For the last year Oscar (along with every other 3 year old boy I know) has been completely obsessed with a kids’ TV show called ‘The Octonauts’. On the weekend we took Oscar to Sydney to see the live stage show at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. He was very excited but being a slightly highly-strung individual he was also very nervous about the new experience. His nervousness was placated by an over-priced piece of merchandise for long enough to get him into the theatre but he spent the first 15 or so minutes on Tim’s lap, facing away from the show. After a few key words and songs caught his attention he managed to relax a little, turn around and watched the rest of the show.
I’m hoping that noone has been astute enough to notice that the 10 month anniversary of Lola’s birth came and went without her regular milestone photo. Only a week and a half late yet here we are – happy 10 months to our beautiful girl! We did a quick beach shoot. The wind was blowing sending the kids into an even more excitable state than usual. Oscar loved the job he was given of running around getting Lola’s attention and making her laugh for the camera. Of course I got a bit trigger happy and shot a few extra photos so will post a few more later in the week when I’ve had a chance to process them.
Oscar has always been a very active kid – we joke that his legs haven’t stopped moving since he emerged from the womb. He regularly needs his ‘quiet time’ and to be removed from overwhelming stimuli in order to stop and calm down. His love of books has been a wonderful source of encouragement and he spends time most days in his room flicking through the pages of his many collected books. He is at an age where he is very curious about the written word. He wants to know what every word says and is now beginning to sound out words and write letters. One thing’s for sure books will be a consistent part of his life for a long time to come.
Summer celebrated it’s last day with exhaustingly high temperatures and clear blue skies. We spent the day in Camden with extended family for Uncle Michael’s birthday. The adults attempted cheese making while the kids enjoyed the sunshine and cooled off in the garden playing with water. I always love capturing water play because the splashes of water always look amazing when frozen and the kid’s joyful reactions are priceless.
So, something pretty exciting happened this week. After eyeing off a new camera body for a very long time I finally clicked the ‘order’ button on my shopping cart and within a few days it arrived on my doorstep. My trusty Canon 600D which I’ve had for nearly 3 and a half years has been ‘handed down’ to Tim and the shiny, new Canon 6D is now mine, all mine. I haven’t had a lot of time to play around yet but I took a few quick snaps of my lab rats this morning and I’m really impressed with it’s performance so far. I’m looking forward to getting more acquainted with it over the coming weeks.
One of the huge joys of having a little person in your care is watching them play. This kid of mine has a wild and crazy imagination which can transform even the most mundane object into a huge castle or a big, hairy spider or whatever pops into his head at the time. He’s only three yet as we were travelling in the car the other day off his own bat he started seeing bunny rabbit shapes in the clouds (and I could see them too once pointed out). The downside of such an incredible imagination of course is the constant threat of the monsters under his bed, but I’m hoping he’ll grow out of that one.
Bathtime is one of my favourite times of the day. Some children are all over their baby brothers and sisters from the moment they are born while others, like our Oscar, are more reserved and stand-offish. Bathtime is one time of the day where they are ‘stuck’ together in a confined space and are destined to interact. I would love some sweet sibling cuddles to photograph but for now, bathtime play, will have to suffice.
Oscar can be a little anxious and often reserved when around other children (though this may come as a surprise to the adults who know him) so it is always such a joy watching him make friends and interact with other kids his age. He has known his little friend Elise since they were just a few weeks old when they met at the local mother’s group, however have only in the last year really formed a friendship and had regular ‘playdates’.
Three year old play can be both amusing and heartwarming to watch. Today they acted out many different scenarios, playing ‘Doctors’ and taking turns in being the patient and medic. Oscar, having first hand experienced fifteen or so hospital visits expertly applied the stethoscope (and then complained of not being able to hear a heartbeat), took temperatures and inspected throats and ears while Elise patiently followed the Doctor’s orders.
One of the more amusing moments arose when the ever-sweet Elise professed “I love you Oscar”. The response wasn’t quite as she might have expected when he turned to her and said “Did you know I have a toy Gupp-F?”. He proved himself to be a typical boy.
One of the perks of these meets is that Elise also has a little brother Andrew who was born within a few weeks of Lola so while the Mums sip tea and chat the children keep each other entertained.
After 10 months of maternity leave I finally had to face reality and return to the world of the working. My little Lola who is a desperately clingy ‘Mummy’s girl’ had to be entrusted with someone other than me for the first time in her nine short months. Luckily seasoned grandparents ‘Nandi’ and ‘Pappy’ were up for the task. Predictably her face crumbled as soon as my car pulled out of the driveway but after a walk in the pram and a short nap she woke in good spirits and enjoyed the rest of her afternoon.
The last few days here have been a chilly change from the hot weather we’ve been having and with the change has come a lot of rain. This morning we had a lovely reprieve. While it was still a little chilly outside the clouds parted and the morning sun shone through. Josie, the oldest of my three cats, hopped onto the balcony railing and lapped up the warm rays.
My cats are always a favoured photography subject. I know they say ‘never work with animals or children’ but I’ve learnt that a lazy cat is usually a lot more compliant than a quick-footed toddler.