The culmination of everything I have been working toward for the last year is here.
The reason why I was the “crazy mom” on Facebook that posted pictures of her daughter every day, it all now (hopefully) makes sense.
Living day by day, sometimes it’s hard to notice the changes of your little one growing, but they happen, and they happen faster than you think.
Sometimes you take it for granted, and once that moment is gone, it’s gone; they will never be this small, or sweet or innocent again, so cherish those moments.
All the hours and time I spent on this project with Sofia has been condensed into less than 8 minutes of a beautiful, wonderful, transformation.
Every day, every photo, every frustrating moment, every laugh, and every emotion in between had been captured day by day for an entire year.
Sofie’s 2nd birthday went without hardly a hitch last Sunday. Birthday weekend was great overall, my parents Friday, Jason’s family on Saturday, and Sunday was Birthday ZOO Day (photos coming soon)!
I honestly couldn’t believe she was turning 2 already, felt like I just had her yesterday.
This year has been full of so many ups and downs, but my one constant has been Sofie, and her safety, happiness, and growth.
It was a tough year, a learning year, but now, I’ve ended up with the best little girl I could have ever asked for. She’s not a little baby anymore! I have to get used to that…
She’s gonna grow up so darn fast…
Enough words, there will be more to come, so let’s get to some photos!
Hard to believe this will be my very last photo in the series (I’ll still continue to take photos, just not daily)…
Can we recap with some of the highlights of every month from the beginning?
The very beginning…
It was a long day of birthday celebration and zoo going, the photo was one of the last things we did that night. She was tired, cranky, but I had to get this last one in! Hard to fathom this photo was going to complete my project after a year of work on this… But, I got a smile out of her eventually. 🙂
After rounding the home stretch this past month, I thought I’d try something different with Sofie’s pictures, and I just ended up waiting.
Maybe to build anticipation, or just laziness on my part, but I held off on posting any of Sofie’s pics from the last month and just waited to compile them and just do a month in review leading up to Sofie’s birthday, and the anniversary of this project. One big bite before dessert.
I know I might sound like a bit of a broken record, but jeez, Sofie has changed so much this year, and even month to month she changes and grows.
Mid February and early march has been full of a lot of work, adventures, chapstick and lipgloss (much of it on Sofie’s face.)
Living with an almost-Two year old child the past month has given me it’s fair share of challenges and frustrations, she’s more demanding and moody, but also more playful, and she’s been growing into her own little “person”. It’s been awesome to watch and be a part of that growth.
I’m saving her very last photo from this project for it’s own post. Her birthday was a certain success, and I can’t wait to share all of our adventures from the weekend.
In the mean time, check out set of photos from the past month leading up to the very, very end. I was also very excited to get my camera back from the repair shop (or at least part of it) so that I could finish off my project with the same “quality” equipment that I started it with. Boy, did I miss my camera…
Anywho… What a month it’s been! Do you have a favorite image from the set? I sure do. 🙂
Sunday was a busy day of working, as are most weekends nowadays.
In the morning I was back again doing hair and makeup for the set of Causality, a webseries, for a few hours. Afterwards, I headed out to a charity event for breast cancer called Speed Rack on Capitol Hill. I was helping to do hair and makeup for the female bartenders that were competing in a speed bar-tending competition, all in support of breast cancer research. I got to work with a few of my makeup artist friends and also hang out and watch the event for a bit, it was volunteer, but we got lots of free drinks and even a free bottle of booze to take home, pretty sweet. I think that was the first time I’d ever been paid in alcohol before; it was a fun event to watch though, these girls are super talented!
Jason joined me for a bit at the event, then we headed out to grab some food with a couple other of my stylist friends I’d been working with. It was a fun evening and a fun day of working; always nice to be able to work with a group of people that are talented and get along.
Here’s Sofie, chillin’ at my mom’s rocking the sweet sweater my grandma got her from Ecuador.
Last Saturday was another day of shooting for the web series Causality that I have been working on.
I woke up feeling a little under the weather, so I swung by set to get the talent into their makeup for the day and make sure everything was all good before heading back home to rest.
After that, most of the day was filled with lying on the couch being a sicky lazy butt and watching lots of Netflix… lots…
Sofie spent another day with grandma and grandpa, enjoying lots of Toy Story, I’m sure.
Things have been so crazy lately. My mind has been all over the place and I’ve been so busy, haven’t quite figured out if it’s a good crazy or bad yet…
I still have a lot to catch up on, but hopefully I’ll have some time to do that this week.
Last Thursday I was still at my parents house with Sofie, but since I had acting workshop that evening I headed out to Seattle in the late afternoon while Sofie stayed behind with my parents again. I was able to get back to my parents house later in the evening after work shop, instead of staying in Seattle. Sofie was fast asleep by the time I got back, but it was nice to just be able to come home to her.
Had another good acting workshop, and I finally got to pick out a monologue to work on for the end of training. I still need to get that memorized…
I can probably handle doing one post before I head to bed… boy I’ve just been so exhausted lately. Constantly, completely tired, I can’t sleep enough…
I have a lot to catch up on after all…
Last Wednesday I was still feeling really stressed and overwhelmed with Sofie and everything else happening relationship-wise, and I just decided I needed help.
I headed back to my parents house with Sofie to take a little time to think. I know it seems like I use my parents as a crutch since they are so close and always willing to help me. Maybe I take advantage of it, but it’s hard not to when it is seemingly my “easy way out”. I know I’m lucky to have the help that I do, not everybody does, few people, probably, and I do appreciate the support they give me.
My parents love Sofie, and I know they love and care about the both of us.
I’m young and I still have a lot to figure out about life; I just hope it’s sooner rather than later. Not for myself, but for Sofie’s sake too.
Last Tuesday was a bit of a rough day, I have to admit.
Sofie was being pretty difficult and I could hardly keep patient with her all day.
Trying to run errands with her was a disaster, and I almost wanted to cry when she threw a tantrum in the grocery store.
Worst part is whenever I’m out in public with her and she starts acting out, I feel like everybody else in the vicinity is judging me based on how I deal with the situation. They probably aren’t, but either way, I don’t really win.
Toddlers… they’re very testy aren’t they? One moment she’s giving hugs and kisses, the next she’s screaming on the floor and I can’t get her up.
Bahh, I hope she grows out of this soon…
It was a long day, but in the very least, I had a little time for myself in the evening to wind down.
Last Monday, Sofie and I spent a little more time at my parents house before heading home that afternoon.
The keyboard I’ve had at my apartment in Seattle had been broken since we moved in (long story), so I’d been itching to play piano for a while.
My parents still have my upright from my piano lesson days, so I had a little time that morning to play a bit for Sofie. She still doesn’t really have the attention span to teach her much, but she definitely enjoys dancing!
I have to get that girl into some dancing classes or something…
Anywho, after lunch, Sofie and I drove back home to Seattle. We were there just before dinner, and Jason was really excited to see her since he hadn’t in quite a few days.
Nice evening over all. Always good to have everybody together.