18 March 2015

13/365


13/365

Such a cheeky face. Our home is now a much safe place to be after months and months of renovation, chaos and decorating. Thank the Lord - it has been mightily stressful for us all.

Baby belly - you know he is in there. You know he is coming. You are pretty accepting of this despite the fact that none of us really know what it is going to mean for us all. I think it's safe to say we are all feeling a little trepidatious.
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12/365

12/365

Establishing independent play.

We have allowed your brain to rot by letting you watch too much tv and it's become apparent recently just how much of a negative effect it has on all of us. We're making a gentle start on pulling back from screen time - not too fast as there is so much coming our way that it would be foolish to go gung ho too soon.

So far I have noticed that really it's way easier for you to adapt than it is for us. You always surprise me in the best way kiddo.
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11/365

You are a beautiful little thing. You're growing up so fast and truly becoming a boy but here I can still see those baby cheeks and the sweet, round, puckered mouth that once pursed itself around my breast until you drifted off into your safest, happiest place - while I just sat there and watched you. In complete awe of you. 

Life is different now but I love it just as much as those sweet days that we got to spend exclusively together. I am embracing each new stage of you that comes our way. You are like a fine wine and you just keep on getting better with age. I know now not to be melancholy as you reach new stages and as you get older [hello 3rd birthday in a few weeks' time!] - I embrace them now because I've had the privilege of seeing how there really is no need to look back, with you I can only ever look forward.
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10/365

The days feel long at the moment. We're both waiting for the next chapter to start and you are eager [as am I] for my torso to be freed from pregnancy so I can get down on the floor to play with you, run with you and take the brashness of your physical play again.

Just a little while longer my sweet.
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9/365

Spoils from a 2nd birthday party.

Your cousin Rudy turned two recently and this is one of the balloons that you begged to bring home with you. They provided much entertainment for several days. So much so I'm considering making a pack a balloons a handbag essential.
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8/365

8/365

Counting from one to ten without peeking. Maybe. The again, maybe not...you simply cannot help yourself.
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Forever my little milk fiend.

A wonderful trait that you have picked up by observing your father. Joy. Now I know why we all fall down with the same cold at the same time.

Boys. Tut.

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6/365

You're fast approaching your third birthday and for the most part your second year has been enjoyable and not the torrid whirlwind of tantrums that most parents promise you it will be. Your father and I often comment to each other how lovely you are. So easy going, so pleasant, so polite. Truly a delightful little guy. And SO. MUCH. FUN!

You have dealt with everything that this last year has thrown at you with such grace. You have had moments where you have struggled but my boy I cannot hold that against you - there is so much going on in our world right now. You really have managed yourself with such honour. I am so terribly proud of you: I just know that you will be a wonderful big brother. 
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13 February 2015

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We stepped out of the house before 9am for probably the first time ever and joined Daddy on his journey into work. A ride on the tram, a haircut for the boy, a trip to the museum and a spot of lunch - all before midday. Phew. 

Joining in, sporadically, with Jodi's The 52 Project
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We're only a few days in and already it's clear to see how challenging this project is going to be. I'm finding the light and constantly moving subject tricky so I'm doing my best to learn about the focus settings on my camera while still trying to find new ways to shoot in the same blinkin space. All day every day.

Winter cabin fever has finally set in, for me at least - Chuck seems perfectly happy to while away his days at home - but I am struggling. We're basically living in one room at the moment while the house renovation is being completed so taking the same shots every day is an easy trap to fall into. I'm doing my best to work around this and hopefully I'll able to look back in 12 months and see a noticeable progression - that is, after all, part of the point of this project.

At the same time I'm trying to loosen up about taking perfectly sharp images - ultimately my goal is to shoot moments that matter, that mean something, that evoke emotion and create nostalgia. A tangible reflection of our lives. If I can achieve that, then I have achieved something. Something I can be proud of. Like my boy.



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ONE | One from the vault

I have no clue how long this poor post has been sat in my draft folder. I literally just happened upon it but seems as though I'm spending time focusing on editing and posting images taken from over the last year, it seemed to make sense to post this retrospective look at how far my sweet boy has come in such a short space of time. We all look so different and so much has changed since then. Here, I was still breastfeeding my first child and now I'm a little over a month away from beginning that journey again. We have so many new dimensions about to join our lives and it's a little hard to comprehend just now.

These photos were taken by my favourite friend and photographer, Hazel, as Chuck turned one. It seems like forever ago and this is probably the truest Throwback Thursday contribution I could offer this week. Now that I've aired them from my dusty box [ahem] I realise it's high time I started printing pictures.

Get it together lady.

PS look at those squidgy, breast milk rolls on those baby legs. Such a delicious little beastie.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 








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12 February 2015

Throwback Thursday - April 2014, Part I

April 2014 was a busy time which saw us enjoying a little birthday getaway to Whitby for Chuck's 2nd birthday as well as venturing out into the garden for most of our days - the month prior was mostly woolly hats and winter coats still.

I'm breaking April up into at least two posts, Part I includes a couple of snaps from our trip to Whitby and the calmer aftermath, settling in back at home: living in our pyjamas and playing with birthday presents.








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5 February 2015

Throwback Thursday | A rainy morning - October 2015

Following my failure to keep up-to-speed with The 52 Project, I promised myself that I would, at least, create a photobook of all my favourite images from 2014. I did take the photos after all and it seemed a bit silly to leave them buried in the quagmire that is my hard drive.

Dutifully I sifted through 5000 images to separate the wheat from the chaff and that's about as far as I got. I haven't abandoned the idea but with the untimely onset of my first 365 project, a new baby 7 weeks away and the completion of our home renovation to achieve in less than 7 weeks, I decided I'd take a more bite sized approach to the matter.

So instead of trying to create a photobook out of 12 months' of, as yet, unedited images I have decided to select  and edit a few of my favourites from any one month - each week - and post them here and on Instagram as part of the Throwback Thursday hashtag. The end goal being that I will have a selection of my favourite images of 2014 to eventually slip into a beautifully crafted photobook without it feeling like bloody hard work.

So onto the images. First up is a handful of images during a rainy day from October, 2014.









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