Ellis goes to the beach!

Before summer leaves us for good, it's time I share some photos of baby Ellis's first trip to the beach!

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Beach Day | My Darling Days

Safe to say, Ellis loves the beach :)

Lakeside Afternoon in Door County

One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of stunning flowers that nature gives us.

Recently, we spent the day in Bailey's Harbor, and I couldn't stop snapping photos of all the pretty flowers on our walk around town.

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

I think it's important to slow down and recognize the beauty around us because often times we are in such a rush to get from point A to point B, that we miss the special things around us, like all those beautiful blooms.

So that's exactly what we set out to do, on a random Monday in July.  We each took vacation days from work and had a wonderful, slow day together.

My Darling Days

My Darling Days


The day started with breakfast at Scaturos, then we stopped to slip our toes in the sand at a new-to-us beach, followed by a little wondering around Cave Point County Park, and the day ended with a stroll up and down the side walks of Bailey's Harbor.

More snapshots from our day, below:

Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Cave Point County Park, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Cave Point County Park, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Of course, we had to sample some fudge & candy!

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days


Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door county - flowers | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

Bailey's Harbor, Door County, WI | My Darling Days

It's always a fun time in beautiful Door County!


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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