Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Evolution of Bratty Natty

We're getting to the point where life here is simply "easier" than it used to be. It's less frantic and honestly more enjoyable.

We had a few rough years for a while, popping out our third kid when the oldest was just turning five. That's a lot of little kids to have at one time. The biggest wrench in the works (other than an unexpected #3) was Natalie's..."personality." Sweet baby Jesus, that child really tested my patience.

Luckily for the entire human race, whatever got her diaper in a bunch ran its course. We're past that now at least until she becomes a teenager, but those dark days still come up in conversation. Nobody who has recently met my daughter can believe that this mild mannered, shy little girl could have ever been a holy terror. "What? Natalie? She's the sweetest thing ever! How bad could she possibly have been?"

It's not something that I've ever really been able to accurately articulate. She just WAS. And although 99% of the exact details of constant crying, whining and trouble-making have been forgotten, the nicknames "Spawn of Satan," "Demon Seed" and "Bratty Natty" were warranted. I promise.

I was going through some old photos when it finally hit me: The story of Natalie's early years isn't one you have to HEAR. It's one you have to SEE.

So with that, I offer you thee picture. This one single photo perfectly sums up the first two years of her life. Look at the angst on her face. Can't you just hear the grunting, whining sound she was making? Are your ears bleeding?

She was always pissed off and wanted something...anything...we just hardly ever knew what it was. In this case it was the camera. But in the event that you don't believe me here are some more. And this is literally just six weeks worth. 

What a delight!


  1. As much as she might hate you for this particular post when she does reach that awesome stage of adolescent angst, I love you for it! This is hilarious!

  2. I love you for this post because I'm currently IN this stage with my own 2.5 year old daughter. I liken her to a gremlin with the looks of Gizmo. SO glad I'm not alone and that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. At what age did Natalie get 'better' would you say?

  3. Well she rarely got to wear normal clothes - no wonder she was so upset. Especially with that wig!

  4. we have the opposite problem - until 18m old Abigail was a peach. now -- she is JUST.LIKE.ME. help us all!!!

  5. I think Bratty Natty was giving D pointers in her first year. I felt like the kid was always ticked off at us. She's gotten so much better and sweeter, but now we've definitely entered the 2's. Oy.

  6. I totally had a Natalie. Joey was our 3rd in three years and I used to joke that if there was a fire, I knew who I was saving last.

    I'm going to hell.

    Now the kid is a raving lunatic who makes us laugh until we cry. He is finally worth the grief of those early years.

    Adorable pics - crying baby photos are my favorite.

  7. BWAHAHAHAHA... I'm sorry...but that's cute right there. My very favorite is the picture of her with her paci and tears in her is so hard for a baby, huh?

  8. Ha ha I so love the photo of you smiling ear to ear...fake it until you make it---even if your child is crying the whole time! :)

  9. You're saving this up for the slideshow at her wedding right?!

  10. I have a picture with my daughter in a wig too. Maybe babies don't like curly itchy fake hair on their heads?
    whatever, it's hilarious.

  11. Haha, aw, she looks adorable - though I also didn't have to deal with the reality behind those photos! Thank goodness she grew out of it!