Things that have changed since I became a mother...

I smell butts through clothes to see if diapers need to be changed.
Add to that; I constantly wonder about poop: Is he pooping too much?  Why isn't he pooping more?  Why is his poop so hard?  Why does he have the shits again?  OMG did he poop today?

I always feed baby before I feed myself.

I hide veggies in everything.

I cut the amount of time that I used to need to get ready in half.

I can carry a car seat, purse, diaper bag, grocery bags, and coffee at the same time.

I get my hair pulled on the daily.

I am a human tissue.
Add to that; I routinely find something crusty on my outfit.  I have gone through more bottles of "Shout" in the last year than I have in my entire lifetime.

I gave up on having a perfectly spotless home.
Add to that; my carpet has been peed on & puked on.  I don't deep clean nearly as often as I should.  My stainless steel appliances are always covered in hand & tongue prints.


I say "NO" way more often than I should.

I've learned that having a child means there's no such thing as personal space.
Add to that; I now share my food, drink, seat, pillow, toothbrush, read: everything... with my child.

I have perpetually dry hands from washing them a 1,000 times a day.

rarely stay up past 10:00 pm.

I naturally wake at least twice in the night to make sure that my baby is breathing.

I am tired all of the time.

I am always searching for more time in the day.

I have the ability to experience a roller coaster of emotions in just the matter of a few minutes.


I am not as good of a friend as I was once.

I don't spend enough one-on-one time with my husband.

I would rather shop for my child than for myself.

I don't get to travel nearly as often as I had hoped.

I am consistently in awe of how fast children learn new things.

I gave up a "pre baby body" for a "mom bod".
Add to that; I now prefer at least mid-rise jeans, comfy shoes, loose T shirts, and minimal jewerly.

I worry about everything.

I am honored yet slightly terrified that I get to shape someone's future.

I constantly wonder if I am doing enough.

I have a completely different perspective on life.


I am a new person.

I am a life giver, a life lover, a first love, a teacher, a provider, a friend, a healer.

I am someone's whole entire world...

I have a new purpose: Mom.

And I am blessed beyond measure!

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Wishing a very Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mommies out there, and especially all of the mommies with babies in heaven & all of the mommies still waiting to be mommies -- you are the real rock-stars.


Wildlife Sanctuary | Spring 2018

On the first warm weekend in April, we took our first trip of the year to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.   It was a long time comin', since winter lasted for FAR too long this year.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

It was the weekend after Blizzard Evelyn so it was a bit wet yet, but when the sun shines & the temp reaches 60 degrees, you GET OUTSIDE no matter what!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

Momma geese, sitting on their nests.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days


Still some snow left on the banks, but plenty of ducks & geese to feed.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

Do you see the owl?

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days

And we spotted an almost 2.5' foot baby Ellis!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days


 Big bear hugs to all... to celebrate warmer days ahead!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring 2018 | My Darling Days


Previous trips to the Wildlife Sanctuary: 2017 (baby Ellis!) & 2015

Easter Goodies 2018

Easter Sunday was 4 weeks ago, so before we close out April & welcome May, I wanted to get our "Easter Time" photos posted since I do use this space as a literal scrapbook of our days.  Did you know you can make blog posts into a book?!

Anyways, last year I wrote about how I thought I failed at making Ellis's first holiday special, so this year I upped my game....

We colored eggs, which by the way, he was very much into...






We hunted for eggs Easter morning.... 







The Easter Bunny filled his basket with lots of goodies...



And Ellis wore a brand new Easter outfit...



But I STILL forgot to get the fudge egg from Seroogy's.  Darn it!  I guess there's always next year. :)

And because I love flashback comparison photos... look at the difference a year makes!



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Maple Syruping.

The Everard Boys concluded another year of maple syrup making.

Per usual, I'm glad that I didn't have to lift a finger and yet still get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
I take that back.  I went with Zac once this year to check the taps / gather sap.  Proof; it's documented below.

In all honestly, I mostly just pulled Ellis in the sled & took a few pictures.  But hey!  Family time, right? :) 


Maple syrup gathering looked a little different this year than it did last year...



The boys tapped different trees.
There was much more snow on the ground.
It was very cold.
Oh, and I had a baby!
(That photo on the left... Ellis was born 4 short hours after it was taken)



You know what's great about Maple Syrup Season?  It's smack dab in the drab of winter.
That in-between "blah" season when you're so ready for winter to be done & for spring to arrive.
The day the boys boil sap brings that feeling that spring is jusssst around the corner for me.  I usually start some spring cleaning and get the house decorated for Easter, while the boys freeze their bums off all day boiling the sap. 



Side note: what's funnier than a baby in snow pants and boots that are two sizes too big, trying to walk in the snow?  Pretty.much.nothing.



I mean really though, if only we could all be as cool as Ellis...


Peace out Sugar Maples, see ya next year.

Now who's hungry for pancakes!?


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How To Eat Cake


How to Eat Cake
a photo story, by Ellis.


Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days
 
Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days

Cake smash | My Darling Days


Literal proof that you can have your cake, and eat it too.