daphne {month two}

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{alligator: Jellycat // cardigan: Old Navy (old) // onesie: Carter’s // shorts: babyGap (old) // tights: babyGap (old)}

{month two} Another month has flown by! As they say, the days are long but the months (or years) are short. This is so, so true about being a mother of (very) small children, especially more than one.

Most recently Daphne had her 8 week check-up and it went really well. She is hitting all of her milestones (head control, moving eyes to follow objects, reacting to sounds and voices, cooing, smiling, etc.) which is always reassuring to hear though we didn’t really have any doubts. She is growing well, albeit not as quickly as Eloise did which is a little crazy since Daphne had almost a full pound over Eloise at birth! Daphne is in the 75th percentile for weight and length (22.75 inches) and the 50 to 75th percentile (not sure why such a wide range here) for head circumference (38.9 cm). She doesn’t feel teeny tiny anymore, but I definitely notice the difference in head size between the girls!

Along with all of the milestone checks at her appointment came her first set of vaccines. So basically the saddest thing ever. Eloise was always such a champ with shots, even from this young, so I had pretty high expectations. Daphne took the oral vaccine like a champ and made a few funny faces since it is the only thing she has had other than breastmilk! Then came the injections… she missed the first one completely (the nurse was super efficient), but was pretty hysterical for the second two. I was able to get her cuddled and with her paci pretty quickly and she calmed down in just a few minutes. And then she slept. Solid. (I do remember that with Eloise too!) There was a bit of fussing with later diaper changes since her little legs were tender at the injection site, but nothing too bad. I did notice that she felt warm later that evening, but not enough to take her temperature. The nurse had warned us of fever as a possible side-effect, so I was more aware of it than normal. By the next morning though, Daphne was definitely hot! I took her temperature and it read 100.3 degrees twice. And, of course, I panicked! Our medical baby book (it’s like an encyclopedia that a doctor friend sent when E was born!) said that if a newborn’s temperature hit 100.4 degrees that it was into the doctor, no exceptions, so I was fairly certain at the time that we were going to be making a trip to the doctor/hospital. I kept monitoring her temperature (like a crazy person) and nursed her since she had to eat anyways. And luckily, she cooled down over the course of the feeding and was back down to below 100 by the time we were done. Phew!

During the day, Daphne is mostly cap-napping, though she will sometimes give me one really good nap (especially if I am wearing her). She is following the EAT PLAY SLEEP routine really well though she sometimes briefly “passes out” (aka milk drunk) right after or at the end of a feeding. I usually give her a few minutes to snooze and then change her diaper which generally wakes her up. She is still awake quite a bit between feedings and has enjoyed time on her play mat. I set up a mirror so she can stare at herself which is insanely cute. I am working on incorporating more tummy time, but it’s harder to do when you have a toddler who also needs attention. I remember doing a few minutes of tummy time right after a diaper change with Eloise and need to start doing that with Daphne.

At nighttime Daphne has been really pretty good. She almost always goes into her Rock N Play (next to our bed still) awake after a nursing session and a bottle, and falls asleep (usually) while I am getting ready for bed and setting up my pumping stuff for the next morning. I have noticed that especially at this time she doesn’t want her paci and falls asleep well without it. This is awesome and I am very much encouraging this! She is still sleeping pretty solidly (sometimes without a peep!) until 4 or 5 am, and then she starts to stir and fuss and grunt a bit. Almost always I can give her the paci and a little rock, and she is back asleep, though it is a really light sleep until we are up for the first feeding around 6 am.

There are lots of coos and squeals and smiles these days. THE BEST! She has such a sweet personality (it seems) and we are all enjoying interacting with her lately. She LOVES Eloise and intently listens to her, especially when Eloise sings to her while she is getting a diaper change. Seeing the girls together makes my mama heart so happy and makes the tough days worth it!

Daphne doesn’t mind the car seat too much and is mostly a content little passenger. Sometimes she gets fussy getting into the car seat, especially if she is close to a feeding time or is awakened from a nap to get into the seat, but as soon as she is buckled in and rocked a bit she calms down. And if she isn’t calmed down by the time her seat is installed, she almost always does once the car is moving. The trick though is that you have to keep moving and hit at least 40 mph – ha! Seriously.

Nursing is still going well and we haven’t had any issues with the bottle either. Daphne is still a pretty long nurser (20 minutes per side each feed) but it is nice to have built-in “breaks” although Eloise hasn’t quite gotten the fact that I am really limited in my ability to help her or play with her while I am feeding… maybe someday. Daphne loves to eat and gets really mad if she is hungry and isn’t nursing or if I have to switch sides. She also has really late burps still, even right before I start the next feeding I have to burp her! Such a change from Eloise who hardly ever burped.

And lastly, Daphne is so gassy still! Her doctor reassured me that it is totally normal, but sometimes after a feeding her tummy is so tight I think she will burst! Also, she has the biggest toots. Seriously. Most times I can’t believe that something so small can make such a loud noise!

{weight} 11 lbs, 9 oz.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} none.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} newborn pants, 0 to 3 months, 3 months (Carter’s), some 3 to 6 months.
{diapers} size 1{from the honest company}. we are taking a break from cloth (Lil Joeys) for the moment since D’s leg’s are still too skinny and the diapers don’t fit right.
{feeding} nursing every 2.5 to 4 hours during the day, starting around 6 am. feeding sessions last around 40 minutes (20 per side). last feeding of the day is around 9:30 pm which is regular nursing plus a 1.5 oz bottle of pumped milk and no middle of the night feeding!
{likes} nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister, singing, lights, paci, being swaddled, being bounced, sucking on her hands.
{dislikes} sponge baths, loud noises, diaper changes, having gas, being naked getting dressed (a shirt or onesie pulled over her head).

{nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D.

And see Eloise’s two month update here (wearing a very similar outfit – I swear I am not doing this on purpose)!

Happy Two Months Daphne!

M

 

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