Photo-a-day Project

Each January I aim to take one photo a day of Hazel, this is my second year embarking on this project. This year was amazing timing. With baby number two ready to hatch in Feb it was a great opportunity to celebrate Hazel, my first baby. 

I strived to capture the everyday life of Hazel Dorothy. The ups and the downs of the English Household. No fancy backdrops, cheesy smiles, nothing staged and no fancy outfits. Just beautiful authentic moments that are a true representation of my beautiful girl.

As a result this has inspired me to document more everyday moments of my kid (soon to be 'kids'). I encourage you all to do the same! Don't worry about what they are wearing, if their hair is messy or they have a chocolate covered face. It is life. Those everyday moments are the ones you will treasure forever. 

Enjoy! 

  DAY ONE   Sleep now my wee Hazel Dorothy, for 2017 is going to be a big year.

DAY ONE
Sleep now my wee Hazel Dorothy, for 2017 is going to be a big year.


  DAY TWO   Fun! - only when dad does it....

DAY TWO
Fun! - only when dad does it....


  DAY THREE   Today she wanted to 'be like mummy' and wear my shoes. So for now, go for it Hazel Dorothy.

DAY THREE
Today she wanted to 'be like mummy' and wear my shoes. So for now, go for it Hazel Dorothy.


  DAY FOUR   Welcomed home with squeezes.

DAY FOUR
Welcomed home with squeezes.


  DAY FIVE   Waking up from her nap complete with flat hair, blanket wrinkle marks and a dazed look. 

DAY FIVE
Waking up from her nap complete with flat hair, blanket wrinkle marks and a dazed look. 


     DAY SIX   Welcoming this storm with a jump/dance routine. Toddlers are so hilarious. 

 

DAY SIX
Welcoming this storm with a jump/dance routine. Toddlers are so hilarious. 


  DAY SEVEN   Supposed to be sitting in her chair.   Supposed to be eating her pasta.    Supposed to ask before taking that last apple......   Ohhhhh well. 

DAY SEVEN
Supposed to be sitting in her chair.
Supposed to be eating her pasta. 
Supposed to ask before taking that last apple......
Ohhhhh well. 


  DAY EIGHT   As the sun goes down. 

DAY EIGHT
As the sun goes down. 


  DAY NINE Miss Hazel. My first. You are determined. You are kind. Clever. And love to dance. Your heart is big. With so much love to share.  Today I saw change in you. Here you were. Not my little baby anymore. But a young girl. Ready to be a big sister.

DAY NINE
Miss Hazel.
My first.
You are determined.
You are kind.
Clever.
And love to dance.
Your heart is big.
With so much love to share. 
Today I saw change in you.
Here you were.
Not my little baby anymore.
But a young girl.
Ready to be a big sister.


  DAY TEN   Brain freeze toe scrunch.

DAY TEN
Brain freeze toe scrunch.


        DAY ELEVEN   "Is it finished mummy?"    Poor wee Hazel had a rough night battling a little vomiting bug. Once that first light came though the curtain though, she was ready to get on with her day and try to feel better. 

 

 

DAY ELEVEN
"Is it finished mummy?"

Poor wee Hazel had a rough night battling a little vomiting bug. Once that first light came though the curtain though, she was ready to get on with her day and try to feel better. 


  DAY TWELVE The quiet moments bring the most magic.  That perfect double chin and afro... even more magical.

DAY TWELVE
The quiet moments bring the most magic. 
That perfect double chin and afro... even more magical.


  DAY THIRTEEN   Your dancing curls.    May they forever fly and never fall.

DAY THIRTEEN
Your dancing curls. 
May they forever fly and never fall.


  DAY FOURTEEN   "Mum. Mum. Muummm, can you see? Hazel's dancing in the middle!"

DAY FOURTEEN
"Mum. Mum. Muummm, can you see? Hazel's dancing in the middle!"


  DAY FIFTEEN   Hazel. So hard to make you go to bed when you are being all kinds of adorable. 

DAY FIFTEEN
Hazel. So hard to make you go to bed when you are being all kinds of adorable. 


  DAY SIXTEEN   You tried so hard to smile.    You tried so hard to play.    You tried to believe it could feel normal.    But Hazey-Dot my love.    You were sick again today. And that's ok. There's always tommorow.

DAY SIXTEEN
You tried so hard to smile. 
You tried so hard to play. 
You tried to believe it could feel normal. 
But Hazey-Dot my love. 
You were sick again today.
And that's ok.
There's always tommorow.


  DAY SEVENTEEN   Your little body fighting all kinds of nasty.     I must admit these are not the summery holiday photos I was planning. But this is real life in the English household at the moment. Sigh...

DAY SEVENTEEN
Your little body fighting all kinds of nasty. 

I must admit these are not the summery holiday photos I was planning. But this is real life in the English household at the moment. Sigh...


  DAY EIGHTEEN   This step. Many hours have you spent here learning to put your own shoes and socks on the correct way. Yesturday you nailed it!

DAY EIGHTEEN
This step. Many hours have you spent here learning to put your own shoes and socks on the correct way. Yesturday you nailed it!


  DAY NINETEEN   A perfectly squishy toddler tummy bulge! 

DAY NINETEEN
A perfectly squishy toddler tummy bulge! 


  DAY TWENTY   You had to pull all the books off the shelf to find the biggest one possible

DAY TWENTY
You had to pull all the books off the shelf to find the biggest one possible


  DAY TWENTY ONE   Today's photos were full of smiles. But in the end it was this photo that caught my eye. This micro second 'in-between' moment.

DAY TWENTY ONE
Today's photos were full of smiles. But in the end it was this photo that caught my eye. This micro second 'in-between' moment.


  DAY TWENTY TWO   They say silence is apparently 'golden'. I would say its more suspicious. Hazel Dorothy, how you managed to get half a tub of mums body butter over your face in one minute will remain a mystery.

DAY TWENTY TWO
They say silence is apparently 'golden'. I would say its more suspicious. Hazel Dorothy, how you managed to get half a tub of mums body butter over your face in one minute will remain a mystery.


  DAY TWENTY THREE   There's just something special about my mum and that dimply wee bum.

DAY TWENTY THREE
There's just something special about my mum and that dimply wee bum.


  DAY TWENTY FOUR   You have tight little cascading curls.   When I try to tie them up.   They break free, these lively pups.   Without a doubt this hair is you.   A big fluffy mess of love and glee.   So Hazel, let them be wild and free.

DAY TWENTY FOUR
You have tight little cascading curls.
When I try to tie them up.
They break free, these lively pups.
Without a doubt this hair is you.
A big fluffy mess of love and glee.
So Hazel, let them be wild and free.


  DAY TWENTY FIVE   Hazel, this is you telling me off for "too many photoshoots mum!"...

DAY TWENTY FIVE
Hazel, this is you telling me off for "too many photoshoots mum!"...


  DAY TWENTY SIX   You make it so adorably difficult to put the sheets on the bed.

DAY TWENTY SIX
You make it so adorably difficult to put the sheets on the bed.


  DAY TWENTY SEVEN   Hello in there. Your big sister is waiting for you.

DAY TWENTY SEVEN
Hello in there. Your big sister is waiting for you.


  DAY TWENTY EIGHT   Your pretending to sleep face doesn't fool me Hazey-Dot!

DAY TWENTY EIGHT
Your pretending to sleep face doesn't fool me Hazey-Dot!


  DAY TWENTY NINE   Grandad George's trusty ol' tractor.

DAY TWENTY NINE
Grandad George's trusty ol' tractor.

  DAY THIRTY   Walked in on a pretty intense staring contest.

DAY THIRTY
Walked in on a pretty intense staring contest.


     DAY THIRTY ONE   You are friendly.   Talkative.   There is always part of you on guard.   You don’t eat vegetables.   You smile with your eyes. You are gentle. You love the idea of learning. When I catch you singing to yourself, you get louder. Spontaneous cuddles is your latest passion. You have grown wildly and unapologetically; As has my heart.

 

DAY THIRTY ONE
You are friendly.
Talkative.
There is always part of you on guard.
You don’t eat vegetables.
You smile with your eyes.
You are gentle.
You love the idea of learning.
When I catch you singing to yourself, you get louder.
Spontaneous cuddles is your latest passion.
You have grown wildly and unapologetically;
As has my heart.