eloise’s third birthday party!

Months ago I asked Eloise what she wanted to do for her birthday, and she told me she wanted to have a party with her friends and have a purple dinosaur cake. {She was very insistent on having a “purple dinosaur cake” and would say that’s what she wanted for her birthday if you asked her. I recently caught a part of a Daniel Tiger episode where there were make-believe dinosaurs, and one was purple, which is probably where she got the dinosaur idea from!}

I didn’t really put two + two together, but when I started mentioning “purple dinosaurs” to people, everyone immediately was like “Barney?” To which I wanted to stay as far away from Barney as possible! So I started looking on Etsy for a shop that could make a cute “purple dinosaur” invitation and I found this little shop that personalized the invite for Eloise!

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I love using Paperless Post because it has a great event tracker for keeping track of RSVPs, but in the past I had always used one of the invitation designs that was offered on the site. I discovered though that they offer an “upload your own” invitation that allows you to upload your own design (or one that you buy like I did) which was perfect!

Generally I take on way too much for parties (um, imagine that!) and then end up scrambling the few days leading up to the party which isn’t very fun (and is super stressful). And I also always end up with WAY too much food (you’d think I would learn after all of these years how much food we actually need). So this time, I made sure I kept things super simple (because, two children = no free time) on both the décor and the food. Food-wise, I didn’t make anything except for the cake and Rice Krispy treats (which are the easiest thing ever to make!) and it was all stuff I picked up and took out of a box or bag, and set out on the table. And décor-wise, I picked up (purple) flowers, a banner, and some balloons, but focused on one craft: party hats. I used my tried-and-true party hat (including mini ones this time since there are so many younger siblings in the mix now) and added purple “dinosaur scales” to them.

I did make Eloise’s purple cake. It was purple frosting with purple dinosaur candles. Sadly, there aren’t any close-ups of the dinosaur candles, but I spray painted plastic dinosaurs purple and candle holders gold (we are early indoctrinating this girl to be a UW fan!), had Aaron drill into the backs of them, and then put them together (like this) with purple candles as a finishing touch. I usually bake a cake for birthday parties, but this time it was a bit different because I did a “test cake” the week before to make sure the recipe was good (or that I could make it well). It was a buttermilk cake (I didn’t do the fruit compote or cream) with whipped frosting, and it was yummy!

And onto the pictures! {Thank you SO much JESS for taking these!}

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For those that have asked, the girls are both wearing one of our favorite brands June & January, Eloise in the play dress and Daphne in the play romper (both in violet).

And here are links to Eloise’s first and second birthdays!

Happy Third Birthday Eloise!

M

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eloise {three years}

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{lion: jellycat via Nordstrom // tee: Old Navy // skirt: June and January // party hats: DIY}

{three years} Three years. I seriously can’t believe it. Eloise seems old and young at the same time (and if you have had recently or currently have a three year old, you know what I mean!). I am amazed by how much she understands and how well she communicates. It’s astounding. She is this incredible little person and I am so, so honored to be able to watch her grow, and also very humbled that I have the great responsibility of raising her. {See her grow up: birth story // one year // two years}

Since we sleep trained Eloise when she was five months old, she has basically been a great sleeper. 12 hours at night and a nice nap (most days). But, as we got into the mid-year of her twos, we started running into issues of Eloise screaming and crying when we tried to leave for bedtime. Aaron got the brunt of it since I was either pregnant or caring for newborn-Daphne, but her wails would echo thru the house! After getting some advice from friends and talking it thru, we started getting more firm with a bedtime routine. I think most of our issues stemmed from Eloise’s expectation that she would get an endless amount of books before she went to sleep and each night was a negotiation; now we have a firm rule of one book at naptime and two books at bedtime, though those books can be lost if she is naughty in the time leading up to sleeping time or during the bedtime routine. And we also found that if we allowed her to have books in her bed to “read” while she is falling asleep, it’s helpful too. Eloise takes a really long time to fall asleep (sometimes over an hour) which is partly because I still allow her to have a pretty long afternoon nap if she’ll take it, but she does do well falling asleep herself.

Eloise has been an amazing big sister these past five months. She has always loved babies and was really in-tune with what was going in with my pregnancy, but you just don’t know how things are going to shake out once that baby comes home (and never leaves)! We have had our moments for sure, but the vast majority of the time, Eloise is awesome about Daphne. She is always so loving and curious about her, and just wants to help all. the. time. My little mama. It has been amazing to see the relationship between these two girls!

Just in the last week or so we started Time Out with Eloise. One of the parenting books that I have flipped thru (The Incredible Years) recommended that real Time Out really isn’t effective until the age of three. Before this, we put toys (or whatever was the issue) into Time Out, or just removed Eloise from the situation that was causing the issue. Eloise is a pretty good kid (considering she is a toddler and exploring her boundaries) and does not like to be in trouble (just like her mama) so we didn’t have a ton of issues. But there are some things that Aaron and I have decided aren’t tolerable in our house (like hitting or throwing) that lead to an official Time Out. Eloise isn’t great with Time Out as she screams and cries the entire time and really just wants someone to stay with her, but I think it’s been effective. I know she doesn’t totally understand it yet as a consequence, but the vast majority of the time just the threat of a Time Out will correct behavior quickly!

Eloise’s pre-school is based on the school calendar year, so she has been on summer break since the end of June and will start again in early September (right after Labor Day). While our school schedule in the PNW is vastly different than the rest of the country it seems, it really fits our weather much better regarding summer. We don’t really get warm until June (or even July) and have a gorgeous September, so it really works out well. This year Eloise will attend the same pre-school (the Birch School) but will go four mornings a week (Monday thru Thursday) instead of just two. It is great because on Tuesday mornings she will go to story time at the library with her class which is something I have struggled to make happen with both girls (trying to get everyone out of the house in the morning to make a 25 minute story time is a little insane). Eloise asks at least twice a week when she gets to go back to school, so as much as we have enjoyed the summer, I think we are all ready to get back into the school routine in the fall. She just loves her teachers and her friends and just thrives in that environment which is so wonderful for us to see. I am currently starting to research possible Pre-K programs for Eloise to start in the fall of 2018 (which is blowing my mind… Pre-K? That means Kindergarten is just around the corner).

In the past few months, Eloise has learned how to button buttons and zip zippers. It isn’t all the time, but she always tries at first (“I can do it all by myself!”) and about half the time she needs help. But I am seriously impressed with her fine motor dexterity!

Also, band-aids. So many band-aids. We love the Oh Joy! ones from Target since there are fun designs and colors (without any character branding) that I can also wear, and I buy at least three boxes at a time. Eloise has a habit of re-skinning her knees as soon as they are healed from the last time, mostly from running down the sidewalk. I am a total klutz so hopefully she doesn’t follow my lead and gets over it sooner rather than later…

Lastly, we did (in May) turn Eloise’s car seat around so that she is forward-facing. It was a really agonizing decision and we went back and forth for a really long time on it, but ultimately turning her around made the most sense.

And the newest rendition of Things Eloise Says:

“Papa is a big giant boy! He can run. He can catch me. He can play tag and drink coffee.”

“Why does Susan (our neighbor) have her Christmas lights on? Maybe she likes them? Or maybe she needs them in her life?” (Shrugs.)

Papa: “Eloise are you string?” Eloise: “Yes. And din-dependent. (Independent.)”

Papa: “Your brain is very interesting.” Eloise: “And independent!”

“I don’t prefer my zucchini.”

Says everything three times (like from her Eloise books): It’s my favorite, favorite, favorite! I loved it, loved it, loved it!

Watching the marching band: “Maybe they are going to the marching band house. Or to school. Or to work, but not Papa’s work.”

“Do you think he has a weeding whacker?”

Eloise: “I love ice cream.” Me: “Oh, what is your favorite flavor?” Eloise: “Chocolate. Purple chocolate.” (This is before she had ever had ice cream!)

“Adios! I’m going to Mexico… It’s not open. Mexico.”

Papa: “Where does (cow) milk come from?” Eloise: “Cows.” Papa: “So if cow milk comes from cows, where does almond milk come from?” Eloise: “Bears?” (Papa asks again.) Eloise: “Teddy bears?”

“Maybe he’s brooming” (about Aaron sweeping the stairs).

Eloise: “Here you go Mama, this is for you” as she hands me a painted picture. Mama: “Oh thank you, it’s beautiful!” Eloise: “I know you love it.”

Mama: “Which jammies do you want to wear for naptime?” Eloise: “My Christmas jammies. I know it’s not Christmas. I love Christmas!”

Eloise: “Can Stella see the world?” (She wanted to take Stella her doll outside.)

“Hey there little cutie!” whenever she sees Daphne.

“Did you get those nom-a-noms from Madeleine’s party?” referring to M&Ms.

“Paga (my dad). You have a guest downstairs waiting for you. I don’t remember his name but he’s a guest!”

Running down the street: “This is a really good workout for me!”

Puts board books into her jean shorts: “Mama, it’s a nice little present.”

“Hot sauce is kind of my favorite but I don’t like the flavor of it.”

Birthday Interview. {I am hoping to do this interview every year to see how the answers change!}

What is your name? Eloise.
How old are you? Three (holds up three fingers).
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with Mama and Papa, and go on walks.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doggie.
What is your favorite food? Bananas and pee-pop (it’s a food that you drink, it’s like milk or water or something like that).
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mama and Papa and Daphne and Sadie.
What do you do really well? Um, play with food.
What makes you laugh? Jokes.
What is the best time of day? Opening presents.
What are you afraid of? (Shakes her head). I like cats.
Who is your best friend? Mama.
What do you like to do with your family? Paint.
What do you love to learn about? Blocks.
Where do you like to go? To school.
What is your favorite book? Curious George.
If you had one wish, what would it be? I would make a witch?

{weight} 31 pounds, 8 ounces (50 to 75%); height: 36.5 inches (25 to 50%)*

{hair} (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 20 teeth plus four molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  2T (swimsuits from last year), some 3T, mostly 4T.

{diapers} underpants during the day and for naps, Honest Co. diapers at nighttime. {And the only reason she is even in diapers still during nighttime is because neither Aaron nor I have wanted to make the commitment; we are just now sleeping consistently thru the night and want to enjoy that for a moment. Eloise is the type of kid who will pee in a diaper if she is wearing one, so it isn’t like we are waiting for her to wake-up dry in the morning. Plus, her pediatrician just told me that (in his opinion) “nighttime training” isn’t really a thing and children will naturally stop producing urine at night sometime between 3 and 8 years. Long story short, it’s up in the air!}

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

{likes} coloring, yelling, Duplos, digging in the dirt, splashing, counting, chewing on her toothbrush, the mailman (Teddy), any person outside on the sidewalk, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, coloring, buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone, toys that squeak or rattle, singing & music, dancing, Sadie, FaceTime, bathtime, shoes, mama’s (diaper) 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.

{dislikes} not being included, having something taken away from her, not eating when someone else is, being hungry, TimeOut.

{nicknames} Bug, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, E-Lo or Elle.

*I always said Eloise was a big two year old, especially in comparison to some of her friends, but according to her weight and height stats, she really isn’t!

Happy THREE years Eloise!

M

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daphne {week 23}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // romper: June and January // moccasins: Freshly Picked // party hat: DIY}

{week 23} This past week has been a bit hectic with all of the last-minute party planning for Eloise’s party last weekend, but it hasn’t fazed Daphne a bit. She is so even-keeled and happy. Seriously, all the time. It is such a delight!

Sleep. Sleep has been going really well (knock on wood) and we are in a really great routine now. Daphne generally naps well, though her third nap is normally a catnap and isn’t always super reliable, but if we are home, she sleeps well during the day. And at night, she sometimes wakes and needs some comfort within a few hours of sleeping, but sleeps soundly throughout the night! I generally hear her when I am getting up to pump around 7 am, but she typically sleeps until 8. We have been putting her down for sleeping while she is sleepy, but still awake, and she falls asleep by herself well. She likes to have a paci, but the most important thing is her lovie!

With Daphne’s routine during the day, it makes it hard to get out of the house in the morning without sacrificing that first morning nap since she doesn’t sleep well in her carseat or on-the-go. It’s definitely a trade-off, either having a kiddo that sleeps well at home or sleeps well out; you pretty much can’t have both! So lately I have been waiting to get out of the house until early afternoon for maybe two hours to get home before the girls both nap in the afternoon. It stinks to feel stuck at home all morning, but on the flip-side, I get to take a shower and get ready (and maybe enjoy a cup of coffee sitting down!) during Daphne’s morning nap.

We have also noticed that Daphne, while she is sleeping, is all over her crib! I pretty check her on the webcam (I have an app on my phone) in the evening or during naptime and she is never in the same spot (or position) that she was in the last time! Since she rolls all over all the time while she is awake, she does the same thing when she’s sleeping. And with the rolling, she has also found tummy sleeping. We always lay her down on her back, but she generally rolls to her side right away and then to her tummy.

The past few days Daphne has done really well with sitting. She can sit (sort of like a tripod, leaning way forward) for a little bit on her own. I remember this time with Eloise that she could sort of sit, but not reliably, and it seemed like it was going to be forever before she could sit on her own. But then, all of the sudden she could! I know that “all of the sudden” is right around the corner!

Happy 23 weeks 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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our trip to Indiana {2017}

This post about our trip to Indiana has been on my to-do list for an embarrassingly long time (we were there in early May!) but better late than never, right?

We travelled as soon as we got the greenlight from Daphne’s pediatrician who was okay with us flying on an airplane once the first set of vaccines were given (at 8 weeks). So, off we went to the midwest for Baby D’s first trip and our first big outing as a family of four!

We didn’t have any set itinerary and just wanted to make sure we saw as many family members and friends as we could to catch up with and introduce Daphne. It was wonderful to see so many loved ones and we so appreciate people making time for us, coming to impromptu get-togethers, or letting us crash at their homes.

Okay, prepare for a picture over-load!

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{Daphne got to meet her Nana (Aaron’s step-mom) for the first time! Oh, and that little yellow onesie is one that was Aaron’s when he was a baby.}

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{The first of many play dates at Nana and Papaw’s for Eloise and Charlotte.}

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{Daphne meeting her Aunt Cari (Aaron’s sister).}

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{And Daphne getting some lovin’ from cousins Teddy and Charlotte.}

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{And meeting Aunt Gigi (Maggi, one of Aaron’s many cousins).}

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{And Great Aunt Yaya (Aaron’s Aunt Sharon).}

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{And a group photo.}

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{Take two. Okay, there were way more than 2 taken!}

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{And Frankie and Gigi.}

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{Great grandpa Neal (or Great Neal as Eloise calls him) with Eloise.}

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{Great Neal and two of his youngest great-granddaughters.}

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{Can you tell Eloise is saying “cheese”?}

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{Papaw (Aaron’s dad) and the girls.}

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{Chatting and nursing the babes. Kendra (married to Aaron’s cousin Nathan) had just had Adaline a week before! Also pictured is Kelsey (dating Aaron’s cousin Seth) and Kendra’s oldest Wyatt.}

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{Cari singing and playing the guitar because she has the most amazing voice!}

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{Cracking up!}

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{And a better shot. Thanks to Tim and Meg (and their adorable little ones) for making the trip en route home to Bloomington!}

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{Aaron and his step-brother Kyle and Kyle’s daughter Mallory.}

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{The girls seeing Great Grandma Eileen.}

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{These girls had the best time playing at the playground!}

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{I could not just choose one of these to share of Daphne, Cari, and Charlotte. Seriously, so sweet!}

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And since that wasn’t enough, here are some more candid ones from my phone.

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{Daphne’s first flight!}

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{Aaron is the champ at getting Eloise to nap in the Ergo when we are on planes. Seriously, the best.}

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{We accompanied Cari, Mo, and Charlotte to her most recent set of big scans and explored a few different places in the hospital. Luckily, it was great news from the scans!}

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{Great Neal and Baby D at lunch.}

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{And Eloise was so happy that Great Neal colored with her.}

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{The sweetest.}

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{A little cousin gang.}

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{Cousins (that’s Nathan) and the two youngest Johnson family babies. And the blurs that are toddlers!}

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{Eloise always wants to read the safety information card on the airplane! And then she asks a million questions about it, including where her life jacket is.}

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{Watching the airplanes in Chicago during our layover. We also met the crew of our flight and they were so nice!}

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{As much as it stinks to have to buy another airplane seat, it is so SO nice to have an entire section of row when we fly!}

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And last but not least, a few from Aaron’s phone too!

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{Nana and Papaw meet Daphne for the first time. Do you think they were excited to meet their newest grandbaby?!}

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{Great Aunt Susan and Uncle Duane and the girls after a nice lunch!}

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{Bath time with cousins is a must!}

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{Love this one of Teddy, Charlotte, Eloise, and Frankie at the playground. Aaron took the kids down the street from our rental house and Cari and I got a few minutes of mama time to chat and catch up. It was wonderful!}

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{Charlotte loved brushing Eloise’s long hair. One day soon Charlotte, you are going to have beautiful long (and probably still curly) hair to brush!!}

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{Seeing Great Aunt Kathi and Uncle Stan (obviously not pictured).}

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Lots of people have asked about how the trip went, specifically travelling with the babes, and I have to say that the girls are AMAZING little travelers! Eloise really loves to fly and newborns are the easiest to fly with. The biggest hassle is just the amount of extra stuff you end up bringing with kids, and we really tried to minimize as much as possible. We took Daphne’s infant seat and the stroller (mostly for the airport) as well as the Ergo (for Eloise) and the Solly wrap (for Daphne); I wore Daphne thru airport security and Aaron wore Eloise. Also, pay for TSA Pre-Check. It’s so worth it not to have to hassle with shoes/jackets/etc. off and going thru the metal detector instead of the body scanner (though sometimes that happens and Aaron and I both opt out and get a pat-down instead). We ended up renting a (brand-new) car seat for Eloise and a Rock N Play for Daphne from Hoosier Baby rentals which we picked up at the airport along with our rental car (this was a detail that Aaron worked out with the rental company since we arrived really late at night). And, we also decided to rent an Airbnb house this time around in order to have enough space for everyone. In the past, we haven’t done well sharing a sleeping space with Eloise (she won’t co-sleep well) so we always try to get a separate room/space for her. Plus, it is great to have a full kitchen for breakfast in the morning (and casual dinners in) as well as laundry and a place to hangout on days when we are in for the afternoon nap (we tried to alternate afternoons we were okay with being out for naptime and days we needed to be “home” for naptime).

And one last thing (I promise). Lots of people have been asking about how Charlotte is doing. The short answer (in my opinion) is great! We were able to spend SO much time with her and Cari (almost every day we were in Indiana!) and Charlotte was in such good spirits. If you are interested in her treatments and all of her updates, here is her Facebook page. Thanks for all of the Charlotte support! She is one very loved little girl!

Other than the crazy weather (it poured rain nearly the entire time we were there!) we had a good time!

M

daphne {week 21}

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

{week 21} Gah, four and a half months?!

The biggest change this week was that we dropped Daphne’s dreamfeed. I had started the dreamfeed in order to collapse her last nap into her nighttime sleep, but then she started waking up for the dreamfeed (which was between 10 and 10:30 pm). So, over a couple of days, I shortened the dreamfeed nursing down to one side while increasing the bedtime bottle by an ounce, and then dropped the dreamfeed nursing completely while increasing the bottle by another ounce. Daphne now takes 6 ounces in a bottle at bedtime!

In order to account for the extra supply from not doing the dreamfeed, I started pumping. I don’t have a plan about how long I will pump at this time (since my supply seems to dwindle over the day) but I do produce enough to make it worth it, at least for a bit. It will help build up our freezer stash (especially since Baby D is taking such a big bottle now). I also have started pumping a little later in the mornings, but before I feed Daphne for her first feeding. It seems a little backwards, but I have a ton of supply first thing in the morning and Daphne is sleeping later these days. Since Aaron is back at work now, I have to get my morning pump in before the girls (well, at least Eloise) is up for the day.

Now that Daphne is sleeping longer into the morning and going to bed earlier at night, her total nighttime sleep is about 12 hours (8 pm to 8 am). It’s not perfect sleep and she still wakes up for her pacifier or a cuddle, but it’s pretty amazing! I have a few moments of quiet time in the morning, and Aaron and I have time in the evenings after bedtime (we are currently 3 seasons into The Good Wife, watching an episode or two per night).

Daphne is back in the Rock N Play for sleep, which was partly because of our trip to Boise and partly because she sleeps so well in it! Once we get used to the dropped dreamfeed routine, we will formally sleep train (we plan to use the Ferber Method, like with Eloise) to help transition her into her crib.

For posterity and because a few people have been asking, here is Daphne’s daily routine. She flexes between a 3 hour and 4 hour feeding schedule, but has a consistent wake-up time and bedtime. And as I have mentioned previously, this routine/schedule will work wonderfully for when the school year starts for Eloise and I am doing drop-offs and pick-ups, plus, both girls sleep until 8! I try to be home for at least two of her naps (especially the morning one) since she doesn’t sleep as well on-the-go, though it’s tricky because if we don’t leave the house super early (like 9-ish) we are stuck at home until around noon.

7 AM – pump

8 AM – wake-up/nurse

9:30 AM – nap

11:30 AM – nurse

1:15 PM – nap

3:00 PM – nurse

5:00 PM – cat nap

6:15 PM – feed

8:00 PM – bedtime with bottle

9:30 PM – pump

And in non-sleep related news, Daphne has started scooting. Like an Army crawl, only way slower and not very far! She does lots of tummy time on her playmat and rolls around from her back to her tummy, but she recently has started wanting to move differently. I expect she will be an early crawler for sure!

Happy 12 weeks Daphne!

M

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