Ellis: Eight Months Old

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

You know, they didn't lie when they said time is the greatest thief.

Ellis James is officially 8 months old as of Oct 19th, and I just don't know how this happened.  Every night when I nurse him to sleep, I scroll through the camera roll on my phone and my eyes quickly well up with tears.  They are mostly happy tears -- like, how in the world did we get so lucky?


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

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


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

Our cautiously, curious, little guy continues to light up our world.

This last month he finally cut a tooth!  And then right after that one poked though, a second one came up. Now we're working on not biting mom while nursing (OUCH!!).
(Please, if anyone has any tips on how to stop this from happening -- I'd love to hear them).


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


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

What's new this month? 

Ellis is scooting a bit on his bum and doing the ol' inch-worm body pull, but is not crawling yet.  He goes from sitting to the crawling position, but hasn't quite mastered getting his knees tucked under himself.  He more or less flops like a beached whale at this point -- his arms & legs go, but his belly stays on the ground. It's really kinda cute.  He is starting to pull himself up on things and we had to lower his crib this month too because he thinks he's a cool acrobat kid -- so for his safety, it's time we lowered it.

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

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

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

Speaking of cribs, Ellis is still sleeping pretty well at night for us (for the most part).  And as the days get shorter and shorter, he seems to be ready for bed earlier and earlier.  By 7:00-7:30 pm, he's spent.

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

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

Ellis boy is still a great eater, and we're now handing him things like puffs & crackers, and he feeds himself versus us feeding him. The best is when a piece of food gets "stuck" in his hand and he can't quite figure out how to get it off.  He still takes 5 oz of breast milk every 3 hours and eats homemade baby food for breakfast, lunch, & dinner.  He is very curious whenever we put something in our mouth, so gone are the days of eating in front of him and not offering him anything. Home boy wants a taste!

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

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

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

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

Little Ellis is finally starting to out grow his 6 month clothing & is still in size 3 diapers.  He also still very much loves to jabber, but lately it's really only in the comfort of his own home.  He says "ba ba ba," and da da da" ALOT.  I keep trying to get him to say "ma ma ma" but it seems his "m's" only come out when he's crying.  Go figure!

Although he doesn't say any words yet, the kid has impeccable hearing -- he can literally hear a pin drop.

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

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

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

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

Lately, Ellis really enjoys standing & playing with his activity table, but he definitely needs a spotter.  Oh, and the other day he laughed for 5 minutes straight at a clothes pin.  Thought it was the coolest thing ever.  He's pretty easy to please :)

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


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


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


Things I love about Ellis this month:
- How he loves re-watching videos of himself. He laughs and laughs and laughs!
- The way his face lights up when I sing & dance in the kitchen
- How his hair is starting to grow over his ears (dad says he needs a hair cut... mom says NO WAY!)
- They way he studies a new toy in his hands so intently
- That he enjoys being read to -- for as wiggly as he is, he sits pretty well for a book
- How much the ladies at daycare love & adore him

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


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