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Sunday, November 8, 2009

And Vogue!

My little man has been going through some real changes the past few weeks - the biggest being more teeth arriving - we are now up to 7 in total (and waiting for that 8th to arrive soon). With the teeth comes more sleepless nights and grumpiness - shame, I really hope that teething becomes easier for him!

Other than that, Malakai is doing really well cruising along the furniture and has started - all by himself and with NO intervention - to try and stand by himself. He can try for hours, letting go of the furniture or trying to stand directly from the floor - each and every time he tries, he looks so proud of himself!

Also, Malakai has started to feed himself by hand. Now - I know that he's been physically able to do this for some time, but he much preferred throwing everything on the floor and I just wasn't into all that cleaning. But I've taken baby-steps - first giving him the food directly in his hand, which he then puts in the mouth (and claps proudly afterwards!), and now I can put some food infront of him and he'll put it in his mouth (instead of throwing it to the floor). So we're making some progress there!

Another really exciting development is that I'm able to push Malakai's dinner a bit later so that we can eat together as a family. Often, we'll all eat the same food, or I'll make a small change to make the dinner suitable for Malakai. It's great, because it makes his mealtime less tedious, and Darryl and I can actually sit, talk, eat and enjoy the time together - whereas before it was about stealing a bite to eat while Malakai was trying to hang off my head! LOL!

It's also becoming more of a challenge to keep Malakai entertained - he really seems to get bored and frustrated easier. I think he's craving experience more than toys - so we try to plan something for both Saturdays and Sundays that are different - somewhere outdoors, and somewhere that's different, interesting with new smells, sights and experiences.

Yesterday I took Malakai to the Irene Dairy (a real 100+ year-old farm down the road from our house), where I do all my Private Photo Shoots. I decided it was time for a little photo shoot of our own! It wasn't easy I tell you - to entertain Malakai, get him to 'perform' infront of the camera, and take the shots - whew! But I got some great shots of my little model! Hope you all enjoy them!








16 comments:

bizzum said...

The pictures are wonderful!

Adrienne said...

Great pictures! Malakai is so cute!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photo's of Malakai. What a cute little boy you have.

Lacey said...

He's getting so big. You have to tell me what kind of camera you have. Is it digital and what megapixal is it. And do you photoshop your pics before you post them? My hubby wants a nice camera for Christmas and I see some blogs that have such crisp pictures. I want that camera.

Loren Stow said...

Hi Lacey - I've got a Canon 1000D SLR Digital camera. I'm using a Sigma lens (a 28-70mm with a 2.8 constant apperture), which I find quite difficult to use. But any zoom lens will do when you're starting out (just tell the shop assistants that you want to take portrait photographs and to recommend a good starter zoom lens). Good Luck - I hope you get a nice camera for your husband for Christmas!
PS - I do photoshop my pictures. To get the crispness, I use the 'unsharp mask' function.

Ruby's Mom said...

What a sweetie!Your pictures are beautiful!

jjpsmommy07 said...

He is just so darn cute. love the pictures!

Lianna said...

Oh my! ♥♥♥

Brandie said...

Wow, is he getting big! And still so handsome :)

therextras said...

He is so beautiful! Your photos are so incredibly good - such joy looking at them!

Barbara

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

What a treat! Thanks for the most stunning photos! They are beautiful! And yes your little Kai is really growing up and fast - he he! Sounds like there are many many adventures on the horizon, God bless and much love, Megs and Keaton

Anderson Family said...

You are an amazing photographer - the pictures are great! He is definitely growing up and changing into a toddler! I also love your bathtub pictures - I always laugh when the kids try to "catch" the water and it never works.

Deqlan said...

Loren, photos are exquisite! Kai is the most beautiful "model" i think you have ever worked with! They aer truly gorgeous and Kai is such a happy little guy, who knows is so loved! Love from us Mark Samm Deqlan Logan

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

GORGEOUS!!!!

Bethany said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe how big he has gotten! Congrats on your pregnancy, btw!

ABandCsMom said...

Oh my gosh! He is so cute. Love the pictures.