Thursday, August 13, 2009

Show and Tell: Self-portraits in shadows and water

It's been a while since last I participated in Mel's Show and Tell. So long, in fact, that in the meantime it has moved from Sundays to Thursdays. So we now rejoin this lovely community tradition, already way the hell in progress.

The Cub is turning one this Saturday. Still a bit surreal. A lot surreal, actually. It's blatantly obvious that the only thing keeping him from trading in his baby designation, which looks on him like nothing so much as one of those onesies, overstretched from use and fitting, still, only because of the use and attendant overstretching, that the thing keeping him from trading it in for the otherwise way more appropriate toddler one is that he, you know, refuses to actually toddle unassisted. Even in just the last week, sudden and impressive development of hand-to-mouth coordination, and now-- desire to eat with a spoon. So to look at him, yes, a year is about right. But in the abstract spaces of my head it's a lot more like a year? already? really? wow... All adult and complete-sentence-like of me, I know.

I know what I was doing a year ago. I know, too, that in my head, I am not yet done processing that pregnancy. I am working on it, though. There are things yet to say. But today seems like a good day to look at pictures.


I took these, with a friend's point and shoot, last year at the shore. 55 weeks ago, days before ending up in PTL and on bedrest.

I got a chance to download these from that friend's camera only recently. They are all electrons, from start to finish-- from being taken with a digital camera to being, now, stored on a hard drive. And yet to me they have the feel of those old black and white family photos, of events and people long ago.





If you want to see what the other kids are showing, summer break be damned, please stop by Mel's place for the master list.

17 comments:

Beruriah said...

Wowzers those photos are gorgeous. Very statuesque. Happy almost b-day to Cub.

I still call Baby Man a "baby" to do this. In fact, now he crawls into my arms, snuggles and says, "Baby" and points to himself.

Once A Mother said...

what a beautiful record for you to have.

Hope's Mama said...

Thinking of you and Cub on Saturday.
xo

My Reality said...

Beautiful shots!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Here from Show&Tell. Lovely, lovely pics. Happy bday to your little Cub. :)

Parenthood For Me said...

Beautiful photo. I love it.

M de P said...

Amazing photographs. My little girl also turned one this past week. Flies by...

Lollipop Goldstein said...

The picture is blowing my mind a bit. I mean, you've been seeing him all this time, but I can't believe that it has been a year. Happy birthday to Cub.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Stunning pictures! They should exist in some form other than just pixels.

Amelie said...

Beautiful pictures, Julia.

Ya Chun said...

whoa i had to read that post very carefully, I was like "Julia is that far along in a pregnancy? I really need to keep track of this stuff better!"

Wonderful pictures. It is interesting to me that you are still processing through the pregnancy. It makes sense. This dbm stuff just continues to keep past, present, and future intertwined.

becoming whole said...

Beautiful photos...beautiful post.

Kristin said...

What a beautiful picture. Happy Birthday to Cub.

misha said...

What a grand picture. Happy birthday to Cub!

christina(apronstrings) said...

Thoughtful post. I love the pics.

loribeth said...

Happy birthday, Little Cub!

Very cool idea for a photo, Julia!

Lavender Luz said...

Happy birthday to Cub.

Those photos are so lovely. I've never seen anything like them.