daphne {week 1}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // romper: Carter’s // booties: June and January // blanket: made by Aunt Kelly}

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{And the outtake with big sister Eloise. I am not sure what Daphne was staring at in the photos, but Eloise’s face is priceless!}

{week 1} This past week of being a family of four (!) has been a bit of a blur, but Daphne is such a sweet little soul. I can’t imagine a better addition to our family. Like her big sister, Daphne seems pretty laid-back, and has been much more awake and alert than I remember Eloise being. She has a lot more (black) hair than Eloise did and her eyes are slightly darker, a grey-brown.

We are on a 2 to 5 hour feeding schedule, depending on the time of day. During the day, I am trying to keep between 2 and 3 hours, while at night I am letting Daphne stretch the time between feedings since it means more sleep for us both! If you don’t know, a feeding schedule is calculated from the start of one feeding to the start of the next (much like contractions) so once you include how much time the actual feeding takes, you know how much time you have to eat/sleep/shower/do anything else before the next feeding. Currently Daphne is taking about 45 to 60 minutes to complete a feed; she is spending about 30 minutes actually nursing but is so sleepy that she snoozes during feedings. So, not a whole lot of time for mama to do anything but feel like she is feeding!

Nursing is going really well this time around (in relative comparison to Eloise) and my milk is in! The first few feedings went super well with Daphne, but pretty quickly I was getting blisters (yep, blisters!) and I knew we needed to get some help. Luckily we were in the hospital a bit longer this time (since Daphne was born so early in the morning) so we had access to the hospital’s lactation consultants. After the second consultation when Daphne was 2 days old, we confirmed that she had a tongue-tie (apparently they run in the family since Eloise had one too) that we were able to get clipped. Since then, her latch has gotten so much better!

At Daphne’s first doctor’s appointment, she was down almost 10% of her body weight to 7 lbs, 13 oz which is what Eloise’s birth weight was! She also hadn’t been peeing enough that third day, so between that and the weight loss we supplemented with 2 ounces of formula along with her normal feedings. We went in for a weight check just the day and she was up one ounce but since she still wasn’t peeing enough, the doctor recommended to continue supplementation with a bottle. But instead of using formula, I started pumping to be able to give Daphne an extra ounce of milk by bottle every other feeding. It definitely stinks to have to pump at this point since I really hate (HATE) pumping, but I knew I wanted to start pretty soon since it allows me to be away from her for more than an hour at a time. Plus, I got this new pump from Naya which uses water instead of air to pump and it is a game-changer! Don’t get me wrong, pumping still isn’t fun, but it is much more comfortable than my Medela pump.

Lots of people have asked, and for those of you who we haven’t been able to see in person, I promise Daphne’s birth story is coming soon! And until then, here are some FAQs:

{how is Eloise doing with Daphne?} Eloise is doing really well with Daphne and has been the sweetest big sister. She has always really loved babies and calls Daphne “my baby” which is the cutest thing ever. There is definitely some jealousy since my/our attention has to be spread over two kids now, but since Aaron and my mom are here to help right now, we are able to keep a pretty good balance. Eloise wants to be helpful with Daphne, and probably overly so, with lots of hugs and kisses. Also, Eloise calls her Daph-A-nee which is so endearing!

{how is Sadie doing with Daphne?} Sadie is doing well with Daphne and we honestly didn’t even do the meet-and-greet thing with her outside of the house, like we did with Eloise. Sadie has always been amazing with Eloise and never shown any signs of grumpiness or aggression, so we really weren’t worried about the way she would be with Daphne. She isn’t in protective mode yet, but I know soon enough she will be sleeping outside of Daphne’s nursery and being attentive when she cries!

{who does Daphne look more like – mama or papa?} Daphne has a few of my features – black hair, eye shape, and nose – but I think her face shape is Aaron. And, I think she looks really similar to Eloise as a newborn and it definitely gives me flashbacks!

{where did the name Daphne come from, is it a family name?} Daphne is a name that I found in a some-what random internet search of traditional French baby names… seriously. Since we didn’t know the baby’s gender, we had to have a boy name and a girl name, but coming up with a girl name was tricky since the last time around we only had picked Eloise and there were no back-up names. We like traditional names and hoped to pick something that wasn’t super popular, but that’s tougher than it sounds! When I first suggested Daphne, Aaron wasn’t so sure, but he pretty quickly picked it as his choice! We had two girl names, one for each of us (mine was Margot), but in the end, Daphne won and we are super happy with it!.

Lucille, Daphne’s middle name, was my paternal grandmother’s name. Both of our girls were (middle) named after each of my grandmothers.

{what do you call Daphne, does she have a nickname?} We are calling her Daphne at the moment, though I know nicknames are bound to come! As I mentioned above, Eloise calls her Daph-A-nee, and we still refer to her (lovingly) as Baby Foot.

{are you getting any sleep?} Actually yes! The first night was a little rough in the hospital because we were so tired and it was all brand-new, but by the second night, Daphne was giving me one good stretch of sleep. And now that my milk has come in, Daphne seems much more satisfied after nursing and is pretty much going right back to sleep after feeding during the night.

{is the nursery done?} Yes, like 95%. I want to get a few framed photos of Daphne and the family up, and a small gallery wall, but those are things that I know will take time. I will be sharing the nursery soon though!

{are you going to cloth diaper or use disposables?} For the current moment we are using disposables from Honest Company since that is what we used with Eloise and they get delivered! Once Daphne loses her umbilical cord, we have a stash of newborn cloth diapers (both all-in-ones and gDiapers) that are on loan from friends that we are hoping to use. Seriously, cloth is super easy once you have a good system down! And then once Daphne is big enough for the rest of our cloth diapers, we will transition to (mostly) cloth.

{how are you feeling?} I am feeling pretty good and much more well-rested than I had anticipated (knock on wood)! My recovery is going really well and the thing I am the most worried about is flying solo with two kids – ahh!

Happy One Week Daphne!

M

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