Month: September 2014

Reading to my 1-year-old

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats I experienced a minor parenting realization recently.  I was slightly afraid that my 1-year-old might not like to read.  It turns out, his reading materials just aren’t age appropriate.  This should have been apparent to me when I was reading him One Fish, Two Fish.  (Crazy long for a kids book and a bit weird to boot.) We have an assortment of books that seem guaranteed to entertain, but without guidance, he prefers chewing on them to flipping through them.  (Cardboard books are great for teething if you don’t mind your kid eating paper.) Thankfully, my concern didn’t last long.  While researching education methods (relating to a separate concern arising from all the Common Core buzz lately), I discovered that 1-year-olds maybe aren’t that interested in detailed stories and that On the Night You Were Born was probably written more for me, or at least for a bit older audience.  (I can’t help but hope he’ll enjoy Tillman’s books eventually though.)  I learned it’s okay …

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Huzzah!

“Life loves the liver of it.” – Maya Angelou I haven’t been brave enough to dress up yet, but I love seeing the creativity on display at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.  It’s a favorite fall tradition for my husband and me and this year we took our son for the first time.  He probably won’t remember it, but he had a great time watching all the people.  It was a fun day of turkey legs, Shakespeare, and fair maidens. And Celtic music, courtesy of Cu Dubh.  Complete with belly dancing. I loved watching the impromptu belly dancing lesson with this little girl.  She was so attentive and carefree. The Scottish-themed weekend was a nice touch, although I think the men in kilts are a common occurance any weekend. It seemed like a record-breaking crowd, even towards the end of the day. Fare thee well until next year, Renaissance Festival! If nothing else, maybe we’ll have our act together enough to dress our son up, since he’ll still be too little to protest. 🙂

Celebrating family

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” – Rose Kennedy We celebrated our son’s first birthday recently and were fortunate to have four generations of family to celebrate with us. I was so excited to capture some of those family moments, especially of my son with his grandparents and great grandmother. As a mom photographer, documenting my family is one of my favorite things to do.  Like many new moms, I turned to photography to memorialize those fleeting moments with my son.  Time passes so quickly and I find comfort in capturing images from our life.  My hope is that these images will tell our story–not just a documentation of milestones, but an insight into our everyday life.  These photos (tons!) are already meaningful to my husband and me and I hope that having them will someday be meaningful to my son as well. Becoming parents has made my husband and me appreciate family all the more, especially because our family doens’t live nearby.  We relish the time we get to spend with them and the time our son spends …

First-time parent discoveries

“Life must be lived as play.” – Plato We discovered Jones Point Park in Alexandria a few weeks ago and entered the world of tot lots.  I’ve discovered all sorts of things I never knew existed before having a kid. Often, it’s mundane things like coping with the seeming barrage of sick days. People told me kids get sick a lot. They didn’t tell me that my husband and I would get sick a lot too. Hello, Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. Another eye-opener was finding a way to discreetly excuse myself to pump while travelling for work (and joining legions of nursing moms who’ve resorted to airport/conference hall/restaurant bathrooms).  I always wonder if anyone has had security called in for a suspicious “wheh, whon, wheh, whon” noise in the ladies restroom.  (Yay, California for progress in that area, at least in airports.) I discover lots of fun stuff too. Like tot lots.  Until my son became mobile, we didn’t have much need for kid-specific entertainment outside the home.  (Grocery shopping can be a surprisingly rich …