid. Love this post!

Dikola says:

February 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Loved yo mama’s comments. Love her. Love your children without even knowing them!

Heather says:

February 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Wow, this is the first time I’ve seen Bennett looking less like a baby and more like a little boy!

Sophie says:

February 13, 2010 at 2:16 am

Kelly it’s been years since either of us have been on the GS site I think and I STILL stalk your blog, cannot get enough of your pictures and stories! Thank you for sharing. Soph(Ava’s mum) xxx

sunshine says:

May 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

LOVE this.

Clifton Griffin says:

May 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hilarious, Kelly. Love that you caught the breakdown frame by frame.

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