my weekend in pictures.

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{The girls in their matching shirts that Mimi and Paga brought back from Greece! Eloise chose her shirt to wear and then insisted that Daphne wear hers too.}

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{When Papa leaves out his headphones and Xbox controller, Eloise likes to pretend she is watching TV. That is pure joy on her face!}

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{On Saturday morning we (Daphne) slept in so Eloise was up before I could finish our morning feeding and pumping. Since Aaron was out for a run, Eloise sat in her room and read with Stella until Papa got home. The sweetest!}

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{Eloise and our neighbor Maxine drawing all over the sidewalk. And that white hat is covered in chalk…}

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{Daphne in the sweetest outfit from Uncle David and Aunt Jodi. We don’t wear a lot of ruffles and bows, but it’s pretty cute!}

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{Eloise was lying in the grass and enjoying the shade since “the sun is so bright Mama!”}

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{Aaron was busy on Saturday afternoon working on building a frame for some art for our bedroom. This map has been hanging with painter’s tape for a while now, so it has been nice to see it in a frame!}

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{We added a few new diapers to the cloth stash and I am pretty excited about it!}

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{Driving across Lake Washington to the Eastside this morning and it was so beautiful. The mountain (Rainier) was out!}

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{We got to celebrate the birthday of a very special and dear friend, Miss Madeleine, this morning. The happiest of birthdays M!}

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{Eloise had a ton of fun at the party making a macaroni necklace, painting, eating cake, and playing in the water!}

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{This afternoon I headed to my 25th barre class to end the Summer Challenge and this is how I felt at the end. I was SO tired and did not want to go, but the air conditioning was a pretty influential factor given the near 90 degrees that Seattle hit today!}

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{Aaron and Eloise had a pretty good time at the Summer Challenge Celebration Party at lululemon this evening.}

Summer is officially here and it is already too hot! 🙂 Seattleites are known for complaining about it being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, and I am no exception. Today was hot, hot and when you have a little one who wants to nurse and snuggle all the time, you just cannot cool off! But, that said, we are embracing summer with open arms and enjoying the next three weeks that we have Papa home!

We had a fun weekend mixed with house projects and visiting friends. I think any weekend that has these two things is the best kind of weekend!

How was your weekend?

M

eloise {last day of preschool 2017}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // jammies: Burt’s Bees // lunchbox: PackIt // sneakers: See Kai Run (similar)}

It’s hard to believe that it has already been an entire school year since this picture was taken on the first day of school! But then, Eloise grew up so much over the past months.

Eloise has absolutely LOVED school and looked forward to it each Monday and Wednesday morning. She had amazing teachers and friends, and really thrived in the environment. I was worried since she was so little when she started (barely 2) and just potty trained, but after a few tearful drop-offs, we got into a good rhythm and never looked back. To say that Eloise made progress this year emotionally, socially, and academically* is an understatement. We are very excited for Eloise to return to the Birch School in the fall, going 4 mornings a week!

I am not entirely sure Eloise understands what summer vacation means, but we are looking forward to lots of summer adventures both with Papa (who has a few more weeks at home with us) and with Daphne and me. Also, it was “spirit day” at school today and PAJAMAS were the theme, hence why Eloise is wearing jammies. This was probably the best case scenario for Eloise though because if she could stay in her jammies all day, every day, she would (definitely gets that from her Papa and not from her Mama!).

Happy summer vacation Eloise!

M

*There isn’t any academic curriculum, per se, at the Birch School, but Eloise has picked up on “academic” things nonetheless. She is a lover of knowledge with a great memory, so numbers, letters, colors, etc. come at great ease to her even without anything formal.

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daphne {week 16}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // overalls: babyGap (similar) // tee: Hanna Andersson // moccasins: Freshly Picked // blanket: Lou Lou and Company}

{week 16} This week I have really been trying to prep for some big sleep transitions, and keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t have a terrible four-month sleep regression… wish us luck!

One of the things I have been working on this week is making sure I do a sleep routine with Daphne before naptime (diaper check, swaddle, sound machine on, light off, curtains closed) and then also at bedtime. I have also been starting Daphne napping in her crib. She does well most of the time, but sometimes she will wake up and won’t go back to sleep without being held or placed in her Rock N Play. Any time that she spends sleeping in her crib though is a win!

For the past three nights Daphne has been sleeping in her room (sad face from Mama) and has been doing well. She is still in her Rock N Play for now because she sleeps so well in there and always has at night, so I am not going to rock that boat (ha, pun intended!) until I have to. I would like to drop her late night feeding (or at least transition it into more of a dreamfeed) before I transition her into her crib. Later this week I am hoping to shorten the late night feeding and see how that goes with her nighttime sleep!

This week I also have been shortening Daphne’s daytime feeding. She was at 20 minutes per side each feeding up until about two weeks ago when I lessened the feeding to 18 minutes per side. This week we are down to 16 per side and she seems to be satisfied. I know she is consuming a lot more volume in a shorter amount of time than she was as a newborn, and I am hoping to get more efficient feedings!

And finally, I tried to unswaddle Daphne for one of her naps this past weekend (by taking the hand pieces off of this swaddle which we LOVE) and it did not go well. I think it may have been a bad nap to try it since she was fussy anyways, but this kid LOVES her swaddle! Seriously, she giggles and coos and smiles when she goes into the swaddle so I think I will wait until she really needs to be out of it to make the transition. Though she can roll from her side to her back (which she can do either awake or asleep) and I have seen her nearly roll from her back all the way to her belly, which would mean a transition out of the swaddle for sure! I think in the long term Daphne will be happier without the swaddle because she loves her hands so much. She self-soothes well if she can get to her hands (and even sucks on them in the swaddle, though she does better with her paci).

And here’s Eloise at 16 weeks! Pretty much everyone comments or asks about whether the girls look alike, which I think is true with siblings but especially when you have sisters (or brothers). There are definitely similarities in the girls (eyes and nose) but they are starting to look different (i.e., Daphne is starting to look different than Eloise!). And I definitely am seeing that more and more in pictures, but not as much in person.

Happy 16 weeks Daphne!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{The Roosevelt High School Marching Band had its final neighborhood show (they have been practicing in our streets all spring!) on Saturday, complete with uniforms and police escorts. Eloise was VERY excited to see them!}

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{Eloise reading Brown Bear Brown Bear to Daphne while we worked in the nursery.}

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{Finally (finally) hung the gallery wall in Daphne’s nursery. We need to patch a few old holes from Eloise’s old art and then it’s ready to share! I never got around to hanging a gallery wall for Eloise when she was in the nursery, so this felt like a major win!}

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{No one wanted to cook dinner on Saturday so we headed to U Village. The playground was a must and Eloise loves these hand print tiles that decorate the walls. And can you tell what her favorite color is??}

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{Eloise made the sweetest gifts for Father’s Day for Aaron at school. She was so, so excited to have him open them!}

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{I shared this on Facebook and Instagram, but Daphne’s side-eye was worth sharing again!}

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{Off to lunch we went! We used the stroller seat with the bassinet (rather than the car seat) and it worked so well!}

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{Indian lunch buffet was Aaron’s choice and we picked up Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site for Eloise at the local free lending library en route!}

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{Trying to tame the rhodie a bit while the girls napped this afternoon.}

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{We crashed a friend’s birthday party and got to see Uncle Ben and Aunt Sarah. Of course Daphne had to try on the tiny sombrero.}

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{These two. My heart.}

We had a pretty quite weekend that was slightly cool for my taste, but was so, so fun! Sometimes not having too many plans is the best way to spend the weekend.

And Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing fathers out there, including our own Papa, Papaw (Aaron’s dad) and Paga (my dad)! And a Happy Birthday to Paga as well!

How was your weekend?

M

daphne {week 15}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // romper: Cat & Jack for Target // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

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{And the outtake with big sis Eloise. I love how Daphne is looking at her; she ADORES her big sister! And Eloise’s “cheese” face is hilarious. You would think after almost three years of weekly and monthly photoshoots she would know where the camera was…}

{week 15} Daphne is such a drool monster these days. I have been putting little bibs on her that I made for Eloise (but that E wore when she was much older as I recall) on Baby D during her wake times because I don’t want to have to change her multiple times per day. She will completely soak thru a bib in one wake time! And along with the drool has come gnawing on her (right) thumb. She doesn’t suck on it, but chews on it with her gums. I keep feeling for teeth, and nothing yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this kiddo got teeth as early as her sister (which was around 5 months)!

Naptimes have been going well, knock on wood, and have been consistently in her crib. Yes! It helps that we have been homebodies recently so a good daytime nap routine has been easy to have, and I have been very deliberate in putting Daphne down for a nap in her crib. Some naps she does great and other naps she spends part of the time in her crib and the other part in her Rock N Play, but she is sleeping well and that’s what’s important. I am just starting to think about some of the big changes to sleep that are on the horizon (like within the next few weeks) including unswaddling, crib all the time, sleeping in her crib/room at night, and dropping her last “daytime” feeding, but before I do any of those, I am really trying to get a good naptime thing going. I know first-hand (with Eloise) what it’s like to have a bad sleeper and am so (SO) thankful to not be having the same trouble. And pray for us as we head into month four and the dreaded four month sleep regression…

Daphne is still as happy as ever and it’s the best. Eloise was also a really happy baby, but I do think Daphne might be just slightly happier! She’s calm and relaxed and very chill almost all of the time, and is rarely inconsolable.

Also, 15 weeks is one of my FAVORITE weekly pics of Eloise – those CHEEKS!

Happy 15 weeks Daphne!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{Milk drunk. Love her.}

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{Eloise and Grammie building a block tower.}

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{Fist in mouth and grabbing hanging toys. Daphne’s awake time has gotten pretty exciting!}

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{Painting with Grammie. Eloise would have painted every single minute of the weekend if we would let her! And blue was her choice of color since purple wasn’t available.}

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{Dinner delivery is the best – no cooking!}

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{Eloise was up early and Aaron headed to the gym this morning, so I asked her to stay in her room and read while I finished pumping. And she did! It was so sweet.}

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{Grammie and Eloise made play-dough and then some cookies. This is the best “cheese!” I could get.}

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{Baby D is can almost sit up with this Boppy pillow. Seriously, she is growing up way too quickly!}

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{Our little garden is doing so well! We had our first salad from some of the greens and they were delish!}

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{Running out the door to my regular Sunday afternoon Pure Barre class… I am always rushing out the door! This was class 17 out of 24!}

We had a nice sunny weekend and Grammie was in town, yay! We laid pretty low and hung out around the house. Just what we needed.

How was your weekend?

M

daphne {week 14}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // tank jumper: June and January // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{week 14} I feel like this picture captures Baby D so well right now: all smiles and hands in the mouth.

We did start cloth diapering (as I mentioned last week) and it has gone really well. I am trying not to be crazy about it and just make it work when it makes sense, so we are only doing it when we are at home and sticking with disposables overnight. I am out and about quite a bit because of summer and Eloise, so we are still buying and using quite a few disposables but it does make a difference to use even 2 or 3 cloth diapers a day! We are still happy with the bumGenius diapers that make up most of our stash and I may add a few more Grovias to the mix since I am liking those as well.

Daphne continues to amaze me with her head and neck strength. And it is pretty much what most people comment on when they see her. So I think we are to the point where we can dig out the Bumbo seat which I think Daphne is going to enjoy immensely. She loves being upright, so this will be a great activity for her!

Also, I was just thinking after Daphne’s three month post that we just had one more month of her as a newborn (which makes me a little sad) but then I was reading Eloise’s 14 week update and it said that technically 14 weeks is the newborn cut-off? So now I am really sad. And also #secondchildproblems: I do almost no reading on infants and babies this time around and mostly just refer to my old blog posts of Eloise or consult with my mama friends!

Happy 14 weeks Daphne!

M

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