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?
I love lace dresses. They have that romance and oldie, worldy feel that I think we just don’t see enough of anymore. I was so taken with this dress when I saw it online that I couldn’t hit the purchase button fast enough. I found it very different from the vintage, inspired lace dresses I’m usually drawn to, and yet the 100% cotton does give it that vintage feel. I think what really sold me was the 3D effect of the lace. I think it really adds some dimension to an otherwise simple frock.
On another note, I finally got myself a pair of black wedges. Don’t judge! Such a great staple pair of shoes, I can’t think how I got by for so long without them.
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.
This year I have seriously become obsessed with the colour yellow. Maybe it has to do with the lack of sun in France this year, but I want everything yellow. Yellow bike, yellow flowers, yellow walls, yellow yellow yellow! So imagine just how excited I was when Meltin’ Pot sent me these yellow jeans! I’ve waited for the nice weather to wear them, because in many ways yellow kinda needs sunshine to make it work (unless it’s in the form of a yellow raincoat with matching rain hat, then bring on the rain!).
As for this rather inviting flower patch, I have Hugo to thank. Keeping play time interesting means switching parks several times a week. We don’t often come to this one, as the playground is really for much bigger kids, so the effort was all worth it when I laid eyes on this pretty, sizable patch of grass, deliciously covered in these gorgeous, little flowers. Flowers which when warmed by the sun give off that unmistakeable spring/summer perfume. I just have to hold on to that thought, as the rain and cold has settled in once more. Will summer ever come?
If you have been following my blog you may have noticed it has had a make-over. What do you think?
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).
As much as I feel my style softening, changing and moving in a particular direction, I still find myself drawn to the hard accessories, and leather jackets I have worn almost as armor over the last few years. I may always be drawn to them (especially when I feel vulnerable). Though I must say I do like the mix of hard and soft, old and new, leather and lace, studs and flowers. You get the idea. I guess it is a way I can find some balance in my life. Besides I think it makes things a little more interesting.
So, I finally got around to wearing a flower crown here on the blog (about time for a blog called Crown of Flowers in French) Haha! I made this one last week, but it still needs some adjustments, as it keeps falling over my face. And speaking of finally getting around to doing things. I finally started reading the “For Dummies” Book for our Canon! What a difference a few small pointers can make! Still some perfecting to get things to where I want but I think this was one of my favourite shoots to date.
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!