I know the title of this post may sound weird coming from the mother that posts endless photos of her children on the internet. But I am the one sharing them of my children and I have (some) control of where they end up. But having a stranger randomly take a photo of your baby when you have no idea what will happen to it?
Last night after a long day of traveling from Florida, I was waiting with the girls to get our luggage. It was the very last leg of our trip before we got in the car to go home. I was tired, the girls were tired, and everyone was a bit cranky. For some reason our luggage was taking an unusually long time to come out. Avery was in her stroller and started fussing. Harlan and I were doing whatever crazy things that we could do to pass the time and get her to laugh.
After a couple of ridiculous moves, Avery starts laughing hysterically. Other people around would look at her and smile as she laughed. (Because there is really nothing cuter than the sound of a baby laughing.) As this man was leaving the baggage claim, he takes out his phone and begins to try to take a picture.
At first I thought he might be taking a picture of our stroller. The sidekick/skateboard that is attached for Harlan to stand on gets a lot of attention. When he couldn’t get his original shot, he then stuck phone in her face to take a picture. My initial reaction was to cover my hand over Avery’s face and just started yelling at him to stop. I tried to push his hand out of her face so that he couldn’t get the shot.
I then told him that he could not take a picture of her and that it wasn’t cool to just start taking random photos of other people’s kids. It completely creeped me out. I have no idea what his intention was or what he was planning on doing with the photo, but either way I was not at all okay with it. Even if he asked to take a picture of Avery, I would have told him no. It’s just weird when people want to take photos of babies that they don’t even know.
Although it wasn’t that big of a deal, I was completely freaked out for the rest of the night. Did I overreact by yelling at him? Maybe. But as any mother would say, “Don’t mess with my kids, man.”
More from Lauren on Baby’s First Year:
- My Favorite Photos from Avery’s 11th Month
- 10 Things NOT to do When Traveling Alone with Children
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- 10 Toys My Baby and My Toddler Play With
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