daphne {week 3}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // onesie: Old Navy // pants: crewcuts pants (no longer available) // booties: June and January}

{week 3} Gah, three week?! This has been the longest and shortest three weeks of my life! (Well, except for maybe the first three weeks of Eloise’s life…) But I guess that’s what they say about parenting little ones: it is the longest and shortest time!

Daphne is as sweet as ever and continuing to be awake more and more during the late morning and afternoons. She is still a bit fussy in the evenings, but keeping her upright and making sure she has a good burp or two seems to help. We never really had to burp Eloise, especially when she was exclusively breastfeeding, so we are still learning to remember to burp this kid!

Last week Daphne went in for her two week check-up and did really well! She is much longer – grew an inch and a half! -and she was nearly up to her birth weight. The doctor gave us the greenlight to stop supplementing with a bottle three or four times a day and let her sleep at night as long as she will go. Wahoo! We are still giving her one  1 ounce bottle of pumped milk right before bedtime (which is usually between 11 pm and midnight), and I am down to pumping just twice a day, early in the morning (between 5 and 8 am) after Daphne’s first feeding and right before bed (between 11 pm and midnight) after Daphne’s last feeding. I didn’t pump this early at all with Eloise, so I definitely feel like all I am doing is nursing and pumping… but I did drop a pumping session in the afternoon which gives me Eloise’s naptime back to shower or sleep or get stuff done around the house – it’s life-changing! I also have been able to keep my milk supply up and actually freeze a few ounces here and there, building up that freezer stash!

Daphne has been a really good sleeper still, especially in comparison to Eloise. She is going about 3 to 3 and a half ours between feedings during the day, and 7 to 8 hours at night! But, even with that long (long) stretch at night, she is really only sleeping about 4 hours straight and then spends the remaining few hours fussing. I have found that if I go and rock with her in the glider in the nursery, she will go back to sleep for a few hours. I can’t wait until she can keep her pacifier in her mouth because I think that will allow for her to go back to sleep for longer without me having to rock her. But for now, I am trying to enjoy the extra cuddle time (even though I just want to crawl back into bed)!

In the past few days we have noticed that Daphne is developing the tiniest bit of baby acne on her cheeks and chin. It is pretty minimal, but Eloise never had it so this is a whole new thing for us. I know some babies get acne really badly and there is almost nothing you can do about it (since it is almost always hormonal) but I am trying to be more attentive to cleaning up her face after feedings.

Also, we haven’t started any official tummy time (where we lie Daphne down on her tummy) but she has really great head and neck control when we hold her upright over our shoulder or on our chest. She will definitely be ready in a few weeks to start!

And see Eloise’s week 3 update here (she is wearing the same outfit)!

Happy Three Weeks Daphne!

M

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daphne {week 2}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // onesie: Gerber // pants & bib: Etsy // booties: June and January // quilt: made by Amanda (Rifle Paper Co. fabric here)}

{week 2} This was our first (half) week solo since my mom went home and Aaron headed back to work (he delayed his leave for later in the year), so I have been easing into daily life with the two girls. Most of the change will be in coordinating Daphne’s ever-changing feeding schedule and Eloise’s daily schedule!

Since Daphne’s next peds appointment is not until later in the week, we are still supplementing her regular nursing sessions with three (or four) 1 ounce bottles throughout the day to help get her up to her birth weight faster. Even though I still hate to pump, I have been fitting in three sessions a day which allows us to give Daphne pumped milk and put a few ounces in the freezer to build up a stash.

On Saturday morning Daphne and I had an appointment at the hospital with a lactation consultant to follow-up on Daphne’s tongue-tie. We got the A-Okay on the healing of Daphne’s tongue (sometimes ties can grow back!) and an A+ on nursing (she had a big feeding at the appointment)! Daphne is just a few ounces short of her birth weight.

From day one, we have noticed that Daphne sometimes shakes her head (and fusses) when there is a nipple of any kind nearby and she is hungry. It can be frustrating when it takes 5 minutes in the middle of the night to latch-on, but mostly it is pretty funny. We have started referring to it as “the Daphne” and even Eloise will shake her head if we say do “the Daphne!”

Another big thing this week was that Daphne lost her umbilical cord and now has a belly button! We have been waiting and waiting for it to finally fall off because diapers and clothes are so ill-fitting when the cord is still on… Aaron was changing Daphne’s diaper and noticed it was gone, and I ended up finding it on the couch!

And because of the cord being gone, we started cloth diapering Daphne. I mentioned before that we were given two small stashes of newborn cloth diapers from friends – one set of gDiapers that have disposable inserts and one set of all-in-ones. We are excited to be cloth diapering again, especially since Daphne goes thru so many diapers each day and there is no need to spray poopy diapers since breastmilk poop is water-soluble. Now I just have to remember my wash routine for cloth diapers!

Daphne continues to be such a sweet little baby and pretty laid-back. She tends to be fussy in the evening, but has been making up for it by sleeping 4 to 6 hour stretches at night! (Knock on wood.)

Happy Two Weeks Daphne!

M

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daphne {week 1}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // romper: Carter’s // booties: June and January // blanket: made by Aunt Kelly}

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{And the outtake with big sister Eloise. I am not sure what Daphne was staring at in the photos, but Eloise’s face is priceless!}

{week 1} This past week of being a family of four (!) has been a bit of a blur, but Daphne is such a sweet little soul. I can’t imagine a better addition to our family. Like her big sister, Daphne seems pretty laid-back, and has been much more awake and alert than I remember Eloise being. She has a lot more (black) hair than Eloise did and her eyes are slightly darker, a grey-brown.

We are on a 2 to 5 hour feeding schedule, depending on the time of day. During the day, I am trying to keep between 2 and 3 hours, while at night I am letting Daphne stretch the time between feedings since it means more sleep for us both! If you don’t know, a feeding schedule is calculated from the start of one feeding to the start of the next (much like contractions) so once you include how much time the actual feeding takes, you know how much time you have to eat/sleep/shower/do anything else before the next feeding. Currently Daphne is taking about 45 to 60 minutes to complete a feed; she is spending about 30 minutes actually nursing but is so sleepy that she snoozes during feedings. So, not a whole lot of time for mama to do anything but feel like she is feeding!

Nursing is going really well this time around (in relative comparison to Eloise) and my milk is in! The first few feedings went super well with Daphne, but pretty quickly I was getting blisters (yep, blisters!) and I knew we needed to get some help. Luckily we were in the hospital a bit longer this time (since Daphne was born so early in the morning) so we had access to the hospital’s lactation consultants. After the second consultation when Daphne was 2 days old, we confirmed that she had a tongue-tie (apparently they run in the family since Eloise had one too) that we were able to get clipped. Since then, her latch has gotten so much better!

At Daphne’s first doctor’s appointment, she was down almost 10% of her body weight to 7 lbs, 13 oz which is what Eloise’s birth weight was! She also hadn’t been peeing enough that third day, so between that and the weight loss we supplemented with 2 ounces of formula along with her normal feedings. We went in for a weight check just the day and she was up one ounce but since she still wasn’t peeing enough, the doctor recommended to continue supplementation with a bottle. But instead of using formula, I started pumping to be able to give Daphne an extra ounce of milk by bottle every other feeding. It definitely stinks to have to pump at this point since I really hate (HATE) pumping, but I knew I wanted to start pretty soon since it allows me to be away from her for more than an hour at a time. Plus, I got this new pump from Naya which uses water instead of air to pump and it is a game-changer! Don’t get me wrong, pumping still isn’t fun, but it is much more comfortable than my Medela pump.

Lots of people have asked, and for those of you who we haven’t been able to see in person, I promise Daphne’s birth story is coming soon! And until then, here are some FAQs:

{how is Eloise doing with Daphne?} Eloise is doing really well with Daphne and has been the sweetest big sister. She has always really loved babies and calls Daphne “my baby” which is the cutest thing ever. There is definitely some jealousy since my/our attention has to be spread over two kids now, but since Aaron and my mom are here to help right now, we are able to keep a pretty good balance. Eloise wants to be helpful with Daphne, and probably overly so, with lots of hugs and kisses. Also, Eloise calls her Daph-A-nee which is so endearing!

{how is Sadie doing with Daphne?} Sadie is doing well with Daphne and we honestly didn’t even do the meet-and-greet thing with her outside of the house, like we did with Eloise. Sadie has always been amazing with Eloise and never shown any signs of grumpiness or aggression, so we really weren’t worried about the way she would be with Daphne. She isn’t in protective mode yet, but I know soon enough she will be sleeping outside of Daphne’s nursery and being attentive when she cries!

{who does Daphne look more like – mama or papa?} Daphne has a few of my features – black hair, eye shape, and nose – but I think her face shape is Aaron. And, I think she looks really similar to Eloise as a newborn and it definitely gives me flashbacks!

{where did the name Daphne come from, is it a family name?} Daphne is a name that I found in a some-what random internet search of traditional French baby names… seriously. Since we didn’t know the baby’s gender, we had to have a boy name and a girl name, but coming up with a girl name was tricky since the last time around we only had picked Eloise and there were no back-up names. We like traditional names and hoped to pick something that wasn’t super popular, but that’s tougher than it sounds! When I first suggested Daphne, Aaron wasn’t so sure, but he pretty quickly picked it as his choice! We had two girl names, one for each of us (mine was Margot), but in the end, Daphne won and we are super happy with it!.

Lucille, Daphne’s middle name, was my paternal grandmother’s name. Both of our girls were (middle) named after each of my grandmothers.

{what do you call Daphne, does she have a nickname?} We are calling her Daphne at the moment, though I know nicknames are bound to come! As I mentioned above, Eloise calls her Daph-A-nee, and we still refer to her (lovingly) as Baby Foot.

{are you getting any sleep?} Actually yes! The first night was a little rough in the hospital because we were so tired and it was all brand-new, but by the second night, Daphne was giving me one good stretch of sleep. And now that my milk has come in, Daphne seems much more satisfied after nursing and is pretty much going right back to sleep after feeding during the night.

{is the nursery done?} Yes, like 95%. I want to get a few framed photos of Daphne and the family up, and a small gallery wall, but those are things that I know will take time. I will be sharing the nursery soon though!

{are you going to cloth diaper or use disposables?} For the current moment we are using disposables from Honest Company since that is what we used with Eloise and they get delivered! Once Daphne loses her umbilical cord, we have a stash of newborn cloth diapers (both all-in-ones and gDiapers) that are on loan from friends that we are hoping to use. Seriously, cloth is super easy once you have a good system down! And then once Daphne is big enough for the rest of our cloth diapers, we will transition to (mostly) cloth.

{how are you feeling?} I am feeling pretty good and much more well-rested than I had anticipated (knock on wood)! My recovery is going really well and the thing I am the most worried about is flying solo with two kids – ahh!

Happy One Week Daphne!

M

project baby #2 {week 39}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 39} With just T-minus 4 days until my due date, I figured I should get this 39 week update posted, especially since Eloise came 2 days early…

This week’s midwife check-up was sort of a bust. We all headed downtown to my appointment on Tuesday morning (yep, on my birthday!) and we were pretty excited since it has been a while since Aaron had been able to join me at an appointment. Such a difference from the first time around when he literally went to every appointment! Upon checking-in we were informed that there had been a scheduling error and no midwives were in the office that morning. Grrr! We were given the option to either wait for a later appointment with one of the office’s many OBs or schedule to come in later in the week. I opted to do neither and skip the 39 week appointment altogether! Honestly, I spend 20 or 30 minutes waiting for the nurse; she checks my weight and blood pressure; and then 10 or 15 minutes more of me waiting for the midwife so she can measure my belly and listen to the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler. And as much as I love to hear that little heartbeat, I didn’t think it was worth all of that time extra time in the office (or the extra trip back)! If there as ANY indication that I was having complications or risks (past high BP, swelling, pain, bleeding, etc.) I absolutely would have stayed, but it is pretty much status quo at this point (which is fantastic!).

This week I have been feeling slow and like I have to pee every single second… but I have also been trying to savor all of the time I have had this week with Eloise because I know this is more than likely the last few days I will have with her just Mama and Eloise. Every one is so excited about Baby Foot’s pending arrival, but it is definitely bittersweet. So I have taken all of the cuddles, extra stories and songs, and back rubs that I can get in with Eloise lately! And this weekend will be a mix of getting last-minute things done (I have two in-progress projects for the nursery!), checking off Eloise’s list of things she wants to do (the playground and making banana bread), and possibly making some freezer meals.

Physically I am still feeling really good! I am tired and feel like I could sleep all day long, but once I am up and awake, I feel somewhat energized. My appetite is still low, so it has been lots of green smoothies around here this week. Getting up from the bed or the couch is probably the hardest thing as I feel like my arms and legs are just flailing about – it’s probably quite funny to see! And it feels like maybe the baby has dropped a bit since I am feeling less kicking in my ribs and more pressure on my bladder… No signs of early labor, but honestly I am not counting on that since I had pretty much no signs of labor with Eloise until I started having contractions which didn’t ever stop until she was born!

As I have mentioned before, I am still holding out for the 21st (or later) since my parents will be here and I can get in one more Pure Barre class (tomorrow afternoon!!). It feels crazy to be like a ticking time bomb, but as they say “babies are born on their birthdays” and you just have to go with it!

And here is my 39 week update with Eloise (which was my final one before she was born as I had her just 4 days later)!

Happy 39 weeks! Any predictions on Baby Foot’s birthday??

M

project baby #2 {week 38}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // tunic: Old Navy (old)}

{week 38} Welp, 38 weeks! I am glad that I made it this far and hope to have (at least) one more weekly bump update before Baby Foot joins us in the world! Most people think I am completely nuts you guys, but I could go maybe another month or 6 weeks – I am going to miss being pregnant so much!

At my appointment this week, everything was good and normal with the bump measuring in around 36 (or a stretch to 37!) with absolutely no signs of early labor. My mid-wives are pretty relaxed about doing any kind of physical exam, even this late in the pregnancy, because if there aren’t any complications or any other signs, early dilation or effacing can just mess with your mind and can mean absolutely nothing in terms of actually going into labor. I know a few mamas who went weeks dilated to a 3 or 4, and then mamas who went from 0 to 10 in just a few hours!

Lots of people (including total strangers) have been asking how I have been sleeping, and the answer is wonderfully! I don’t want to jinx it, but there have only been two or maybe three nights (including Sunday night) where I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. I am so, so thankful I haven’t had a lot of insomnia during the past nine months and feel so badly for any women that do. For me, it is my brain going a mile-a-minute and not being able to turn it off! But, whether you are working at an office or at home with your kids, a full night’s sleep is a necessity! Fingers crossed I will continue to sleep well at night since I know once this baby comes that will change!

After my appointment with the mid-wife last week I had a pre-natal massage. You guys, it was the best! I never had one with Eloise because I didn’t have a good recommendation for a pre-natal masseuse, but this time around a good friend referred me to a wonderful gal who was more than qualified. I am not huge into massage but it can be really relaxing for me, and with all that my body is doing at this point, it was nice to get some work done. Plus, it meant I got to lay down and take a little snooze during the middle of the day! If I were to do it again, I would schedule pre-natal massages for at least once per trimester!

Also, we finally figured out the car seat arrangement in our new car that works for everyone! I had mentioned either in a weekend post or a bump post previously that we couldn’t make the two car seats work in the back seat AND have Aaron (and his long legs) be able to fit in the driver’s seat comfortably. We really had two options: (1) turn Eloise to be forward-facing (since it makes her seat much less deep!) or (2) buy another car seat for Eloise that was less deep than her current one. We are currently borrowing one of Amanda’s Diono car seats (since we need an extra car seat for Eloise for when my parents get into town) which gave us a good insight into how another seat would fit in our car. We really like the Diono and are really considering it for when Baby Foot grows out of the infant seat, but it didn’t give us as much space as we had hoped. After re-arranging all of the seats in our car, Aaron realized he was able to change the angle of Eloise’s current seat so it was super up-right, and lo and behold it fits behind the driver’s seat while Aaron is driving! Hooray! Seriously. This is the BEST news. I didn’t really want to have to buy another car seat at this point (mostly because we really don’t have space to store Eloise’s current seat (it’s super bulky!) but I didn’t want to feel like my only choice was to turn Eloise forward-facing if she wasn’t ready. This is a really personal decision for a lot of parents, but one that I was willing to stand firm on. Technically Eloise can be forward in the car because she is over the age of 2 (which is state law) but she is well within the height and weight limits of the rear-facing for her current car seat as well as the fact that nearly everyone that knows anything about car safety will tell you that facing backwards in the car is the most safe (actually even for grown-ups!). Okay, so there’s the end of that long digression…

And here’s my 38 week update with Eloise!

And lastly, since I didn’t do professional maternity photos this time around (see Eloise’s here) and wasn’t really showing when our Christmas cards were taken (I was just 25 weeks along), I wanted to be sure to capture at least a few moments of this Baby Foot bump. So thanks to my super awesome hubby for getting some really sweet shots! (Sidenote: I promise that I am clothed the last few shots!)

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Happy 38 weeks! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

M

eloise {thirty months // two & a half years}

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{lion: jellycat via Nordstrom // tee: Old Navy // leggings: Cat & Jack for Target (similar here and here) // bow: Hadley Girl (similar)}

{month thirty} Holy two-and-a-half years! I cannot believe we are even here. Seriously. I know Eloise hasn’t been a baby for a long time, but my mind cannot comprehend that she was born two-and-a-half years ago! I digress… here’s a recap of the last three months:

Eloise still loves Hide and Seek (see the hilarious video of her here if you missed it!) even though she can’t contain her excitement to stay hidden long enough to be found. She also really loves playing Peek-a-Boo these days, either with her hands or a blanket.

There is lots of singing during the day and Eloise almost always insists on music being played while we are in the car or in the house if we are hanging out in the kitchen. She sings a lot at school too, but is always singing to herself during her play time or even before she falls asleep. She is really into changing the lyrics of songs too, or mashing them together (two or three songs become one!) which really surprises me. She is really understanding the words of songs which is super cool. Her favorite personal renditions are: “We all live in a PURPLE submarine!” and “Grammie Had A Little Lamb.”

Eloise is also really grasping shapes these days and comments frequently about seeing different shapes in her food. She also is amazing at recognizing letters in books, letters, or out-and-about; she can tell you if something is a letter (versus a number or a symbol) but really can identify: E M P R G S and L. (Not a coincidence that most of those letters are in her name, or other people’s names – like Mama, Papa, Grammie.)

Something else I have noticed recently – which I think is also from school – is that Eloise will tell us that things are “similar” or “different.” And this can be anything – colors, dogs on the street, fruits or vegetables, a character in a book.

Eloise, much like her mama, is pretty Type-A already and is already has a fondness for lists! She likes to count things on her fingers, but also list things (or events) on her fingers; like “one – Eloise go to school, two – stories with Mama, then – naptime, then – Papa comes home.” And she makes this great face while she is thinking of things that I have been trying to capture in either photo or video! She sort of wrinkles up half of her face, it’s the cutest!

The past few months Eloise and I were enrolled in a Mama and Me dance class at a local dance studio. One of our PEPS friends told us about it since it was a free 9 week class session (normally classes are about $20 per class – yikes!) and so we joined on Friday mornings with our PEPS friends. The class was pretty structured in that we did the same basic things and songs every single time; a little repetitive for the mamas but great for the toddlers. Eloise mostly participated, though sometimes wanted to just be on my lap or have me hold her, but still sings all of the songs when we are at home. She is too young still for any real dance or gymnastics class (especially without me being involved too) but seems to really enjoy the classes that we have been able to take here and there. I am hoping once Baby Foot is a little older, I can figure out a good dance or gymnastics program for Eloise to enroll in.

Eloise’s bi-annual visit to the dentist was in December and she was awesome! Aaron was able to come with us and I think that helped. The office is super kid-friendly (it is only a peds dentist) with toys and prizes and TVs on the ceiling. She really hasn’t been into the TVs at all, but still did really well. She got a clean bill of health, and the dental hygienist was so sweet and gave her a big prize for giving up her pacifiers! I picked out the Daniel Tiger figures for her as the big prize since she has been really into the show recently (she watches an episode about three or four times a week). And then twice a day we brush our teeth and Eloise is really good about it. She still chews on the toothbrush more than we like, but does let us help her at the end (thanks to the Dentist who told her she needed to let Mama and Papa help).

And as if she wasn’t cute enough, Eloise started saying “I need you” if she wants you to stay, like at naptime or bedtime. We do our best to let her fall asleep on her own, but she always wants one more story, or song, or cuddle, and when you get up to leave, she will say “I need you!” and it breaks your heart a little. Or if we are busy doing something and she needs your attention, you will tell her “Okay, give me 2 minutes,” and she will say “Mama, I need you!”

Because a lot of things are changing, mostly that Baby Foot is going to be here before we know it!, Eloise has been very in-tune with being a “big kid.” Before I was a parent, I thought the whole “big kid” thing was sort of weird, almost belittling to toddlers and young kids. But I totally get it now. Eloise is all about being a big kid and we can see the way it changes her behavior or makes something more interesting. And she almost always wants to be a big kid! On the flip-side though, she has also learned that she is “too little” for some things too. Mostly it is a height thing where she wants to do something and she is “too little” to reach it. Or she also has been pretending that she is a baby, and then she is “too little” to do anything!

Along with using a real plate and utensils at mealtime (no plastic stuff around here!), Eloise has been using a real glass for milk at mealtime. We still use a sippy cup and of course her water bottles with the straw, but especially at lunch or dinner time when we are at the table eating all together, she drinks out of a real cup. I picked up these tempered glass ones which are a great size for her. Plus I can stick them in the dishwasher, which I won’t do with any of her plastic sippy cups or water bottles!

As you know from my weekend posts and other updates, we were in the process of getting Eloise’s big kid room ready to go. I wanted to move her with ample time before the baby came, just in case we had any big issues with her not wanting to move, so we moved her just after the holidays. She was already in a toddler bed (her converted crib) and was doing really well in it, so transitioning to the big kid bed (a twin) was a little easier. We tried the transition at a naptime which may not have been the best, and she ended up taking two hours to go to sleep AND ended up back in her crib (!) but after that, we haven’t had any issues with her. She sleeps well in her new bed and even though it is low to the ground, we keep a pillow on the edge and she has yet to roll out! At first she didn’t get out of bed without Aaron or I in the room (which is how she was in her converted crib), but now we will see her on the monitor get out of bed to look at her books or try to find her monitor on the top of the dresser or other toddler shenanigans. It is mostly harmless and the funniest thing is that she knows she isn’t supposed to get out of bed because if she hears you coming down the stairs, she will scamper back to bed and lie down! But, it is a balance because if you get downstairs and she thinks she is in trouble (for being out of bed) she will cry and cry (this kid is like her Mama and does not like to be in trouble!). But the entire transition from the nursery to her new room went really smoothly. She still likes to play in the nursery and we still use the changing table twice a day, but she is really happy in her new space!

And unlike most toddlers we know, Eloise loves the Ergo! Since I can’t wear it right now, it is a special treat for Eloise and Papa to get a chance to snuggle together. She asks for it all the time and is always really excited when Papa goes on an adventure with her and they get to use it, like when he took her to school the other day and they took the bus! She talked about it all day long. It is the sweetest.

And finally, Eloise loves (LOVES) temporary tattoos – as you can see on her hand in this month’s photo) and hand stamps. Her tattoo obsession started in the early fall and she pretty much likes to have a tattoo on one of her hands all the time. I try not to let her have one all the time and make it a special treat for her. But she also loves stamps on her hands and really does have them on all the time between getting one at school twice per week (including on her belly!) and then one at library story time (and also at dance class when we were going).

Here are some photos to share from the past quarter that you may or may not have seen already!

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{Helping the teacher make play-dough at daycare one day. She occasionally still goes to a full day at daycare, but since we are in the midst of cold and flu season we have mainly stayed away!}

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{Look at that Mohawk! Eloise and Papa shenanigans at bathtime.}

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{Eloise saw the dentist in December – she goes twice a year! – and did so well.}

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{After dance class one day. She is obsessed with her tutu (or her “ballerina skirt”), those are shoes from when I was three, and she gets three different magazines in the mail each month (or so) and it is her very favorite day!}

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{From her half-birthday celebration at school this week since school won’t be in session for her August birthday. Her school loosely does the Montessori birthday ritual which involves walking around the globe and a candle.}

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{More birthday celebration at school. It was also spirit week at school and Pajama Day was the same day. Her teachers and friends made her a big birthday banner which she insisted on hanging in her room (I promise to share photos of her new room soon!) and she is obsessed!}

{weight} 31 or 32 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.

{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{s}, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, Ellie or Elle.

Happy 30 months Eloise!

M

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project baby #2 {week 37}

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{week 37} And we are officially full-term. That’s crazy guys! While it would be pretty unexpected and not very likely (especially since Eloise was so close to her due date) I could go into labor any time now and there wouldn’t be any intervention to stop it. Lots of people are telling me how second babies tend to be early, but in my experience with all of my close friends, the second babies have been late (or within a day or two of the due date). So I am holding out for a late February baby. The 21st to be exact and am planning on keeping myself busy until then!

My check-up with the mid-wife this week went well. Weight is pretty stable at this point and BP is low to normal, both are great! The baby’s heartbeat is strong and s/he is still head down into my pelvis – perfect position for these last few weeks. My belly is still measuring slightly small at 35, but no cause for concern. I don’t seem to be retaining water which is nice and my face is definitely not as full as it was last time (no complaints there!).

My appetite has really decreased and nothing really sounds good these days. Except for green smoothies! Baby still feels like s/he is up in my lungs during the day and I am hoping baby will “drop” soon!

Lots of people have been asking how sleeping is and, knock on wood, I have been sleeping well! Like I said before, I know the pregnancy pillow has helped tremendously. I can sleep on either side and have support on both sides, and still have two pillows under my head to help keep my heartburn at bay. I am up a few times a night to pee, and occasionally Eloise needs a back rub or some attention in the middle of the night, but generally sleep is great! We are trying to get all our ZZZs in before Baby Foot comes!

And here is my week 37 update with Eloise!

Happy week 37!

M