Do you remember "The Simple Life"? That craptastic plate of awful that brought America closer to the likes of Paris Hilton and her chubby(!!) sidekick, Nicole Richie?
There was one thing about that show I found utterly fascinating (besides how easily Nicole could burp on cue)— Paris dedicated an INSANE amount of time to looking at herself in the mirror.
Not to put on make-up or check out her outfit. Because those would've both been acceptable forms of mirror-use. NO. This was something else. This was posing, worshipping, and displaying a level of vanity unmatched by anyone I had ever seen (except maybe the little guy pictured left).
Of course, this was before I had a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter…
Mazzy is OBSESSED with herself.
It's an obsession that started at around 3 months and only seems to get worse.
I know all babies like to look in the mirror. But Mazzy's infatuation for her own reflection seems to have crossed the line from normal baby behavior. She may have even surpassed Paris. We're talking Melissa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey territory.
"MAZZY!!!" She screams and then runs towards herself, practically licking the glass.
"Hi, Mazzy," she continues coyly doing a little spin. "Mwah!"
It's enough to make a person lose their appetite. (That's what happened to Nicole, right?)
Check out this video of my very own Vanity Smurf:
Now please— I beg of you. DO NOT SHOW THIS TO MY DAUGHTER.
Because the only thing she would like more than looking at herself in the mirror is looking at a video of herself looking at herself in the mirror.
Can anybody identify with this? Or do I have to find Nicole to commiserate?
Don’t worry, Monkey loves his own reflection too. He kisses it ALL THE TIME.
She’s so cute, I love the way she says her name!
My children do this all the time at my mom’s house since she has mirrored closet doors.
Best simple entertainment ever. I love when my kids do this.
It’s awesome how much Mazzy loves herself! She is so stinking adorable!!! Sophie loves herself A LOT. When she said her prayers she actually said “I love my Mommy, Daddy, Ben-Ben, Emma and myself. I love myself a LOT. Really, I do, a whole big bunch. Oh, and you too God, I love you too.” Good for them, girls should love themselves as much as they can before teenage-hood sinks in and other girls tell them why they shouldn’t. Until then, give Mazzy more mirrors!
Adorable! Think of it this way, you don’t have to worry about self esteem issues. She obviously likes what she sees 🙂 Love your blog, just found it. thanks!
Awww, that’s just sweet, sweet, sweet. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!
Jessica is 6 and while she doesn’t stare at herself endlessly in the mirror anymore, she LOVES to watch herself on video!
The part the frightens me is that at 6 years old, she has to “check” herself in the mirror. Is her hair “smooth” or “sticky uppy”? Can you still see her lip gloss (I let her wear some on the weekends). Does she look “cute”? I hate that society’s hang ups about beauty already affect her, but there isn’t much you can do!
You couldn’t retouch yourself out of the frames? The producers of Inception found the time.
One of my friends recently told me that her 2-year-old daughter loves to sit in front of the mirror and have conversations with herself. One day she even asked herself if she wanted a Cheetoh.
As for mine, she’s interested in mirrors but not to the level of talking to herself in them. Not yet anyway. I’m sure I just need to give it time.
That clip of Mazzy gazing into the mirror and dreamily saying her name cracked me up. I half expected her to utter, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
She is adorable and clearly has no self-esteem issues—good for her! hopefully she always loves what she sees in the mirror!
I think there’s a deeper meaning to this…she’s not vain, she just longs for company that’s as cute and lovable as her. So you know what that means right? It’s Baby Making Time, Mommy! 😉
Aw, maybe she needs a friend or a sibling. 🙂
My daughter is eleven and not only does she love looking at herself in the mirror, but I’ll sometimes catch her admiring herself in the reflection of my sun glasses. She has a sense of humor about it. I couldn’t wait to call her in and show her the clip of Mazzy. She is so cute!! May she always love herself!
How adorable! My son is only 9 months old but he LOVES looking at himself in mirrors!
When my daughter was little she was so obsessed with her reflection that we had to close the blinds in the house if we wanted her to focus on anything other than her reflection. When she couldn’t find a mirror she would just stare at her reflection in the windows.
We keep a tight lock on my husband’s office.
Because if 4yo Miss A sees anyone near the computer? She’ll jump up and down insisting we watch all the little video clips we have of her over and over and over and over and over until my brain implodes.
Yes, she is frigging hilariously insane, which is why I have so many short clips of her, but how can anyone stand staring at themselves that much in a day?
Oh, she’s such a cutie!!!
Absolutely, adorable. I love when she is walking past the white mirror and says, “there you are!”
SHE IS SO CUTE!
I can’t really blame her for being obsessed with herself.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but we actually created an entire slideshow of photos of my 10 month old son – and watching it is his favorite past time. Why do I do it? Because it’s a sure fire temper tantrum breaker. Whatever. A lady does what she has to.
My daughter loves watching videos of yours. In fact, I wish there was a long video of “Mazzy’s Greatest Hits” so I wouldn’t have to sit here and hit play every 49 seconds.
Thats so cute!! My son will be three in 10 days and still constantly gets in front of the mirror and says “Oh hey Braxton. Looking good today.” Oh me. Im in for it during the teenage years.
Agreed. I will fight off teenage-hood with everything I’ve got. In the mean-time I love hearing her say— “Mazzy cute!” No idea where she learned that.
No self-esteem issues WHATSOEVER. I should take a lesson.
So scary. Mazzy watches me put on make-up all the time. I wonder what message I’m sending.
I know. Such shoddy production value. I should really dedicate more time to this blog. It’s so lucrative!
Most of that video was taken when she was 15 months old- except for the part in the middle when she said her name. She has progressed on to full on conversations. “Mazzy cute?” “Mazzy cute!” The two of them get along great.
Mom? Is that YOU?
Mazzy loves to look at herself in my sunglasses too. There is not a reflective that goes unnoticed around these parts.
Mazzy loves to walk on the sidewalk, but lately, she just wanders over to the store windows and stares at herself. Then flips when i try to drag her away. Then there is a lot of reluctant carrying involved on both sides. It’s a fun time.
We have the same problem. If she sees my phone, she says— “Picture Mazzy?”
If she sees the iPad, she says— “watch Elmo?”
And if she sees my laptop, she says “Mazzy video?”
I created “The Shorts” tab on the top of my blog specifically because it was an easy way to access a bunch of my videos of her at once. Otherwise, I’m searching while she’s screaming.
It was really bad for awhile but then we pretty much banned all electronic devices while she’s awake.
That’s her favorite phrase. She says it about everything. If she is watching Sesame Street and Elmo comes on, she says “There you are!” If she is looking for her brush, she’ll walk around saying “Brush! Oooh, Brush! There you are!”
It is, I admit, ADORABLE.
I did the same thing. I said this in a comment above, but i created “The Shorts” tab at the top of my blog so that I have easy access to a bunch of her videos at once. I learned my lesson the hard way. Toddlers have no patience for searching.
HA! I always try to keep my videos under a minute because I don’t think people will stick around for longer. With that in mind, I have a three minute video of Mazzy singing the ABCs while having some sort of sugar induced tantrum that I think I have to post in its entirety.
Your daughter will love it!
Looking good today? Now, someone must have taught him that… Love the name Braxton!
Why shouldn’t she love looking at herself – there’s nobody cuter!
Are you sure she’s not doing it just because you’re watching and filming her? I used to do stuff like that for my parents all the time…
that was adorable – how did it not go viral?