Hello world, I made a video!
November 30, 2011

This is completely unrelated to anything, but I made a video.  A VIDEO!

Okay, so my voice is a little irritating (my defense would be that I AM STILL SICK, OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE SAVE ME, but actually I think this is fair representation of my voice and my oddball cadence) (I sound way cooler in my head) (also, you see now why I blog and do not, say, relay news stories) and I’m not a videographer, WHATEVER MAN.  It’s a video!  A VIDEO!  CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!

I think only like a dozen of these exist of my child EVER because I am just…not…good at remembering to do it.

I tell myself it’s alright because, as you might have gathered from this website once or twice or fifty times, I take quite a few photographs.  Like.  It’s ridiculous how many.  Hundreds and hundreds of gigabytes worth of images all triple-backed-up because after losing almost all of the pictures I took of Charlotte’s first four months to a computer crash I went all paranoid on my husband’s ass.

But whenever I do record a small everyday clip of our life like this, I sort of wish I did it more.  They’re shaky, they usually involve Donald or me yelling about grocery or housework or taxes, and once I actually dropped the recorder (oops), but after she goes to sleep I replay them over and over again and just marvel at this life I lead.  What a gift my little girl is.  What a shining star.

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  1. By Kate on November 30, 2011

    This is absolutely precious! I’m so thrilled to finally see her in ‘real-life’ and it just makes her all the more gorgeous! I especially love how the video ends, with her just deciding that you’ve got to take the hair out her mouth and lurching towards you, jaws wide open, with that almost quizzical “YES” like ‘well what do you think? Of course I need you to help me get it out!‘ Beautiful!

  2. By on November 30, 2011

    awesome ! i don’t have any videos of my childhood and i wish i could see myself now, and my family.
    i don’t make nearly enough videos of Alice either,, but i’m trying to make 1dvd/1year just so she can see them later.

    it was awesome to see her in “real life” and also hear your voice (which i didn’t imagine like that at all for some reason, haha)

  3. By on November 30, 2011

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    Your voice is not irritating at all. I’ve ruined many videos of James by speaking (I have a nasal voice), so I’ve learned to stay quiet.

    I find lately I’m taking way more videos than photos. All the photos I end up taking are horrible, like shots of half of a blurry James. He just won’t sit still, or when he does, he tries too hard to smile.

  4. By on November 30, 2011

    I love, love, LOVE this age now that they’re old enough to have a conversation (my Charlotte is just a few months older than yours). I have a halloween video that I love for just this reason.

  5. By Jeneva on November 30, 2011

    LOVE!!! Oh how I love this. I love listening to children speak. Everything is so exciting and wonderful (or horribly terrible). Her voice is so cute and yours was completely not annoying.

    Thanks for sharing that.

  6. By Amber on November 30, 2011

    I love this, Sarah! I think you sound just fine.

    Charlotte is going to be one tall girl! And yes that is a hint of envy you detect :P

  7. By Gracia on November 30, 2011

    Your voice is not annoying at all! And she is the cutest. My ovaries started screaming when I watched this video :)

  8. By on November 30, 2011

    Haha, your conversations sound exactly like mine (my son just turned 2):

    Toddler: Wanna blahblahblah-toddler-speak-that-only-mommy-understands exclamation!!!!!
    Mommy: You want to [English translation]?
    Todder: Yes!

    All. Day. Long.

  9. By Lindsey on November 30, 2011

    Ooooh myyyy I am dyiiiiing. She is the most squeezable little thing ever. How do you not just squeeze her all the time?

    Her verbal abilities are amazing but not surprising as you seemingly have taken great care to help her develop them early on.

    Seriously, wanna squeeze her.

  10. By Lindsey on November 30, 2011

    Oh geez another thing: when she starts reading the book? Her cadence and pronunciation are adoooooooorable!

    “Once upon a time there was a leeetle boy named Pell. He had a leeeetle lamb…“

    Love it.

  11. By Megan R. on November 30, 2011

    so great to hear you both!  while watching the video, Finnley came over and wanted to watch, too.  she stopped midway through to go over and get a blue book off of her bookshelf to read!  too funny!  thanks for sharing!

  12. By on November 30, 2011

    my son came peaking over my shoulder when he heard the video playing… He seems to like charlotte (aka, he keeps asking me to play the video for him).

  13. By tara pollard pakosta on November 30, 2011

    oh take more take more. you HAVE to! because all these things you think you will remember, like the sound of her voice and her little mannerisms, you WILL NOT remember ! trust me on this! mine are almost 12 and just 10 and I cannot remember much, but I have hours and hours of video, probably somewhere around 16-18 hours and i LOVE seeing those and so do my girls! you can never have too much! and if you do, you can get it condensed down to one dvd….of just the best moments. imagine playing some video of her small on her wedding day…take video of her daddy dancing with her NOW at this age and play it someday on her wedding, oh that would be special. I plan on doing that because i have the cutest video of mine dancing with their daddy….okay, she’s soooo adorable! I hope you remember to take more. leave your video camera out where you can grab it or send yourself reminders every day on your phone, TAKE MORE VIDEO, you won’t regret it or something like that! haaa!!!

  14. By bethany on November 30, 2011

    love this x 1000!!

    best part - Charlotte asking you to take a picture of her bottom. I about died.

  15. By on November 30, 2011

    Reasons why this video made me smile:

    1. My daughter drags and flings that alligator all over our house.

    2. Charlotte asking you to film her bottom.

    3. I’m always saying remember we don’t do this because…..

    4. I’m always saying no mama is not a personal jungle gym.

    5. My daughter ran and grabbed a book when she saw Charlotte do it.

    6. My daughter screams yuck and asks for help to pull hair strands out of her mouth too!

    She’s so darn sweet. I can’t wait to have conversations like this. TFS!

  16. By Laura Bishop on November 30, 2011

    YAY! A LIVE Video! After all these years of reading your blog now I finally know what you girls sound like! Charlotte is so funny!
    And your voice is great but not at all what I expected…how funny.

  17. By kbreints on November 30, 2011

    Oh what a sweet little girl—Thank you for this glimpse into your life. ... and i think you have a beautiful voice! (nothing like I imagined- btw)

  18. By China Wholesale Jewelry on December 01, 2011

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  19. By on December 01, 2011

    Nolan was at the screen watching intently as well - trying to tickle Charlotte lol !!! So super cute.
    I always show him pictures but he was ENTHRALLED with her, pretty cute :)

  20. By Lisa on December 01, 2011

    Your voice is different from what I imagined, (is it weird that people you don’t know imagine what you might sound like?) but it is not irritating at all. In fact, it’s very nice.
    I work in radio and it took a couple years or work before I heard in my head what I heard on a recording of my voice. I remember the moment, actually. I was just talking to my cousin and suddenly it clicked and I heard myself as I really sound. In general though, most people I know hate how they sound on recordings.
    Thanks for sharing the cute video!

  21. By on December 01, 2011

    Wow. Charlottle is absurdly cute. And your voice is not irritating in the slightest, just different from what I had imagined, as Lisa said. Funny how that happens with people we don’t know. :)

  22. By Alicia S. on December 02, 2011

    You have to do more of these! I smilied all the way through it!

  23. By on December 02, 2011

    Charlotte is so bright and articulate, even more so than I’d imagined! You do a great job capturing her voice in your posts. More videos please! Thanks for sharing your lovely short one with the internet world.

  24. By on December 02, 2011

    I loved watching this and I hope you do more of them! Charlotte is amazing and as weird as it may sound I like listening to the words and phrases that people use with kids (OK well I like listening to the people who are good at it.) Sometimes you glean a phrasing that just clicks and turns out to be really helpful and you are clearly doing something spectacular with Charlotte so I will learn whatever I can!

  25. By carolina on December 04, 2011

    that was pretty awesome. and not to sound creepy or anything, but your voice just sounded full of unconditional love for that beautiful little girl :o)

  26. By on December 05, 2011

    Hey Sarah—your voice and interactions with C are very nice :) She is just too cute on video. Please do post more videos, more often!

  27. By Gena@MsDivinesMelange on December 08, 2011

    Oh that is adorable!!!n Your voice/cadence isn’t weird at all - it sounds similar to the way I hear myself talking to little kids.
    Also, Charlotte is so squeaky-sounding - in THE most adorable way ever!

  28. By Tracy on December 19, 2011

    Cute video :) And at the risk of sounding like I’m complimenting myself now, it actually sounded a lot like interactions & conversations I used to have w/ my daughter (aged 3 1/2-ish) when she was really starting to become vocal & expressive.

    I’m so glad I overcame my “I hate the sound of my own voice” syndrome to shoot as many videos as I have over the last 3 years, so that someday, when i’m no longer here, there’s a physical record of the time E & I spend together. It’s about so much more than shooting the important milestones, & it’s more about capturing a glimpse of the normal, everyday conversations between my daughter & I.





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