Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Busy Boy

One of Cole’s favorite things to do is to investigate every drawer and cabinet in the bathroom. He takes everything out that he can get his little hands on while I am getting ready for work. One morning I was getting dressed and came back to find that he had discovered how to operate a lotion pump. What a mess that was. I love watching his little mind work and discover something new.

 

 

 

 

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Picture Day – The Ice Cream Cupcake Version

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Picture Day

I recently took another workshop through ClickinMom’s. This time I took Shooting 201: Beyond the Basics. I may have a bit of an addiction to these workshops. I have learned so much since I joined the CM community. I have another workshop starting next week and this one is about shooting in natural light. I tend to put a crazy amount of pressure on myself when doing these workshops because I don’t want to show other people pictures that suck ;). Here a few of my favorites from my shooting workshop that just wrapped up.

One other bit of news. I bought a new camera body and I am so so excited! I bought a used Nikon D700 from someone on CM. I am hoping this camera changes the way I shoot and what I can shoot. I have been so frustrated with my D5000 and its lack of low light capabilities. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great camera. I was just ready for something a little more powerful. I am hoping my new baby arrives later this week!

Okay, enough rambling. Hope you enjoy these!

 

 

 

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You Capture – Blue

I have some beautiful shades of blue to photograph around my house. My favorite shades of blue are found in Ian, Cole and Jack’s eyes. It has been a while since Ian has been my subject and tonight I got an opportunity to take photo’s of his gorgeous eyes during golden hour. He was already in his pajamas and he chose his Halloween pair, in the middle of summer :P.

I have also noticed the richness of the colors of the hydrangea’s in my front flower bed every night when I pull in my driveway from work. I had to get some shots of those tonight too.

Go check out You Capture for more shots of Blue.

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You Capture – Something I Did

In an effort to get out of the funk the trial left me in and to pick up my camera again I went on a mission to shoot something/anything!

One of the good things I got out of driving to the courthouse every day for a few weeks was some new routes downtown when traffic sucked on the highway. There was a morning that there was a major backup on the highway and I had to find an alternate route downtown. A fellow juror who lives in the same town as I do told me about her route downtown and I gave it a shot to avoid the pile up on I-40. As I was driving along I passed by an old Mill. I never knew it existed and immediately wanted to stop and take pictures. Sadly, I had to be in court and I don’t think the judge would have taken my photographic impulse as a good enough excuse for being late.

Today I took the day off to handle some things for Cole and decided that I was going to drive back to that old Mill. I wish I could have had more time to play with my camera. I had the kids with me. It is not ideal to stop paying attention to your kids and fiddle with your settings around bodies of water. This shot is far from perfect, but the vintage action (courtesy of the Pioneer Woman) makes me love it.

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Never a dull moment

After all of the medical trials and tribulations we have had with Ian, I thought we were well prepared for anything when Cole came along. I should have known that Cole wouldn’t repeat what we had already been through with Ian. No, he has to be unique in every way.

Since Cole has been in daycare from the age of 3 months, we knew he would catch every virus that ran through the place. That was a given. I didn’t expect him to have a cough that NEVER goes away. He has had a cough for about 2 months now with the exception of 10 days he was on antibiotics. After the antibiotics were done, the cough came back. Turns out the kid has asthma. The doctor hopes it will go away on its own after a couple years since we don’t have a family history of it. We get to have fun with daily nebulizer treatments for his asthma.

At Cole’s 9 month appointment we also discussed Cole’s dislike for all things solid food. The Pediatrician is a little concerned about a texture aversion and wants to have him evaluated by child development services just to be on the safe side. Since that visit we have been pushing solids harder at home and at daycare. He seems to be taking to them better now that we are getting better about offering them more. He will still have his evaluation, but hopefully they will find nothing of concern.

My super mellow baby has become quite the little fuss monster the past few days and his sleep has become a nightmare for me. It seems like he is trying to learn to crawl because he is constantly getting his knees under him in his crib and pushing up. I think he must be practicing at night and can’t sleep. He might be teething as well, because the last couple days he keeps refusing the bottle. I don’t remember Ian doing this. Maybe I blocked it from memory. I hope this developmental hurdle passes soon. I am dead on my feet right now.

Even with all these things going on, Cole is still a pretty happy kid. Adorable too.

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You Capture – Lines

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I have been taking a photography workshop this past month through Clickin’ Moms. I have been working hard at learning the technical basics (finally!). The class has been awesome, but has a lot of homework. Good homework though. We were in the mountains early last week and I was able to take out my camera and play a little bit. I was able to capture these great lines and thought of the prompt for You Capture this week. I wanted to play with the processing on this a bit too since all the images I take for the workshop are strictly SOOC. Hopefully I will have some images from the class I feel confident enough to share soon.

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8.5 months old

Spring is here already and soon it will be the dog days of summer which means Cole’s first birthday is approaching faster than the speed of light. As each new stage arrives I love to soak it in. I feel a little sad at the same time since he is our last baby and we won’t experience the baby stages again. He is growing so quickly.

To make this post easier on my sleep deprived brain I am going to list milestones/likes/dislikes in a bulleted list.

  • Cole loves his pacifiers. He loves them so much he would shove two in his mouth at the same time if he could.
  • He still hates solids. We have tried many different kinds and flavors, but his gag reflex is still pretty sensitive. It is probably a texture issue as well.
  • No crawling or getting into the crawling stance yet. I can’t say I am disappointed. I am perfectly happy that we haven’t had to worry about baby proofing yet.
  • He doesn’t sit unassisted yet either. He can sit for a minute or so on his own, but is still very wobbly and really just prefers laying and rolling where he wants to go.
  • He LOVES to stand up. He doesn’t pull up on anything. I suspect though that if he figures out how to pull to stand before crawling, he may skip crawling all together.
  • Still not sleeping through the night. Ian didn’t get there until 10 months, so this doesn’t surprise me. Cole is also a crappy napper. His “naps” are 30-45 minute power naps. At daycare they might get 2 power naps out of him if they are lucky.
  • One of his nicknames is “monkey toes” because he likes to play with his toys with his feet.
  • He is babbling up a storm. I can’t get him to say the M sound though. It is not for lack of trying.
  • Cole thinks that Ian is hilarious and will laugh harder at the things Ian does than anyone else. The dog is also quite funny.
  • We have been battling cold bugs a lot lately. It’s the curse of daycare. However, everyone says they either get it now or when they start kindergarten.

Cole still tolerates me taking photos of him. Another reason I am happy he isn’t mobile yet and can’t run away from me. He is quite possibly one of the cutest babies ever.

 

 

 

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You Capture – Black and White

It has been a while since I have participated in You Capture. When I saw the theme was B&W, I had to jump in. I had fun converting the photo of Cole and Ian and couple weeks ago. I took some cute pictures the other evening when I was practicing finding the light during the “golden hour”. Here is one of Ian that I love.

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MCP Project 12 – Leap

I took this pic while Ian was attending a birthday party. The lighting was pretty terrible for photographs, but I did the best I could under the circumstances. I wish I could have gotten better focus. My shutter speed was not fast enough for an action shot and I am still working on figuring out how high I can raise my ISO without excessive noise.

I did a lot of processing on this shot because I found the background to be very distracting. I wanted to desaturate it to make him pop out of the picture more. What do you think?

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