Pulling faces

October 7, 2013

When POD was a baby, she screwed her nose up a lot. Although a sign of affection, some would see it as scowling and react with “what a strange thing to do” or “why does she do that?”. It was highly entertaining especially when sheย did this!

Playing in her travel cot she liked to stick her tongue out then squash her face against the netted sides. She knew it raised a smile and the *occasional* snort.

POD screwing up her nose is now an endearing feature. Just a few wrinkles in-between her wonderful blue eyes.

Her repertoire of facial expressions has expanded though. She can stretch her top and bottom lips over her teeth and simultaneously open her mouth really wide. If you’re lucky, it’s also coupled with “hewow”. Another one of her funny faces isย here.

POD has recently taken to pulling faces with her fingers, usually at the most inappropriate moments. The face you see before you was made whilst visiting a National Trust property at the weekend. There was no reason for it and I don’t know who it was directed at – if indeed it was directed at anyone. Given she thinks rats come from carrots your guess is as good as mine!

Best of all was something unexpected that happened in the car on the way home. POD was quiet so presuming she’d fallen asleep I turned round to check her. What greeted me was a staring expression which said “that’s disgusting”. It was directed towards the CD player which was playing Little Red Riding Hood – a story she requests all the time.

It was such a strange face it made me laugh. When I glanced back again, her face was the same, she’d not moved.ย I looked briefly on two more occasions, exactly the same. She’d not reacted to my laughter at all. The final time I looked back, the expression hadn’t changed but a limp tongue was also out.

I haven’t laughed so much in ages, I was almost in tears. What made it so amusing was that POD didn’t crack, she didn’t even make eye contact. A brilliant moment that created a proper full on belly laugh.ย Not a bad effort for a toddler.

We’re linking this post up with What’s The Story? on PODcast and Magic Moments at The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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  • Sarah MumofThree World October 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Bless her! What lovely memories for the future. This is the sort of thing you suddenly realise they’ve grown out of and, before you know it, you can hardly remember. Great to have the photos and this post to preserve it forever!

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

      That’s a really good point Sarah, it’s nice to remember what they do. I love that I have a few photos at least of her pulling silly faces!

  • Afra October 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

    fantastic face- I can just imagine you in the car – clever girl making mummy laugh so much!

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Afra – she’s made the car face this morning. How spooky, still gets me!

  • Erica Price October 7, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Destined for the stage perhaps if she can hold a face like that and not laugh.

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

      She definitely likes to entertain! I can’t believe she didn’t laugh when I did – weird, she normally does!

  • Iona@redpeffer October 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Brilliant. This is why blogging and these kind of links are so great-they help us catch these special memories and record them.

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      That’s very true Iona, without them sometime we wouldn’t have the wonderful things to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Only Best For Baby October 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

    So funny! Love the photos of POD when she was younger too x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      She’s hilarious – pulling faces again today. Too funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jocelyn (@IHaveCards) October 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Brilliant! It’s always so much funnier when they don’t react, too. And I love that baby POD pic, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      So funny when they don’t react, I think that’s what got me. Never seen that happen before. Weird ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sarahhillwheeler October 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Lovely face, remember first time J tried blckberry crumble….but agree it’s all the more amusing and special when there’s no obvious reason!

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Sarah – the blackberry crumble face sounds entertaining! They are funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LauraCYMFT October 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    She definitely has a cheeky looking face!

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You’re right there Laura, definitely cheeky ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim Carberry October 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Aww! Fantastic faces!! x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jaime Oliver October 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    awww honey i love her facial expressions and I can just imagine you snorting!! lol

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Snorting and crying with laughter I was Jaime. The full works!

  • Notmyyearoff October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Hehe I’m just trying to imagine her disgusted face and laughing too!! So funny when little ones are being really serious. I love that Instagram pic. So cute!

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I think I managed to get a photo of her making that face today! Hilarious ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Luci - mother.wife.me October 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Awww, love moments like those and love it when little children realise that they can entertain you rather than the other way round! x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Very true Luci, she’s been highly entertaining today – even pulled the silly face she pulled in the car ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle Twin Mum October 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Such a little cutie. Mich x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pinkoddy October 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love all the faces they pull it is very magical. And when they do it when they’ve done something wrong and you are trying not to laugh.

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      That’s so true!

  • Funky Wellies October 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    LOL! I love funny face photos… ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Katia – think I got the car face today. Going to check camera shortly!

  • oana79 October 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe you should put her in a drama class, she could practice and improve her face-pulling skills even more ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      That’s not a bad call!

  • Lou's Lake Views October 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    She is a real character isn’t she! lovely pic and story, they made me giggle x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      She really is Lou, cracks me up!

  • Cathie B October 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Rats come from carrots – had a right giggle at that one……….. What a great post. Lucas scrunches up his nose and he has done since he was a baby – your post reminded me of this. #MagicMoments

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      She’s come out with some real classics Cathie. No idea how I’ll write my Wot So Funee? post! Nice to know Lucas screwed his nose up too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) October 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Brilliant faces, all of them! All three of mine have done the nose wrinkling thing ๐Ÿ™‚ So cute! I also love that these linkys encourage us to record these moments – I have forgotten far too many with the boys xx

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Sara. I love that these posts encourage us to think about what they did and what they do. It’s so nice to look back and read them. Makes me wish I’d started blogging earlier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cathie B October 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Read your post on #MagicMoments but just switched to #Whatsthestory and wanted to say thanks for mentioning last weeks post – love that photo so much xxx

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      You’re very welcome Cathie, it’s a wonderful post and photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone October 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Great! Something to bring up on her 18th perhaps

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Most definitely – that’s going to be so much fun isn’t it!

  • Dragonsfypoppy October 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Oh that’s fantastic – what a character. Bless her – a life on the stage maybe lies ahead?? x

    • Charly Dove October 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Can you imagine! She does keep me entertained though – I love how her facial expressions have increased. Hoping I captured the car one today ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emma October 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Gorgeous, I love this. Fia my mischievous monkey, also pulls that exact same face. I sometimes wish she was more reserved and better behaved, but then reading this post, I actually give thanks for having such a little character who keeps me on my toes but also entertained. Thanks for the reminder Charly.

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Emma, it’s funny Fia pulls the same face! There is definitely something rather wonderful about having a toddler with such character that is also entertaining. I may hide when POD is a teen!

  • jenny paulin October 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    i love it when my two do something really well thought out whch is actually very funny – cracks us all up! love it and what a great funny face Pod is pulling x

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I can imagine the boys doing a bit of plotting! They’re hilarious aren’t they. Wouldn’t have it any other way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily October 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I had one of those moments the other day from Madam who’s now 7, she kept making a ‘piggy face’ it wasn’t really funny (more silly) but for some reason I laughed and laughed!
    That’s one of the cutest baby faces I’ve seen! xx

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Hilarious – Madam sounds like she made you crack up too! POD ended up making a pig like face when we were out yesterday, rather like the car face. Much snorting was had!

  • Suzanne October 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I love this! She sounds like a girl after my own heart…..Im one for facial expressions too, as is my middle daughter. Love it when they make us laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Suzanne. It’s nice to know other children do it rather than just mine. Far too funny!

  • Coombemill October 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Great story and great expression. Kids can get away with so much that we can’t as adults and still be endearing!

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you Fiona. She was doing it while we were in the woods yesterday. I really hope no-one heard me snorting!

  • adayindadslife October 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Kids do the funny things at the funniest of times, pulling faces is one of them most of the time with total innocence unaware of any one else’s responses she is so cute too

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you – she does keep me amused it must be said. Most of the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mummy of Two October 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

    LOL I love it when mine pull funny faces, so cute and funny! Lovely photo.

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you. It’s great to know yours pull funny faces too. Very funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kriss MacDonald October 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Your daughter sounds like quite a character! And your post had me smiling. Made me think of my son who can amuse himself no end by making faces at himself in the mirror.

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      It must be funny to watch your son making faces in the mirror. POD is definitely a character and she’s thoroughly enjoying pulling faces ๐Ÿ™‚

  • DownsSideUp October 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Errr, I think they call it guerning, LOL.

    • Charly Dove October 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Very true Hayley they do (pick the tired one!). Thank you lovely x

  • Lilinha Espindula October 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Haha too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Charly Dove October 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚