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The 4-6 Weeks Project (Week Two)

I’m taking photographs of Eleanor and August each day until baby number three arrives, to document our last 4-6 weeks as a family of four. I first did this project to document our time as a family of three before August was born.

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August 22

Eleanor, you felt like a very official mechanic in your overalls while you went around the house with a hammer that you made, looking for things to fix. “What else needs to be tightened up? Maybe this trusty old table? I can do anything, mom!” Then, more quietly, “…OK, but there’s a spider web so maybe not over there.”

August 23

Star Wars meets Wonder Woman meets daddy’s old Muppet Babies toys, all tied together with some string and your imagination. This is how you both started the day, and later, Aunt Ashley, Matt, Ross, and Francesca all came over. We played a dancing video game, had pizza for dinner, and everyone stayed up way too late.

August 24

We don’t do it every single week, but on most Sunday mornings, we make pancakes. Chocolate chip pancakes to be exact, because obviously those are the best kind. You both like to help pour ingredients into the mixing bowl and stir everything together, and Eleanor, you are in charge of cracking the eggs.

August 25

First day of school! How are you old enough to be a kindergarten kid already!? Eleanor, you were SO excited about starting school. We’ve been counting down the days! Mama walked with you and stayed for the first hour, and is happy to report that there were no tears from either party involved.

August 26

August, daddy was playing astronauts with you, making you laugh by shouting “oh no! Space poops!” You thought it was the funniest thing! But after cracking up over it for a few minutes and finally catching your breath, you very seriously replied “no. No space poops. Just regular poops.”

August 27

Eleanor, you asked specifically for this dress when we were at the store together. You would dress in leopard print everyday if you could! I did pick up a matching pair of pants for you, which you promptly wore the next day (sans ears, but paired nicely with a Hello Kitty necklace). You’ve got style, kid.

August 28

I think we can all sleep soundly knowing that these valiant Ninja Turtles are out there, protecting us and keeping our city safe. (The seriousness with which you wear your masks is adorable.)

The 4-6 Weeks Project (Week One)

I did this project the last time I was pregnant, too. The idea is to take a daily photo in the 4-6 weeks before the new baby comes, celebrating our time together as a family of four, and eventually I’ll turn the series into a keepsake book for Eleanor and August. Last time I started 4 weeks from my due date, thinking I might go to 42 weeks like I did with Eleanor, but then August came a few days early. This time I’ve started 6 weeks out, and hopefully baby number three won’t turn this into The 8 Weeks Project!

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August 15

Six weeks from your new little brother’s due date. Six or so weeks from becoming a family of five. Eleanor, you talk about the baby constantly, offering to share your bed & getting excited about how we’ll have so much to do because we’ll get to teach him everything. August, you mostly just like to bonk into mama’s big belly!

August 16

You both had fun making these paper kitties before bed tonight, & then you tried to have a sleepover in August’s room (as we have been doing a lot lately while working on the hallway). It ended in tears with Eleanor back in her room after August told her she was “fired from making paper cats EVER EVER AGAIN.”

August 17

Eleanor, you carried a rock with you to meet Sir Topham Hatt at our first “Day Out with Thomas” two years ago. This year, you made it into what must now be a tradition, and August, you got in on it too. You guys rock.

August 18

After a Thomas-filled day yesterday, you both had renewed interest in your toy trains. We made a huge track on the floor of the newly opened-up hallway, adding bridges and making everything connect. It was so cute to hear the stories you make up for the different engines! Pretty sure there was a wedding involved at one point.

August 19

We have a desk in the playroom, but you both gravitate toward spreading everything out on the floor instead. Mama’s happy to oblige, even if it is getting harder for her to sit down there with you as her tummy grows!

August 20

When mama started this photo project, she hoped to get at least a few pictures with both of you in them. She thought it might not be easy, but really, you two are together more often than not. Eleanor and August: siblings and best buddies. And soon you’ll have another pal to play with!

August 21

August, ever since you were little, you’ve been into cars and trucks — basically, anything with wheels. Monster trucks have been a big hit for a long time now, and your love for them doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. I wonder if your little brother will be the same way.

A Good Travel Camera?

I just got back from my trip to France and Morocco! I’m so eager to tell you about it, but I need to get over jetlag, go through and edit my photos, and of course cobble together a few cohesive thoughts on the whole thing. So today, can I ask for a recommendation? I’d love a good camera for traveling. Something between my iPhone and my DSLR.

I brought my Canon 7D with two lenses (a wide angle 10-22mm, and my favorite, the 35mm f/1.4L prime) in a leather camera bag from ONA. Altogether, my camera gear was at least 10 pounds which I’m normally happy to carry for the sake of better quality photos. While six months pregnant though? I was jealous of my travelmates with small lightweight cameras. And really, I’ve been looking for a good travel camera for a couple of years now — it just took this trip to really make it seem like I ought to finally find something.

Traveling With My Camera Bag

I’m aware of a few options… Jordan bought a Sony NEX on the recommendation of a friend, and coincidentally it was the same model that both Carol and Dave were using, though theirs were provided to them by Sony. I was sent a Samsung Galaxy Camera to review for Babble in 2012, and I had high hopes for it but it was buggy and not as great as I’d hoped. I liked the quality of the Canon G10 that I used to own (I gave it to my sister a couple of years ago, but it looks like the new G16 might work for me now), and I’ve heard great things about the Fujifilm X100S, but I worry that the fixed lens is limiting and it’s expensive.

Since I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t need to carry all of my heavy, expensive gear with me, I’m still looking for the magic camera I was two years ago. Good in low-level light, wifi or bluetooth connection with my iPhone (or maybe just Eyefi compatibility?), manual and a variety of automatic modes (shutter or aperture priority), nice depth of field, a wide optical zoom range, and of course, something that can take good quality photos. Do you have any recommendations, or an impartial review site to check out? Thanks in advance for your help!

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