Parenting Photography

Twenty Four Months Old (Eleanor’s Last Monthly Photo)

I took a photo of Eleanor sitting in the Eames rocker and wearing her felt pin each month until she turned two years old.

The end of this photo project seemed so far away when I started it, and now I can’t believe it’s here. I will continue to take a yearly picture, but our monthly shoots are at an end. I wanted to create something special for Eleanor, and these photos are a way for her to see what she was like as a baby. The documentation of a time in her life that she is most likely too young to remember.

I also created some great memories for myself along the way. I can’t believe my baby is two years old.

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  • Ali
    April 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    This is such a treasure :).

  • Helena
    April 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Aww, this had to be such a bittersweet moment for you, but I adore this project and I’m sure Eleanor will as well.

  • Gwendolyn
    April 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I’ve enjoyed watching her grow too :)

  • Janice
    April 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Nicole – thank you for sharing this with us. I have so enjoyed seeing your little one grow, month by month.

  • Mariana
    April 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This is so precious. Once I have kids I’ll try to do the same thing.
    Congratulations on your beautiful family.

  • Kristina @ spabettie
    April 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    what a wonderful idea and a wonderful way to document! she is beautiful!

  • Dana G.
    April 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    This is so great. I’ve seen so many monthly photos but this one is special. Eleanor is a beauty. I love how each month is a different un-pose. And I especially love months 15, 18 and 20. Awesome! :)

  • Rose
    April 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Oh how about every six months until she’s three? The changes are still so amazing that yearly is just too long. lol Can you tell how much I have enjoyed these monthly photos? A year is so far away. :)

  • Caitlin
    April 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    So cute! I’ve loved this series and am sad to see it end but am looking forward to August’s continued monthly photos :)

  • Emily
    April 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Happy birthday Eleanor! Wish I’d done this for my daughter. She’s exactly the same age as Eleanor (to the day!). What a lovely keepsake.

  • Stephanie
    April 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your family. I have enjoyed seeing her grow. :)

  • Loren
    April 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I’m tearing up. I can’t believe she’s already two. It’s been such a monthly highlight! I copied your idea and my son, Jack, is 9 months old. Already, it’s so much fun to see the changes. So glad you’re doing this with August, too.

  • Katharine
    April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been following along (lurking) since before she was a year old and even went back and cooed over her baby cuteness and somehow I’m just noticing for the first time that there are numbers on the pin. Please tell me that you added those on just now with photoshop!

  • Brittany
    April 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    It was so fun to see her personality develop through the pictures. I can’t wait to see how August’s monthly pictures turn out!

    Happy Birthday Eleanor!

  • Joanne
    April 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    She is absolutely Beautiful!!!

  • jenn
    April 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    so sweet

  • Charisma
    April 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats on a job well done! She’s beautiful and you deserve a commendation for raising her during her first 2 years!

  • LindaJS
    April 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this journey! Its such a wonderful gift to Eleanor & Im sure she will love seeing it when she is older. Happy Birthday Eleanor!

  • Nat@ dear little house
    April 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    That’s a truly beautiful project! And what a magnificent thing for her to have.

    Also, curious- did you get the same outfit in lots of different sizes to maintain the look?

  • Carole
    April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome. She’s a doll.

  • pati
    April 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Some milestone! Happy birthday to your princess and congrats to you for completing this amazing journey.

    …I’m so happy we still have August`s!

  • Christine
    April 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Happy birthday Eleanor!

    On a side note I can’t believe I’ve been reading you for more than two years now.

  • Paula
    April 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Happy Birthday little one!

  • valerie
    April 30, 2011 at 2:18 am

    she is too much!
    SO. cute.

  • Sarah R.
    April 30, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Congratulations on your 2nd birthday Eleanor!
    This project inspired me to do the same with my daughter. I stopped at a year, but those pictures are treasured!
    Thanks for all of the inspiration you give!

  • Ann
    April 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

    When my kids were growing up, I had a portrait of both done on each of their birthdays, so I always had two really nice pictures each year, in January and August.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures of your beautiful babies. I hope we won’t have to wait a year for the next pic of Eleanor!

  • Elena @ Breakfast for Dinner
    April 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

    These have really been so great to follow along with, and I can’t believe she’s so big already!
    I have to ask, did you stock up on the one dress/onesie style in all sizes before the project? I’d like for my girlfriend to try this with her newborn.

  • young c-m
    April 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    It’s amazing how time flies! Your little one reminds me that my little one is almost 2 as well – gulp!

  • Amyks
    April 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Happy bday, to your sweet TWO year old!!! Hope all of you have an extra “lovely” day!

  • katherine
    April 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

    i love these photos, how are you putting them together for her?

  • Nuit
    April 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I have enjoyed this so very much! THANK YOU & thank you for sharing :) Eleanor is such a cutie cute!

    April 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    you girls are too cute! What beautiful little gifts to have around!

  • Anna Elena
    April 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    What a doll! This last photo is my favourite. Are you going to do something with these? Maybe turn them into a mini photo book or flipbook?

    I’m having my first little this fall, and I hope I can find something as lovely and creative as this to do for him/her.

  • Viv
    April 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Happy birthday to little Eleanor! xx

  • Melissa @ earth grown crayons
    April 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I really like how you chose your monthly photos. You have such a wonderful collection of natural poses – they are so true to the different stages of Eleanor. I have enjoyed watching her grow each month. Thank you for sharing a little of your family with us.

  • Heather
    April 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I really love these pictures and am sad to see them end! But, I get it. My little dude is 14 months old and time is flying so quickly! Gah! Anyway, they’re lovely. No pun intended.

  • Sarabell
    May 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

    What a wonderful idea! I’m sure this is something she’ll love and treasure for years to come!

  • Joy_UK
    May 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Wow Can’t believe your little one is 2!

    These pictures were such an amazing and inspirational idea.
    I intend to replicate it in the future (when I finally decide to have a baby) hehehe hope you don’t mind.

    Hope Eleanor’s birthday was a lot of fun :)

  • Bonnie
    May 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Great job with this project. What’s the plan to combine them? A album, a slideshow, a poster? It’s also a good thing she likes good design. Babies and Eames Rockers go together like peas & carrots!

  • Danielle
    May 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I can’t believe I have been reading your blog for a little over 2 years! The time flew by!

  • Janine
    May 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I love this project and wish you would continue. maybe you could even move the photoshoot into her new bedroom!

  • Nicolette
    May 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I can’t believe she’s two either! It doesn’t seem so long ago that the small bedroom with the funny nook was a charming guest room!

  • Kathy
    May 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    This is the perfect ending to a beautiful series! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Ammanda
    May 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    The time just flies by when you have little ones…

  • Pencils
    May 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    She’s such a big girl now! And so beautiful. You are very lucky.

  • Audra
    May 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Happy Birthday to you too, Momma!

  • Stephanie
    May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Gosh, I remember finding your blog in your last month of pregnancy. She has grown into a beautiful little toddler. I love how your photos capture her in a natural state, even if she doesn’t feel like facing the camera. haha. thanks for sharing this inspiring project.

  • Sasha
    May 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Gosh, how time flys! She is so sweet. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Melanie
    May 6, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Your daughter is simply adorable! Time flies with children, doesn’t it? My “little” one turns three tomorrow… I shared your lovely idea on my blog today.
    xo xo from Germany, Melanie

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