Ellis: Six Months Old

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Last Saturday, Ellis officially turned 1/2 a year old.  I know I say this every month, but man.  How can he be this old already?

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

The day he was born -- that unusually warm, mid-February Sunday still sits vividly in my memory.  I replay the day over and over in my head, and still can't believe I was schlepping through the woods checking maple syrup taps with Zac one hour, and the next hour we were at the hospital, getting ready to met our babe!

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

This month, a common theme for Ellis is movement.  He's very busy.  Though he's not crawling, he somehow manages to get from one side of the room to the other by rolling.  He's always wiggling, reaching, touching, & exploring.  He's constantly fidgeting with his hands and kicking his legs.  He is never still.  Which is funny -- when he was in my belly I felt him moving all day and all night, and he's still a mover and a shaker.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis also has a lot to say.  He babbles all day long, which is the best background noise, ever.  He also loves his toys and jumper, and is pretty good at occupying himself, but is happiest when we're playing and talking with him.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

He also loves noises.  His favorite is when daddy does elk calls (which annoys the HECK outta me, but Ellis loves it).  He also likes to take his nails and scratch at surfaces to see what noise they will make.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

He still doesn't have any teeth, so we were WAY wrong about thinking he was teething months ago.  I guess biting everything and excessive drool is just who Ellis is, haha.  And, we are currently working on sitting up on our own... he has a bad case of the wobbles.  He is however an expert toe sucker and sock remover.  He's constantly losing his socks at daycare.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

We tried green beans as his first "solid food" a few weeks ago, and he HATED it.  He gagged excessively, his eyes watered -- he didn't want anything to do with them.  I'm happy to report baby oatmeal, squash, and peas have gone much better.  We are currently making his baby food from our garden goods, so that's been fun!

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis traveled to Minocqua earlier this month and slept basically the whole way there and the whole way home -- he was a dream to travel with.  Sleeping in his pack n' play on the other hand?  Not that great.  Under normal circumstances though, he sleeps at night in his crib a fairly consistent 7-9 hours/night, which we are all happy about!  Also, he has the best internal clock.  He knows when the 8 o' clock hour is near; he lets us know it's time for bed by getting irritable and rubbing his eyes & ears. I nurse him to sleep every night and it's one of my favorite times of the day.  I know I made breastfeeding sound not so glamorous in this post, but... I am totally going to miss it when he's older.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days

Things I love about Ellis this month:
- How easy it is to make him smile -- you usually just have talk to him.
- That he likes when I sing to him -- which, let's face it, clearly only sounds good to him ;)
- How he rubs my chin, cheeks & neck when he nurses.
- When he holds his hands out in front of him and studies them... he's so inquisitive!
- The faces he makes when we're outside and the wind blows his hair.
- How easy it is to make him giggle.
- How much he enjoys bath time.  If he's crabby, put him in the tub.  He laughs and smiles and splashes his crabby bugs away.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Six Months | My Darling Days


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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.

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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!