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Eleanor at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

OK. Maybe Eleanor wasn’t that into the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, but I made it up to her by letting her splash around for half an hour in Millennium Park’s Crown Fountain. Now, for purely selfish reasons (I’m San Francisco bound and I’ll be missing her), I’m posting footage of Eleanor having a grand ole time.

Eleanor at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park from Nicole Balch on Vimeo.
shot with my Zumi camera
music: “Afternoon Speaker” by The Sea and Cake

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  • Ludmila {}
    September 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

    She’s absolutely adorable!!! In love with her outfit, what a sweet fashionista! She’s too cute!

  • Yvonne
    September 17, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I absolutely love her outfit! You dress her so adorable. And the fountain is of course as beautiful.

  • Danielle
    September 17, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I love how she is pulling a Marilyn Monroe when the wind is blowing up her dress. Too cute! AND, I am very jealous that you are going to SF. I just came back from there and wish I had never left!

  • Janice
    September 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I must thank you once again for sharing Eleanor with us. Just being able to watch her there, almost seeing her mind racing as she experiences the water – how precious.

  • holly
    September 17, 2010 at 7:05 am

    she is too cute.

  • Beatriz
    September 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

    your little lady is sooo cute. Love to watch kids when they’re discovering new stuff. And love your web too!

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    September 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Too cute. My kids love that fountain too. Although I’ve never seen it that empty. We have to bring bathing suits now for every trip downtown.

  • Lisa
    September 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

    So many things I LOVE about this video! Her outfit is too cute. I am in love with the music you selected & not sure where to find it. Also love how she was so amazed with the water and kept trying to drink it. Too cute! I can’t wait for my little guy to get to that stage. So amazing!!!

  • Krysta
    September 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Oh my goodness, I want to pinch her little cheeks! She is just the cutest, and that little dress on her is so great.

  • Jules
    September 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    You’re killing me, Balch.

  • Ellen
    September 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I love the way Elanor patted water on her feet before stepping in, so cute! Love the outfit! Sweet baby!

  • Melissa de la Fuente
    September 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Oh dear…she is so incredibly adorable! And that outfit! I love it with her beautiful little gold shoes! And I love so much when they first start walking like that….it is the best.

  • Christine
    September 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

    So cute! Millenium Park is the best. You should take her for ice skating in the Winter once she get’s older.

    Ps. Does that outfit come in adult size? (Shoes included).

  • Kim
    September 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

    It’s so sweet the way she kind of tests the water at all levels–hand wet, feet wet–and then just has fun.

  • Your Mother
    September 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love this.

  • Nikki
    September 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Love the metallic kicks… your child, alright!

  • jbhat
    September 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

    She’s so sweet! I too am ga-ga over her shoes. Her entire outfit is eye-catching, but what I love about it is that you still notice HER, and aren’t overwhelmed with all the crappe that tends to be all over a lot of children’s clothing. I too love to dress my kiddos cutely, but plainly, so that their own cuteness shines through.


  • Diane Kallas
    September 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Could you add a link to the Halloween mask contest? I need reminding and I’m sure I’m not alone.

    Darling video, too!

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    September 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I love her outfit! Gold baby shoes?! Fantastic!

    I’ve only been to Chicago once, but I loved Crown Fountain!

  • Nuit
    September 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    sweet-baby-jesus! how CUTE!!!!!! i want her outfit ;)

    I love how she looks at her shoes wondering if they are already wet and when she realizes they are, she steps in!


  • Amanda Mac
    September 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Soooo cute!! It is such a nice age to see them exploring everything!

  • Liz
    September 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    She is so beautiful. What is it about toddlers and water that makes them just that happy? Great shoes.

  • Adventures In Babywearing
    September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh Crown Fountain is our fave!!!


  • jessica
    September 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    i love the ending:) splish splash splish plash. there she goes.

  • Robin
    September 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    She is amazing.

  • Elizabeth
    September 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

    You can practically see her little mind working- looking at her reflection & her amazement at having wet hands and feet! Love her dainty walk and how she holds her wet hands out in front of her- too cute.

  • kim
    September 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

    she’s a real cutie! it’s been fun watching her grow. :-)

  • Tuesday
    September 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Like everyone else, I love her!
    So sweet, so adorable. To the ninth degree.

  • kristen
    September 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    oh my goodness, how sweet. and of course the outfit is awesome…what a little sweetie.

  • Heather
    September 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I love E’s little cloth diapered bum. We are BumGenius fans what brand do you all use?

  • mribaro
    September 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

    So chic and so cute!

  • Stephanie@Geezees
    September 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

    She’s adorable!!

  • Alison
    September 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Love! Happy early birthday, fellow Virgo!

  • daily decorator
    September 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Just want to squeeze those cheeks! Loving that song!


  • Emily
    September 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm