daphne {month nineteen}

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{alligator: Jelly Cat // top: Carter’s (old) // jeans: babyGap (old)}

{month nineteen} Oh boy, Daphne did not want to take a monthly photo today. I gave it a go this morning and she didn’t want to sit in her chair, she just wanted to sit on my lap and have me read her story after story. So I recruited Eloise to help me when we got home from picking her up from school which was sort of helpful. Daphne just wasn’t feeling it today! Thank goodness for burst mode on the camera. And, yes, that is a half-eaten apple next to her in the chair. #toddlerlife

One of the biggest changes this past month was taking down the baby gates around the stairs. Aaron and I have been waiting for this moment since Daphne became mobile. Even though we want to make sure Daphne is safe in our home (and stairs are SO scary) it is so, so amazing not to have to worry about the gate. And whether it’s open. Or closed. Or Sadie’s on one side or the other. Or trying to step over it or thru it. Point taken, right? Daphne, at the beginning, would stand at the top of the stairs and yell UP! UP! when she wanted to go downstairs for something which was really sweet. Now she goes down by herself, though anytime it is super quiet, I know she is headed down the stairs, and 99% of the time we will find her in her room getting her lovie and paci (the other 1% of the time she is in Eloise’s room playing with toys). Even though she can go down the stairs by herself, and does so at least once per day, we feel like she is pretty safe on the stairs and has really good control of her body. We are hoping not to have to put gates back up, but will if it starts to feel unsafe at all.

Daphne is really into mimicking and making animal sounds lately. WOOF and MOO are her two favorite sounds. So the book Dada has been a big hit since it is full of different animal sounds. And Daphne calls every animal she sees (or anything that even resembles an animal) a DOGGIE which is super cute. And it makes for some really hilarious moments at the Zoo when she says “DOGGIE!” and then you have to say “No, Daph, that’s a hippo.” Along those same lines, any inanimate object she sees that looks at all like it could be a vehicle is a CAR. This includes actual cars, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, and helicopters.

Daphne is recently OBSESSED with both the door bell and light switches. Every single time we come in or out the front door, she wants to ring the door bell. She isn’t quite tall enough, so she has to have help, or else I am certain she would just stand outside the door and ring the bell all day long. She will say DING DONG (though it sounds like DINGLE) whenever she sees the door bell. And the same is true with light switches. Any time she sees one, anywhere, she wants to turn it on and off. She can reach the light switch in her bedroom when she stands up in her crib, so it is frequently on when Aaron and I are headed to bed and check in on her for the night.

Eloise’s old Hunter rain boots finally fit Daphne and she only wants to wear them. Luckily we are starting into the rainy season so it makes sense since before she wanted to wear them and it was still so hot outside! If you ask her to go put her shoes on (and we still use the sign), she will almost always go right to her shoe basket and yell BOOTS! And basically doesn’t want to wear any other shoe.

While Daphne’s appetite has decreased quite a bit over the past bit, she is very vocal about what type of food she wants. And once she has finished the serving of whatever it was that she liked the best on the plate, she will pick up the plate, point to the spot where the food she wants was, and say MORE.

Daphne LOVES music still and enjoys listening to music and dancing along. She also has started singing and there are two songs she sings, even if the song isn’t playing: Bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! (from All The Fish Are Swimming in the Water) and You Are the Baby (which is a new Caspar Babypants song).

The very first thing Daphne wants to do when she gets up from sleeping is sit in the glider and read a story. She is almost always standing in her crib when I go in there after naptime or in the morning, and she is pointing to her bookshelf and babbling about reading a book. Daphne’s favorite, favorite book right now is Shh! We Have a Plan and knows the a few of the different parts (which repeat) SHH!, GO!, and HELLO! She usually wants to bring it all over the house (wherever she is) and even out with us in the car. And she reads it to herself and knows the different parts depending on the illustration. And she puts her finger up to her mouth when she says SHH! and it’s impossibly cute!

Daphne is still our super social kid and is very quick to introduce herself to new people and make new friends. It is not unusual for her to find new people at the playground or park and just join in on the fun! Just this morning I was meeting some of the mamas from Eloise’s school for coffee and Daphne spent almost the entire time on the lap of another mama! She was just content to sit and eat her muffin on the lap of a complete stranger. This is slightly terrifying and also really awesome at the same time.

All four of Daphne’s canines finally have cut thru! We started noticing them (along with her doctor) around her first birthday and they just have been SO slow to actually come in. I am hoping we get a bit of a break before her two-year molars start in.

And finally, Daphne is starting to show some very (very) early signs of potty training readiness, mostly in that she tells us when there is poop in her diaper (though sometimes it’s just a super stinky toot). I was a little surprised by this, but then in reading thru Eloise’s 19 month update, I mentioned the same thing. I am so not ready to potty train again. But her doctor told us at her 18 month check-up that we should start introducing the potty soon and that second girls are the easiest to potty train. Fingers crossed! I am not planning on starting potty training until Daphne is at least two, however.

{weight} 30 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth, four molars, four canines.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 18 months, 2T.
{diapers} size 5 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 oz sippy cups of milk at breakfast, lunchtime, and at dinner, and water throughout the day.

{likes} any type of accessory (hat, bag or purse, bracelet, necklace), Albert the Alligator, an old remote that she holds up to her ear like a phone, watching and chasing the Roomba, picking her nose, eating, bath time with Eloise, watching big kids or babies,  chewing on anything, sitting in her highchair, banging on her tray, staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, Sadie, singing, lights, paci, being bounced, being tickled, talking, her Lovie.
{dislikes} having a hat on in the car seat, seeing some type of food on a plate that she doesn’t have on her tray, having gas, lying down flat, being hungry or tired, having her face or nose wiped off, sunscreen put on her face.

{nicknames} Daph, Daph Daph, Daphers, Bug, Daphne Doo, Daph-a-doo, Love, Lovebug.

And here is Eloise’s nineteen month update!

Happy nineteen months Daphne girl!

M

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