daphne {month four}


{alligator: Jellycat // onesie: Crewcuts (old) // shorts: babyGap (similar) // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month four} In re-reading Eloise’s month four update (linked below) we apparently have had two of the happiest babies on Earth! This girl Daphne is so smiley and happy during her awake time, and even if she is fussing will often stop crying and get the biggest grin on her face. Aaron and I both joke that one of the issue we have in the middle of the night (or the middle of a nap) is that when we go in to help Daphne go back to sleep, she has such a big smile on her face that her paci won’t stay in!

Sleep has been THE theme this month (though to be fair, it is probably the theme and what every parent worries about for the first couple years, right?) as we hit the four month sleep regression pretty hard in the past few weeks! All of the sudden we had a terrible (nighttime) sleeper. Grr. As I have mentioned in the past few weeks’ updates, we were planning on making some big sleep changes that are now being mostly put on hold. However, the unswaddling of Daphne has helped tremendously and is still going well. Nighttime sleep seems to be getting much better (knock on wood!) with the past week having good solid sleep with only one middle-of-the-night wake-up (usually between midnight and 1 am) and maybe one early morning wake-up (around 4:30 or 5 am) that I send Aaron in for (so I can sleep until 6). As with Eloise, I think Daphne sleeps more soundly (as do we) when she is in her own room because she doesn’t hear us sleeping and I don’t jump at every single sound (which I don’t during the day, but I do at night). And, being the second child, I can’t always get to Daphne right away if she starts fussing during naptime, so often by the time I get down to her nursery, she has found a way to self-soothe. I am hoping this is a good omen for fast (formal) sleep training which we are planning on doing sometime around the end of July.

When we unswaddled Daphne, we also made the decision to give her a lovie despite many (many) recommendations that infants shouldn’t sleep with anything. We introduced a lovie to Eloise when we sleep trained her and her lovie (Ronnie) has been a source of comfort ever since. Daphne’s hands seemed to sort of flail around when we first unswaddled her and she didn’t know what to do with them, but now she holds her lovie and even rubs it on her face when she is tired. I know it isn’t right for everyone, but I think giving Daphne her lovie now was positive for her sleeping! The girls have the Angel Dear lovies; Eloise has this giraffe and Daphne has this duck (which Eloise picked out and gave her in the hospital).

Just in the past day or so Daphne has found out how to blow raspberries. And there is so. much. drool. She thinks it’s pretty fun and it keeps her entertained, though I have to have a bib on her during her awake time or else change her shirt or onesie between every nap!

And Daphne’s newest trick (as of early this afternoon!) is that she can roll! She has been able to roll from her tummy to her back for a while now, though it seems like she has forgotten that she can do that recently. And I knew Daphne rolling from her back to her tummy was soon coming since she has been rolling from her tummy to her side for the past few weeks. Daphne was on her playmat earlier today while I was eating lunch, and I turned around and she was on her tummy! I placed her on her back again, and sure enough, I turned around and she was on her tummy. She did it a few more times and I even got a video (which hasn’t happened with her rolling from her tummy since as soon as the camera comes out, she stops doing it).

{weight} 15ish pounds?*
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} none.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} some 3 months (Carter’s), 3 to 6 months, 6 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} size 2 {from the honest company}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight (and add a cloth cover).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 3.5 hours during the day, starting around 6 am. feeding sessions last around 30 minutes (15 per side). last feeding of the day is around 9:30 pm which is regular nursing plus a 2.5 oz bottle of pumped milk and no middle of the night feeding!
{likes} nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, singing, lights, paci, being swaddled, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} baths, loud noises, having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry.

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

*Because of the long Fourth of July weekend and our upcoming trip to Boise, we couldn’t get Daphne in for her 4 month check-up until mid-month, so I will update with her stats in her weekly update following her check-up!

And here’s Eloise’s month four update!

Happy Four Months Daphne!


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