Alivia's vocabulary is expanding and amongst the few words she can say are dis and dat. As in this and that. Well I'm assuming it is what she is saying. Sometimes it is hard to decipher. Each day I get better at cracking her code and I know in time that I will be able to speak Livvy fluently ;o) Yes I am finding that Livvy is a language all its own. In the past week she has met another milestone! She actually pointed at something for the first time with her chubby little dimpled finger. Now she points at everything and each time I can't help but to eat her up! I can't resist her adorableness! She has also been very active walking just about every where around the house. With the support of couches, coffee tables, chairs, etc. to help her balance, she is getting around much too quickly. I can't believe she is standing by herself and just within the past week is actually taking steps without falling. I can't help but to think how fortunate I am to be able to stay home and witness all of her amazing firsts. It really is crazy. Among all of the activity, we have been swimming daily in the pool too! It has been unbelievably HOT and HUMID. No choice really but to swim or stay in air conditioned houses. It's the only way to stay cool. Our power went out yesterday for 1 1/2 - 2 hours which was a bit concerning. It was so hot and without the air conditioning, I was afraid that the house would become unbearable for Livvy. I closed all my blinds to keep the sun from streaming in and heating the house. We were lucky to have the power go back on after only a short time. I upped the air conditioning so that we would cool off quickly. It was surprising in just that short time, the house had already become muggy. Ick! I hate the stickiness you feel that comes along with the humidity. It makes me want to shower all day.
I haven't been bloggin' much at all. Maybe once a week which I'm finding works well for me. As much as I'd like to blog every day, spending time with Alivia is my first priority. I've been a lot less stressed not having to focus on multiple things. Although I am a very good multi-tasker my preference has always been to focus on one thing at a time. I am much more productive then. I am a wife and mother first, photographer second, and blogger last :o( The most difficult thing for me was to give up participating in photo challenges every day. This was my main source of communication with other bloggers. I still hope to participate in photo challenges at least once a week but choosing my favorite ones will be difficult!
Now on to my New Pics for week 5. Yes, they are of Alivia again. I never get tired of my baby! These were all shot in manual mode, some with a flash and some without. I was pretty happy with most of my SOOC shots so, again, little editing involved. I've heard the photography term 'blown out' used and after reading Understanding Histograms at Digital Photography School, I feel like some are definitely blown out especially after comparing the blown out picture example in the article to some of my own pictures below.