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Monday, August 20, 2012

Mama's boy

At two years old, Toby is full of love. Usually I get an elbow in my ribs, or a smack on the face, but those rough-and-tumble smooches are my favorite. It's a cliche, but I hope he never grows up:)

(Thanks to our friend Sharon for snapping these photos in Fire Island a couple weekends ago. I'm usually the one behind the camera, so it's a treat to have some mama/baby photos)

76 comments:

kendra said...

Cute shots! Toby is precious. Where did you get your dress?

Kate said...

Beautiful shots of you and your boy!!! It must be so hard for them to grow up...

B said...

These are beautiful pictures, wow! Toby is such a cutie! You're a really lucky mama, thanks for sharing :)

Fancy Pants said...

Such sweet photos. I love that the second one looks like he is telling you a secret. Perhaps he was;)

Tiffany Taylor said...

With twin boys who are nearly two, I know exactly what you mean. There's nothing quite as sweet as rough-and-tumble lovin'!

Lauren Ashley said...

So darling!

Anonymous said...

Apparently when my husband was a baby, he thought headbutting was a form of kissing/affection. My mother-in-law said she had her fair share of fat lips! Little boys are so entertaining. :)

Meredith said...

Aww, love the one where he is pinching your cheeks. He looks so delighted! Sharon takes the best photos :)

Christy said...

I've enjoyed Sharon's pics from Fire Island- must have been so great to get away together! I always loved going on vacations with friends when I was a kid.

(p.s. I admire your positive attitude in response to not-so-positive comments. you're an inspiration to this amateur blogger :)

Kadri said...

Beautiful pictures and you look really amazing in that dress:)

Mindy Day said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! (the both of you :) you should have these framed 3 in a row for Alex's birthday :)

Charlotte S said...

These are really some of the sweetest pictures ever. I love that they capture Toby in the act!

And, off topic, but I love that your dress is sort of a play on chevron, but looks really different. Such a great print!

Shan said...

Awww! These are precious. I especially love second to last one where he's grabbing your smile and laughing. So cute.

D2 said...

Love these photos, Joanna! So cute. I too have a little boy who is 2 and it is such a fun lovable age. I don't want our little George to grow up. PS - LOVE your dress from Anthro!

Anonymous said...

Gotta love that ruff (yet genuine) manifestation of love! my almost 2 years old little Boy is now entering the édip's complex phase, he gives me lots of Kisses and smashes my nose and my cheeks in the most adorable (and sometimes painful) way :-)

Love, macacagravaporcima
www.macaquinhasnosotao.blogspot.com

Le Smurf said...

Oh Man I love these pics....

Very obvious that little man loves his Mumma! Bless his wee heart. These pics are gorgeous Joanna! Snaps to treasure as he gets older. X

ashley faye said...

you've got to frame the third one down! im thinking a black and white.. x

Monique said...

little boys with their mamas are the sweetest. great pics!

Designwali said...

oh i totally know how you feel. I finally got some mama & little guy shots too....time flies.

Alexa said...

these photos are so precious! such treasures. he looks so much like you :)

domonique @ a bowl full of simple said...

you never want them to grow up...

madeline said...

Oh man, those photos so perfectly capture the love of a toddler! Also, it's crazy how much Toby looks like you and Alex both.

Valerie (all mussed up) said...

My sweet little nephew is Toby's age, and I adore his rough and tumble loving!

tinajo said...

Lovely pics, you both look adorable! :-)

Sonia said...

Lovely beachy photos! My Milla has just invented hug, kiss, hug, kiss which involves alternating them faster and faster until we essentially bang faces and hurt ourselves. It's the best!

Anonymous said...

Those are great pics!
I have just a few pictures of me with my daugthers, I too am usually the one who is behind the camera. I say to my husband that our daughters will believe they were motherless when they were little since they are with everyone but me on the pictures.

Brittany H. said...

Being a photographer, I love this post. It's personal, and I like your dress!

Young at Heart said...

too cute and loving that dress!!

Rachel said...

So cute! Did you do something "amaaaazin" this weekend as requested? :)

Caroline said...

i LOVE your dress!!!

Amalia said...

I have a 3 year-old and constantly get explosive kisses, knees on my face, the whole rough-and-tumble smooches. I was 100% identified with this post, so lovely to have boys :)

Allie Shultz said...

So cute! Toby looks a lot like your brother Nick in these photos!

Sarah Tucker said...

Adorable. Little boys are just the cutest! I don't have kids yet, but my little brother was always such a lve-bug growing up, where I was sort of opposite :)

Claire Star said...

This has got to be one of my favorite posts, ever, on COJ. I always love your family pictures because they're filled with so much pure love and happiness (and great style, too!). Thanks so much for sharing. These are precious. And I love the two year old stage. I used to babysit twin toddler boys and they were just the best. I miss them so much!

Kirsteen said...

Love these pictures!

Dawn | enterloop said...

These photos are so beautiful! I know that people talk about terrible twos but I love the twos. My older son turns three in a few weeks and there are moments I wish I could just stop time. Over the weekend, he was saying, "see you next day" instead of "see you tomorrow". That simple, silly thing made my heart swell so much that I couldn't even begin to correct him. I'm sure it will only be days before he sorts it out and I cherish those tiny things that make my son who he is at this age. Time is flying!

P.S. If you don't have one, you might like having a camera remote so that you can take photographs of you and Toby (or you, Toby and Alex) without having to rely on someone being there to take the pictures. I did this when we were in Montauk (just sitting on the front porch or playing in the yard). I set up the camera on the tripod and just started snapping away. We got some great family pics and it was really fun!

Sara said...

These pictures are so precious!

Angela said...

these are so very sweet. thank you for sharing! I have my own two-year-old and I love experiencing motherhood along with you!

Megan said...

Gorgeous photos! And so cute about Toby and his "tough love" :)

-Megan
meganesass.blogspot.com

Catherine Masi said...

These images make my heart swell... and I (maybe more especially?) love Toby cracking up after playfully smacking you around. You two are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What perfect photos! I am a mother of 3 boys who are 4, 6 and 8 and can totally relate! Two year olds are great but don't worry...little boys stay sweet when it comes to Mom! **Enjoy every minute!**

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!

Kat said...

Lovely pictures. Just yesterday I was thinking that Sam (28 months) is going to wonder what I was doing during his early childhood; I'm not in any pictures! I have some very cute pictures of him with his father, aunt, grandmother, etc., but very few with me. How do I make a photographer a friend? Or, a friend a photographer? Hmmm?

simplemittens said...

so sweet and you are so beautiful!

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Allison McGregor said...

He is so precious! you two are so sweet together!

I love that anthro dress. i've been eyeing it myself.

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Kristina @ Sarcire said...

This is adorable, Jo! I once heard that as a parent "the days feel long but the years are quick."

Holly said...

Your posts are always so touching. I have a 20 month old and feel just as you do, you always say it exactly how I feel it. Beautiful!

Sally said...

You look SO much like Princess Caroline of Monaco, especially in the second photo. I never noticed it until now.

ZADIN said...

Love is the only thing I'm sure my 3 years old son knows best.

Sometimes we walk hand by hand and out of the blue he gives me a kiss on the hand... it instantly makes me cry...

www.zadinblog.com

Dana lifesshortblog said...

It seems to go by all too fast! Your little boy looks so sweet. ;-) Also, I am loving that dress!

La Maman Heureuse said...

Such amazing pics. Wish I had some of those with my baby girl. Whenever I ask the hubby to make a pic of the two of us, he succeeds in making us look worse than we are. They look terrible, everytime LOL

and that full of love, but not of gentleness is so familiar, tonight she tried to poke my eye out with one of her toy horses :-s so funny (not)

Jody said...

Beautiful! Toby is so blessed to have you two! :)

Anonymous said...

You look STUNNING in the second pic. Am in awe Miss Goddard. In awe!

Anonymous said...

LOVE! To extend the topic, have you listened to this interview on NPR? As a mother of a three year old boy, this struck a nerve.


http://www.npr.org/2012/04/08/150072253/ignore-the-mamas-boy-myth-keep-your-boys-close

Melissa Blake said...

What sweet photos!! I agree with others who said you should get them all framed together. :)

Anonymous said...

my 3-year-old is just like Toby, and I have the scratches and bruises to prove it! he opens my mouth to look inside just like Toby in the last picture. he also likes to (gently) slap my face, which I earnestly believe is a genuine display of affection.

ah, these boys. I knew having a child would be one part pure joy, another heartbreak. they're too precious.

Cathryn @ My Heart's Content said...

These are lovely...one of the best things about two year olds is that they give amazing hugs and kisses. Has Toby moved into the licking stage yet?? My boy comes in for a lovely kiss and then licks me. Not so nice :) He thinks it's hilarious.

Jessica Flett said...

Gorgeous photos!! These are such precious moments!! Jx

Jessica Flett said...

Gorgeous photos!! These are such precious moments!! Jx

Luna said...

Agreed, at 2yo boys are starting to come into knowing their own strength. Our 2yo loves wrestling and karate but it seems like I'm always calling out "Gentle!" or "Careful!"

I also remind our 2yo to 'hug-hug' or stroke the side of his face. That seems to calm our 2yo down.

Mad Max and Family said...

These are great photos! I am also the one ALWAYS behind the camera, so I have to make an effort to not do that sometimes!

Tara

http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

mamalooks said...

Love the pics (and the dress is gorgeous)

Bakehouseblog said...

I always smile at your comments! We get elbows and feet in out faces constantly!

Jennifer said...

absolutely precious, precious photos! I teared up thinking of me and my little lady (a few months younger). those moments are frequent between us, but rarely caught on film (er, JPG).

jean goddard said...

These pictures are so sweet!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, rachel, yes actually! we drove up to our friend's cabin, which is an hour north of the city, and rowed a boat and built a bonfire. but i think toby was most impressed by the rental car. he wanted to go sit in the car the whole time:)

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments! kat, i know, haha, maybe just ask a friend to snap a few? my friend sharon was sweet about it, even though i felt awkward asking! :)

alifeofsaturdays said...

The picture of Toby pinching your cheeks is the cutest :)
x

... said...

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I'm also totally in love with the cups, bowls and plates she has designed for Rörstrand: http://www.filippa-k.com/tag/rorstrand

I have two of the cups from the series and they are lovely to use and look at:)

Appreciate your blog a lot, and check in almost every day. Keep it up! :)

-Hanne

Pearl Grace Hu said...

You should turn the photo into a photo-strip and print it out. The pictures are so cute!!!!

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Kerri Lynne said...

So sweet :)

Emily said...

Oh Joanna, I have to say that second image is just breathtaking! A) like someone mentioned, Toby looks like he is telling you secrets, and B) you look absolutely iconic in it- just beautiful. Please blow it up and put frame it for your new home. It just seems like one of the sweetest moment of motherhood!

chiara said...

These photos are gorgeous - the lighting is so special. We were on the same beach as you that weekend - we were playing on the lifeguard chair, my husband had a 'guard' shirt on even though he's not a lifeguard, and we were four little blond boys (I'm beginning to sound like a Craigslist Missed Connections....). Anyway - these images are wonderful!

Gillian Fein said...

beautiful pics! Two year olds are so incredibly sweet. And it's hard to believe you just gave birth!

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