The Blink of an Eye {Fine Art Photographer, Effingham, Illinois}

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* In the blink of an eye, Tharin went from being a tiny, sweet, little baby, to this whirling dervish of a three year old.  Seems like yesterday when he was trying his hardest to just lift his head.  Then onto the next milestone, trying to roll over, the next, trying to sit, the next, stand, walk, talk, jump, run.......

It's a little sad to see your baby growing up so fast.  Exciting too, but definitely tugs at my heartstrings (by the way, what are heartstrings? Anyone? Know I have them, just don't know where they are ;-\)  Anyway, as I was saying, it tugs at my heartstrings to watch.  I'm so happy I have so many pictures of each stage of his life, because I'll be honest, I have an absolutely appalling memory.  Just ask my husband, it drives him crazy.  It's something that pretty much drives me crazy too, but I have no way to remedy it.  I'll forget something wonderful from years earlier (or even weeks earlier.......seriously, I do) and this is what I'll get.  "Oh my God, how could you forget that??  It was sooooooo amazing.  I would NEVER forget that.  How can you forget something like that?" Implying that I purposely forgot this wonderful thing, because it just wasn't all that important to me.  How could I be so cold and unfeeling?  Really?  Do you really think I want or like forgetting special moments in my life, or in the life of a loved one?  No!  I don't like it.  It drives me absolutely nuts!  So all I'm trying to say is, be kind to (and take pity on) forgetful people.  We don't mean it, and we certainly wish it wouldn't happen.  Probably why I love photography so much.  Need that extra nudge to get that ole memory working.

In the next few months I plan on making “yearbooks” of Tharins 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years.  I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, years really I guess. Since I’ll have a bit of time on my hands in a few months after we make the big move, I’m hoping to get all kinds of things like this done.  I still haven’t put together his baby album.  Bad mommy!!!

Since we will be leaving this beautiful island in a couple months we're trying to enjoy it as much as possible.  This weekend, we spent a few hours out at the pool, and here are the pictures to prove it!  His latest milestone is swimming alone (sort of, we're still right there, don't worry) with his water wings.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.