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LIFE AT THE SPEED OF MY SHUTTER

23/365

January 23, 2011

I’ve missed a couple of days in my 365 this week, since I’ve been busy cuddling an achy baby. She’s been very restless and tired, plus refusing to eat or drink. This morning she was wore out and running fever, so she stripped down and fell asleep on her Daddy…who I don’t think ever smiles for a picture.

Sleepy baby

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19/365

January 21, 2011

I’ve been busy the past few days and haven’t focused a lot on my Project 365 because my baby girl had surgery Wednesday. She had tubes put in both ears and her tonsils and adenoids removed. I didn’t want to lug my dSLR and flash, various lenses, etc to the hospital and my sweet son said I could borrow his point and shoot. I was excited. A small camera would be perfect and I’ve been considering buying myself one. Well, that one day using it was nice, but made me remember why I love my dSLR so much. Maybe I just wasn’t used to the settings, but I got terrible camera shake and the exposure was off.

When we first got to the hospital, she was real quiet and didn’t know what to think. She sat around and watched tv with her daddy. She was pretty impressed with the tv in bed.
Hanging with Daddy

When that got boring, I pulled out my entertainment stash of stickers. She applied every sticker to her daddy’s hands.
Sticker distraction

Then she got an itty bitty hospital gown. I couldn’t resist a picture of her tiny diaper hanging out the back. She was trying to swing on Gregg’s legs and caused some motion blur.
Baby booty!

Then we went to the pre-surgery room, where they gave her “seperation anxiety” medicine. Basically something to make her a little sleepy so she wouldn’t notice when she’s whisked away to surgery. I wasn’t sure it was going to be enough to make her obvlious, but it really worked. She had no clue when they took her away.
Feeling good before

It all went well and soon enough she was antsy and ready to roam.
After surgery

17/365- Coloring

January 17, 2011

Bailey loves arts and crafts of any kind. It’s her favorite part of day at daycare and is always proud to show us her newest creation. She will happily sit in her high chair and color while I cook dinner or clean the kitchen. This is what she did yesterday while we played Blokus (yes, I knew I was having a busy week and cheated by taking this picture early). She also decided to draw on her forehead as well as the paper.

Bailey coloring

When Chance was a baby, he never got into any trouble. He would have NEVER thought to color on anything except what I told him to color on. He always followed the rules and did as he was expected. It blew my mind that kids colored on the walls. Surely their parents weren’t doing something right. Then Bailey was born. She marches to her own drum. She knows right from wrong, but it doesn’t affect her at all….well, except to squeal and run faster when she sees me coming. Which is why she must be confined during craft time. I used to let Chance finger paint on the floor, with a large sheet of paper. I could go to the bathroom or do laundry while he painted. No worries. Ms. Bailey? I can’t take my eye off her IN the high chair and finally understand that it wasn’t the other parents, I just got lucky with an obedient child.

16/365- Blokus

January 17, 2011

Chance LOVES board games. I’m constantly hearing “will you play a game with me?” Normally he asks when I’m cooking dinner, giving Bailey a bath or walking out the door for work. Today was a sleepy, rainy day. We didn’t do much besides hang out. In between reading, I pulled out Blokus and asked Chance to play, instead of the other way around. It made him so excited. I mainly did it for him and figured it would be a tolerable game. Boy was I wrong, I loved it! Probably moreso than he did. It’s a fairly quick game that involves a little bit of strategy. It’s similar to Tetris, which I love as well.  I’m really enjoying him getting older so we can play games on both of our levels, versus kids games.

Blokus

By the way, it’s really hard to pronounce the game’s name correctly, when you play rounds in between reading Steig Larsson’s The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which one of the main character’s name is Blomkvist. I ended up asking Chance if he wanted to play Blomkvist, which completely confused him.

15/365- Toddler Decorating

January 15, 2011

I’ve been trying to rearrange and switch things up after taking down the Christmas decorations. I’m pretty bored with all my decorations right now, but can’t exactly go out and replace them all, so I’m trying to be creative. I sat this candle holder on the coffee table, until I figured out what I wanted to do with it. Bailey fixed it up for me.

Toddler decorating

14/365-Gary Fong

January 15, 2011

I’ve been having issues with shadows with my flash, no matter what I try. Bouncing, a diffuser, using the built in bounce card. Nothing helped and my house is too dark to do without flash most of the time, especially considering it’s dark by the time I get home at night. So I researched and decided on a Gary Fong collapsible diffuser. I’m still not 100% sure I like it. It’s large and funny looking and I haven’t figured out exactly how much it helps. I’ll have to play around some more before I figure out if it’s a yay or nay.

Gary Fong

13/365- My owner’s manual

January 15, 2011

Most people have owner’s manuals for appliances, their car, their camera, etc. I have one for my brain, which I find hilarious. I have a little book I have to keep with me, with my license so if I’m ever taken to the hospital, they will have it. It’s the book that came with my shunt, which was placed January 9, 2007….which is the post I was going to make that day until we had beautiful snow.

VP shunt owner's manual

It contains important information like brand, that it is programmable, the current setting, location and my neurosurgeon’s contact information. So, I guess I’ll just deal with the extra space it takes up in my wallet.