daphne {sixteen months}

Daphne_Month Sixteen

{alligator: Jelly Cat // tee: Molly Moon’s // jeans: babyGap (old) // bow: DIY}

Daphne_Month Sixteen_Outtake

{And the outtake. A bit of sisterly love.}

{month 16} I think this month I am equally shocked that Daphne is 16 months as I am that it is July. Where is the time going?

I am going to start this monthly update with a slight side-track about our Champaign trip since I didn’t really share details about that:

At the beginning of June Daphne and I took a trip just the two of us to the midwest for a wedding. It was the first time I had flown alone with a child since Eloise was a newborn and I am not going to lie that I was nervous. Daphne is so mobile that the idea of being on a plane with her for hours didn’t really sound like a good time. But, she was really good! We flew out of Seattle super early in the morning (on a 5:30 am flight!) and Daphne fell asleep as the plane was taking off. Just as I was dozing off myself, she woke up & stayed up, clocking in exactly 45 minutes of sleep time… Luckily the seat next to us (we were at the window) was empty and we used the extra space to play. Daphne was more interested in snacking, and taking things in and out of the seat-back pocket than she was of any toys I brought. On our trip over we flew thru Dallas which meant our flight time was almost cut in half: just over three hours to Dallas and just under two hours to Champaign. It was great to get off the plane for a layover and stretch our legs. However, Daphne was EVERYWHERE in Dallas and would not sit still! The flight into Champaign was on a tiny little commuter plane, and we were again super lucky to have the seat next to us open. Daphne was sort of all over the seats and my lap for the entirety of the flight and then managed to fall asleep as we were landing.

Once we got to Champaign we picked up our rental car which was tricky only because it was just me with a “diaper backpack,” Daphne strapped to my chest (I took our Sakura Bloom onbuhimo which is my new favorite piece of baby gear!*) pushing our medium-sized suitcase and (attempting) to pull a car seat in a travel bag. Technically I could have put the car seat bag on my back like a backpack, but there’s no way I would have stayed upright! There weren’t any luggage carts available in the tiny Champaign airport (guys there’s like one gate!) but thankfully there was an incredibly nice gentleman that saw me struggling and helped me take our suitcase and the car seat out to our rental car! We rented an Airbnb house with my parents who flew in later that evening and we were all set for a fun weekend!

The wedding was the next day (Saturday) so we had some of the morning to hang out before we needed to get ready. I decided to keep Daphne on Pacific time, so we slept in and then she was up later in the evening. The wedding ceremony was at a church nearby and we got there early-ish with seats towards the front. There was a guitarist playing the music for the ceremony just ahead of us on the “stage” in front of the church and Daphne LOVED him. She would walk over there and dance and clap. It was the sweetest! Once the ceremony started, Daphne was still busy but contained in the pew. But, about half-way thru, she got antsy so we politely walked to the back of the church and out into the main entrance/reception area. Daphne did laps around while I was able to peek in and hear the bride and groom exchange vows. Immediately after the ceremony we headed home for nap time at the rental house which was a great reprieve from the heat. Once Daphne was up we all got in the car and headed for the reception at one of the local golf course country clubs. As was true at the wedding ceremony, Daphne was a big hit at the reception! She was friendly and super sweet, and LOVED the dancing! She shared mac and cheese with Grammie during dinner, and then charmed everyone on the dance floor for most of the evening. I brought her jammies to change into towards the end of our evening, and we were able to stay pretty late since Daphne napped well and was still on Pacific time (for the most part).

The next day we spent with the Edmunds (Sue and Lindy), whose son was the groom and who have been great family friends since I was a kid! (They were our across-the-street neighbors when I was in elementary school. Kyle, the groom, is about my age, and Carlie, his older sister is one of my best friends and acted as the maid of honor in our wedding.) We just laid-low and hung out, chatting and catching up since it had been so many years since we were all last together, while Daphne spent most of the time playing on the stairs…

Daphne slept and napped really well while we were away, and while she is just so busy and mobile, she is just such a sweet kid that it’s hard to complain! On our way out of town, my dad and Lindy escorted us to the airport so that they could help me get all of our stuff out of the rental car and into the airport. I am so glad they did because when we got to the rental car lot to return the car, there was no one around to help! The flights back were slightly more challenging as we didn’t have an open seat next to us on either of the flights, nor did she sleep at all. We flew thru Chicago on the way home, so the first flight was about 45 minutes, if that. Totally do-able. But the flight into Seattle was (and felt) MUCH longer! Luckily, the woman in the middle seat next to us was so sweet and let Daphne climb all over her lap and played with her. It didn’t really give me a break in any way, but at least I didn’t have to try to contain Daphne in just my seat!

Okay, onto other things that are new this month!

Daphne has learned to nod and shake her head. Spoiler alert: it is the cutest! She is much more into shaking her head “no” as an immediate reaction, but then sometimes realizes she is saying no to something that she really wants (like food!) and then she starts nodding her head instead. But generally speaking, she communicates well with signing and shaking her head!

On that same vein, Daphne has started verbalizing more as well into sounds that are recognizable, since she babbles almost all the time. She clearly says “uh oh” and “more” (which generally is her yelling MO MO MO! when she wants something more to eat) along with mama, papa (baba), good girl (Sadie), Roomba (oomba), and poop (pp). And while she still LOVES food and eating, she isn’t eating in quite the same quantity as she previously has been. Breakfast and sometimes lunch is much less these days. The only issue has been that she is generally done eating first, so she will sign “all done” and want to be excused from the table. But if Aaron or I are still eating, she will wander back to the table and demand to have more of what we are eating! And she usually wants to sit on someone’s lap and not in her high chair…

Speaking of high chair, we still LOVE the Stokke Tripp Trapp that we use for Daphne (and Eloise without the baby set and tray) and just this weekend started sitting Daphne in her chair, but up at the table without the tray. We almost always give her a plate with her meal on it on her tray anyways, so it should be a pretty easy transition to get her to the table. Though I will miss the convenience of being able to feed her breakfast (and sometimes lunch) in the kitchen when I am cooking or cleaning up, I won’t miss cleaning a high chair tray.

Daphne loves to stack blocks now and can do a pretty good job stacking them up before she turns destructive and knocks them all down. Before, Eloise would be the block stacker and Daphne would be the block destroyer, but now they change roles depending on how they are feeling. Daphne is also starting to be able to put Duplos and Mega Blocks together and start to build things. She LOVES the baby dolls and feeds them, holds them, and pushes them around in the stroller or shopping cart.

While I was gone mid-month in California, Daphne learned to go down the stairs on her own. She will get to the top of the stairs and turn around, get on her hands and knees, and start scooching towards the stairs. She does well crawling down and only get distracted sometimes while mid-stair. She also does well climbing up the stairs! We are getting closer to being able to take the baby gates around the stairs down, but I am not totally comfortable with her having access whenever she wants, so I foresee a few more months of baby gates. Maybe this fall?

Also while I was in California, Daphne went to daycare for the first time when Aaron had to go into the office for meetings at work. I held out on sending Daphne until well after she was one year old (which is when I sent Eloise for the first time) because at the beginning of March we were still in a really bad cold and flu season which we managed to completely avoid in our house this year! But since we still have back-up care hours available for the girls as a benefit, it was nice to be able to use a few of those hours and introduce the girls to daycare (Eloise hasn’t been since Daphne was born). Drop-off went well for Daphne and she let Aaron leave without any fuss. I wasn’t really surprised to hear that since in a “play” type of setting with other kids and adults, Daphne generally socializes well. And she also took a nap which was great! I never know how naps will go when Daphne is in a totally different environment, but she was probably pretty tired from the activity. So, hopefully I can get a few more hours of daycare into our schedule for both girls this summer and then Daphne in the fall before cold and flu season start up again!

Daphne had her second dentist appointment this week which was great timing since she had grown four molars since her last appointment. Teeth brushing is now part of her bedtime routine, and mostly she is okay with it. She doesn’t mind the toothbrush, but doesn’t want to stay still long enough for anyone to actually brush the teeth! At her appointment, she did well when the hygienist checked her teeth (and brushed them) but by the time the dentist came out, she was all done. She cried while the dentist was doing her check-up, but all of her teeth look great and she calmed down as soon as the exam was complete. She is also getting her bottom canines (and maybe her top ones as well) which would explain why her entire right hand is constantly in her mouth! The dentist did notice some movement of her top teeth from Daphne sucking her thumb, but she isn’t worried about anything until at least the age of three, so we are good on that front.

{weight} 27 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth, four molars, (at least bottom) canines cutting.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} a few 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 2T.
{diapers} size 5 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 to 4 oz sippy cups of milk at breakfast, lunchtime, after nap time, and at dinner, and water when she asks for it.

{likes} watching and chasing the Roomba, picking her nose, 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, having her face or nose wiped off.

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

And here’s Eloise’s 16 month update.

Happy 16 months Daphne!

M

*Baby-wearing is something that we have really embraced since Eloise was born, but had become especially important once Daphne was born because it allows you to carry a baby but also have two free hands. We have both an Ergo (which we used for Eloise) and a Tula carrier, but I never found either to be very comfortable because they were so cumbersome. Though Aaron likes both! It is really nice that both of these carriers can be adjusted to fit both Aaron and me, but I preferred the Solly wrap. Daphne is way too big now for the Solly, so I started searching for a better carrier for her. I considered the new style of Ergo (the 360) which is less bulky, but settled on the Sakura Bloom onbuhimo because it is a waistless carrier, meaning you don’t have a waist-strap! It definitely takes some getting used to and uses really different muscles than other carriers, but I really like it. It’s super lightweight and really beautifully constructed. Plus, the ability to carry a child on your back but up high enough to see over your shoulder is awesome!

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daphne {fifteen months}

Daphne_Fifteen Months

{alligator: Jelly Cat // dress: June & January// leggings: Target (old)}

{month fifteen} In re-reading Eloise’s fifteen month update (linked below) I found myself nodding thru the entire thing since pretty much everything that was happening at that time with Eloise is now happening with Daphne girl.

Having a tiny toddler is rough guys. Daphne is way more mobile and curious than is good for her and it means she falls and bumps a lot. Like TWO urgent care visits in THREE WEEKS! The first one was a doozy in comparison to the second one. I shared a bit on Instagram Stories, but at the beginning of May Daphne was walking into the kitchen and fell. But as she was falling, she hit her eyebrow on the corner of Eloise’s wooden stool. Yep, she wasn’t even trying to climb it, she was just walking. (facepalm) Aaron was cooking dinner and I was in the living room, and as soon as I rushed into the kitchen and saw her, I knew it would be a hospital visit. Daphne’s eyebrow, as you can imagine, was bleeding profusely, and when I could get it to stop, she would start to cry and it would start up again. The cut was pretty wide and pretty deep and very prominently on her forehead so we figured stitches to try to keep the scar as small as possible. Luckily it was Saturday, but it was evening and urgent care would close soon. We dropped Eloise off at a friend’s house and headed to Children’s Hospital since it is so close and has both urgent care and an ER. Plus, it’s the best pediatric care in the area so I never hesitate to take my kids here. Guys, we waited FOREVER. (Spoiler alert: it was three and a half HOURS.) Of course, Daphne hadn’t had dinner yet (none of us had) and we opted to try not to feed her because it would increase the risks of putting her under general anesthesia if she did in fact need stitches (something we learned when Eloise was at urgent care). So once we got the go-ahead that no stitches, but glue was the recommended procedure (since stitches required a transfer to the ER and at least another THREE HOURS of waiting…) we stuffed Daphne full of the Lara bars and strawberries I grabbed on our way out the door! Daphne didn’t like being bundled up like a burrito and having her owie cleaned and glued, but she did so well. We didn’t end up needing any bandages on her head since she wasn’t bothering the glue, and it all healed up within about 5 days when the glue just peeled right off. Now we are hyper-vigilant about (zinc) sunscreen on her forehead (and rest of her face) whenever we are going outside (even when it’s cloudy guys) because the first year is the most important for scarring and the sun is something that can make scars way worse. There is a small little pink scar on the end of her right eyebrow, but you probably wouldn’t notice it if you didn’t know to look for it. I am hoping it won’t be really obvious as she grows up!

Alright. That was a long-winded paragraph. But while we were at urgent care, we confirmed our suspicions that Daphne was teething and that those teeth were molars. When she was getting her wound cleaned out, her mouth was open as wide as I have ever seen it, and sure enough there were already two top molars completely cut. And then over the next three weeks, she got her bottom two molars. Daphne was a little sick about two weekends ago (slight fever, super runny nose, lethargic, vomited once) and since it was just about 12 hours, I think it was those bottom molars. And now the molars are all in and she is much more happy!

On the eating front, we have started offering Daphne her meals on a small plate (and then on her tray). She really wants to grab food off of her plate anyways (which was always just on the table so we could re-load her tray with food thru-out the meal) so giving her the entire thing just makes sense. And, like with Eloise, we have skipped all of the plastic plates and toddler dishware and opt to just give both girls their meals on our small, salad plate dishes. I am really weird about plastic in the dishwasher so anything that is plastic gets hand-washed, so I just don’t have time to deal with extra dishes; plus, we don’t have to give up the cabinet space in our kitchen or buy new plates or worry if we go elsewhere, like a restaurant or a friends’ house. Luckily, Daphne doesn’t throw the plate off of her tray and using a plate actually prevents her from wiping food off of her tray and onto the floor. Next up is transitioning Daphne from her sippy cup to a glass (we use tempered glass ones).

These days Daphne is all about accessories with bags, hats, and sunglasses being her favorite. She usually needs help with sunglasses, and with other accessories, she likes to put them on and then take them off, rinse and repeat. It’s fun for like a minute when she is posing with her sunglasses on, but then after the 15th time she wants you to put sunglasses on her after watching her immediately take them off, you are wishing she would get distracted by something else!

There is so much babbling these days. Really, any time Daphne is awake, she is babbling. To herself, to me, to Eloise, to anyone who is around. And she is repeating sounds and words that she hears: mama, papa (baba), Sadie (good girl), baby, bee (her favorite sound for everything), poop (p), up (softer “p”), Roomba (oomba).

Daphne’s hair is getting so long these days and we are definitely in the fun mullet phase. I remember this with Eloise and as much as you want to trim it, you just have to get thru it and wait for it to grow out so it isn’t a mullet anymore! Also, Daphne has the slightest bit of wave/curl at the ends of her hair near her neck which she must get from Aaron’s side because my hair is stick straight!

And because Daphne and I are in the midwest for a wedding this weekend, her 15th month check-up is next week, so I will be sure to update with all of her stats then.

Updated: Daphne had a great wellness check-up with her doctor and she is growing into a happy and healthy little toddler! Also, when her doctor came in, Daphne walked over and gave him a big hug. She’s the sweetest!

Weight: 27 lbs, 3 oz (98%)

Length: 30.75 inches (50%)

Head circumference: 47.5 cm (75%)

{weight} 26 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth, four molars.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} some 12 months, 12 to 18 months, some 2T.
{diapers} size 5 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 to 4 oz sippy cups of milk at breakfast, lunchtime, after nap time, and at dinner, and water when she asks for it.

{likes} watching and chasing the Roomba, picking her nose, 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.

And here’s Eloise’s fifteen month update.

Happy Fifteen Months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month fourteen}

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{alligator: Jelly Cat // lovie: Angel Dear (via Amazon) // tee: Old Navy (old; similar) // jeans: babyGap}

{month fourteen} I was just re-reading Eloise’s fourteen month update (which is linked at the bottom) where I mentioned that she seemed more like a toddler than an infant, and that is totally true with Daphne girl!

Daphne is such a steady and confident walker that she seems much older than 14 months. And because she is on the bigger side, people are often surprised that she isn’t older! Daphne walks backwards a lot as well which is impressive. She is also working on climbing things which is positively terrifying. She can’t get up on the couch or dining chairs yet, but she can get up on Eloise’s step stools in both the kitchen and the bathroom, as well as up onto the step of her highchair when the tray is off. She is also climbing stairs pretty well, though still hasn’t gotten the hang of going down the stairs just yet.

We are still enjoying music class and I am always surprised how much Daphne participates in class. If we are marching or walking around in a circle, Daphne will stand up and join, or bang on the instruments or wave the scarves around. The only thing she doesn’t like is the big parachute and wants me to hold her during the entire thing which is EXACTLY like Eloise! And we see the same little friends pretty much every week so she is making some new friends of her own. Just last week we were singing a slower song towards the end of class and she went right over to a Grandpa in the class and laid down on his belly. She cuddled with him for about 5 minutes, sucking her thumb, and it was SO sweet!

Daphne very much dislikes being in trouble. Much like Eloise (and me as a kid) she will cry if you say “no” too firmly or she doesn’t get what she wants. This often happens when she is done with her meal and starts to wipe her tray with her hands (and all the remaining food goes on the floor); Aaron will usually say “No thank you Daphne!” and she turns into a puddle of tears.

More and more Daphne is a thumb sucker. She prefers her paci, but sucks her thumb quite a bit for comfort if she’s sad or tired.

For the past few months we have noticed that Daphne will back into things (like the couch) or a person (anyone who is around) and then sit down. She is a little cuddle bug most of the time and it is so funny to watch her turn around and just back right in and make herself comfortable!

A few weeks ago, we changed Daphne from her bottle to a sippy cup at bedtime (still with warmed-up milk) and she did that for one night. The next night we offered her a sippy cup of milk and she refused it. And after that, we have been milk-free before bedtime! It was such an easy transition which is awesome because I was dreading it a bit.

And now that we aren’t doing bottles, we decided just this weekend to stop using the ThinkBaby sippy cups (both with the nipple and the straw) since they are starting to leak, and just use the (cheap) Take & Toss plastic cup with lid. These ones are nice because you can clean them without a tiny bottle brush and if something happens to them – like they are getting old or chewed on, or left somewhere – they are super cheap to replace. Plus they are recyclable! We will probably get Daphne a water bottle this summer, like a Hydroflask, but for now, just these cups until we transition to tempered glass ones like we use with Eloise.

All of the sudden Daphne is into communicating and doing signs so well! She signs: more, milk, water, eat, thank you, please, all done, more, and (occasionally) Papa. And milk is her most used sign. I notice that she uses it as sort of a catch-all for telling us that she wants something. But eat is my favorite by far. If you ask her whether she’s hungry, she will point to her mouth over and over. Or she will come up to you and keep pointing to her mouth. It is so cute! And she does more exactly like Eloise did and points with one finger into the palm of her other hand. Daphne also shakes her head “no” (also adorably cute) and has become more vocal. She calls the Roomba “oomba” and says “ba ba ba” sounds all day long while pointing.

If Daphne wants to be picked up, she will come up to you and raise her hands up over her head. And every time I pick her up, I say “up” so hopefully she will learn the word too.

Daphne, as you have seen in our recent pictures, can wear a tiny ponytail. It is helpful to keep her bangs out of her face since she has a side-sweep just like Eloise (only her part is on the opposite side). She does pretty well with me doing her hair and likes to brush it with Eloise’s brush or comb. The back of her hair is getting long and is slightly curled under at the bottom. We are getting into that dreaded mullet phase where you just have to let it grow!

Daphne understands so much of what we talk to her about, it astounds me sometimes. If she hears hello or good-bye she will wave (a big arm wave). She knows there are specific towels to wipe of Sadie’s paws if they are wet and she brings them over to Sadie wherever she is in the house. She knows to go to the kitchen if she’s hungry or if I ask her if she wants breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner. She walks to the entryway and sits down if I tell her it is time to leave and we need to put on our shoes. And she will grab the keys and head out the door! She also is learning belly and will pull up her shirt if you ask to see her belly, and knows where her head, hands, and feet are.

Daphne is officially down to one nap which she takes between 1(ish) pm and 3:30 pm (most days) which seems to be working pretty well. It means that our mornings are free to go and run errands or play with friends which is helpful going into the summer (since last year I felt stuck at home all day because of naps!). If we are out and about in the car between 9:30 and 11:30 am, Daphne will almost always take a cat nap though. As long as she doesn’t sleep very long, she will still sleep in the afternoon. Ideally she would go down around noon, but we don’t pick up Eloise until 1 pm for school. I may be able to get her down earlier once school is over if it seems like she is super tired after lunch.

In the food and eating department, there are zero concerns. Daphne is such a good little eater. She tries everything and eats an astonishing amount of food! She is definitely food motivated and wants to eat everything that everyone else is eating. She’s not much of a milk drinker though, just like her sister (though now Eloise is a big milk drinker). We started using these Grabease utensils (a spoon and fork) and they are awesome! The handles are short and very bulbous so it is super easy to grip and use. In about 3 seconds Daphne was holding one, feeding herself, and spearing food on her tray. I hesitate to buy or use “baby” things that have such a short life, but I highly recommend these for babies, especially those who learned with BLW. Daphne needs a bit of help sometimes spearing some food (or getting yogurt onto the spoon since I don’t trust her with an entire bowl on her tray yet) which she sometimes resists because she is already a toddler and wants to do everything herself, but generally speaking she can feed herself completely with this fork.

And finally this month, Daphne is getting more teeth. Nothing has cut completely, but I can feel some teeth under the surface of her gums and she constantly has something in her mouth. It feels like we’ve got bottom and top teeth coming in, including some molars. Daphne doesn’t wake much during the night and self-soothes so well, but I always blame teething on unexplained or random nighttime wake-ups.

{weight} 25 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} some 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 18 months (Carter’s), some 2T.
{diapers} size 4 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 to 4 oz sippy cups of milk at breakfast, lunchtime, after nap time, and at dinner.

{likes} watching and chasing the Roomba, picking her nose, 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.

And here is Eloise’s fourteen month update.

Happy Fourteen Months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month thirteen}

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{alligator: JellyCat // top: Carter’s // jeans: babyGap // shoes: Keds x Rifle Paper Co.}

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{And the outtake… that finger is just the same size as her nostril, so it must belong in her nose, right?}

{month thirteen} How has it already been a month since Daphne turned one?! It seems like yesterday and forever ago at the same time.

Daphne LOVES dancing to music and it is the sweetest thing I have ever seen. She claps her hands and sways her hips. I have been turning on music on Spotify on either my phone, the TV, or our speaker in the kitchen during play time or when I am (trying to) cook dinner. And Daphne just gets so excited! When she sees the display on the TV come on (or the lock screen on my phone which is a picture of her and Eloise) she waves. Guys, this age is the best.

Daphne is also pointing a lot with her pointer finger, the same one she uses to pick her nose. If there is something that she wants or sees, she will point at it. There is also a lot of waving happening these days. Daphne can wave “hello” and “bye-bye,” mostly on command when she hears those words. Sometimes though we are already gone from the person we were saying good-bye to before she will wave!

Peek-a-boo is still a big favorite around here, especially when someone is sitting in a chair and Daphne is standing behind it. She loves to peek around the chair and then laughs and giggles when you say “boo!” or “peek-a-boo!”

Daphne doesn’t really stand in her crib once she is awake until someone goes down to her nursery to get her up, but when she does, she has learned that she can turn the light switch on & off, plus move the dimmer switch. She is better at turning the light off so we haven’t had the issue where she will turn ON the light when she is supposed to be sleeping, though I foresee that in our future!

I am really into routines for not only my sake but for consistency for the girls, and Daphne is proving to be good with routines too. It is amazing what she is learning to do based on the familiarity of doing the same things. When we get out of the car, she will put any toys that she was playing with, including her paci, into the little bin we keep between the car seats; she will rub her hands together after wiping her nose or a diaper change when I am using hand sanitizer (hanitizer, according to Eloise) or washing my hands; she will put her arms out and back behind her for the high chair straps before meal or snack time; she will put her paci and lovie into her crib when we are leaving her nursery; and she will find a book off of her bookshelf to read before bedtime.

Aaron taught Daphne in the past few weeks how to blow kisses and it’s so cute. Sometimes her hand is near her mouth (and looks like the sign for “thank you”), but sometimes it is on the side of her head near her ear! Either way, adorable.

Daphne is also learning her body parts and where they are. She knows where her head is, and if you say “bonk” she will pat the side of her head. She knows that shoes go on your feet and tries to put them on herself. And we are working on other body parts which it seems like she picks up so quickly!

Daphne LOVES LOVES books just like her big sister which makes my mama-heart so happy. She will sit and read them for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. And will bring a book (or two) over for you to read though she likes to turn the pages pretty quickly! She also recognizes when books are upside-down and will turn them right.

Last week Daphne was taking her usual morning nap but then blew thru her afternoon nap for two days in a row. I know it is a little early for her to drop down to one nap (that generally happens between 15 and 18 months) but every kid is different so I thought I would take some action against her nap strike. So I tried keeping her up in the morning thru her usual nap time, had an early lunch, and then I put her down in the afternoon about an hour earlier than she usually goes down. We were successful for two days of this, but she seemed so tired all day. On the third day I switched her back to her regular schedule with two naps and she napped so well! But then just yesterday (the fourth day) she slept in the morning, but not in the afternoon. Hmm. Not quite sure what to do. The afternoons and evenings are much harder when she doesn’t get that afternoon nap, so if she is only going to nap once, I want it to be in the afternoon rather than the morning. We’ll see. I just need to feel this out and every day may be different depending on what we need to do!

Starting this week, Daphne and I will be doing a music class once a week in the morning while Eloise is at school. I didn’t do any regular music classes with Eloise, but she loved the drop-in classes that we occasionally did. I think Daphne will really like something music-based and it will be nice to have something that she and I can do (without big sister) and maybe meet some friends her own age (since we didn’t do a PEPS group specifically for her). We are doing this Chickadee Music Together class in Phinney if anyone in (North) Seattle is interested!

One of the bigger changes we made this past month was not warming up Daphne’s milk during the day. We still warm up Daphne’s bedtime bottle that she gets but for her milk with meals and a snack, we just give it to her in a sippy cup straight out of the fridge. She is still adjusting to the temperature change since she spent an entire year (her whole life!) drinking milk that was body temperature, but it is going pretty well and it is SO CONVENIENT! Sometimes she will take a big drink and the entire mouthful will spill out of her mouth (and hopefully into her bib pocket) but generally she drinks it well cold. We will eventually drop the bedtime bottle so I am not worried about her taking this cold since drinking cold milk before bed sounds no bueno! {Side note: When Eloise turned one, her pediatrician told us we should transition her off of a bottle, stat. But at Daphne’s one year wellness check, her doctor told us that around 15 or 18 months we should be transitioning her completely off of a bottle and spending the next few months using a sippy cup. It’s crazy how different things are in just 2.5 years!}

And finally, Daphne’s fourth bottom tooth has made an appearance and is a little tooth bud. It didn’t seem to bother her too much, but any extra fussiness or nighttime waking we basically blame on teething! It looks like her incisors may be making an appearance soon because you can see them under her gums, but there isn’t anything to indicate her molars are coming soon (which Eloise was cutting at this point).

{weight} i would guess 25 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} some 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 18 months (Carter’s), some 2T. (I am buying 2T in tops for the length – that belly Daph! – but no bigger than 18 months in pants because they are so long on her.)
{diapers} size 4 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 to 4 oz sippy cups of milk 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, picking her nose, 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.

And here is Eloise’s thirteen month update!

Happy Thirteen Months Daphne!

M

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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!

M

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!

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

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{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).}

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{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.}

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{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!}

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{Eloise and her Aunt Sarah.}

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

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{Setting out the Dol items.}

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

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

 

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

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

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

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{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!

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{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!

M

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}

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

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{And an outtake! That smile.}

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{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!

M

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