daphne {month eight}

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{alligator: Jellycat //onesie: Carter’s (old) // jeans: babyGap (old) // wooden doll teether: old}

{month eight} Haha, I think Daphne looks like a little old man in this month’s picture! We took our family Christmas card photos this morning, so the last thing she wanted to do before her nap was take more photos… she just wanted to launch herself off the front of the chair! It’s super fun and not at all terrifying (said no mama ever).

I think the biggest thing about this month (okay, everything seems big still!) is the four new teeth Daphne is growing! I noticed some serious increase in the amount of drool she was producing (like shirt-soaking) and, lo and behold, four tooth buds. It’s her top four teeth coming thru all at once. She didn’t seem overly fussy or bothered by them cutting, but of course any time she awakes during nap time or at night is blamed on those new teeth. You can’t really see them very well because of her top lip, but she is going to look so much older once they are in! And now I really feel like I should be brushing her teeth, since I need more things to do to fill in my day, right? Daphne will see the dentist next month when Eloise goes in for her bi-annual appointment. If I only have to drive across the city twice per year and both girls see the dentist at the same time, that is a mama win!

She likes to click her tongue on the roof of her mouth lately which started around the time her top teeth started making an entrance. She isn’t blowing raspberries as much as she was a few months ago, but lots of clicking!

Daphne is an eating champ. Seriously. She eats anything and everything. It may be messy, but she will find a way to eat it. And there isn’t a single thing we have fed her that she didn’t devour: broccoli (just like big sis!), brussel sprouts, salmon, chicken, ground beef, Dragon fruit (in Mexico). Everything! Purees have pretty much become a thing of the past though because Daphne really just wants to feed herself. If there is something (like yogurt or refried beans) that requires a spoon, she wants to grab the spoon and bang it on her tray. So there is a lot of “fighting” over the spoon which isn’t super fun for any of us. Plus, since she is feeding herself, it makes mealtimes (for me) much more enjoyable. Also, we haven’t been doing a lot of cup training recently but after reading Eloise’s update (linked below) I realized that we are behind on teaching Daphne how to use a straw. I remember that being a game-changer, so it’s on the to-do list for this coming weekend.

Daphne’s newest tricks involve her pulling up to either her knees or to standing, or bear crawling around on her hands and feet. She is so ready to be moving like a big kid and just does not stay still at all these days! I used to be able to set her on the play mat with toys and she would be occupied, but now she is immediately off the play mat and crawling towards whoever she can see (or to the kitchen)! But then she cries and gets upset when she gets stuck somewhere! It’s the same situation when we are downstairs. I could leave her on the floor of her nursery with toys while I threw away a diaper or washed my hands, but now she is crawling out her door and down the hallway or into the bathroom to see what everyone else is up to! She also likes to reach for anything she can grab and then pull it down from wherever it was (the little shelf on the sidetable, the coffee table).

In the weeks leading up to our Mexico trip, I was planning on pumping just like I had been doing in the morning and evening for Daphne’s bedtime bottle. But, then it started to occur to me that we would need to bring some frozen milk for the first day or so until I had produced enough to cover the bottle (since I wasn’t producing enough every day to cover her bottle) which would require some sort of dry ice and Yeti cooler type of situation. Thru TSA (we are Pre-Check, but still) and then thru Customs and Immigration along with all of the other things we were shlepping on the trip, including both car seats! Yep, that wasn’t going to happen. So I did some a ton of research and bought some formula to take just in case. {Note: Formula, the type and use of, like many other child-related things is controversial. Lots of people have lots of opinions about it. We chose formula that we thought best-suited Daphne’s needs but every family and baby is different.} It turns out the formula I had chosen (Holle which is a German formula) is being imported by a close friend’s sister via her company Purely Loved Organics which is located just north of us in Lynnwood. Luckily, Daphne drank it down with no issues, so we didn’t have to try any other types or brands. Then in the days leading up to our trip, I started panicking about pumping in Mexico. Not the actual pumping part, but the logistics. Mainly the washing pump parts with bottled water in the bathroom part (since you aren’t supposed to drink the tap water in Mexico). We bought this travel Boon drying rack and bottle brush, but the idea of washing my pump just sort of sent me over the edge. So Aaron and I had a lot of conversation about it, and I let my mama guilt go and decided to stop pumping completely. In all honesty, it was an agonizing decision for me to make (and if you are a recent mama, you probably completely understand) but ultimately I think it worked out for the best. I didn’t have to worry about spending my mornings and evenings pumping or washing pump parts, and Daphne did amazingly well with one bottle of formula at bedtime during our trip, Now that we are at home we defrost frozen milk for her bottle and once we go thru our frozen stash, we will do formula until she is one.

And lastly, Daphne has been pushing her feeding schedule out to 3.5 or 4 hours. Her morning nap is usually interrupted by errands (while Eloise is at school) but she will usually at least cat nap in the car seat. I try to not go out more than two mornings per week during that morning nap time so that she can have solid morning naps. If we are home (or even out) I notice she starts getting tired around 9:30 am and will usually sleep at least an hour if not 90 minutes. Then her afternoon nap is after we get home from picking up Eloise (at 1 pm) and it’s length is dependent on her morning nap, longer if the morning was shorter and vice versa. Her late cat nap (which happens around 5ish) is always a crap shoot and it happens about 50% of the time.

{weight} I would guess close to 17 or 18 pounds but our scale is broken.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} two bottom middle teeth, top four teeth (including two front teeth).
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 3 to 6 months (pants only), 6 months and 12 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} size 3 {from the honest company}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight.
{feeding} nursing every 3.5 to 4 hours during the day, starting around 8 am. feeding sessions last around 5 to 10 minutes (both sides). bedtime is around 7:30 with a 6 oz bottle.

{likes} 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, staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, Sadie, singing, lights, paci, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} having gas, lying down flat right after eating, 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 eight month update.

Happy Eight Months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month seven}

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{alligator: Jellycat // top and leggings: Tea Collection // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month seven} Happy Girl! Seriously, she is just so happy. I really just hope that we all can be as happy as Daphne girl, even just once every day.

Daphne LOVES to eat and is now eating three meals per day. She eats so much (I usually just cut her off since she will just keep eating whatever you offer her) and it’s always after she has nursed! In a few months we will switch and do solids before nursing (as she transitions off milk and onto “real” food) but for now, nearly all of her calories still come from breast milk. We are still offering purees (that I defrost before every meal) along with chopped fruit (apple, banana, pear, mango, peach) or roasted veggies (zucchini, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, sweet potato). And while we still have a ton of purees in the freezer, Daphne seems to prefer hand-held food that she can feed herself. Even when we do purees on a spoon, she grabs at the spoon and wants to feed herself! It seems like we are going to be transitioning off of purees a bit earlier than we did with Eloise, but the frozen purees in single (ice cube) servings are super nice when we are on-the-go; I just put a few cubes into these reusable pouches and it is perfect when we are out to dinner.

Nursing sessions these days are pretty short since Daphne is a much more efficient drinker and also because everything, especially Eloise, is such a distraction! Daphne probably spends 50% of the time sitting up or otherwise looking around. Her first nursing session in the morning (usually around 8 am) is always 20 solid minutes, and then she is off to start her day! On a few occasions in the last few weeks we have been out during Daphne’s morning nap, so it has been very short or non-existent, so that second session (right before lunchtime) as been a super quiet one and sometimes Daphne has even fallen asleep! It seems like it has been SO long since Daphne would fall asleep during nursing, and I am trying to hold onto those sweet moments.

Daphne is still on the go and has managed to army crawl even faster than ever! If I set her down on the play mat, she will be off of it and headed to Eloise’s kitchen (across the room) in about 20 seconds. She still isn’t crawling with her knees underneath her yet, but she is surprisingly mobile, going from sitting to her belly to rolling on her side to spinning around (on her belly). It is impressive! She will chase toys down (like her ball rattle or round blocks that roll) and loves to give big sloppy kisses to stuffed animals and dolls. She also really likes books and even though she wants to chew on them, she will sit and listen to a story before bedtime or play time and grab at anything that is brightly colored (she seems to really like red).

I almost hate to bring it up, but it is what everyone who sees us asks (strangers, friends, neighbors): sleep. Daphne, from day one, has been a great sleeper partly because she is a good self-soother. She naps at least twice per day (with a third catnap on days her afternoon nap is early) with one nap being about an hour and the other nap being close to 2 or 2.5 hours; generally her afternoon nap is the longest (especially if her morning nap was short or we were out of the house) but sometimes her morning nap is nice and long (which is glorious on mornings when Eloise is at school). Daphne goes down super easily and without much effort which is mostly out of necessity in the form of a toddler big sister. Sometimes I feel bad that I don’t spend time rocking Daphne before she sleeps, but it is also great that Daphne can go from wide-awake to sleeping completely on her own. She likes to have two pacis, one in her mouth and one in her hand, and she switches them out while she is awake. And she also needs her lovie to snuggle with or to hold in her hand if she is sucking her thumb. I just bought her another identical lovie since I couldn’t find time to wash her original one and figured she is attached to it enough that it probably won’t hurt to have a back-up down the road.

We are still cloth diapering and it seems to work well for us. Eloise’s old bumGenius diapers don’t seem to fit Daphne as well around the legs though, and she tends to leak when she wears those. Frustrating, but it happens. I will try again in a few weeks and see if it works! Until then, we are only using the Grovia ones that we got from a friend. I really like these Grovia ones and they fit Daphne really well! Cloth diapering is a bit more challenging once you start solids, but not terrible. I just roll any solids into the toilet and then wash the diapers like I always did. And because I am flushing away nearly all of the poop, our cloth diaper pail doesn’t smell (as compared to a diaper pail full of poopy disposable diapers night). Plus, did you know you are supposed to flush solids from disposable diapers? Yep, it’s in the instructions! (Crazy, right? Though it makes a lot of sense.)

And finally, Daphne is so chatty! She is making so many sounds these days and is chatting during most of her awake time. Mostly we hear DA, MA, and BA which are the same first sounds we heard from Eloise. Daphne does say “mama” a lot, though I know she isn’t calling me Mama. But when she is upset, it is a very sad “mamamamamama.” Daphne also shrieks with excitement when she is really happy or when she sees Eloise. It’s the cutest.

{weight} I would guess close to 17 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} two bottom middle teeth.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 3 to 6 months (pants only), 6 months and 12 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} size 3 {from the honest company}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight (and add a cloth cover).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 4 hours during the day, starting around 8 am. feeding sessions last around 10 to 20 minutes (still both sides). bedtime is between 7:30 and 8 pm with a 6 oz bottle.                                                                                                                         {likes} eating, watching big kids or babies, crawling, spinning on her back and belly, teething rings, chewing on anything, sitting in her highchair, staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, Sadie, singing, lights, paci, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry or tired, not having a bottle immediately after seeing it.                                                                 {nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D, Daphne Doo, Daph-a-doo, Love, Lovebug.

And here is Eloise’s seven month update. It’s interesting because in real life I think Eloise and Daphne look so similar at this age, but in these two seven month photos, I don’t think they look as similar!

Happy seven months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month six}

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{alligator: Jellycat // romper: June & January // bib: DIY with Rifle Paper Co. fabric}

{month six} Six months. Guys, how is my tiny little baby SIX MONTHS old already? In some ways I feel like there’s no way it has already been six months (that’s half of a year!) and in other ways I feel like I have known Daphne my entire life.

Teething machine. Daphne has her two bottom front teeth which came in super fast as compared to Eloise’s teeth which I remember taking forever to actually grow in once they cut thru the gums. But with the amount of drool and gnawing that this kid has and does, I am pretty certain there are more teeth on the way! She has been loving this Lifefactory teething ring and this Nuby teether which creates so much more drool but seem effective.

Along with her excitement about teething rings has come Daphne’s ability to pick things up and put them directly in her mouth. It’s a gift. And a curse. I have been sitting Daphne in her highchair when she is awake during mealtimes and it is awesome to be able to fill the tray with toys and know that she can pick them up and chew on them or throw them on the ground which is generally what ends up happening (and quickly!). I am considering getting this really cool toy that suctions onto a tray and holds different toys, preventing them from falling on the ground.

Daphne has been working so much on her dexterity and finding her hands (not just to chew on!). This has been really sweet to watch her grab for things or use her hands to get what she wants, but has been super helpful too. I have noticed that Daphne can put a paci in her mouth all by her self, whether it is in her car seat or in her crib. If she can get a hold of one, it will surely go into her mouth. Just a few days ago (or maybe last week?) I was watching her on the webcam in the middle of her nap (she was fussing a bit, but I wanted to see if she could self-soothe before I went down to help) and she rolled onto her belly, crawled across the crib (in her sleepsack), grabbed her paci and put it into her mouth. Within a minute she was back asleep. It was amazing! And this is a game changer. Now that she can get her lovie or her paci during a nap she can self-soothe and get herself back to sleep even better! I am super impressed with her newly developed skill because I feel like it was forever before Eloise could find her paci and get it into her mouth during sleeping time!

We have introduced a story at bedtime, though sometimes Daphne isn’t into it because after drinking an entire 7 to 8 ounce bottle in about 5 minutes, she’s ready to pass out. But, she does really like books and loves any page with a big face on it or the color red. I have also noticed while I’ve been reading to her that she follows along with the book and seems to understand reading left to right. I will turn the page and she will look at the left page and then scan to the right. Maybe it’s because that is our instinct when you turn pages from the right side and open to the left (?) but it is really cool. And I suspect we have another book lover in our future!

As I mentioned in last weekend’s post, the first baby gate went up since we officially have a mobile baby! I don’t love baby gates (and am already counting the days, weeks, months before we can take them down) but for my sanity and Daphne’s safety, it is pretty much a requirement. We are doing the same configuration of baby gates that we had with Eloise: one across the doorway between the living room and entryway (right next to the playmat) and another one in the doorway between the upstairs hallway and the entryway (right next to the stairs). This basically allows for the kids (and adults) to move freely around the upstairs and into the bathroom (imperative for Eloise now!) but prevents any mishaps on the stairs. Once the other gate goes up (which has a door) we will have to teach Eloise how to open and close it (which should be interesting!) and that will happen once Daphne is really crawling on her hands and knees. But even though she is still army crawling and scooting around, she is picking up speed quickly. I am amazed how fast she can get from her playmat to the living room rug, normally right under the coffee table.

This girl is happy. So happy. Not 100% of the time, but probably about 90%. Seriously. That’s not to say she doesn’t get sad, because she definitely does generally when she is overtired or hungry. But even when you wouldn’t expect it, like when I have to wake her up from a nap, she’s so smiley and happy. It’s infectious and makes this mama so happy too!

Daphne has also found her voice and is working on sounds. She talks and talks, especially right after she has eaten. Lots of “ma,” “ga,” “ba” sounds. We are also starting to do baby signs as well, just as we did with Eloise. We will probably focus on the same signs since they worked so well before and allowed for almost all of her communication needs: milk, more, all done, please, and thank you. Plus, this time around we have an eager big sister who is more than willing to help teach signs!

And a very exciting update (at least for me) is that Daphne has greatly reduced her nursing times in the past week or so. This girl, just like her big sister, was a s-l-o-w nurser from the get-go. 40 minute nursing sessions were our normal when she was brand-new but we were still doing 30 minute sessions up until last week! And then all of the sudden she seems to be fully satiated after 20 minutes (10 per side) or even less during her last feeding (like 6 or 8 minutes!). It seems crazy that just a few minutes can even make a difference, but I am telling you it is life-changing. Even though I enjoy nursing sessions because they force me to sit and be still, the time adds up thru-out the day and there are still demands on my time and attention (ahem, one very cute but sometimes needy toddler).

Finally, since 6 months is official, we should probably get going on solids and the plan is to start today at dinnertime, after her final nursing session (which falls between 6 and 6:30). Even though we want to focus on BLW like we did with Eloise, we will still use purees in these first months to help introduce flavors (I find that purees are best to introduce different spices and flavor combinations that BLW foods can’t). I went a little crazy with purees and ended up with a lot more than we originally planned, so we have a variety to choose from. I tried to stick to things that were in-season (summer fruits) and we will incorporate squash and potatoes as they come more into season since they are great BLW foods (just roast with butter or oil).

Like I mentioned above, I like purees because they allow you to introduce a lot of different flavors and combinations. Now that we are doing this for the second time, we know now that starting solids is all about introducing flavors, not about getting baby to eat. Last time we didn’t introduce meat until much later, but we decided to offer some meat early on, which is great in theory, but pureeing meat is slightly gross (just my opinion). So, almost nothing is off-limits and we want to introduce a wide breadth of flavors and tastes.

{weight} I would guess close to 17 pounds. I will update if there is a big difference at her check-up next week.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} two bottom middle teeth.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 3 to 6 months (barely), 6 months and 12 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} size 3 {from the honest company and Babyganics}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight (and add a cloth cover).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 4 hours during the day, starting around 8 am. feeding sessions last around 20 minutes (10 per side). bedtime is at 8 pm with a 6 to 8 oz bottle.{likes} crawling, spinning on her back and belly, teething rings, chewing on anything, sitting in her highchair, staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, Sadie, singing, lights, paci, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry or tired.            {nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D, Daphne Doo Daph-a-do, Love, Lovebug.

And here is Eloise’s six month update! These little ones are most definitely sisters. I think they look so similar!

Happy six months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month five}

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{alligator: Jellycat // sunsuit romper: Misha & Puff (similar; see here on Eloise) // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month five} Going into this fifth month, it feels like a lot of BIG things have been happening. And, it also feels like our little baby Daphne is really growing into such a not-so-little baby. All of the sudden she seems so old!

To start, Daphne officially has her first tooth! I had suspected for some time that Daphne would be a pretty early teether, like her sister, and given the amount of drool and hand-chewing we have had over here. Just this weekend a tiny tooth bud appeared and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all and she is still as happy as can be! The timing is pretty crazy because Eloise was 5.5 months when we noticed her first tooth (though she wasn’t very happy about it).

Physically (gross motor development) Daphne is so, so strong. And way ahead of where Eloise was at this point; Daphne right now is where Eloise was around 7 months. I try to switch up Daphne’s play time while she is awake between the Bumbo seat, jumperoo, and play mat. She loves to be with everyone, so if we are eating or I am making breakfast or cooking, she is usually in the Bumbo seat. When she is on the play mat, she just rolls around and around and scoots all over the place. She is seriously not ever in the same place that you left her just a second ago, so we are having to really clear the play space of anything we don’t want Daphne to put directly in her mouth! Baby D is also getting really good with her hand-eye-mouth coordination and can reach out for something and put it directly in her mouth, whether it be a toy or someone’s finger or hand. She’s not quite strong enough to sit up on her own, but I know its coming soon!

As I mentioned in this past weekend’s update, we started sleep training Daphne on Saturday. After getting her onto more of a schedule where she has a set wake-up time (8 am) and set bedtime (8 pm) over the past few weeks, I then wanted to make sure she was sleeping well before we changed anything big! And the big thing that we needed to change about her sleeping was that she was in her Rock N’ Play rather than her crib. We tried off and on to sleep her in her crib (usually for naps but occasionally at nighttime) and she just wasn’t used to it; the Rock N’ Play sort of cradles the baby on her sides and also props her upright just a bit (so its great if baby has reflux) but it means there is a pretty big adjustment to sleeping in a crib where it is flat. So our goals for sleep training were transitioning her to her crib and also making sure we were lying her down for sleep while she was still awake (since sometimes I ended up rocking her to sleep). We used the Ferber method for Eloise (which is a version of cry-it-out that we decided was the best fit for our family and for our babies after lots of research into different methods) and used a somewhat modified version for Daphne this weekend.

We started with Daphne’s first nap on Saturday morning. Her usual nap routine is a diaper check/change, sleep sack on, a quick cuddle in the rocker with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, fan on, sound machine on, and then into “bed” with paci and lovie. It was cold turkey with the crib, so I took the Rock N’ Play out so we wouldn’t be tempted to use it if she wasn’t sleeping well (which is pretty much what would always happen). The “sleep training” part of this was that we would lie Daphne down and leave the room to let her put herself to sleep. If she started fussing or crying, we started a timer for 5 minutes; if the timer went off and she wasn’t crying, she had self-soothed and likely fallen asleep, and if she was still crying or fussing, we would go in and give her comfort for about one minute. As we had suspected, Daphne is a great little self-soother (as long as she has her lovie) partly because of her thumb sucking, though we noticed her ability to self-soothe really early on. Daphne can almost always put herself to sleep initially and we usually get fussing in-between sleep cycles; often by the time the 5 minute timer is up, she is settled back down and falling asleep again. Sleeping is always a work in progress, but I am really happy that Daphne is a great little sleeper! Her new routine that I shared last week also really helps with her sleeping since her naps are really predictable (for her and for me).

Finally, a lot of you have been asking about when we are starting solids. I mentioned it before, but we are waiting to start for as long as we can, so I suspect we will introduce food in two or three weeks. I have it on my to-do list (in a few weeks) to start making purees (I LOVE BabyFoode for ideas on recipes and flavor combinations). Last time I made a bunch of purees for Eloise and froze them so it was easy to offer different choices as we introduced foods which we did for the first two or so months, and then we focused much more on real solids, following baby-led weaning guidelines (chunks of soft foods or foods cooked until very soft). I will be sure to update when we do start solids!

{weight} 15ish pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} front bottom right tooth is making an appearance!
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 3 to 6 months, 6 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} starting into size 3 {from the honest company and Babyganics}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight (and add a cloth cover).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 3.5 hours during the day, starting around 8 am. feeding sessions last around 30 minutes (15 per side). bedtime is at 8 pm with a 7 oz bottle.{likes} staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, singing, lights, paci, being swaddled, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} baths, loud noises, having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry.{nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D.

And here is Eloise’s five month update if you are interested!

Happy five months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month four}

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{alligator: Jellycat // onesie: Crewcuts (old) // shorts: babyGap (similar) // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month four} In re-reading Eloise’s month four update (linked below) we apparently have had two of the happiest babies on Earth! This girl Daphne is so smiley and happy during her awake time, and even if she is fussing will often stop crying and get the biggest grin on her face. Aaron and I both joke that one of the issue we have in the middle of the night (or the middle of a nap) is that when we go in to help Daphne go back to sleep, she has such a big smile on her face that her paci won’t stay in!

Sleep has been THE theme this month (though to be fair, it is probably the theme and what every parent worries about for the first couple years, right?) as we hit the four month sleep regression pretty hard in the past few weeks! All of the sudden we had a terrible (nighttime) sleeper. Grr. As I have mentioned in the past few weeks’ updates, we were planning on making some big sleep changes that are now being mostly put on hold. However, the unswaddling of Daphne has helped tremendously and is still going well. Nighttime sleep seems to be getting much better (knock on wood!) with the past week having good solid sleep with only one middle-of-the-night wake-up (usually between midnight and 1 am) and maybe one early morning wake-up (around 4:30 or 5 am) that I send Aaron in for (so I can sleep until 6). As with Eloise, I think Daphne sleeps more soundly (as do we) when she is in her own room because she doesn’t hear us sleeping and I don’t jump at every single sound (which I don’t during the day, but I do at night). And, being the second child, I can’t always get to Daphne right away if she starts fussing during naptime, so often by the time I get down to her nursery, she has found a way to self-soothe. I am hoping this is a good omen for fast (formal) sleep training which we are planning on doing sometime around the end of July.

When we unswaddled Daphne, we also made the decision to give her a lovie despite many (many) recommendations that infants shouldn’t sleep with anything. We introduced a lovie to Eloise when we sleep trained her and her lovie (Ronnie) has been a source of comfort ever since. Daphne’s hands seemed to sort of flail around when we first unswaddled her and she didn’t know what to do with them, but now she holds her lovie and even rubs it on her face when she is tired. I know it isn’t right for everyone, but I think giving Daphne her lovie now was positive for her sleeping! The girls have the Angel Dear lovies; Eloise has this giraffe and Daphne has this duck (which Eloise picked out and gave her in the hospital).

Just in the past day or so Daphne has found out how to blow raspberries. And there is so. much. drool. She thinks it’s pretty fun and it keeps her entertained, though I have to have a bib on her during her awake time or else change her shirt or onesie between every nap!

And Daphne’s newest trick (as of early this afternoon!) is that she can roll! She has been able to roll from her tummy to her back for a while now, though it seems like she has forgotten that she can do that recently. And I knew Daphne rolling from her back to her tummy was soon coming since she has been rolling from her tummy to her side for the past few weeks. Daphne was on her playmat earlier today while I was eating lunch, and I turned around and she was on her tummy! I placed her on her back again, and sure enough, I turned around and she was on her tummy. She did it a few more times and I even got a video (which hasn’t happened with her rolling from her tummy since as soon as the camera comes out, she stops doing it).

{weight} 15ish pounds?*
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} none.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} some 3 months (Carter’s), 3 to 6 months, 6 months (Carter’s), 6 to 12 months.
{diapers} size 2 {from the honest company}. At home we are doing cloth (bumGenius and Grovia) and disposables when we go out and overnight (and add a cloth cover).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 3.5 hours during the day, starting around 6 am. feeding sessions last around 30 minutes (15 per side). last feeding of the day is around 9:30 pm which is regular nursing plus a 2.5 oz bottle of pumped milk and no middle of the night feeding!
{likes} nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, singing, lights, paci, being swaddled, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} baths, loud noises, having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry.

{nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D.

*Because of the long Fourth of July weekend and our upcoming trip to Boise, we couldn’t get Daphne in for her 4 month check-up until mid-month, so I will update with her stats in her weekly update following her check-up!

And here’s Eloise’s month four update!

Happy Four Months Daphne!

M

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daphne {month three}

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{alligator: Jellycat // hoodie jumper : June and January // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month three} How has it already been three months since Daphne was born? The last official month as a newborn… I can’t even believe it. Sometimes I look at her and think she is so little and tiny, and sometimes I think “wow, she is SO big already!” As they say, the days/weeks are long and the months/years are short; I am trying to take in all of it with this little one!

Daphne, as I have mentioned probably a few times, is amazing at tummy time. She doesn’t love it all the time and will definitely let us know when she is done, but her head and neck control is impressive. I have been setting her down for official tummy time a few times per day on her playmat which she seems to enjoy for short stretches of time. She looks all around with her head and follows all of us (including Sadie) all around with her eyes. You can tell her eyesight has greatly improved since she will react to something that is all the way across the room!

Along with tummy time has come the inevitable rolling (from tummy to back) which came as a bit of a shock when she first did it since Eloise was not attempting rolls until she was close to four months! But given Daphne’s great head and neck control, it isn’t really a surprise that she hit this milestone early. The rolling is pretty consistent on both sides though recently Daphne has been pretty content staying on her tummy. And when she is on her back, she likes to roll to her side (mostly the right) which means we have to watch her way more carefully these days!

Also, there are a lot of times that Daphne does not want to be lying down flat on her back. She loves to be upright or sitting (held, of course) to see what is going on! If you do lie her down and she doesn’t want to be, she will start picking up her head like she is doing little crunches. It’s impressive.

Recently Daphne has started to giggle when she is tickled or if you make a funny face or sound. It is the sweetest! She isn’t consistent about it, but she is almost always smiling which is nearly as sweet. Daphne has also found her little voice and coos during her awake time. She likes to sit on my lap (facing me) and we have conversations. She often cracks up and gets so excited, kicking her legs and arms.

While Daphne is sort of at the mercy of Eloise’s (and everyone else’s) schedule, I do try to give her consistent naps. Sometimes we are in the car or out and about during naptime (easy to do since she takes 4 or 5 naps a day!) and she does a good job napping in her car seat (she is actually a great car seat napper), but when we are at home, I have really tried to nap her in her room. I have been putting her down in her Rock N Play since that is what she is used to at nighttime and she sleeps so well in it, but we have been trying out the occasional nap in her crib as well. The flat surface can come as a bit of a shock I think to some babies (I remember this was a tricky transition for Eloise too) and in the coming weeks, we are going to try to transition completely to naps in the crib. For the most part Daphne can put herself to sleep, usually with a pacifier, which is awesome. She still wakes during naptimes (sometimes a few times, sometimes not at all) and early in the morning (between 3 and 6) but a pacifier almost always puts her right back to sleep.

We just started with cloth diapers which sometimes means you have to size up in clothes, but even last week it seems like Daphne is growing right out of her clothes! She doesn’t seem really big for her age, but based on clothes, she is. Anything 0 to 3 months or 3 months seems slightly small, so I got out the 6 months and even 6 to 12 month clothes since, especially in onesies, she seems to need more length! We are getting to the point in Eloise’s old wardrobe that the seasons are making a difference; at this age with Eloise we were headed into fall whereas now we will need summer clothes for Daphne. I have been really trying not to buy Daphne a ton of clothes (which is really hard) because she is in the stage where she is wearing something once or a handful of times (if I stay on top of laundry) before she is out of it! It seems like such a waste to spend money on something that she will wear for such a short amount of time. And then there are some things of Eloise’s that just aren’t going to ever be worn because of the difference in season! As Daphne has grown out of clothes, I have been really deliberate about what I am keeping and what I am passing on/selling/giving away since I just don’t want to store so many clothes! And I also have been equally deliberate about what I bring out for Daphne from Eloise’s old clothes, like things that I just know I won’t ever put her in are headed straight to the Goodwill pile (or however I am passing on baby clothes) rather than taking up space in her dresser or closet.

Daphne has definitely found (and LOVES) her hands. She admires them from afar and waves them around in the air, and loves to try to shove her entire fist into her mouth, much like her sister did. She also though has found her (right) thumb on some occasions which makes me wonder whether she will be a thumb sucker or not! (And I am totally mixed on this.) Along with hand sucking has come a huge amount of drool! It may be an early sign of teething (E started getting teeth around 5 months I believe) or just normal newborn drool which our ped gave us a head’s up about. I remember E drooling a lot, but not for a while later.

{weight} 14 pounds!
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} none.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} 0 to 3 month pants (but growing out of them very quickly!), growing out of 3 months (Carter’s), 3 to 6 months, 6 months (Carter’s).
{diapers} size 2 {from the honest company}. I just prepped all of E’s old cloth diapers and we are just starting the cloth diapering routine this week (at least when we are at home).
{feeding} nursing every 3 to 4 hours during the day, starting around 6 am. feeding sessions last around 40 minutes (20 per side). last feeding of the day is around 9:30 pm which is regular nursing plus a 2 oz bottle of pumped milk and no middle of the night feeding!
{likes} nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, singing, lights, paci, being swaddled, being bounced, sucking on her hands, being tickled, talking (cooing).
{dislikes} baths, loud noises, having gas, lying down flat right after eating, being hungry.

{nicknames} Daph, Bug, Snorty, Baby D.

And see Eloise’s three month update here {the girls look so much alike to me}!

Happy Three Months Daphne!

M

eloise {thirty-three months}

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{peplum: June and January // leggings: Old Navy (old) // chambray: Carter’s (old)}

{month thirty-three} This kid! How is she almost three?! She definitely has an opinion and is not afraid to tell you, like how she didn’t want to take a picture yesterday in the glider with Leo and thankfully Aaron captured this one of her when we were in Indiana!

Physically Eloise is a pretty big kid, bigger than most of her friends. I suspect she will be a few inches taller than me (hopefully you get longer legs kiddo!) and she has always been bigger than average on the growth charts. She runs everywhere which results in lots of tumbles and falls… She has mastered going up and down the stairs, and will finally be tall enough for her balance bike this spring and summer which I hope she enjoys!

Eloise’s hair is so, so long and very fine. It has grown out in layers and is half-way down her back! Up until recently she has been afraid of getting a haircut, almost to the point where it upsets her, so we have continued to tell her that she doesn’t have to have one and we can wait until she is ready. I am getting my hair cut when we visit Boise in July and she may choose to get it cut then (since she wants to basically do everything that Mama does). She doesn’t like ponytails or pigtails (though we can incentivize her with looking at photos on a phone if we need/want it up) and tolerates a bow clip to keep her bangs back. Most of the time though her hair is down and always in her face!

Potty training is still going well and is actually better after Daphne’s birth, despite warnings from both her pediatrician and my midwife (and a slew of other people) that a new baby would (or could) cause a regression. Eloise is consistently pooping in the potty now (though she still gets an applesauce pouch as a treat for that) and self-initiates almost all the time. We have had a few accidents in the past months, but they are all because we (both Eloise and either Aaron or I) have just lost track of time or she is consumed in playing. We aren’t quite ready to try nighttime training since it requires wake-ups in the middle of the night, but will probably try this summer while Aaron is on paternity leave since I think she is much more ready now (rather than when we tried around Christmastime last year).

Eloise loves being a big sister to Daphne and calls her “my baby.” She is (overly) helpful with everything from giving Daphne her paci to getting me a diaper. There are lots of hugs and kisses too. The first thing Eloise asks about when she wakes up from a nap or in the morning is Baby Daph-A-Nee!

All of the sudden Eloise has engaged in so much imaginative play and it is so fun! She pretends to be: a mama (to Baby Stella from nursing her to going to the grocery store), the mail man/person (she loves our mail man Teddy), to a cook (making lots of coffee and chopping vegetables), to tea party, to a librarian (reading me or her stuffed animals and dolls a story), to being Dr. Lower (with her doctor kit Daphne gave her at the hospital). And most recently she was playing with her cousin Charlotte and they were pretending with this little dog and cat play set at Nana and Papaw’s house as well as playing “bakery” at the playground (Eloise was baking pizza, but her oven was broken!).

Eloise has an amazing memory (as most kids at this age do) and remembers absolutely everything! She will hear something one time and will then remember and tell you like 3 weeks later. And she has also started memorizing books. While she LOVES to have stories and books read to her, she will “read” to herself and flip thru the pages of the book while reciting the parts that she knows. It is crazy that she knows some stories verbatim!

I think one of the most fun things about having a two-and-a-half year old is how much their language is developing and the funny things that they say. And Eloise is such a talker, so communicative, and is so, so funny! So here are some of the things we have been hearing lately:

Eloise LOVES jokes and tells them all the time. Here is one of her original jokes: “A cow walks into a barn and the barn-tender says ‘You forgot your tulips!'” (Based off of Aaron’s joke: “A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says ‘Why the long face?'”

We talk a lot about feelings and emotions, a lot in part to Daniel Tiger. Eloise now says “Grrr! I’m frustrated.”

“Oh gosh!” when something surprises her.

“Dang it!”

“Um, that’s not good.”

“That’s a good idea!”

“You can help me with this. It’s tricky.”

“Can I have more [fill in the blank] darling?”

“I am playing silly.”

Me: “What language are you speaking?” [When she is speaking complete gibberish.] Eloise: “I don’t know.”

Indian-applesauce (for Indianapolis). Though when Aaron said this the other day, she corrected him saying “Papa, it’s Indianapolis!”

When the crayon she was coloring with didn’t work: “Mama, this crayon doesn’t have any more purple in it! My purple has no purple in it! Help!”

And finally, Eloise sings all day long. It is the sweetest! And she is the best at mash-ups (combining songs together). One of her favorites is “Oh my darlin'” which is truly the saddest song ever; have you ever paid attention to the lyrics?

{weight} I would guess 32 or 33 pounds.

{hair} dark (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 20 teeth and molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  2T, 3T and some 4T.

{diapers} POTTY TRAINED! size 2T/3T underwear during the day and honest company size 6 diapers for naptime and at night.

{feeding} during the day, three meals, morning snack, & afternoon snack. cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} school (her friends and teachers), talking walks around the neighborhood, coloring, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, football, yelling, Duplos, digging in the dirt, splashing, counting, chewing on her toothbrush, the mailman, any person outside on the sidewalk, bubbles, sidewalk chalk,  buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone (photos or FaceTime), singing & music, dancing, Sadie, bath time, shoes, mama’s bag, clapping, putting things inside a bag or box, taking lids off of things, talking, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work, airplanes/trains/buses.

{dislikes} not being included, having something taken away from her, being hungry, getting into the carseat, getting out of the carseat, not being able to do something herself.

{nicknames} Bug, E, Wheezy, E-Lo, Ellie or Elle.

Happy thirty-three months Eloise!

M