Things I want to remember

I like being his chair. It was the first time we’d done some painting together and he really got into it, sitting with me for over an hour, mixing the paint in the dishes and splodging it on the paper. He preferred using paintbrushes over the sponges and we both got covered in paint — it was awesome.

He likes to play with the light switches on the wall, flicking them on and off with his tiny finger tip. It’s easier to carry him now as he sits on my hip and does a monkey cling-on. His little legs are very strong, especially when he doesn’t want to go in his car seat!

He’s mastered the art of grabbing your hand and pulling you where he wants you to be, usually to his box of toys or back to whatever fun stuff we were doing before you went into the kitchen to do something else. I find it impossible to resist him.

The day after we did the painting in the garden he found the box of paints and wanted to recreate the fun of the previous afternoon. We were about to head out the door so I pretended I couldn’t get the lid off the box. He didn’t buy it for a second. Later, we got out the coloured pencils and paper and he drew on the kitchen table (sometimes literally). He seems to have found his creative-arty side — his mummy and auntie are both thrilled. :)

He doesn’t say a recognisable ‘mama’ yet, but he does say ‘stee’ all the time. His dad is called Steve. It’s a word that’s frequently yelled in their house ;)

If you comb his hair he turns into zen baby, standing perfectly still. And he likes the hair dryer — he tried to turn it on with the laptop charger. Tech savvy already!

He says hello and bye perfectly. And his version of boing boing (for jumping on the trampoline, or bouncing on our knees when we play horsey) makes my heart explode.

One of my favourite parts of the day, and there are many, is splish splash time. He’s fearless with water (unlike me as a little kid). He fills his plastic watering can with water, holds it above his head and dumps all the water in his own face — he thinks it’s hilarious. I like washing his hair and his little bod. He is so scrumptious.

15 responses
  1. kim klassen

    dear Susannah
    i just have to say…. i love… the way you LOVE your nephew… it’s beautifully inspired….

    xxo, Kim

  2. Tina Tierson

    Sweet Susannah – You love him the way I love my precious little grandson! Isn’t it the most wonderful thing? You two look so cute together! He will grow up to be a very well adjusted man. xoxo

  3. Ruth

    That is all so sweet. :)

  4. Nina

    Lucky little one, having such an involved and loving auntie. I’m sure his parents hugely appreciate it too, knowing that they’re not the only ones caring so closely for him.

  5. Roxanne

    Sweet. He is a luck boy to have such an aunty as you …

  6. Marian Jeanne Stone

    Love your pictures of this precious little guy, and how lucky he is to have you help him develop his artsy side. What fun! Jeanne Oh, and something small in the mail to you from Texas. You will think it is interesting. It is a copy of the front page for my soon to be, unraveling journal. Coming soon!

  7. Rhianne

    my heart just melted into a little puddle :)

  8. kristen

    when my girl was little i called her ‘cling-on monkey girl’ because of that grip with her chubby little legs. i love that you called your nephew the same. :)

  9. Ashley

    oh how your nephew posts fill me with joy and warmth. i know that passion and love.

    my little guy here:

  10. Christian @ Eskimo Kiss

    So beautiful. I have not children yet, and I am so in love with my nieces and nephews!!!

  11. JendaLynne Photography

    Susannah your relationship with your nephew reminds me of mine with my nieces/nephews. I enjoyed seeing your day with him.

  12. Bianca

    Susannah, these photos are absolutely precious! What an adorable little boy. I have kids myself and they’re the absolute BEST subjects. I’m equally enthralled by the actual photographs and LOVE that you captured them through an iPhone. Proves that it isn’t the camera but the photographer. I must ask you though how you processed these. What app and filter did you use to get that analog flavor complete with light leaks and all? It’s gorgeous!

  13. susannah

    Hi Bianca! I used the Pictureshow app – i think it was the ‘retro’ filter with added light leaks :)

  14. Bianca

    Great! Thank you ü will be signing up for your e-courses too and already pre-ordered your new book! Congratulations!! So excited to receive it ü So much to look forward to! You’ve been a great source of creative inspiration. Thank you ü

  15. susannah

    Aw, thank you, honey!

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