On Her Flying Trapeze

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I Dare You

To come up with a better Babytalk Magazine cover photo than this:


I submitted it to the Evening Magazine baby photo contest, which was obviously run by people who are prejudiced against eyes. How could you possibly pass on that face?

Babytalk is currently running their cover baby contest and I would be so excited if one of you won. I've seen several of your babies and I know that one of us can nail this thing.

Speaking of Babytalk, if anyone has or will be getting an April issue, please let me know. I let my free subscription run out, but they're doing a piece on mommy bloggers in which Daring Young Mom may be mentioned. I got an email from a fact checker, verifying a quote they planned to use from the site.

The quote is about how I let my children eat off the floor and I'm not highly comfortable with its grammatical correctitude, but whatever. It's sort of exciting and I'd love to see a copy if my blog makes it into the final draft and I'm not left standing like Mike Wazowski from Monster's, Inc with the logo in front of my face.

If you could send me the article, it would save me an unneccessary appointment to the OB/GYN to gank a copy.


Blogger Jeana said...

Nope, I can't take that dare, can't take it--ask me a "Truth" instead.

(Only because my children are no longer babies. Sob.)

So are you at all afraid your post on kids eating off the floor will end up under a title like: "Mommy Bloggers. The Black Side"? When my kids were little we used to call the area under the table the baby buffet.

3/16/2006 4:23 AM

Blogger Heth said...

I submitted a pic of little Gemma.

Hooray for you being in a magazine! You are famous!

3/16/2006 4:44 AM

Blogger Chris said...

I was contacted about the same article. WOn't that be fun if we are both mentioned. I hope it is positive because they picked a post I wrote that does not exactly paint me in the best light either LOL.

I am going to have to swipe one from the doctor's office too as I don't have a subscription.

And that is THE cutest baby picture.

3/16/2006 4:48 AM

Blogger Papa said...

My vote for a winning picture (and, yes, this one should have won), is the one Heather took of the Bean sitting on the edge of a planter last summer with her arms outstretched and looking up at someone to the photograper's left.

3/16/2006 4:53 AM

Blogger owlhaven said...

great pix! I posted a cute one of my baby on Tuesday
Mary, mom to many

3/16/2006 6:34 AM

Anonymous Dene said...

DYM....He's adorable!

3/16/2006 6:44 AM

Blogger Grammy said...

Nope. I never could resist those eyes. She is the most adorable of all.

3/16/2006 6:44 AM

Blogger Rachelle said...

That is a gorgeous pic! Man, you are a good photographer. I entered Cam in a few contests, but they pass on his face as well. There's just no taste! And when I get my free magazine, I'll let you know if you are in there.

3/16/2006 7:01 AM

Blogger Not Too Pensive said...

If it loses, it will be due to a severe lack of Ducky.

Ducky has no doubt contacted the publisher to express his dismay over his exclusion from the photograph. A careful Photoshop job to insert Ducky and remove his rival would, assuage his feelings of jealousy.

3/16/2006 7:04 AM

Blogger andrea said...

His colouring is identical to my older son's at that age! Carl's hair got blonder then darker, but it still has that red glow to it. (NOTE* That cute face of his will someday be owned by his GIRLFRIEND. It's a sad, sad day when it happens ... *sniff* ... and way too young when they're only 13...)

3/16/2006 7:17 AM

Blogger moe said...

I love the Baby Buffet! That's too funny.

Beautiful eyes and those cheeks!

3/16/2006 7:18 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

OK, that is adorable. My baby may be cuter but we couldn't get any pics like that. ;) Does he look just like Laylee or is it my imagination?

That's cool about being in the magazine, though after recent experiences I've had, I too would be afraid that the only thing that would be mentioned is that my kids eat off the floor. But, if that's all they mention about you, they're stupid - they should do a whole interview with the you, since you are obviously the funniest blogger ever.

3/16/2006 7:29 AM

Anonymous surcie said...

Not just a gorgeous child, but a great PHOTO!

Um, gank? We don't say that here in the South.

3/16/2006 7:33 AM

Blogger Tigersue said...

A very cute photo, I love little children!

3/16/2006 7:56 AM

Blogger Goslyn said...

What an adorable photo. I bet they'll pass on my entry too. I swear these baby magazines have no tastes. The kid on the cover of Child this month is cute, but that pic of Laylee is way cuter. (That is Laylee, isn't it? I didn't think Magoo had that much hair.)

3/16/2006 8:13 AM

Blogger Goslyn said...

Hmm, maybe it is Magoo. Boy sweater. Silly me.

Any case, ADORABLE baby pic. Should have won SOMETHING.

3/16/2006 8:16 AM

Blogger Kathryn said...

Thanks for the tip. I entered my little boy too. I also posted his pic on my blog.

3/16/2006 8:21 AM

Anonymous Mom on the Gulf Coast said...


I believe you've given us all a good mystery. I think the pasted photo is of Lylee, but further in your post you mention turning in a pic of Magoo too. It seems because of that, there is confusion as to which kiddo the pasted photo actually is.

My vote goes to Lylee. What eyes!

I sent them a pic of my son in Fall '04, no love either. I suspect they never use readers babies, the contest is just a sinister way to get our addresses, hehe. Or, there are some selection criteria we are not aware of; location, income bracket, bribery level of applicant...

I request that you post the pic you submitted of Magoo (that is if I'm correct that the original pic is of Lylee)


3/16/2006 8:51 AM

Blogger Stephanie said...

We did E once too. He was cute. They said "not cute enough."

3/16/2006 9:05 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

OK, WHICH KID IS IT?! Now we are all curious!

3/16/2006 9:59 AM

Blogger Karen said...

G O R G E O U S Baby.

3/16/2006 10:00 AM

Anonymous Heidi said...

Yup, it's gotta be Laylee, seeing as how I don't spot any of the forementioned "equivalent of old man eyebrows all over his head."

3/16/2006 10:04 AM

Blogger The Daring One said...

Okay! The Laylee's win. This is the picture we entered of Laylee way back when. I was waiting to see what you guys had submitted of your kids before submitting one of Magoo.

That is my favorite photo of Laylee. Seattle cloudy light is perfect for photo-ops.

Chris and Jeana - that is scary. I'm fascinated to see the spin on this article. Seeing that Chris was included too makes me think they "found" us through the BoBs. Several of the judges and organizers are writers. Maybe one of them wrote the article. We shall see.

3/16/2006 10:11 AM

Anonymous Heidi said...

Grammy, I can't take the suspense. WHAT IS ON YOUR TOES?

3/16/2006 12:22 PM

Blogger emlouisa said...

Beautiful pic!

They would never put a picture of M in their magazine. His head is too fat, according to a random customer at Great Clips.

3/16/2006 1:03 PM

Anonymous HolyMama! said...

that picture is BEAUTIFUL, as is obviously, the child. Quoted in print as saying your kids eat off the floor? THat's just hilarious. You'll need to frame that, you know.

3/16/2006 1:27 PM

Blogger HLH said...

so, pray tell, what ingenouse technique dod you use in Photoshop to edit the light and "fuzz factor" in the background?

It should go without saying, but here it is, of course the image is beautiful and the child is very adorable.

3/16/2006 1:34 PM

Blogger The Daring One said...

No Photoshopping there. In fact, that is one photo that has not been messed with in any way digitally.

I took it on film with my Grandpa's 70s Pentax SLR. I adjusted the aperture and the distance from Laylee to make the background appear fuzzy. This one is a scan of a print from film, not even cropped in Photoshop. (super rare for me)

3/16/2006 1:54 PM

Blogger Grammy said...

Heidi, The toes are an art masterpiece of Laylee's. One morning last spring when I was apparently not fancy enough for the child, she decorated me with jack o'lantern stickers and DYM took this picture for posterity. When DYM set up my site: grammyrules.blogspot.com (I'm not quite that conceited yet.) she put up this picture to go with hers.

3/16/2006 2:30 PM

Anonymous Heidi said...

Ah yes, seeing both photos together, it's quite obvious all those toes are related...

3/16/2006 3:09 PM

Anonymous shannon from rocks in my dryer said...

Oh, you are going to have some talent agencies contacting you now that you've posted this picture. Look at that precious FACE!

And so cool about the magazine. Keep us all posted if you actually end up in the article, so we can all run out and steal our OB/GYN's copies.

3/16/2006 3:09 PM

Blogger Lauren said...

Are you saying that photo DIDN"T get picked? It's beautiful.

3/16/2006 3:13 PM

Anonymous Caryn said...

That is such an adorable photo!

3/16/2006 3:53 PM

Blogger Kage said...

Check your email with a nice surprise! The ARTICLE!!!!

3/16/2006 4:52 PM

Blogger Lei said...

"I know that one of us can nail this thing." ROFL! Blogmommies unite!

3/16/2006 8:17 PM

Anonymous Pam in Utah said...

Oh, that is one beautiful photo, all right! I love it so much it is still on my current "precious photos" shelf, even though it isn't especially recent. And congratulations to you about that magazine! And good for the editors of that magazine, for seeing your genius, even if it is the "eating off the floor" post! You are always fun to read! (And you have fun and funny people who post comments-"the other white meat!") boooya! Hugs alot. Pam

3/17/2006 9:10 AM

Blogger kfk said...

That is a beautiful picture. How dare they not choose it!

3/17/2006 5:54 PM

Anonymous Heather from One Woman's World said...

That picture still rules. :) I wish I could enter Bean. She's too dang old! Zut!

3/19/2006 9:32 PM

Anonymous krista said...

i sooooo would have entered this. i wish i saw it earlier... i missed the deadline.

3/21/2006 7:52 AM

Blogger Jewels said...

Yes, there is a section in the April Baby Talk. I actually was reading it and decided to come to your site, it was one that was listed. You are under the Wise Women of the Web heading!!! :) By the way the picture of your baby is the cutest! I love eyes, my little girl has big blue eyes as well. Good luck maybe I will enter a picture of my little girl!

3/25/2006 5:34 PM


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