Ellis: Four Months Old

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

Time sure is flying by with our little ham, just like we knew it would.  In fact, I'm a week late in posting his 4 month update... not because I forgot, but because life with a baby is busy!  Welcome to motherhood, right?

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

Our boy is growing, growing, growing!  Ellis is currently in 6 month clothing and size 2 diapers.

His thighs are deliciously chubby.
His wrist rolls make me swoon.
And his double chin is the cutest.  
I am literally obsessed with every single part of him.

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

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

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

He's getting his own little personality and has definitely found his voice!  He babbles non-stop, and it's about the best thing ever.  There is something so enchanting about baby babbles, am I right?!

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

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

I'm happy to report that he's been giving us a pretty consistent 7-9 hours of sleep these last few weeks! (!!!!)  He's usually in bed between 8-9:00 pm and wakes between 4-6:00 am.  Ellis is definitely an early riser & loves mornings, just like his daddy :)  But he's a restless sleeper like his momma... he is ALL over the place in his crib throughout the night, and often gets his limbs stuck in between the crib slats.  By morning, his head is usually where his feet were when I laid him down the night before.

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

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

He learned to roll-over this past month -- from back to belly.  He usually gets stuck on his belly, but has rolled to his back a few times.

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

He's very expressive with his eyebrows these days, too.

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

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

Also, he has GOT to be teething... he's drooling like crazy & puts everything in his mouth (which I hate, but it's impossible to stop).  He sometimes takes a nuk, sometimes not.  It's really hit or miss.

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

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

Litle Ellis had a blocked tear duct in his left eye, but it appears to have cleared on it's own.  He is still spitting up pretty often too, even on Baby Zantac.  He's a happy spitter though; it doesn't seem to bother him.  It just makes for a lot of laundry for mom!

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

He's also proving to have very sensitive skin.  He gets diaper rash easily and broke out with a rash on his cheek from Grandma Char kissing him with lipstick on. Perfumes also irritate his skin so we have to be careful when he gets passed around at parties & family gatherings... the next day, he's usually got a rash.  Poor kid.

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

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

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

Ellis loves to play with his rattles and really enjoys this play mat that my mom & dad got him.   He is usually pretty content playing on his own, but he LOVES to be talked to.  We read books often and he's starting to grab at the pages and help me "hold" the book.  It's precious!

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

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

Things I love about Ellis this month:
- His big, open mouth smiles
- That he's sleeping through the night more often than not
- The way he fidgets with this little hands when we nurse
- Listening to him "talk"
- The way he giggles when you kiss his neck and sides of his belly
- How he kicks up his legs & rubs his feet together when you change his diaper

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

We are having so much fun with him lately...  I just adore being his momma.  I often pinch myself and think how did I get so lucky?  We love you so so much little Ellis James!

Ellis: Three Months Old

And just like that, we blinked & Ellis turned 3 months old!

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

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

Three months old unfortunately means that this momma is back to work full-time (which is the WORST), so Ellis now spends his days at daycare.  This was his first week, and his teacher says he's an angel... but he's been a bit fussy in the evenings for us, so I'm hoping he's just adjusting to his new schedule.

I mentioned on this Instagram post that I had no idea just how much I could grow to love another human being in just 3 short months.  It's honestly like he's a part of me, and leaving him at daycare every morning is like leaving half of my heart there. I hate that we've become a society in which both parents typically work full-time, and that we pay someone else to essentially help raise our children.  Everybody tells me it will get easier, but I don't think it will.  I think a person just learns to accept it...

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

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

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

Speaking of work, Ellis did get to visit both of our workplaces this past month; he got passed around like a hot potato as all the ladies fawned over him.  He also helped me celebrate my first Mother's Day (too bad the very next day I had to return to work)!

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


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

At Ellis' two month well check, his Dr. diagnosed him with acid reflux, and we have him on Baby Zantac for a bit.  It does seem to be helping, even though I'm not crazy about having him on meds.  But if it makes him more comfortable, it's worth it.

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

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

This month we also transitioned him from his Rock n Play to his Bassinet, so he's laying flat now and is overall doing pretty well with it... he was averaging about 4 1/2 - 5 hour stretches of sleep at night, but this week he's regressed bad, and we're up every 2 - 3 hours again.  He's such a restless little sleeper; he wiggles around a lot!

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

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

At 11 weeks, he caught his first respiratory virus / cold, and I don't know if it was him or me that was more miserable.  We both had two really sleepless nights and lots of tears.  I felt SO BAD for him.  He was so congested and coughing... there is nothing worse than how helpless you feel for a sick baby :(

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

Ellis is a big fan of making a fist with his hands, and sucking on his pointer finger knuckle.  We are trying to break the habit, but he's still not really a fan of the pacifier.

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

He's a little drool monster too... Dr. said his gums are swollen, so we could see a tooth before long?!  Also, little man is almost 13 lbs now -- just about doubled his birth weight.  If there's one thing he loves, it's to eat (guess he got that from his momma)!

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

His cradle cap is just about gone (thanks to coconut oil before bath time), and his baby acne disappeared too.  We love the Cerve Baby cream, it works wonders!

Ellis James, baby update - three months | My Darling Days
Ellis is very interested in infant toys now, and has lots of baby babbles.  I love "talking" with him, it's the absolute best!

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

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

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

We're still changing lots and lots of diapers... he averages about 12 a day.  We really should buy stock in Pampers & Huggies :)

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

Also, I feel like I could cut his fingernails every day... how do those sucker's grow so fast?!

Things I love about Ellis this month:
- His "thumper" leg (he kicks his left leg when we change his diaper, it's so cute!)
- His infectious smile.
- That he found his voice and loves to coo!
- HIs random giggles after our nursing sessions... when I'm trying to burp him & he's super milk drunk.
- That he loves to be talked to.
- How happy he is when he wakes up in the morning (definitely got that from dad and NOT mom)!

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

A couple weeks ago we took Ellis on a Saturday date night with us -- dinner at Texas Road House & grocery shopping -- my oh my how times have changed!


Missed a recap?  Click HERE to see his one month recap, and HERE to see his two month recap.

Travel: Nice, France

After our quick stop in Pisa, Italy, we left the highway en route to France!

We enjoyed panoramic views along the Moyenne Corniche; I love how the Maritime Alpes dropped straight to the sea, with little cities scattered here & there.

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days
We stopped in Eze to tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory.  We learned about the art of perfume-making & left with a cute gift basket filled with goodies to remember our experience.

Travel: Nice, France, Fragonard Perfume Factory | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France, Fragonard Perfume Factory | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France, Fragonard Perfume Factory | My Darling Days

Next stop, Nice, France -- the center of the French Riviera!

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Upon arriving in Nice, I got the vibe it was sort of a "resort town"; filled with lots of laid back vacationers, a smattering of vibrant and pastel color combos, and even some palm trees.  Though it was still a bit chilly, the sun was out & people were playing on the beach.  The beach, by the way, is all rocks...

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

We instantly took in the sunny weather and fun seaside scenery, dipping our toes in the Mediterranean and strolling along the Promenade des Anglais.

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

The Promenade des Anglais is a paved walkway that stretches 7 kilometers for pedestrians.  Across the street, you'll find hotels, restaurants, and shops.  The Promenade des Anglais offers access to the beaches and every so often you'll find an empty bench, which gives strollers the opportunity to sit back, relax, and even catch an afternoon snooze -- which Zac & I did.   They say Nice is a place to enjoy life -- to take in the sea & soak up it's energy.

Travel: Nice, France, Le Negresco Hotel  | My Darling Days
The famous, 5-star Luxury Le Negresco Hotel
Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days
 
Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Old Town Nice has a distinctive Italian flare -- it reminded me a bit of Venice, with it's cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, & colorful buildings.

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days


Drink up friends!  Next up, Saint Paul de Vence!

Travel: Nice, France | My Darling Days

Visit my Travel Page to see more stops from our time in Europe.
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