Wowzers! Where has the past 3 years gone and how come I haven't got a baby anymore... seems like yesterday he was a wee baby in my arms for the first time. I feel a mixture of sad and happy at this birthday... obviously I love seeing him develop and grow but part of me desperately wants time to stand still, or at least slow down. To be fair we've drawn the long straw with Daniel, such a happy and fun loving child with mischievous grace that dissolves all feelings of frustration at his naughtiness with a single smile. I couldn't ask for more.
To freeze time I take photos of him often and make myself get the 'big camera' out. Sometimes a phone snap just doesn't cut it and often there's a particular mannerism or trait of his personality that I want to capture which can take a little bit of planning or making sure we are in the right place at the right time. It's getting more difficult to get the natural moment on camera as he gets older because from about 2 and a half he has learnt the dreaded 'cheese' from having nursery pictures. Though I do chuckle when he says an over pronounced 'cheeeeeese' as soon as he spots the camera.
On his first birthday I did a sailing theme cake smash and he dived straight in... I've done loads of smashes with other children and I can honestly say that I haven't met any one with a greater passion for cake than mine.. it's like he has a cake radar! I'm well aware that little white lies will be in our future at dentist appointments and we will have to watch out that he doesn't eat too much of the stuff. On his second birthday I did a paint smash at home in the studio. We loved this and apart from having gorgeous fun photos we had a piece of wall art created by him to hang up too. This year I was a bit stuck but decided last minute to do a Cookie Monster cake smash, based purely on the fact that this boy is addicted to biscuits!
Here's are some of my fav images of him from the last year.....