So my baby Aram, he’s just the sweetest! And the cutest too, I mean, look at this sweet face!
But, believe it or not, he ruined our family photos. RUINED them! And when I say family, I mean our immediate family PLUS my whole large extended family (my side). We had been planning the photos for WEEKS! People were driving in 3 hours from different directions to get them done. We had to coordinate schedules for 6 different family units!
I can laugh about it now, but at the time, it wasn’t great. Here’s the story:
So a few weeks back we were gearing up for a family night….which means it was Friday evening and everyone was getting pajamas on, we were popping some popcorn, and getting ready to kick off the evening by watching a movie together. *Family photos were scheduled for Sunday afternoon.*
I have this thing where I like to sit back against our sectional couch with Aram and prop his body up with my legs bent. Like this:
So I’m sitting there, we’re talking to each other, and my older son, Jacob, came over to ask me how to pop the popcorn. I turned to the side to talk to him and Aram kicked me. HARD. Right in my left eye. I have never felt pain in my eye so badly before. Because I wasn’t looking at him I wasn’t expecting him and hadn’t closed my eyes for the blow at all. I immediately cried out in pain and shut my eye.
15 minutes later, my husband came down the stairs after getting our other kids in their pajamas. I still couldn’t open my eye. It was watering like CRAZY. My head was starting to pound. But, I thought to myself, it will feel better in the morning.
I went to bed and woke up to my eye being swollen shut. It hurt so excruciatingly bad. I spent the day with my eye closed, washing it out here and there with eyewash. I even tried breastmilk before bed. I would have never, ever imagined that a baby could do THIS much damage with their foot! It was even in a soft sleeper, so it’s not like a sharp toenail poked my eye.
By the next morning, I could finally open it again, partially, but it wasn’t good. My eye was so red and swollen and I could barely keep it open. It was watering like crazy. But, rescheduling family photos was basically out of the question. It would take months to get everyone’s schedules to line up again and the cold weather was just around the corner. SO, we did them anyway.
Luckily, my husband knows a few things about photoshop and he was able to photoshop the group image so my injury is not quite so noticeable. I was hoping to be able to blow this up as a huge canvas though and I just don’t think that would work. Enlarged, my eye would clearly not look right.
We also tried to take photos of our immediate family in hopes that they could be photoshopped, but that was quite a bit harder, unfortunately. No matter what we tried, the eye still looked edited and “off”.
It was SO painful trying to keep my eye open. Even though the sun was starting to set the sunlight was nearly unbearable. So many of the photos are like the one above with me trying my hardest to smile and hold that eye open through the pain. And this is absolutely as wide as I could open my eye. It was so, so swollen. I thought it would turn into a black eye but thankfully it didn’t.
I’m happy to report that my eye DID heal fully (thankfully – my vision was cloudy for a few days and I was worried!) and we were able to retake our family photos. Of course, the kids did not do as well ALL smiling and looking straight ahead for round 2 but I’ll take what I can get. I was not going to try for round 3!