Thursday, December 11, 2008

Who We Call When Annie Leibovitz Is Busy

"Ollie" by Ollie

I really tried to resist this post. I really did, but then I gave in. I gave in to the mommy-ness that is posting a dump full of photos of your offspring. Like this:

About three years ago Chup and I bought my mother, The Councilwoman, her first slr. She didn't use it much and I ended up stealing it back to use for my own life-capturing moments. What? Blame my mother, she is the one who taught me such behavior in the first place.

Needless to say from the ensuing photos on display, the slr is crappity-crap-crap, almost-disposable, with a two month expiration date. These days it is Ollie's fourth favorite toy. Close behind The Chief's head, and dimes which he calls pennies. Someday I will teach him the difference, but golly, is that chocolate cake in my fridge? With raspberry sauce?

Tonight as I was closing up shop, I transfered the photos of Ollie's camera on to the laptop. There were about forty self-portraits (evidence that he will always be his mother's son), and seventeen or so of me nursing. He always takes pictures of me nursing, and if I knew that I could make tons of cash by posting those beauties I would. I would and I wouldn't care. But they are usually of me making a face that reads "PLEASE DON'T TAKE THAT PICTURE RIGHT NOW!" and the next one, "I AM GOING TO RING YOUR LITTLE . . ."

But the rest of Ollie's photos were dedicated to documenting The Chief's morning as I went oblivious. It is really an interesting study to see, at the end of the day, that someone followed you around taking photos of your life without your awareness. Oh Brad Pitt! I understand!

So here it is, The Chief's morning with time stamps. You might not care, but my mother does. Especially now that she doesn't have a camera to capture such things. (What kind of person would rob from their own mother?)(Me.)

Please note, I was oblivious to all photos. Did I say that already?

8:45 Hold The Chief by the armpit and check e-mail. Our favorite morning ritual:
9:37 Feed The Chief. Looks like something gooey (I can't remember). And a fir wreath with a tender glow! Fat holidays to you and yours!


10:18
Kung Fu. 11: 26 I don't know what is happening actually. Make that part up for me.

12:02 Uh oh. Crazy eyes. That means only one thing and only one thing only. Nip, nip, nip nap time.

(Ooooh. You know what I am going to do? Save some of this raspberry sauce to put on The Chief tomorrow. A subtle play on sweet on sweeter. Then I am going to indulge. Eat the whole baby.)

(Is my cannibalism acting up again?)

(Ollie better not get that on film.)

Well, that is all my photos for one post. I guess this officially means that I am am Mommy Blogger. I guess.

116 comments:

Kim said...

I seriously love it. And it is almost 1 a.m. and all I want now is chocolate and raspberry. My two faves in the entire world. Sigh. The photos are awesome. Love life through the eyes of a child.

brooke said...

I constantly find the most unflattering photos of me on my camera that my 3 year old takes during the day. You know--like when I'm eating something or staring at the tv with my mouth agape. Yeah--it keeps me humble.

Mary said...

That little Chief is just as cute as can be....unfortunately for my son, I do understand the whole cannibalism when it comes to your child. My little guy is now 11 and I still find cheeks irresistable. I hope you can spare the Chief sometime after about the age of 5 or so for both your sakes. Thanks Ollie for the photos!

{S} said...

LOL!!Awesome!! Ollie has great potential to become a hugely sought after photographer.

Morgan said...

he is delicious!!

Maribeth said...

Love it! Your lil' babe gets cuter by the day. Takes after his mom, I guess!

Anonymous said...

I would eat the cheif too. I still want to gobble up my six (next week) year old daughter. oh, babies, babies, babies.....

beth, again

Ashley said...

Well I love it! cute, cute cute!

Ella said...

how wonderful,ollie obviously adores the chief.. who wouldnt, look at him he is adorable.

i have been reading your blog since the day after nies accident... and you are an amazing woman, who has an amazing family and i just needed you to know that you have inspired this reader from australia

Kris said...

Cool photos. Best bit - your life without you knowing! No brushing hair, no quick make-up applications, no constant smiling sweetly. Just your life. Cool.

Beth said...

I came to your blog through Nie's blog which I found after the accident. I find your family very inspirational! You have a wonderful way with words and I LOVE to read your blogs in the morning before my day starts. Something different to think about I guess. This blog is absolutely beautiful! I have found that since I am the main picture taker in this family I don't have many photos of me with the kids or my husband. We take daily pictures of the kids going's on and neglect to take of ourself. Which is important. Thanks for allowing us who don't know you to come to "Know" you through your blog!

a.men said...

Man, he is a cutie! I love that you have your own paparazzi! Darling!

tammy said...

Ollie is definitely his mother's son right down to the self-portrait. He's quite the photographer. I'm sure your mother will get over the theft since her darling grandson is putting the stolen goods to good use. Plus he's snapping pics of another truly delish grandbaby.

Hmmm, I own fresh raspberries and there is always good chocolate on hand...

Lindsey said...

Ohhh Cj... The Chief seriously is one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. I could easily pull an Aunt Lisa and bite his little arms. But not hard.

Meredith said...

That is the bestest post to start my morning! (And yes, he's delectable. Raspberry sauce would only make him moreso. Indulge!)

Is it me, or does Ollie really look like the pictures of Stephanie in that first picture? So cute.

(P.S. Got my copy of your blog/book yesterday. LOVING reading it and catching up on cjane from day one! And it came really fast and packaged so nicely. Just in case you were catching up on your "peeps" in the publishing industry!)

Anonymous said...

I love your baby. He is just so cute. You know how there are babies that you meet that you just instantly fall in love with? well, that's me with yours. Must be because my own babies were bald with smoochable cheeks. I love looking at pics - be proud to be a mommy blogger!!!

Lisa C.

Shirley said...

How lovely! You have an accomplice in documenting the Chief's baby-ness! I can only imagine what life at Retro House must be like...non-stop GO! Singing, playing, camera snapping, Christmas decorating, spicing, diaper changing, toast swiping...PHEW! I think I need a nap!

Bless you Court-ney, and all your family. Happy Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I love to hand my girls my camera and see what comes of it. It's great to see the world through their "eyes"
Liz

Eudea-Mamia said...

Sneaky toddler papparazzi - the BEST!

I adore the shots I discover on my digital. I have a 5 minute video of the Oldest propping the camera on the edge of the bed, and then proceeding to do kung fo chops and slapstick falls.

It's hilarious and oh so precious. A part of him I've never seen.

Em

Saskia said...

What gorgeous photos! I love that Ollie followed you round all morning. The photo of the chief grinning at Ollie is just so cute!

Saskia x

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Rage on, mommy blogger. You have a knack for making even the mundane glorious!

leigh said...

Don't fight being a mommy blogger...you're really good at it!

Those photos are too sweet!

Molly said...

The Chief is such a scrumptious little man, just delish! I wish mine still took the nip naps, man that was nice. I love posts where we get to see all the regular little moments in the day. Take care Courtney girl, you are doing such a wonderful job!!

april said...

i'm so with you on the whole cannibalism thing. i'm still trying to devour my 2 1/2 year old. (he's my last so who knows how long the boy will have to put up with it - or rather how long until he puts a stop to it. because personally i can't seem to stop myself.)

congrats on the little girl for lucy. that was an awesome post! loved how you revealed it.

Jaime said...

This is an adorable post. Those little boys are awesome.

And why the crap do you never take a bad picture???

Andrea said...

Ollie is a fantastic photographer! It's so neat to see how kid see the day!!
And the Chief is adorable. I love those big eyes!! And what? Did you say you have chocolate cake at your house? Whith what for a topping? YUM!!
I am giving away some toffee over at my blog!! You should come over and get some!! It's way yum too!!

Leisha said...

In a couple of years you will look at those pics and think "I wish I could go back and live that moment over again". The urge to hold your now grown baby again is intoxicating. Time makes mundane life look so enticing.

Pssssst what's wrong with mommy blogs? All the cool kids are doing it...!!

My crazy crazy life said...

c jane, your little chief is seriously one of THE cutest babies I've seen around and I think my 4 are pretty darn cute. Really, he is adorable! I want to eat him up to. Okay, now I just sound like some stalkerish freaky internet person but honestly, I totally feel you on the "eating" the kids thing...I want to gobble up my kids all the time, they are so scrumptous.

Lisa and Brian said...

I know I've found a kindred spirit when I've found another mom who finds her baby delicious. Love your blog! I think you are like me - only a better person.

Anonymous said...

ohhhh that last picture is so adorable!! you need to frame it!

Caitlin said...

You have one seriously cute baby! I would eat just about anything with raspberry sauce, but especially babies. (Although I would probably eat my own baby first-starting with the squishy-ooshy cheeks and ending with the pudgy sausage toes.)(yum) Plus, then he wouldn't wake up at 4:30 AM anymore...win-win.
Thanks for the peek into Ollie's world.

sara said...

Chief = HANDSOME.
I love it. Thank you Ollie!

kristin said...

great photos ollie. the chief will cherish these captured daily detailes someday for sure.

B said...

There's nothing wrong with being a mommy blogger. It kind of comes with the territory. We might wonder if you never posted anything about being a mommy, since you are, a, mommy now.

michelle said...

Yep, you are officially a mommy blogger! But you are one of my favorites-and so much more than a mommy blogger too!

Elizabeth Taylor said...

I am completely in love with the chief sister kendrick. I come home in a week. Could I come meet him?

Joel & Lila said...

Being a photographer myself, I love the fact that we can see what is going on through the little's ones eyes. I especially love the last picture of the chief...adorable!

tamara said...

Seriously, Ollie has an eye. And this is coming from me, I'm a fashion photographer. I would let him keep the camera, start his own website/blog/facebook/networking, then get him a better one as he gets older.

Who knows, Ollie could be bigger than Annie!

Cassandra said...

Nothing wrong with a good mommy blog ;) What sweet photos!!

Reenie said...

haha......cute cute pics.....love the self-portrait too. You go Ollie.

Laura said...

You can tell how much The Chief loves Ollie - always smiling at the cameraman!

Amy said...

Children and cameras...much more honest than most of the pictures I take. And self portraits? Mostly my son tends to get a shot of the inside of his nose, so well done Ollie!!

JB and Company said...

The last photo is too precious. Ms. Leibovitz better watch out. Is Ollie free to come do a photo shoot at my house?

Tawny said...

Welcome to mommy blogderdom...............is that a word. I am so excited to see piles of picks of your squishable( and edible) One. Thank you for your beautiful words and now I think I will go dip my baby in Raspberry sauce!!!!

mountain.mama said...

Ollie is destined for greatness.

S said...

That is hilarous! So funny. You must share more. And you are NOT a mommy blogger but if you were that would be OK! LOL! He is so much his mothers son

Michele said...

This is too wonderful! What a sweet-heart. Looking forward to the next episode of "Life-through-the-eyes-of-Ollie"!

tharker said...

11:26...The Chief spots that Chocolate Cake with Raspberry sauce

Welcome to Mommy Blogging!

ec said...

i love the last picture. to bits. he is so sweet.

and i love letting the girls go wild with my little point and shoot. it might be one of my favourite things to do ... to check out their work. it always makes me smile.

Pink Slippers said...

He ha s cute eyes.
When I started my blog I was not going to post kiddo pictures. Well maybe here and there. Guess what? I became a Mommy blogger!
Wendy

Marianne said...

Better put two peices of toast in from now on!! That big boy's gonna EAT!
Ollie has a real future in photography. I think it's cute that he follows you around. Be careful getting out of the shower!

Kim said...

Ah, you've come over to the dark side. It happens so seemlessly, doesn't it?
I love the pictures my kids take when I don't know they're doing it. I have a whole selection of Christmas photos last year by my then 3 year old. It is the best!
Not only will your Mother love it, but so will Ollies. Give her our love.

sarah, rsm said...

Way to go, Ollie ~ I think he's got some talent! And The Chief? Definitely edible.

Geo said...

Thanks to Ollie for helping you make this important transition.

Erica said...

What is wrong with being a mommy blogger??!?! You've got precious treasures we all want you to share. And you have the right to be proud of them enough to share them with your world of supporters. We love you for it.

Reb said...

Welcome mommy-blogger, welcome.

Amanda Maddox said...

Super cute! My little boy was 6 months old yesterday ~ and my blog is littered with Mommy-pics. It happens!

Heather (from Vancouver) said...

Some serious adorableness there. And talent.

My kids like to take pix as well, but their tendancies are to take them of my behind in the most unflattering angles. In their defense, I don't know of a flattering angle that does not involve photoshop liposuction.

TheBMillers said...

Nothing wrong with being a Mommie blogger.. us other mommies enjoy it. exp from the eyes of another little one. Cute post

Barbi

Tessa Nelson said...

That is so much fun... looking at what HE saw all day! What fun!!!

Shannon Anderson said...

Haha... I love child documentaries. This is fabulous!

So said...

Aww that is so cute.

justlori2day said...

Is there enough of him left to share with the rest of us?

My kids will steal my camera (see everyone steals from their mother) and take shots of each other. Its funny to see self portraits. I usually keep one or two of each expose for bribery later in life.

Paybacks. Mothers do that you know!

I have to share that the BEST picture at my wedding reception was taken by my daughter - age 3. She was standing by the head table, listening to my best friend blubber over how wonderful her mother is (me!) and took a picture to remember it by. Through the flowers you see the bride and groom sharing a smile with the best friend. It is so cool! And a 3 year old took it.

So Ollie, you can go pro man! Just speed up your shudder a little - and you are golden!

Happy Friday Cjane!

Sparcam said...

You can mommy blog all you want! AND you come with your own photographer...how cool is that??

Doty Family said...

The Chief is too cute for words! Cannibalism is just party of mommyhood! I'd dip my babies and chocolate and nibble if I could too. Happy day!

Anonymous said...

That Chief is just irresistable--had to laugh at the "crazy eyes" photo! And Ollie? Wow--that first photo he took of himself really DOES remind me of Nie--not only does he look like his mommy in that photo but he also is showing the same penchant for cameras and self portraits lol! I think Nie and Christian will get a big kick out of that photo! And Courtney, how do you ALWAYS manage to look so photogenic no matter the time of day or what you are wearing, doing etc? Enjoy your Chief--with or without raspberry sauce lol! Lori

windhula said...

You are so funny! Love your whit and humor. Thanks for a daily chuckle. P.S. Welcome to your new found "Mommy Blogging" status. (It suits you well).

Jackie B. said...

i loved it! so cute!

The VIPs said...

jump right into the mommy blogging world- the water's fine!

Amanda in GA said...

I love seeing the world through the eyes of a child. I leave my camera out all the time so it is always fun to see what shows up when I download photos.

Love you Mommy blogging don't stop!

Hope you day is lovely and full of joy.

SassyPixie said...

http://sunshinestudioscraps.com/shop/product.php?productid=1236&cat=0&page=1

It's finally in the store!

emily said...

ha ha, i love all of the pictures! it makes me feel more confident in my own posting of my son each and almost every day! it's like "hello, doesn't everyone think my child is as cute as i do?"

Three's Company said...

I love love love that you and Stephanie have so many pictures taken by those sweet children in your lives! What a wonderful thing! I can't wait until mine are bigger and take photos just like these!

e.brooke said...

Holy Buckets of Love,
those are some cute kids!

I think that every kid needs to have their parents old digital camera for a toy!

tara pollard pakosta said...

I bought my girls their own digital cameras and i absolutely LOVE to see what they capture! usually their dolls/toys but hey that's okay! great post!
ollie is great!
tara

Kath said...

I have a similar series of photos taken by my then 4 year old. So fun!
Oh, the Chief...I bet he is delicious even without the raspberry sauce!

Whitney said...

I love it! They may not be "picture perfect", but they are so wonderful, especially the "crazy eyes" picture! You can clearly tell that Ollie is quite the fan of Chief.

And how absolutely wonderful that Lucy is having a GIRL! She'll be such a wonderful mama!

Lili said...

Great post! I love the pictures and am dreading the day my little figures out how to take picutres. The Chief, by the way, is the cutest little boy in the world! I can see why you have a sudden case of cannibalism! ;)

melanie said...

So, I want you to know that I had to enlarge the first picture of you and The Chief just to make sure that you weren't wearing red footie pajama bottoms. Alas, it seems you are not. And I'm a little sad about it, because I loved the idea of you actually spending the whole day in red footie pajama bottoms, chasing after lots of cutie-pie short people. And I really wondered where you would buy such articles of clothing. Oh well, the dream is gone.

Also: beware of waiting too long before devouring the chief. I still want very much to enjoy my 14-month-old, VERY MUCH ESPECIALLY THE TOES, but am having to restrain myself as she now bites back. HARD. Oh, but she gives the cutest giggly head-tilt when she does it! *sigh*

Jana said...

If you didn't have so many fans, I would ask to be your pen pal. Your posts get me through the week, and school doesn't seem so daunting (yay for two more semesters!!)
Thank you for blogging. I know it must be tiring trying to post so often, but it means so much to so many.

amychristina said...

this is so cute! thank you for sharing and the mommy blogging... :)

The Marks 5 said...

I must agree---that is one edible baby!

Kim said...

Courtney - you seriously crack me up. May daily check of the cjane blog is one that I always look forward to. What a fun post this was. Your lil' guy is just as cute as can be!

Kim :)

T said...

Post more pics!!!!! We love Ollie's style!

Amanda said...

That first picture- you're right. Stephanie in adorable little boy form.

Even if you didn't write beautifully, I would visit your blog for those gorgeous edible baby pictures! Well, the baby, not the screen, you know...

Jeannie said...

awfully cute. the chief looks like he knows what's going on. kind of an inside joke between him and ollie.

heather said...

I'm not usually a fan of other people's kids. I mean, I maintain that I was the cutest baby ever, the mold was broken, and no baby will ever be as cute - but that chief. Oh boy but he is cute!

Kitschen Pink said...

Oh more more. I can gaze at baby photos for hours when they're this cute! Sweet that the chief is always VERY aware of olly. What a great role model! I like it when our boy take the camera up the garden - he can be gone for hours and when he comes back I get a little window into what he's been up to all day - that sounds sort of creepy control freaky mum but it's just that I like to share! Honest! It's the things he finds important, mud, bugs, grass, his face, his face pulling faces, another bug, more mud - love it! Now that WOULD make for a tedious blog post for anyone but me! t.x (you should get them photo booth on a Mac. Now those are some whacky images!x

Kitschen Pink said...

a silly thing- but have you considered the ergonomics of how you check emails?!?! That's one serious back issue you're storing up there! xxx

nanda said...

So cute! C jane I have to ask you something: where can I get the gorgeous headband from your thanksgiving photo? So pretty! Sorry for asking a question that does not have much to do with the post.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

I love the candid photo's! They are a sweet glimpse into your everyday, even when it is hum drum, but so fun for your fans! I think it is sweet that Ollie likes to photograph you nursing, he clearly is happy watching a successful, loving, happy nursing pair!

Anonymous said...

There is no question that the most delectable, tasty part of a baby is his or her chubby little knees. Especially the back of them, which when blown upon (as one does a tummy) usually evokes hearty laughter. With or without ketchup.

Laura said...

I just have to say, your little boy has the sweetest little face I've ever seen. Thank you for keeping me in smiles all day. Your blog is wonderful:)

theslatefive said...

how fun! I love his documentary style. And his self-portrait. Looks like his Mom, i think. Perfect post.

i do feel terrible, however, knowing that you are reading this while holding the Chief under his armpit. i forgot about armpit holding.

Suzie said...

Your blog is that much more delightful now that you are officially a mommy-blogger.

Kristin said...

And a great mommy blogger you are. Keep it up. It's fun.

coty said...

he looks a delicious little peach!!! i love babies...mine is 7 months old ..and will be eaten with maple drizzle, i already decided. but i might just have another... i hear they taste delish with raspberry sauce...

andiewade said...

from one mommy blogger to another, i love it :).

Lynne said...

This post reminded me of some of Stephanie's...pics. of the basic hum drum things in life that are actually not so hum drum as they capture moments lost to us as we run around doing whatever we do! Love it.

susie said...

oh my goodness, you lucky momma. that chubby, dimpled hand looks like the tastiest thing ever.

Anonymous said...

Ollie is seriously a Nie clone esp the eyes and the freckles and the lips....so, he is seriously cute...and the Chief is delicious.

Megan said...

When I decided to start a blog I said I wouldn't be a mommy blogger. Now,I am probably one of the worst mommy bloggers ever. I lasted one post and then my kids took over my blog. I can't help it, I love them too much not to share them. I have never commented before although I have always wanted to, but I figure you have your hands full and reading comments is the last thing you may have time to do. I will just say I love your blog as well as Nie's and I have prayed for your family and I enjoy your stories! Happy holidays to you all.

Tiffany said...

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought NieNie was behind the camera!

Anonymous said...

All I could think from the very first photo was that Ollie has his mother's gift for self-portraiture!

Adorable!

Becky said...

you're a crack up!! I love your writing & humor

MalissaB said...

I found it so funny in the pics that you may have been oblivious to Ollie taking them, but the chief was not. In almost all the photos, the chief was watching Ollie. Just like babies do. Too funny. I love reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

The Whispering Poppies said...

What is it with kids and cameras and photos of grownups? I went on a fieldtrip with one of my boys' classes and we were in a computer room, with webcams... pointed in my direction... all being done by the boys I was in charge of (without me noticing)... and there was my "mug" on the life-sized monitor for all the room to see! geesh! lol (But see, my chaperoning eyes were on the BOYS and not the camera, good chaperone that I am!) heehee

Jenni said...

My favorite thing about all of those photos, is that while you were oblivious, the Chief is looking at the camera. In every picture! Which is a feat, for I have two nephews whom I always take pictures of, but they are either not looking at me, or they blink when I take a picture. Anyway, that is so darling! And... if you eat your child you might get reported to CPS... though I guess they couldn't do much after the fact... haha

nevadanista said...

Sometimes a post's title itself is a good reason blog.

Cindi said...

He's pretty good at candids!

lundgrenville said...

Love it. It doesnt getter better than that. Ollie is starting his career early. I guess he is trying to get a step ahead on paying for his mission

TinaMarie said...

Welcome to The Club, Courtney! lol

AzĂșcar said...

Well, your blog was fun to read while it lasted...

mrs. kleiner said...

I've looked at this post everyday for the past three days as I check for new posts....and seriously, the freckles never (repeat NEVER) lose their deliciousness. And the last picture of the Chief? Forget about it!

Little Lovables said...

That is so cute! I have photos like this when I upload mine as well.

Many are of me on the computer and th rest are of my baby and his cars. Too cute!

Robin said...

Seriously Court, could this baby be any cuter? ...the obvious answer is no! He's just amazing. So cute!!