So it’s been a while since I updated the 18 to 30 Project. Life has been hectic to say the least, and with our big move fast approaching, it’s likely things will slow down here on the blog for a little while. In the meantime I have three weeks worth of Hugo photos to share, so please bear with the over-load.
I am always amazed at the things which keep this boy interested. I never even imagined that an old style tele-dex could keep the kiddo sitting in one spot for more than a few minutes. Maybe it’s because it’s phone related. I mean Hugo will use just about anything as a phone. He’ll hold whatever it is to his ear, and say “alloo”, and then babble and babble and babble, but get an actual person on the other end of the line, and suddenly he is lost for words.
Our favourite park is always worth the walk (and the steep, uphill climb at the end). Hugo loves it there. The best thing about this park is the train. It’s just a wooden, stationary thing, but it does have a steering wheel, and two carriages for the “passengers”. I think boys have this inbuilt understanding of vehicles. We don’t often take the car, but somehow he has figured out that a wheel at the front of a vehicle is for driving. Then come the sounds. I don’t think I’ve ever made a train sound for him, but at the wheel of this train, he keeps busy steering, all the while saying “toot toot”! Too cute for words really.
The bath. One of the only places where Hugo is semi-still. I know I’ve already posted bath-time photos of this guy, but after chasing him around the apartment trying to get a shot, I gave in and plopped him into the tub. He always has a lot to do in the bath, which now includes brushing those little choppers. Can you tell he likes his bath?
The long weekend has thrown my timing off completely. I woke-up Monday morning to not only realise that it was Monday, but to the thought that I had not taken photos of Hugo for that week. I guess when there is a long weekend involved we can count the start of the week as Tuesday! Haha!
Anyway, the weather here is just crazy. To think it is almost June and today I pulled out my winter coat. Monday had some nice, sunny moments, and we made the most of it by taking a nice walk to the park. Manu showed Hugo how to pick the little flowers in the grass, and there is nothing sweeter than a little boy holding flowers. If he would have given them to me I would have burst with pride.
Being a parent is like being a kid in many ways. We are both discovering new things each day with absolute fascination. As a child, Hugo takes interest in almost anything around him. He examines each object until he finds something new which captures his attention. As his mother, I am amazed at each new development he makes. How he can watch what we do, catalogue it and bring it out when it applies.
Today we went for a walk, and as we walked hand-in-hand I thought how far we had come in something as simple as that. How before I had been petrified that he would escape my grasp, and get hurt. And how even a week ago, we would never have made it around our block without him pulling away from me, and then me having to carry him home. Today he held my hand. He stopped once or twice, pulled me in the directions that he recognised (the Coffee Shop, for one), and as we passed a restaurant playing music, he stopped, gave me a grin and started to dance his goofy, little dance. Not that I dance in the street, but I’ve been dancing with him since he was tiny, and now when he hears music, he can’t help but move to it.
The 18 to 30 Project – Weekly photographs of my son from 1 and a half years to 2 and a half years old.
Haha! So I totally realise that the first photo is a bit out of focus, but seriously it was one of my favourites for this week. Capturing Hugo is getting tougher and tougher as he becomes more and more independent. He no longer walks anywhere, but rather power-walks or runs, and that small issue of not wanting to stay in the stroller I mentioned last week, is becoming all too real. Meanwhile, as Mother Nature is having some serious issues with giving us some decent warm weather, it feels like I have the same inter-season outfits on repeat for this little guy. I do love that varsity jacket though!
The 18 to 30 Project – weekly photos of my son from 1.5 yrs to 2.5 years
It is the end of April, and the blue hat makes yet another appearance! It has been horribly cold and wet here in Grenoble this weekend, and it comes as a shock after the summer-like weather we experienced mid-week. I am sure Hugo must be asking himself “what is going on?” but he just gets on with it.
I think it is incredible just how grown-up he is becoming. He wants to walk everywhere, so I am really not sure what I will do when he refuses to get in the stroller. And he knows where the things are that he wants to eat. This can be a bit of a problem, since given the chance, the kid would eat all day long!
But in the same way he shows me that he is still my little baby. The pursing of his lips when I zip him in to his sleeping bag at night, the way he touches his ears for comfort, and the way he still explores each new object is every way possible (see below). He didn’t let me take all that many photos of him today, but that last one had me laughing when I took it, and it has me laughing now as I type this.
We often take photos at the park. The park is his thing, the highlight of his day. He loves the playground and to see all the other children. He is very social, he loves going to see what everybody else is doing, and he chats to them all, in his own little language. But by the end of playtime, Hugo can normally be found kneeling in the garden beds examining the plants, stones and twigs. Future landscape designer perhaps? Maybe I should reconsider dressing him in his newest clothes when we go to the park!
The 18 to 30 Project (weekly photos of my son from 18 months to 30 months).
I had my doubts about getting any decent photos today, as Hugo really wasn’t interested in having his photo taken this afternoon. So in the end I turned it into a game, and kept hiding from him. I think it was pretty successful, as I managed to capture not only his great smile, but some of his most typical expressions. Love this kid!
I was super excited when I found this little varsity jacket on sale a few weeks ago. I had been looking for a while, and this one was perfect. Functional pockets and all in cotton. Size wise I thought we might get some more use out of it, but Hugo is growing right in front of my eyes these days! Make it stop!
Looking at Hugo wearing this vest only makes me realise how much he has grown in the last six months or so. When I first bought it, and even only a few months ago, the back would graze his little calves! Now it is a perfect fit! It is great timing though, as the days are finally (slowly) warming up, and we can get away with no coat.
His hair is totally out of control. No amount of washing, brushing or combing seems to make the slightest difference. It is starting to become a bit on the long side, but at the same time it is so fine that I can’t bring myself to cut it just yet. Besides, at the back he has these gorgeous, little curls and I’m worried they won’t grow back.
He has had a bit of a rough time this week. Two new teeth have finally pushed through, and two others are almost here. Teething has never really bothered him all that much, but these canines have caused a bit of pain, fever and neediness. I am sure he will be back on top of his game before I know it! I guess I better watch out!
The 18 to 30 Project – Weekly Photographs of my son from 18 months to 30 months.
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.
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.