This is the third installment of my 18 to 30 Project (Weekly photographs of my son from 18 months to 30 months). The project is proving to be a challenge. I am sure it will become easier, but so far getting this guy to be still is tricky to say the least. Also the cold weather means that if I take pictures outdoors, he will inevitably appear to be wearing the same thing. It doesn’t seem to bother him though. Haha!
I thought I would share three, little things about Hugo seeing as how it is week three. Original I know.
One. He is one of the happiest people I know. He just chats to himself or others, and he would have to be pretty out of sorts not to give you a smile. Strangers in the street often stop to tell me how nice it is to hear such a sweet, little voice, and others to tell me how his smile made their day. It is very nice for me as his Mumma to hear it.
Two. He is pretty fascinated by his reflection in the mirror. I am sure he knows it is him now, but sometimes he goes to the mirror in our hallway to check if “that boy” is still there. He is normally quite happy to see himself too! He also likes to go and see what he looks like when I put certain clothes on him. Like his sunglasses or this hat… which on a side note, I know is not the trendiest hat in town, but I think he makes it work. It has been the best for keeping his little head and face warm when we go for walks or for a play at the park. Besides, I love to see his little face poking out from that little circle of blue fabric. I will miss it once the warmer weather sets in.
Three. Hugo is no technophobe. Computers, phones, remote controls… you name it he has mastered it! For Christmas we gave him what can only be described as an iPad for babies, and he loves it. He knows exactly how to access all his favourite apps, and we are constantly having to recharge the batteries. It can be a problem though, as he also thinks he has ownership over my computer, my phone and his Papa’s iPad. I still can’t resist that face, but I think I will have to learn.
We’ve had two pretty irregular weeks around here. The first week I was in Paris, running errands, remembering old times and getting some shopping in (without Hugo in tow), and last week it was just my baby and I having a ball, playing in the park and taking long walks. It has freshened the air a bit as since we have been living in Grenoble and Manu has been working from home, we can often get in each others way. Weeks like this are great for really getting a grasp on what is important and what is not, though they do mess a bit with our schedule, and as a result I am still trying to catch up. C’est la vie!
As for my outfit, I have had this dress for a few months, but as the material is so light I have not worn it until now. With the end of March looming I figured I should get some use out of if before the warmer weather is upon us and I won’t want to wear long sleeves. That goes for the boots as well, though these ones are just so comfortable I am sure I will find myself wearing them even once the heat arrives.
Recently, I’ve been inspired by some of my favourite bloggers who started posting weekly photos (mostly of their gorgeous kids) from the beginning of the year. I missed the boat on that particular project as my own little guy was fighting a fever, and if I do anything I like to do it right. It wasn’t until I thought about really capturing a certain age that I thought I’d start The 18 to 30 Project. Weekly images of my son Hugo from 1.5 to 2.5 years (or 18 months to 30 months). Hugo turned 18 months on the 12th, but since my trip to Paris last week, I have been playing catch up ever since. So here I will be posting the first two installments of the project. The black and white images are of the day he turned 18 months, and the colour images were taken just a week after. It is such an exciting age as so many things are changing all the time. I think Hugo still as enough puppy fat to look like a baby, but truth be told my little boy is growing so fast it makes me want to hold tight to him now, and maybe if I hold him tight enough he will stay just as he is.
The 18 to 30 Project is about more than just photographing my son. I have been wanting to improve my photography and learn more about the process for a long time. I hope to take a course when I return home to Australia. I can barely even get my head around the technical terms in English so, I figure it’s best not to venture in to it in French. Not yet.
I hope I will be able to keep up with this project. My subject is someone who rather dislikes staying in one place for more than a second, and chasing this guy around the park, camera in hand, is challenging to say the least.
Last week I told myself that I would stop passing comment on the weather, only the strangeness of switching so rapidly from wearing a t-shirt, to once more braving the snow merited a mention. Even looking back through the photos we shot last week, it seems odd to think, it was only a week ago. Since then, I have made my first trip back to Paris since our move to Grenoble. While it was not all for pleasure, I did did have plenty of time to soak up the city, fit in a yoga class, see friends and do some shopping! It was actually the biggest spree I have had in recent times, and it felt good and bad at the same time. I will have to wait for the warmer weather to get much use out of most of what I bought, with the exception of these boots. They are the boots I never know I needed. Stupidly comfortable and so much like Wellington boots in their fit, really what’s not to like about them? They pretty much go with everything I own.
My visit to Paris, made me miss living there in a big way. Though to be honest, I really wasn’t able to make the most of the city during the last few months I lived there. As Hugo grew bigger and heavier it became more and more difficult to go anywhere beyond our neighbourhood. The metro is really not designed with strollers in mind, and some days my back just could not handle carrying him in a carrier. So on this trip I did enjoy exploring the areas of Paris I had neglected in that time. As I wandered around the streets I most frequented and sat looking in my formerly local Starbucks, I felt very nostalgic, and sad to not call it home anymore. I would like to think that one day I will live there again. I am not finished with Paris.
Today it felt like spring! There was not a cloud in the sky and the temperature rose to over 15°C! In the sun it was actually really warm. Even Hugo (who was sitting in the stroller while we snapped these) took off his shoes and socks! We made the most of it today as the forecast for the rest of the week is shocking. Snow and a 20°C plunge in temperatures. Just when I thought we were over the worst of it.
On a lighter note, the lovely people at Meltin’ Pot recently sent me these great chinos! I actually squealed when I saw they had started making chinos too, and salmon pink no less! They were perfect for today’s temperatures. And you would be forgiven if you thought I was on holidays, but in my head I kinda was. During the week I also became obsessed with the idea of wearing suspenders. I haven’t worn them since my pre-teen days when I needed them to hold up my trousers. I found these in a menswear store, and liked how simple they were. I think they add a new dimension to the outfit. What do you think?
In other news Manu and I are celebrating nine years together! How fast the time goes! I can’t believe how lucky I got when I met him, and I would never have imagined all the adventures we have shared. We have a ton of plans just now, and I can’t wait to turn them in to reality!
Pants – c/o Meltin’ Pot, T-shirt – Monoprix, Bag – Topshop, Shoes – H by Hudson, Hat – Country Road, Suspenders – Celio
A visit to the Alps, another plunge in temperatures and a mild flu pretty much sums up the last few weeks and explains my absence from the blog. Anyway, I can’t tell you how amazing it was to wake up to blue skies this morning. While we had some nice weather in the Alps we were all too sick to really enjoy it, and it was far too cold to go for long walks with Hugo in the stroller. But the temps have been on the rise for the last few days, and I couldn’t be more relieved! I’d like to think that the really cold weather is behind us for the season, and I will soon be able to use some of the clothes which have been hibernating at the back of my wardrobe.
This weekend I was all about black and white. It is such a classic, but it’s a combination I often neglect. Like anything else it is the small details that make all the difference.