daphne {one year photoshoot}

Two weeks ago Daphne and I dropped off Eloise at school and headed down to SoDo for her one year mini photoshoot with Ashley, who did our Christmas card photoshoot in the fall. (If you are local, I HIGHLY recommend her!) It wasn’t the best time for Daphne (right after lunch is her favorite time of day, or first thing in the morning) but since we were confined to Eloise’s school schedule and I didn’t want to be driving thru downtown anytime in the late afternoon, I picked 10 am which is right when Daphne’s usual morning nap is. Generally speaking, I can get away with planning something at this time once or twice per week and Daphne just goes with it, taking a longer afternoon nap (which will be her new schedule in the coming months).

But for whatever reason, she was not ready to be in front of the camera on that particular morning. Of course. Luckily, Ashley is amazing behind the camera and I did have a paci and snacks for Daphne which we bribed her with between photos. I was so nervous during and after the shoot that we weren’t going to get anything where Daphne wasn’t crying or sucking on a paci… it’s a miracle for sure. While I am sad that we didn’t get the delightfully happy Daphne that we all love, there are some great photos here!

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Isn’t that d is for daphne sweatshirt adorable? I bought it a while ago for this photoshoot and saved it in Daphne’s closet so it didn’t get stained (because #toddlers) BUT it barely fit over her belly when we put it on for the shoot! So she’s been wearing it about every other day since then so I can get the cost per wear down. (Ha!)

Grandparents: let me know which one(s) you want printed!

Happy happy first year Daphne Lucille!


Wearing: dress: Tucker + Tate via Nordstrom // party hat: from D’s birthday party // alligator: Jelly Cat // floral wreaths: from D’s birthday party // moccasins: Freshly Picked // D is for Daphne sweatshirt: Cheerily // jeans: babyGap // letterboard: Letterfolk // bow: Hadley Girl

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daphne {first birthday party!}

To start, I wanted to give updates on Daphne’s stats since she went to her wellness check-up last week.

Daphne’s check-up went so well and she was happy and interactive with the doctor. She is generally pretty social and friendly, but sometimes gets stranger danger, so we never know. I really don’t like to try to get the kids to “perform” for other people, but it is always nice when your kids actually show their doctor things they can do (rather than just hearing us say that she is doing those things). Her doctor was happy with her growth (she is right at the top of the growth curve!) and impressed that she was walking so well. All-in-all a great check-up!

D’s stats:

  • weight: 24 pounds, 9 ounces (95 to 96%)
  • length: 28.5 inches (50%)
  • head circumference: 46.2 cm (75 to 90%)

We knew Daphne was gaining weight but since we don’t have a scale, I had no idea what to expect. And she is almost 25 pounds!

And here are E’s 12 month stats for comparison:

  • weight: 21 pounds, 12 ounces (60%)
  • length: 29 inches (60%)
  • head circumference: 46.8 cm (90%)

I am so surprised by the weight difference in these girls! It has been a long time since E was this little and I remember her being a pretty big one year old! But the head difference, not so much. Eloise always had such a large head!

And onto Daphne’s birthday party since that is what you are really here for, right?

First things first, a party theme. Not totally necessary but I find it a nice way to start thinking about the party. I always head to Pinterest for inspiration and I immediately settled on flowers months ago; specifically Rifle Paper Co. I haven’t done anything girlie or pink for either of the girls, so I had a lot of fun with this one! And if you know me, you know I am sort of obsessed with Rifle Paper Co.

Conveniently, Paperless Post, which is my go-to for party invitations (the event tracking is amazing!), had Rifle Paper Co. invitations. I chose this invitation and updated the wording to work as a party invitation. Sadly, Paperless Post doesn’t offer printed invitations anymore, but I did print one version of the invitation (and will make a lined envelope) for Daphne’s keepsake box.

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There were tons and tons of ideas that popped up on Pinterest that worked with this theme, but I really tried to keep things simple. And since we are still in early March and fresh flowers aren’t quite in season (and are really expensive) I opted to go with felt flowers. I wanted felt flower wreaths, a swag for a birthday flag, a swag for the weekly pictures frame, and a bouquet, but as I started pricing things out from some Etsy shops, I quickly realized it was going to be so expensive! So, I found a few good tutorials (linked below), ordered some good wool felt, and taught myself how to make felt flowers! They definitely weren’t perfect, but it was a super fun project for me to do, albeit it took me hours (and lots of The Bachelor) during naptimes.

And for all of the rest of the decor, I tried to keep it simple. As I have mentioned before, first birthday parties are for parents, and I will be the first to admit that I throw birthday parties for my kids because I want to. I LOVE throwing parties and having a house full of family and friends, so we will probably always do birthday parties!

And my tip for food and drink (again, to keep things simple) is to not cook anything. Daphne’s party was right at lunchtime, because that was the best time for her, so I ordered two sandwich platters and served other lunch-type stuff that was kid friendly: veggie puffs and sticks (healthier than potato chips), sliced strawberries and blueberries, and carrots and snap peas with hummus. I did make an exception to the “not cooking anything” though by baking a cake for Daphne (I used this sugar-free cake recipe which is basically just banana bread), cupcakes for the rest of the party guests (an organic box mix from Whole Foods and pre-made frosting), and baked sugar cookies (ready-to-bake Annie’s cookies).

Plus, we had the most beautiful and sunny weather for the party which made it so much better!

I will list more party details below (there’s a complete source list at the bottom of the post) but here is a slew of pictures. Thank you so much for my brother-in-law Ben for being our party photographer!


{A fun flag on the front door to greet party guests!}


{We did a time capsule for Daphne and had everyone leave her a note. I am also including some party decorations and birthday cards, as well as some printed pictures. We plan on giving it to her on her 18th birthday. And that is a recipe box (which was so on-theme).}


{We did a Dol (a traditional Korean fortune-telling) with Daphne just like we did with Eloise. I had everyone vote which one she would pick and then drew a winner after she chose.}


{Daphne’s weekly photos all printed out. This is something that we did for Eloise too and it is one of our very favorite things in the house. I didn’t think we could make it thru another set of 52 week photos, but having this poster made it so worth it!}



{Eloise and her Aunt Sarah.}


{Daphne’s new trick… but, it was her birthday party, right?}


{Setting out the Dol items.}


{Daphne is a master squatter. She has SUCH strong legs!}


{After only a bit of hesitation and a lost party hat, she pretty confidently chose the rice! An abundant life for Daphne.}



{And then she chose the stethoscope and then the gavel, so being a doctor or a lawyer may be in her future too!}


{I think she was a little scared about everyone watching her and singing.}


{She wasn’t sure at first, so I gave her a taste of frosting on my finger.}



{And Eloise took a turn offering a taste!}

And here are so many cake photos because I just couldn’t choose! Daphne, you are such a sweet girl!


{She was pretty happy with the cake, but it took forever. Seriously, 20 minutes after this photo was taken she finally started devouring the cake!}

We were so happy to celebrate Daphne’s first year with our friends and family. It meant the world to us to have everyone there and really see this amazing community/village that we have built for our family. Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this past year!

And here is Eloise’s first birthday party.

Happy happy FIRST birthday Daphne girl!


Party sources: Rifle Paper Co. invitations: Paperless Post // felt flowers: DIY (see instructions here) // felt: Benzie and Co. // birthday flag: custom from The Petite Flag Shop // recipe box (for time capsule): Rifle Paper Co. // weekly photo poster: Social Print Studio // party hats: DIY from Rifle Paper Co. wrapping sheets // framed floral print (white frame): Rifle Paper Co. // framed floral print: Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper in Target frame // ONE cake topper: Etsy shop // Daphne’s dress: Tucker + Tate via Nordstrom // Daphne’s bow: Hadley Girl // moccasins: Freshly Picked // Happy Birthday banner and ONE banner: Rifle Paper Co. // cake stand: Crate and Barrel (old; similar) // letterboard: Letterfolk (from D’s weekly pictures) // gold D card: painted by Grammie

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daphne {month twelve // one year}


{alligator: JellyCat // top: Peek (old) // onesie: Carter’s // jeans: babyGap // moccasins: Freshly Picked // lovie: Angel Dear (duck)}


{And an outtake! That smile.}


{That’s a wrap! Of course Eloise wanted in on the photoshoot fun!}

{month twelve} Happy FIRST Birthday Daphne!

Walking. A walking machine. Daphne is all over the place now (and SO quickly) and hardly ever crawls anymore. She can get up to standing from her bottom which is a big game-changer at this stage. It means she doesn’t have to crawl over to anything, like a piece of furniture, to help her stand up. Holding something in her hands helps with her balance, and Daphne nearly always has something in her hands. She has been loving carrying books around recently. And she carries them open in her hands so it looks like she is reading and walking at the same time. We definitely have another bookworm on our hands, much to my delight!

We just introduced cow’s milk, rather than formula, yesterday. The timing worked out perfectly that we ran out of formula about half-way thru the day. So at lunch Daphne got a bottle of mixed formula and cow’s milk*, and had cow’s milk for dinner. I saved the last serving of formula for bedtime just in case she decided she hated milk. I suspect that the transition will go well since Daphne’s formula is cow milk based, and the biggest thing has been temperature. We have always warmed up Daphne’s milk bottles since she does not like them cold! It has got to be a change going from drinking something body temperature to something cold, so we will continue to warm up her milk for now.

*I am specifically calling out cow’s milk since we also drink milk alternatives, especially since I am lactose intolerant (at least sometimes) and dislike cow’s milk. Almond milk is our milk alternative for the most part but we also drink soy milk, hemp milk, and coconut milk.

Daphne has gotten really good at holding her own cup and is very insistent on holding her water bottle at mealtimes. For milk we are using this ThinkBaby sippy cup since it has a similar nipple to a bottle and a handle for easy holding. Daphne has finally learned to tip the cup up to drink which is so helpful! For water we use either this OXO straw cup (but in the short size), this Miracle 360 sippy cup, or a small plastic shotglass. We want Daphne to be able to use any type of cup or straw so we are having her practice with basically everything! We are just using all of Eloise’s old cups since pretty soon we will stop using plastic cups completely and offer milk in a real glass (we use these tempered glass cups with Eloise right now) and milk in a water bottle (we will probably go with a small Hydroflask bottle since the Camelbak ones aren’t my favorite).

Daphne LOVES to play peek-a-boo, turn book pages, pull Legos apart, chew on wooden food, open kitchen cabinets, and push the shopping cart around. She does so well playing on her own (independent play) which is something I worked hard on for both Eloise and Daphne. I think it’s important for kids to be able to play on their own, without adult intervention, from an early age, not only because it is self-serving to this mama (especially when I am trying to cook dinner) but helps kids imagine and create on their own! I do play and interact with the kids sometimes, but I don’t want them to feel like they can’t play if they don’t have someone telling them what to do.

Also, I have mentioned before but it’s worth noting because it is truly so funny, Daphne is OBSESSED with the Roomba! It has a specific noise/alarm that it makes when it is about to start (we have it set on a timer) and when she hears it, she rushes towards the living room and waits for Roomba to appear from under the table. And if she is close enough, she will get down on the floor and look under the table so she can see it. And then she claps and follows it all around (if I let her). And then she calls it “good girl” which is what she calls Sadie or any dog she sees. It is so sweet!

Sleep, knock on wood, has still been going well. Daphne has always been a good sleeper, from day one in the hospital (when she slept for 4 hours that first night)! Today, she goes to bed around 7:30 and will wake up in the morning between 7:30 and 7:45. I usually don’t go in her nursery until close to 8 am, so she hangs out in her crib and is pretty content with that. She is sometimes up in the night, but almost always if she can find her paci, she will go right back to sleep. And she is still napping twice per day, in the morning her nap is around an hour, sometimes 90 minutes, and her afternoon nap is about 90 minutes, though sometimes it is 2 hours. Her morning nap has gotten considerably shorter in the last month or so and I am hoping that once she drops that nap then her afternoon nap will get longer.

Daphne has the sweetest personality and is such a joy. Aaron and I were just reminiscing last night about what a good baby she was. I know we are bias and the newborn fogginess is real (do you even remember anything those first three months?) but truly Daphne was/is such an amazing baby. It is hard to believe she is already one year old and at the same time I honestly don’t remember life without her.

{weight} *updated* 24 pounds, 9 ounces!
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} three bottom middle teeth, top four teeth, one more on the bottom cutting in.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 9 months (pants) and 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 18 months (Carter’s), some 2T.
{diapers} size 4 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 4 oz bottles at breakfast, lunchtime, after nap time, and at dinner. bedtime is around 7:30 with a 4 oz bottle.

{likes} watching and chasing the Roomba, eating, bath time with Eloise, watching big kids or babies, crawling, pulling up to her knees or feet, spinning on her back and belly, teething rings, 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, not having a bottle immediately after seeing it, having her face or nose wiped off.

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

We are having a birthday party at the house this weekend to celebrate with our family and friends, and I have had the best time planning it. I will be sure to post pictures on Instagram and will also share in a blog post in the coming weeks!

And here is Eloise’s twelve month update!

Happy Happy Birthday sweet Daphne girl!


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daphne {week 52}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // top: Oshkosh (old) // jeans: babyGap (old)}

{week 52} Gosh, the last weekly update. I am not ready for this. I will be back tomorrow with Daphne’s ONE YEAR post so stay tuned!

Going forward, I will switch to monthly updates because weekly is well, a lot. Many, many people told me that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with a post every week because two kids are way more work than one kid. But I am happy I was able to do it! This blog is basically my kids’ baby book after all.

And here is Eloise’s 52 week update.

Happy 52 weeks Daphne! We can’t wait to celebrate your first year of life this weekend!


daphne {week 51}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // dress: Carter’s (old) // leggings: Target (old) // book: The Little Feminist books // quilt by Amanda with Rifle Paper Co. fabric}

{week 51} Walking. Daphne’s newest trick. She’s still pretty unsteady but she is so, so proud of herself! She is also a lot more confident and tries to walk pretty much any time she can.

Also, as you can see above, lying down on her back when she is not sleeping isn’t really an option these days.

Daphne’s favorite toys right now are Eloise’s Duplo legos and The Little Feminist books. She likes to take the legos apart, put them in her mouth, carry them around, and then try to put them together (and sometimes she is successful). And those little books, there are four of them, are fat little board books with only four pages, but the pictures are bright and Daphne is obsessed. She is always holding one of them and carrying it around.

Mealtimes are still going pretty well. We have some issues with Daphne wiping food off of her tray towards the end of the meal or trying to feed Sadie (she will look around and say “good girl” and then give Sadie food), but she is such a good eater still! Everything. She eats everything. But she especially wants whatever is on my plate. So if there is something that I am eating that she isn’t also eating (generally at breakfast time) she will yell out until I give her my food and she won’t stop until it’s all gone! And, she is obsessed with drinking out of a (sippy) cup. Straw, no straw, she doesn’t mind. She will hold the cup and drink on her own (we are working on tipping it) but will eventually bang it onto her tray which is loves.

Daphne also constantly has something in her mouth, so we have had to be extra careful about what small toys Eloise has upstairs. She sticks something in her mouth and then goes about her business playing with other toys. But having something in your mouth all the time also creates more drool, so she’s like a little snail and leaves a trail of drool all over the floor… But her most loved thing to stick into her mouth is Dad Tiger from our Daniel Tiger family set, though she also really likes the wooden strawberry half and most recently a slice of tomato (which is impressive because it is super wide).

And here is Eloise’s 51 week update.

How (HOW) do we only have one more weekly update left? I swear Daphne was just born. Right?

Happy 51 weeks sweet Daphne!


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daphne {week 50}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // onesie: Carter’s // chambray shirt: Carter’s (old; similar) // leggings: Cat and Jack for Target (old; similar) // moccasins: Freshly Picked // lovie: Amazon}

{week 50} Okay, so that little ponytail! The tiny hair ties make me nervous because they are such choking hazards, so we probably won’t do Daphne’s hair like this much, but it’s such a milestone, right?

Daphne, as I mentioned last week, has been a pointing machine. She points at everything. Sometimes it is because she wants that thing (like her milk or water cup) and sometimes it is because that is what she is looking at. But so much pointing. It is super cute!

In the walking department, we are getting much closer! Daphne will still take a few independent steps if is trying to get between two things (like the couch and the table or chair) but took two steps yesterday while FaceTiming with Grammie (and Aaron and Eloise) while I was at Barre. She has also recently discovered that she can get up to her hands and feet (like a bear crawl) from sitting, so she is doing a lot of that. Like tiny yoga. Aaron and I were just reminiscing that Eloise didn’t learn to go from sitting to standing until after she learned to walk, so this may be a game-changer for Daphne!

And again, we are in total denial that it is just TWO weeks until Daphne’s birthday.

And here is Eloise’s 50 week update.

Happy 50 weeks Daphne!


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daphne {week 49}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // tee: Old Navy (old) // jeans: babyGap}

{week 49} First of all, can you tell I am slightly obsessed with Daphne’s baby jeans? Seriously. They are the cutest!

About as soon as I hit “publish” on Daphne’s eleven month post saying that she wasn’t signing, she started signing! Just like that she signs “more” which then almost always turns into clapping. It’s just so cute.

This has been a really big week and a bit hard for this mama since Daphne weaned herself this past weekend. I knew it was coming but I was holding out for her hitting 12 months first, so it is a bit of a shock. It’s emotional for me partly because of hormones but partly because Daphne is more than likely our last baby, so this mama is done with nursing. Hard to believe since I have spent just over two years (out of the last 3.5) nursing babies.

But, the most important thing is that Daphne is still doing well and we have replaced that morning nursing session with a cup of milk (formula) with her breakfast. It didn’t make sense to give her a(nother) bottle since we are anticipating weaning her from bottles when she turns one year, so we have been using this ThinkBaby cup that has a soft nipple and was great for transitioning Eloise from a bottle too. At lunchtime I also offer milk in a cup (rather than a bottle) since it is a mealtime, but we keep the bottles after her afternoon nap and at bedtime, and will eventually (in the coming weeks) start moving those servings of milk into a late snack and into dinnertime.

Daphne is really chatty these days and her very favorite thing to say is “good girl.” Any time she sees (or wants to see) Sadie, she says “good girl.” But it is also used when she sees the Roomba (which she LOVES) as well as Eloise! Daphne also says “mama” which is pretty fun, though not as much in context as “good girl.” We have also heard her say “baba” for bottle and “mo mo” for more. Daphne is also pointing a lot with her index finger at things that she likes or sees. And also points to herself!

Cruising along the furniture is happening all day every day, but Daphne doesn’t seem too interested in trying to walk this past week like she was last month. I know it will come and probably sooner than I am ready for, so I am happy that she is taking her time!

There is also clapping. So much clapping. Any time Daphne is happy or excited. Or when she sees something she wants. Like her bottle. She claps and claps and if you don’t give it to her right away (if it’s warming up), she will cry and keep on clapping. It’s the sweetest and saddest thing you have ever seen!

I am in complete disbelief that Daphne will be ONE in just three weeks. But I have commenced party planning and we are looking forward to celebrating this sweet little one! I also scheduled a one year photo shoot since we definitely didn’t do 6 month photos like we did with Eloise…

And here is Eloise’s 49 week update.

Happy 49 weeks Daphne!

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