Cuddle Selfies

 

I know people have probably heard enough about the selfie.  Everywhere you look, people are posing and posting photos of themselves online.

I have been known to take a selfie or two – especially when I first got my phone.  How I adored that rear-facing phone. I began taking new profile pics left and right. I needed a new photo for my blog. I probably took 20 photos before I got one that was just right. I didn’t post them all of course, because really, there are only so many pictures of me that people want to see.

The boys caught on to what I was doing and soon asked to take “cuddle pictures” with me. They would sit on my lap and press their faces next to mine and we would smile. Eventually it would devolve into blurred funny faces and off-center snapshots, but it was a fun distraction.

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“Cuddle pictures” – the early days of the #cuddleselfies

Bravo is growing up. He is becoming more independent and self-sufficient. He wants very little to do with cuddles on most days. Even when he was sick last week, I only got a few. 

I saw him sitting down on the couch one afternoon, the fever obviously getting the better of him, and asked if he wanted a cuddle. 

“No, thanks. I’m OK.”

Although there are times that I feel like I still have that magic touch as a mother, four really has a way of squashing my momma heart sometimes. Now that he is feeling better, the cuddle embargo is definitely ON once again.

But I have a secret. The one thing that still gets a cuddle – virtually guaranteed?

He can’t resist a selfie with me. 

He smiles as he picks up my phone and crawls on my lap. “Will you take a picture of us?”

Over the past few weeks I have taken more than a couple.

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A sample of the #cuddleselfies

That is why the cuddle selfie is the perfect solution to the loss of cuddle time.

He gets to make funny faces and create the blurriest images possible. He gets to play with tech by scrolling through the photos and deleting the ones that do not meet his criteria.

We share lots of laughs.

I get Instagram fodder. And best of all, cuddles. (I’ll take it!)

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Sometimes we even take #cuddleselfies in the car while we are waiting.

Sometimes I wonder if it is a good idea to be encouraging (or at least not DISCOURAGING) a preschool-aged child to take photos of themselves with you. I mean, while I want to encourage a healthy sense of self, narcissism is another kettle of fish. 

But for those few minutes when we sit down in the afternoon or in the evening, my no-longer-a-babe-in-arms baby? He is on my lap once again.

He leans in close and we share that time together. And, for a moment at least, I can pretend that he is still my little one – even though he is not so little anymore.

Do you take cuddle selfies?  

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About Kim Steele

Kim is an early childhood educator turned stay at home mom who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband. Together they are co-piloting two young Captains, Alpha and Bravo. She writes about the funny and the sentimental of everyday life with her boys. Kim is fond of Jane Austen and science fiction and can often be found singing in the car - although she has been known to stop for coffee or chocolate. Connect with Kim on Twitter and Facebook.

Comments Make Me Geek Out

  1. I love cuddles selfies, and I dare say your Bravo is SO CUTE!
    It’s hard to get them with Des. He wiggles. Every now and then it works and I put it on Instagram/FB and it gets more likes than photos of just him. And I guess that’s because it’s rare. And it’s really, really special.
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    • Oh, my youngest is my most difficult photo subject – so wiggly! But yes, so cute that I keep trying. (I realize that I am entirely biased.) :)

  2. My 4 year old LOVES taking selfies with me! I don’t mind either :)
    Yours are adorable.
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  3. So cute! I’m not big on selfies, but this gives me a reason to do them! :-)
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  4. Cuddle selfies FTW! My kids are quite a bit older and still love it. It’s grad A 21st century mothering :D
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  5. the cuddle selfie! I love that this a actually a thing for you guys. Brilliant and so fun.
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  6. The only selfie I dare do is the cuddles with my kids because they make the picture so beautiful
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  7. I love the idea of cuddle selfies, and if that’s what it took to get cuddles I would totally do them all the time too.
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  8. I can’t think of a better reason for a selfie than a cuddle. We do this sometimes, and I think I may love those photos more than any others.
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  9. Oh my gosh, I love the cuddle selfie! I totally understand kids who are not so into the cuddle anymore–I have 3 out of 4 kids that are pretty anti-cuddle. I think the idea of using the seflie to cuddle is brilliant. And what special moments to have forever.
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  10. Those are so cute of you guys! I do this too. Sometimes it’s to get a cute picture of the two of us and sometimes it’s to distract myself from the popping of my personal space bubble. :)

  11. This is so sweet! I love that you call them that. :) I take some but not enough. We need more cuddle selfies up in here! ;)
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  12. AWWWW! Love this! My girls both like selfies with my hubby’s phone, too! Too cute! :)-Ashley

  13. Oh, I adore this. You know I have a four year old too, and the cuddles are nearly non-existent with him. Unfortunately, he also doesn’t like me taking his picture, so I’m out of luck.

    • Oh, bummer. I only get a couple of snaps with my guy before his is wiggling and blurs all the images, though. The laughter at those usually brings him back.

  14. Those are adorable! I should take some cuddle selfies but my kids barely cuddle with me and I have a very antiquated phone!
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  15. I don’t currently take cuddle selfies, but I can assure you that I will soon! These are adorable! It’s good to know you can still fool them into cuddles as they get older.
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  16. Aww take what you can get to get those cuddles! :)
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