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I'm working on DD's one year scrapbook and I need some opinions. When we got our 3d/4d u/s the best photo is one of her with her arm over her head. It's absolutely adorable. The woman who owned the place (not the guy who did the actually u/s but his mil who did the print outs of the photos) made the comment that she looked like a drama queen, in this "life is so hard" position. DP and I both thought it was funny because she did, and, it really fits her personality. I mean that lovingly. Really. And so did the woman. They were both such nice people and they definitely have our repeat business whenever we do it again.

Now that I'm putting the photo into her book, I was going to caption it with "drama queen" since all the others have simple captions, like "sleeping", "yawning", "hiccups". But I'm wondering if it would come across as mean or rude. I certainly don't mean it that way but I don't really want to convey that idea either.

Any thoughts? Here is the photo if that helps at all. Maybe another idea for a caption? This is our favourite photo and we actually got it printed there and for a frame that is still in our room, along with a recording of her heartbeat

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Im not personally fond of the phrase~ but Because it's an ultra-sound photo...you can't really accuse a baby of being a drama queen in a serious sense. lol.
It's more obviously just being silly. I see the phrase on bibs and baby t's all the time.
Not to mention- why would you go to all the work of making a scrapbook for someone and intentionally be mean in it? ya know?
I don't think you should worry about conveying the wrong idea at all.
I think it's cute/funny and not a bad idea at all
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I'm more about tone than words.

We call DD a drama queen sometimes, but it's light hearted and only when she's being all dramatic and trying to convince us the world will end if she doesn't get another cookie right now. But it's in fun and she normally has a smile on her face while she's throwing the fit. We would NEVER use the phrase if she was being serious.

But I have a dramatic kid. That's part of who she is.
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Clearly you have a fond memory of having the u/s done - why take that away by changing the caption (although "Le Sigh" is pretty funny!). I say keep the happy memory alive by keeping the caption to match the story of having the u/s done. Go drama queen!

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Keep it. You liked it at the time, so why change it, yk?

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I'm more about tone than words.

We call DD a drama queen sometimes, but it's light hearted and only when she's being all dramatic and trying to convince us the world will end if she doesn't get another cookie right now. But it's in fun and she normally has a smile on her face while she's throwing the fit. We would NEVER use the phrase if she was being serious.

But I have a dramatic kid. That's part of who she is.
Yeah DD is like that too. She'll try to grab something that she knows she isn't supposed to have and when I say "no" (not in a stern voice at all) she just gets this pouty lip and cries, to which I pick her up and say in a silly voice "oh you are such a drama queen" and then we dip or spin and she's laughing and happy again. I definitely only say in jest and it's on a rare occasion.

I actually really hate with bibs has words on them. Some say "drama queen" and some say "single" and I really just hate that. My mother bought a whole pack of worded bibs. I took half of them - the half that had words I don't like, including "brat" - and hid them. I didn't have the heart to throw them away.

I do like the idea of using "le sigh" so thank you for that! That actually works rather well for the photo. And I feel it still conveys the same idea, at least to me.

And yes, we have a very fond memory of the u/s. They were super nice people. After she was born, we sent them a copy of the photo they printed for us - the one in question - and one of her in the exact same position at 4 weeks. It's now the picture they use in their ads

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oh a side note we taught ds to put his hand like that and say "oh no" in all the situations that would normally be "uh oh" like accidently dropping something on the floor etc. He puts his arm up to his head and says "oh no!" (hehe)
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She looks more of like "Oh, it is soooo hot in here"

I also like "Le sigh"

I don't think you'd be using "drama queen" in a negative sense or anything, so if you like that one best, I say go for it.

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When I saw the picture, I immediately thought of "Wake me when it's over", because she looks like she's sleeping so comfortably.
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Another mom of a drama queen here. We also use the phrase in good humour - it serves as a quick signal that whatever she's on about at the moment, she needs to put it in perspective.

She knows it's her personality and laughs about it. A little good humour can help short circuit a situation before things get out of hand. And when she's dealing with a serious, emotional situation, we acknowledge it and help her through it.

If you want to use it as a caption, I don't think it's inappropriate or nasty.
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There's a funny story to go with it, you weren't offended by the comment. I don't see the problem using it. She'll appreciate the story one day. I can't see her being twenty five years old with a complex because her mother called her a 'drama queen' as far back as the womb.

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Awww! That's so adorable! I think "drama queen" in this sense is fine. It's silly, though I do like "le sigh" as well!

 
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I would totally use drama queen. DH and I refer to our 2 year old DD as drama queen and little diva all the time, in a loving, joking manner. It's cute.

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haha I think drama queen is funny in this situation and Oh my! What a cute cute picture!!

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I wouldn't put it on there but I was 'lovingly teased' all my life for being 'dramatic' and it had negative affects on how I felt about my emotions. I like some of the caption ideas others gave, though!

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<3 the picture and I would probably use "drama queen"... because I think it totally fits.

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See, as a kid I was constantly put in positions that made me feel pretty ashamed about my emotional personality. I emotionally swung far one way or another, and I tended to be very demonstrative in my emotional experiences. That was just my affect. But it earned me plenty of well intentioned, light-hearted teasing which ended up happening with enough frequency that it did eventually make me feel really badly.

That said, when my kids were babes, my dw and I used to watch the show "Entourage" on the internet, and my favorite character was "Johnny Drama." Sometimes my kids do end up being drama queens (so clear to me when they really feel emotional about something and when they are just being dramatic for the effect), and I lovingly and affectionately call them my Johnny Dramas. Sometimes I'll even say, with a light-hearted loving tone, "Hey! Don't be a Johnny!"

BUT, I don't think I'd ever put that in writing, you know? (I think that is probably because I AM emotionally sensitive.) I guess any label, actually. So even something meant as a joke, well, I personally just wouldn't memorialize it in a scrapbook. I might say it everytime I am showing someone that page in the scrapbook, but I wouldn't be able to bring myself to have it written on there. But that's just me.

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