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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daphne {week 52}

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{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!

M

daphne {week 51}

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{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!

M

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