pictures of a rainy afternoon

Tuesday, April 24

You know, I really thought I would miss the infant stage. I mean how could you not? When they're so tiny and new it feels like there is nothing in the world that could top that little body right there. But I've been surprised to find that I don't as much. As Everett gets older, he's not just fun to take care of but legitimately fun to spend time with too. That might sound strange, but to me it feels like there's a difference. Like all of a sudden he's old enough to be considered "company". And pretty cool company at that. Going to the gym or the grocery store or into the city definitely takes more effort, but he gets such a kick out of seeing new places and discovering what a strawberry feels like in his hands that it makes it much less overwhelming than I thought it would be {or what others have said it should be}.
I may be running on less sleep with more to do now than I ever have before. {A shocking discovery for someone who was so excited to graduate college so she could get her brain back. Joke's on me.} But gosh, it feels pretty darn happy. That Everett, man.

118 comments:

Patience said...

Sydney, baby E is getting so big!

Liz Brown said...

Thats why I've said sometimes, that I want to keep having babies one after the other, just so I can have the fun of them growing up AND the fun of having that newborn-ness around too. :D

thecoffeehouse said...

that is some good lookin' company if you ask me. i think you need some more rainy afternoons.

Amanda said...

being a mama just keeps getting better and BETTER as our little ones get older! my blog talks about this too. cute pics of your little man!!

xo, amanda

the lovebirds said...

what a cozy rainy day. he is adorable. period. xo

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

i'm SO jealous of THAT camera!! next investment i suppose :P

Noelani said...

It definitely gets better with age :)

Julianna Farnsworth said...

i felt the same way! but then... when she turned one i was reminiscing on how she was so little and cuddly and all that jazz, and then i missed it. so i got pregnant again ;) e is so cute

Ash Tray said...

Where is the highchair from?

Ashton said...

He is just so adorable! :)

starfishandsnowflake said...

i love this post. it is so true. those little people in our lives just become the greatest company and bestest of friends. i guess that's the magic of children and we're lucky they share their special-ness so freely with us.

Megan said...

He's a little cutie and I love reading your thoughts on motherhood. I actually prefer these real life posts and photos much more than your fashion posts.

Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

Goldylocks and the Barrows said...

It is a great stage, but you will keep saying that with each new stage they get to because it is SO fun to see them get to that next step. My favorite with my two kids is 6 months - 18 months. My son is now 2, but that stage is when they still love on you ALL the time. That is my favorite!

Elise said...

I always wonder how I will survive with little sleep, but every mama says you get used to it. Maybe I should soak up all the sleep I am getting right now!
Looks like a cozy weekend!

Elise
Ourdearestfamily.blogspot.com

carlycross said...

Beautiful pictures!!

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Tiffany said...

Beautiful reflection on motherhood!

Maria Camila said...

Awe your such a GREAT mommy, very cute pictures! & what a handsome boy!

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thememorybook said...

Aw! Those pictures are the cutest ever!I love how he always seems to wiggle his toes in every shot. Seems like a great day despite the rain.

I can definately relate to having your little one actually be legit fun company. It's a blast! Enjoy it!

Jocee said...

this is so beautiful. i'm not a mom, but i am a big sister, and i agree with you on this. i do miss the days where little-sister-joy was crawling and trying to sit up and all, but i love getting to play with her and spend quality time with her now that she's six (and loud.) i love your photography! everett is totes photogenic.
-jocee <3

lori said...

he is getting so big!! love the picture of you holding him. and love this post all together... you make me so excited to be a mom one day!

Grace said...

I find myself baby talking these pictures... luckily, I'm not in public.

A Southern Drawl

VIC THE MOOSE said...

Yes, it just gets better! He's edible, Sydney!

Vasilieva said...

Everett is just the cutest and these pictures are so cool


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Natasha Fatah said...

Your little man is adorable! :)

xoxo
~Natasha Fatah~
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Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

E is adorable. and those flowers, it's spring!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i need those nikes.

Lace And Tulle said...

love the photos!! adorable!

JEREMYandCHELSEA said...

Those thighs!

Always Maylee said...

omg, everett is crazy cute!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Sarah said...

Every stage is SO MUCH FUN. Although now that my little one is a little more independent with the whole toddler thing going on, I'm excited to be having our 2nd to get the affectionate baby time again =)

- Sarah
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Kimberly said...

This is so true - and the older they get, the more fun it is. When they start to talk and you can actually have conversations with them...oh my, they say the darndest things! :) Enjoy every phase because they pass so quickly!!

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Lauren said...

adorable!

AMY PALMER said...

You make motherhood look like such a joy! That picture of him staring at the book is just too cute!

-Amy
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Shabana said...

Lovely pics and Everett looks adorable! I love being a part of your lives! :)
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★ diyearte by L and S ★ said...

wwwwoww beautiful babyboy!!!

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{Liana} said...

I believe it~ he is so stinkin cute!

Morgan said...

it's the leg rolls.
suck you in everytime!

Melissa said...

What a precious little boy! And beautiful photography!

Chelsie said...

How stinkin cute is your last picture! i love it!

Sara Szatmary said...

what a cutie!

Kayla Boyle said...

Too adorable. LOVE that high chair.

A Refreshed Take Off

Kassie said...

Love that one of him looking at the book.

I enjoyed my son being a newborn, but I enjoy him more now that he is older (sometimes... some moments are not so great) because you're right, he is like company. I can do things with him...he can do more... its just fun to watch!

Amy said...

These photos are great. He's such a cute little chubs!

Mrs. Baker said...

i love following along with your blog especially with your baby-my little guy is only a couple of months behind yours so it's fun to see what he'll be up to soon! love that last picture of you two :)

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ashleesanders said...

he's darling! great photos...i need a few lessons from you!

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EM {Pushups with Polish} said...

you guys are adorable! go girl for working out :) loving the blog lately

xxo em

Ashley said...

It's so true...they just get better and better.

Colleen Sullivan said...

Yep, I totally get it! New mom here too and my little guy keeps getting more and more fun!


Best,
Colleen @ Meet the Sullivans

.aubrey c. said...

His eyes are gorgeous, way to make the best of your rainy day!

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Saar said...

I'm so grateful I'm reading your blog! It makes me smile every time... Thank you for the lovely posts and sharing all those sweet and beautiful photos!!! I think you have a lovely family and your blog makes me want my own, witch freaks my boyfriend out a little since we're only 20 and 21 years old. He's pretty good at handling the situation while I talk about babies and getting married though... Thank you Sydney and a big hug to little Everett!
much love from Belgium!
Saar

laura said...

they become our little partners the older they get. ps- his eyes are the sweetest.

Jenna West said...

He is so handsome! those pictures are beautiful, thanks for your blog it truly brightens my day and makes me look forward to what my future may have in store for me and possibily a bald little one with chubby thighs!!

la vie quotidienne said...

This pics make me Happy....fantastic shooting..so fresh and pretty.

XOXO from Munich

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Urban Nester said...

He's getting to be a little man. So handsome.

molly
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The Millers said...

He is such a cutie! I completely agree with you...my baby girl is just getting out of that infant stage, and she is SO much fun! xo

Priya said...

LOVE that picture of you both with him biting your hand! What a sweet boy! He looks like great company :)

Nuha said...

it's great to see someone young who is able to have a family, take care of them, and still follow her own path. good for you sydney :-)

Andrea D said...

Everett + fuzzy blankets + hot beverages + comfy clothes sounds like the perfect rainy afternoon to me! :)
Glad you're enjoying all the stages of mommyhood! You and Everett make me have baby fever oh so badly!
Happy Tuesday!

Aya said...

He is SO cute and I love how bald he is!!

OnCallMom said...

I'm totally with you! I love it as they get older....so much more interesting.

Jessica Wray said...

what a happy post! theres something so comforting about a rainy afternoon


Peony

Eat Live Love said...

I just recently found your blog and I am in love! Your pictures are incredibly beautiful!

little said...

i absolutely love his name. and he is a cutie. it is definitely fun when they start developing their big personalities.

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Michelle said...

Oh he is adorable, and growing super fast, ofcourse..... Babes are so much fun the bigger they get, and they are very entertaining... Your rainy day was beautiful! LOVE

Ali Rockwell said...

I so know what you mean. Natalie is four months old and I talk to her nonstop while we're home, and I love taking her to do errands with me because it gives me someone to talk to while I'm out wandering around Target/the grocery store/wherever. I think it always surprises people when they hear me talking to "myself" but it's a really tough habit to break out of :) Not that I would want to because I like talking to her and I'm pretty sure she likes being talked to. So, yeah. Excellent company.

Brielle said...

I love your posts- they make me so excited for motherhood :)

Brielle said...

I love your posts- they make me so excited for motherhood :)

Bri said...

lovely pics! specially the one where Everett is "reading" his book, adorable!

Miriam said...

You description of watching baby E grow up reminds me of how I feel about my lil Eskie pup. He was so cute when he was a rolly polly puppy, but now that he is older and fully vaccinated I can take him everywhere and on walks. It is so much more fun!

xo Dr. Mim
www.WithintheSkin.com

brightbit said...

pretty rug in the middle!!

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Dranrab said...

Great pics! Have you ever done an apartment tour? Your place looks so clean & cute!

That boy sure is growing up!

Erin said...

I love your reflections on motherhood. They are always my favorite posts!

The Cantelmo Family said...

Aww! It's so true! And it's sad in some ways to say goodbye to stages but so excited to embrace new ones!

ZADIN said...

Do you plan on having a second baby?

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Melina said...

you are so fun to read! that everett, man, he sure is a peach!

Laura said...

His ears! So darn cute...I always enjoy your posts so much. You are by far my favorite blogger!

All the best from Berlin!
xo Laura

His Little Lady said...

oh gosh, the best little company ever! he is just the cutest! can't wait to experience all of this!
xo TJ

A FANCY DAY said...

How fun you get to spend all day with good company. I can't wait for this.

eliza jane said...

bald babies are kind of the best! my nephews are bald and i just love em! i was also bald... until i was like 3. it was cute i promise!

Ksenia said...

Wonderful.

twinthusiasm.com said...

You've pinpointed the transition exactly - one day your baby actually becomes your buddy! It's so wonderful.

The Students Wife said...

it just keeps getting more fun :) every stage is fun, but i love when they can start to really interact with you

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Ash said...

such sweet pictures..

and so cool you can take the babe to the gym with you!

Janell said...

its so refreshing to hear positive words about raising a baby! thanks for that. my husband & i are discussing starting a family and we only hear how hard it really is and not the little things that make it all worth while. As always, lovely photos, Syd,
xo,
Janell

kimberly said...

Your posts about motherhood are so raw and truthful! I love the photos of Everett, too! Goodness, they're adorable and the lighting is superb. :)

Char said...

Your photos are always amazing. You catch such precious, cute moments!
Char xo
www.itsacharmlife.blogspot.com

carlee ellen said...

he's getting so big! i love that us followers get to watch him grow and learn. its fun.

that last picture is my favorite! "yumm, mommy knows just what shirts i like."

{jaclyn} said...

:) beautiful, Sydney. I had trouble when my son was a newborn, he was darn cute but being home with him all day was not very stimulating. But As he approaches 11 weeks I can relate to what you wrote- he is so much fun to interact with! It just keeps getting better and better. I could definitely get used to staying home with him full-time.

Jennifer said...

Emily at the Daily Garnish said the exact same thing about her little one today too!! it must be true!

andrea grace said...

what a cutie patootie!


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Party of Ten said...

Beautiful photos :) Yes, savor each moment and milestone...it goes so quickly!

Amy Nguyen said...

Such a good momma, you. :)

The Purse Snatcher said...

You are going to have some of the best photos of this age when he's older. :)

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Anna said...

He is so cute. I am not even close to having a baby but it seems like the most amazing thing ever.

Kindly Kait said...

Sydney, he's getting so big! He is such a precious little guy and you are such a darling mother!

xo,
Kait

Miss Tweedle said...

LOVE your post on the Washingtonian. Hunter boots: cute, fun, stylish. I live in Canada where they are not warm enough for most of our seasons... but I just might have to suffer with cold feet for the sake of style!
~ Katie from Canada

Jacy said...

I love your writing style!! So adorable as always :)

~Jacy

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The Webbs said...

Our little ones are a week apart!!! So much fun. Babies are the best. Very cute and real blog :) he is seriously adorable :) congrats on a cute family you are oh so lovely.

Natalie said...

Such a gorgeous little man. Would you mind telling me what kind of Canon you have...really stunning pics

Jam Oblina said...

so adorable baby boy. :-)

haleyg said...

i'm so lovin' the last pic of the rainy day film roll. he's such a cutie!

Sandy a la Mode said...

i love baby E! he is soo cute! and he's got quite the toy collection!!!

Vietje said...

running in the rain! funny these days i have to do that a lot in belgium... i hope soon spring will come...

*** KITSCH *** said...

I understand you perfectly!
I pass for the same feeling about my son whe he was growing up. Now he is almost 3, next june, and he is a very good company, very talker!
You will see how you enjoy E more and more month after month!

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leapyeargirl said...

I agree that you wonder how it can ever get better than the current stage they are in...until you reach that next stage and you think this is TERRIFIC!!!

Also just wondering what type of camera you have? We are looking at upgrading ours!

catscitylife.com said...

I can't get enough of him. He's just too adorable!

The Erickson Family said...

Love all the pictures!

Sarah said...

He is just too precious!

Keri said...

"I may be running on less sleep with more to do now than I ever have before. {A shocking discovery for someone who was so excited to graduate college so she could get her brain back. Joke's on me.} But gosh, it feels pretty darn happy. That Everett, man."

This is beautiful! As someone who is about to graduate with my Masters, I love this honesty. Can't wait for family life!

tracyevelyn said...

I love your version of a rainy day! Mine is working, and then snuggling with the husband in the evening, can't wait Todd a baby!

Haili Hunter said...

Is it okay if I'm sort of, kind of, in love with the picture of E reading a book?

in love.

Cait said...

your baby is perfect!!

Jonna said...

I absolutely love the black and white shot in the mirror; his expression is just so awesome!!!

Lindsay said...

Completely agree! Ingrid is a year old and she's honestly fun to be around.

Taylor said...

The last photo in this post with Everett grabbing your arm is about enough to melt my heart! that is a keeper :)

Suzysometimes said...

Isn't motherhood grand? My two are grown and middle-aged now, but I have lots of fond memories of them when they were tiny. There is also the joy of grand-motherhood, but my advice is to spend as much time as you can enjoying your son...because he will be grown much too soon.

I'm really enjoying the pictures of Everett that you share with us all. Thank you!

Tana'sTable said...

I continue to feel this way as my daughter gets older! Each phase has it's challenges and joys. At 2 1/2 she is discovering new things and I love watching and learning with her. I love to see what she latches onto and remembers the next day or the next week, which always is a surprise to me lol. Glad you're enjoying your motherhood as much as I am!!! -Tana http://www.tanastable.com/

Notes from Holly St. said...

I know this is an old post but I was just catching up on your blog and had to comment on this one. Take it from me (and the many other mamas who have told you this) it only gets better and better! My daughter is 14 months old now and she is one of my favorite people to hang out with. Sure, she's a lot of work but she's also really fun and always super happy and excited about life. What more could you want in a companion? She's my best bud and Everett will definitely be yours too the older he gets :)

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