Parenthood: "it's different when it's your kid"

I vividly remember watching my sister tip Kane's head back, and with the tip of her pinky finger nail, she wedged it up his little nostril to grab a big, green, slimy booger out of this nose.

"Ewww! Why don't you use a tissue?"  I asked.

"This method is much more effective," she said.

Kane had a cold. There was snot everywhere crusted on his face.

After said booger removal, Kane proceeded to give his mom a "hug", which was really just a ploy to wipe his snotty nose on Becky's shoulder.

My stomach turned. I got nauseous over the thought of his gross booger, lodged up under her pinky nail, not to mention now she was covered in snot.

Becky didn't even bat an eye.  She washed her hands & continued to fold the pile of laundry sitting on their couch.  She could tell though, by the look of disgust on my face, that I was grossed out...

"It's different when they're your own", she said.

No way, I thought.  Boogers are gross.  Snot is gross.  Your kid or not, it's still gross.

Fast forward a few years, and here I am... I've become the mom who takes her pinky finger nail to extract boogers from her child's nose.  Zac's fingers are simply too big, so I've become the self-proclaimed Booger Puller in this household.

And oddly enough, I get this weird feeling of satisfaction when I dislodge a big booger out of Ellis's nose.  I feel like I'm helping him breathe better, and -- it's gotta feel good to get that outta there.  In fact, I'm always kind of on booger patrol. Grandma Sue scolds me for poking and prodding at his little nose all the time, but I'm just tryin' to help the little fella out.

Parenthood | My Darling Days


So yeah.  I get it.  Dealing with gross bodily functions IS different when it's your own child.

When you become a mom, you basically become a giant burp rag...

I wipe drool with my hand (and then wipe my hand on my pants).  I'm always covered in spit up.  I use my hand to cover a shooting pee sprout in the bath tub, and don't think twice about it.  My left shoulder is always wet because I tend to hold Ellis on that side, and he always gnaws on my shoulder bone.  I've gotten runny, mustard baby poop on my hands more times than I care to admit.  When Ellis had a cold, I all but made out with him so that I would get his germs because I heard my breastmilk would make antibodies for him to fight the cold.  And most recently, Ellis has actually sneezed in my mouth...

And you know what?  I wouldn't have it any other way... because it's different when it's your kid!

Tell me, what's your baby's best gross bodily function story?  I'd love to hear! :)


Click here to read about our first lesson in Parenthood.



Our Summer in Snapshots

The other day I was letting myself get bummed out, because it felt like we hadn't done "anything fun" yet this summer.

We haven't taken a vacation in over a year & have nothing planned for the near future.

It wasn't until I uploaded photos from my camera & phone that I realized I was being ridiculous... we don't necessarily have to travel to have fun.  We've done plenty of fun things this summer.  And most importantly, we've made lots of new memories with Ellis!

Some of our memorable summer snapshots, below:
(sorry for the poor quality, most of these are phone pics)


First trip to the zoo!


Uncle Lance, Auntie Jacki, and cousin Caleb joined us, too!




 Giggles with Auntie Becky!



 Cooling off in the pool at Grandma Sue & Papa Poogie's house



 Father's Day gifts for Daddy



Snuggles with Dad



Poop blowouts!



Lots of playtime



Hangin' with cousin Owen!



Day trips to Door County




Ice cream evenings at Frosty Tip



Sunday family snuggles on the couch



Naps with Daddy



Trips to the greenhouse!



Reading letters from pen pal Grandma Bero




Story-time with Mom



Friday nights with Grandma Annoye



Cuddles with Grandma Sue



Summer-time family walks



Tummy-time on Dad



Mikki & Mitch's wedding!



Snapchat filters with Mom



Family hikes



Lots of time on the changing table 



Pumpkin patch weeding by Great Grandma Patsy & Great Papa Lloyd



Chocolate malt holding



First Uno game!



Trying to hold a bottle



Meeting Uncle Blane from Omaha!



Family campfires



Celebrating Great Uncle Tony's 104th Birthday!!



Meeting baby Nolan!



Cheering on Uncle Lance and Daddy at the Belgian Day's Run 



First parade



Reppin' the Brew Crew



Slow Saturday mornings 



Wishing it were Friday, always...



Lookin' at bucks with Dad



Visits with Uncle Tony



Watching the fair parade with friends!



Visits with Great Grandma Bero



Golf cart rides with Grammy Char & Papa Randy


and, 

Snuggles with Cousin Collin <3



We're looking forward to closing out summer with lots more memories!

Happy August!



Ellis: Five Months Old

Say hello to our 5 month old little bubs!!

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Oh man, this little munchkin is so fun right now.  It's amazing how much he's developed both physically & mentally from just a month or two ago.  I was looking back at his newborn pictures, and I just can't believe how much he's changed.

And now I just realized that I never posted his newborn photos... oops!

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

It gets harder & harder to drop him off at daycare everyday because I just want to hang out with him!  Before I know it, he won't want to hang out with his mom so I feel like I need to take advantage of any time that I can get with him.  Honestly, he trumps all my previous hobbies.  I feel guilty if he's awake and I'm not paying attention to him since I barely see him during the week.  I'm still trying to find balance between being a mom and being my "old self".  It's tough to find any spare time for me these days -- but that's OK because I'd rather spend time with him anyways!

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Although Ellis is growing, he's just a little peanut.  At his 4 month well-check he measured up in the 15th percentile for weight and 40th percentile for height.  It's kind of weird though.  When I hold him, I feel like he's still a tiny babe.  But when I see someone else holding him, he looks huge to me.

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis loves to be sang to (The Ants Go Marching is a favorite of his), and he's rather infatuated with his hands these days.  If they are not in his mouth, he holds them out in front of him and just stares at them like, "wow! look at these things!"   It's so cute.

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

He's "talking" up a storm, and his hand-eye coordination is really improving; he's grabbing at his toys (and my hair)!  He's still a spitty baby though -- that hasn't changed yet, unfortunately.  We always joke that he'd be twenty pounds if he didn't spit up so much.  He's eating 5 oz every 3 hours while at daycare, and at home he's still nursing every 3 hours or so.

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

His little personality is developing rapidly.  If he's tried or hangry... he will let you know!  He's usually still pretty chill but when it's time to eat, or he's overtired, he might throw a little temper tantrum -- which usually involves a whiny moan before a full out cry, and he pulls at his hair and ears.

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis prefers to sleep on his side vs. his back, and speaking of sleep... he was doing SO well sleeping through the night, but this last week he's waking up throughout the night.  Uhg... just when you think you're in he clear...nope!  Thankfully he usually just needs a diaper change and he nurses back to sleep.  Or, he got stuck on his stomach and needs to be turned.

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

He's gotta cut a tooth soon.  The drool is coming out puddles and he is gnawing at any and everything he can get his gums on, including his toes!

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days

Things I love about Ellis this month:
- How neck & belly kisses make him giggle so hard
- The curly q his hair makes on the right side of his head
- How easy it is to make him smile
- The continued baby babbles
- How fun he is to play with
- That he loves to by mom :)

Ellis James, baby update - five months | My Darling Days




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