Monday, April 28, 2014

Projects 52 - April

Month four of Projects 52 is in the books.  I'm happy that I have made it this far (farther than last year) but I'm not all that excited about the photos I have taken this month.  I found myself struggling to get a photo to fit each theme in the time allotted.  Often times, I would just pull up a random photo that I had taken that week that happened to fit the theme.  More often then not, it was just a snapshot I had taken without much thought in the composition or lighting.  I may have to start scaling back and not trying to just get a picture each week and focusing on one project or theme that interests me.  I don't know....I'm hitting a lull.

Maybe it's the weather...will it warm up already?!!!

I'm also struggling with the lack of comments from both projects.  Not just on my photos but on other participants photos.  There just doesn't seem to be much activity and really, without comments and constructive criticism, what's the point.  Of course, I'm to blame as well.  Commenting on others stuff is time consuming.  I'll admit that I don't comment nearly as much as I should.  The thing is, if I take the effort to comment on others photos that doesn't mean I'm going to get any constructive criticism back.  So, why waste my time?  Hmmmm.   First world problems, I know.  We'll see how the month of May pans out.....

Until then, enjoy the snapshots from this month.

LSL 14/52 A photo of child without them there
The mess he leaves behind

LSL 15/52 Bathtime

16/52 Favorite Toy
His feet

LSL 17/52 Non-smiling photo
His look of concentration

M4H 14/52 Radiate
M4H 15/52 White

M4H 16/52 Mine
My dad and my son

M4H 17/52 Pastel

Monday, April 7, 2014

Half a Year

How quickly six months fly by!  At this time last year we were just beginning to tell people of our upcoming addition.  And now, just like that, he's six months old!  It's amazing how much has changed for both him and for us in those six months.  For the first few months we thought, 'what did we get ourselves into?'  Now, we've gotten into a groove and have started to enjoy watching Ben's personality make an appearance.  We laugh a lot more than we cry these days!  And as much as I couldn't wait for those first few months to pass by quicker, I now look at old clothes and wish he was still that little!  With that, here's what's up with our not so little man at six months.

Weight at 6 months 2 weeks: 18lbs 2oz (55th percentile)
Length at 6 months 2 weeks: 29.5 inches (99th percentile; I'm pretty sure this is the child I gave birth to. He's already half my height!)
Head Circumference at 6 months 2 weeks: 17.32 inches (62nd percentile)
Has been sleeping at least ten hours a night since the start of the year; he usually sleeps from 7:30/8pm-6:30/7am.
Eating rice cereal, oatmeal, peas, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, and banana
Rolling both ways
Can sit up on his own briefly (like, five seconds!)
Has two bottom teeth
Sucks his thumb when tired or when falling asleep
Enjoys kicking his feet HARD on the ground
Likes bath time and 'swimming' and splashing in the tub
Always smiles when he sees Scout the puppy and the creepy Glo-worm
Likes to play with his rings
Likes to play Superman and get tossed in the air
Has started to notice and watch Gilbert
Is the only model that can't run away from mommy's camera