eloise {last day of preschool 2017}

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{letter board: Letter Folk // jammies: Burt’s Bees // lunchbox: PackIt // sneakers: See Kai Run (similar)}

It’s hard to believe that it has already been an entire school year since this picture was taken on the first day of school! But then, Eloise grew up so much over the past months.

Eloise has absolutely LOVED school and looked forward to it each Monday and Wednesday morning. She had amazing teachers and friends, and really thrived in the environment. I was worried since she was so little when she started (barely 2) and just potty trained, but after a few tearful drop-offs, we got into a good rhythm and never looked back. To say that Eloise made progress this year emotionally, socially, and academically* is an understatement. We are very excited for Eloise to return to the Birch School in the fall, going 4 mornings a week!

I am not entirely sure Eloise understands what summer vacation means, but we are looking forward to lots of summer adventures both with Papa (who has a few more weeks at home with us) and with Daphne and me. Also, it was “spirit day” at school today and PAJAMAS were the theme, hence why Eloise is wearing jammies. This was probably the best case scenario for Eloise though because if she could stay in her jammies all day, every day, she would (definitely gets that from her Papa and not from her Mama!).

Happy summer vacation Eloise!

M

*There isn’t any academic curriculum, per se, at the Birch School, but Eloise has picked up on “academic” things nonetheless. She is a lover of knowledge with a great memory, so numbers, letters, colors, etc. come at great ease to her even without anything formal.

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daphne {week 16}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // overalls: babyGap (similar) // tee: Hanna Andersson // moccasins: Freshly Picked // blanket: Lou Lou and Company}

{week 16} This week I have really been trying to prep for some big sleep transitions, and keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t have a terrible four-month sleep regression… wish us luck!

One of the things I have been working on this week is making sure I do a sleep routine with Daphne before naptime (diaper check, swaddle, sound machine on, light off, curtains closed) and then also at bedtime. I have also been starting Daphne napping in her crib. She does well most of the time, but sometimes she will wake up and won’t go back to sleep without being held or placed in her Rock N Play. Any time that she spends sleeping in her crib though is a win!

For the past three nights Daphne has been sleeping in her room (sad face from Mama) and has been doing well. She is still in her Rock N Play for now because she sleeps so well in there and always has at night, so I am not going to rock that boat (ha, pun intended!) until I have to. I would like to drop her late night feeding (or at least transition it into more of a dreamfeed) before I transition her into her crib. Later this week I am hoping to shorten the late night feeding and see how that goes with her nighttime sleep!

This week I also have been shortening Daphne’s daytime feeding. She was at 20 minutes per side each feeding up until about two weeks ago when I lessened the feeding to 18 minutes per side. This week we are down to 16 per side and she seems to be satisfied. I know she is consuming a lot more volume in a shorter amount of time than she was as a newborn, and I am hoping to get more efficient feedings!

And finally, I tried to unswaddle Daphne for one of her naps this past weekend (by taking the hand pieces off of this swaddle which we LOVE) and it did not go well. I think it may have been a bad nap to try it since she was fussy anyways, but this kid LOVES her swaddle! Seriously, she giggles and coos and smiles when she goes into the swaddle so I think I will wait until she really needs to be out of it to make the transition. Though she can roll from her side to her back (which she can do either awake or asleep) and I have seen her nearly roll from her back all the way to her belly, which would mean a transition out of the swaddle for sure! I think in the long term Daphne will be happier without the swaddle because she loves her hands so much. She self-soothes well if she can get to her hands (and even sucks on them in the swaddle, though she does better with her paci).

And here’s Eloise at 16 weeks! Pretty much everyone comments or asks about whether the girls look alike, which I think is true with siblings but especially when you have sisters (or brothers). There are definitely similarities in the girls (eyes and nose) but they are starting to look different (i.e., Daphne is starting to look different than Eloise!). And I definitely am seeing that more and more in pictures, but not as much in person.

Happy 16 weeks Daphne!

M

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daphne {week 15}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // romper: Cat & Jack for Target // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

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{And the outtake with big sis Eloise. I love how Daphne is looking at her; she ADORES her big sister! And Eloise’s “cheese” face is hilarious. You would think after almost three years of weekly and monthly photoshoots she would know where the camera was…}

{week 15} Daphne is such a drool monster these days. I have been putting little bibs on her that I made for Eloise (but that E wore when she was much older as I recall) on Baby D during her wake times because I don’t want to have to change her multiple times per day. She will completely soak thru a bib in one wake time! And along with the drool has come gnawing on her (right) thumb. She doesn’t suck on it, but chews on it with her gums. I keep feeling for teeth, and nothing yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this kiddo got teeth as early as her sister (which was around 5 months)!

Naptimes have been going well, knock on wood, and have been consistently in her crib. Yes! It helps that we have been homebodies recently so a good daytime nap routine has been easy to have, and I have been very deliberate in putting Daphne down for a nap in her crib. Some naps she does great and other naps she spends part of the time in her crib and the other part in her Rock N Play, but she is sleeping well and that’s what’s important. I am just starting to think about some of the big changes to sleep that are on the horizon (like within the next few weeks) including unswaddling, crib all the time, sleeping in her crib/room at night, and dropping her last “daytime” feeding, but before I do any of those, I am really trying to get a good naptime thing going. I know first-hand (with Eloise) what it’s like to have a bad sleeper and am so (SO) thankful to not be having the same trouble. And pray for us as we head into month four and the dreaded four month sleep regression…

Daphne is still as happy as ever and it’s the best. Eloise was also a really happy baby, but I do think Daphne might be just slightly happier! She’s calm and relaxed and very chill almost all of the time, and is rarely inconsolable.

Also, 15 weeks is one of my FAVORITE weekly pics of Eloise – those CHEEKS!

Happy 15 weeks Daphne!

M

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daphne {week 14}

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

{week 14} I feel like this picture captures Baby D so well right now: all smiles and hands in the mouth.

We did start cloth diapering (as I mentioned last week) and it has gone really well. I am trying not to be crazy about it and just make it work when it makes sense, so we are only doing it when we are at home and sticking with disposables overnight. I am out and about quite a bit because of summer and Eloise, so we are still buying and using quite a few disposables but it does make a difference to use even 2 or 3 cloth diapers a day! We are still happy with the bumGenius diapers that make up most of our stash and I may add a few more Grovias to the mix since I am liking those as well.

Daphne continues to amaze me with her head and neck strength. And it is pretty much what most people comment on when they see her. So I think we are to the point where we can dig out the Bumbo seat which I think Daphne is going to enjoy immensely. She loves being upright, so this will be a great activity for her!

Also, I was just thinking after Daphne’s three month post that we just had one more month of her as a newborn (which makes me a little sad) but then I was reading Eloise’s 14 week update and it said that technically 14 weeks is the newborn cut-off? So now I am really sad. And also #secondchildproblems: I do almost no reading on infants and babies this time around and mostly just refer to my old blog posts of Eloise or consult with my mama friends!

Happy 14 weeks 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

daphne {week 12}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // dress: Carter’s}

{week 12} Daphne is really starting to fill out and it is the best! She’s getting rolls in her thighs, a Buddha belly, and a double-chin – it is love!

She particularly loves her right hand as well (exactly like Eloise) and tries to stick the entire thing in her mouth. She also waves it around and watches it which proves to be quite entertaining!

Daphne is napping solidly during the day (knock on wood) and well at night. We increased her nighttime bottle to 2 ounces which she takes after a full nursing session so her belly is nice and full for bedtime. Since I have been going to Barre more frequently, Daphne has been taking a bottle (I will just pump before I leave) as a feeding a few times over the past week and will take about 3 ounces. I have been freezing milk in bags between 1 and 2 ounces so we don’t have to defrost more than we have to!

Daphne’s first two naps and last nap are generally the best, the other two are more like cat naps. I have been trying to put her down in her nursery for naptime (if we are home or I am not cooking dinner) and simulate what a “real” naptime would be like: curtains closed, swaddle, pacifier, sound machine, and closed door. She does pretty well and even though she is still sleeping in a rock n play (and not her crib yet) I think this is a good first step to getting into a good napping routine. Often I will lay her down while she is still awake and she will put herself to sleep (which is what I do for bedtime too) which is amazing! And then there are some naps (like her last one yesterday) which she insists on being held… I am trying to find a good balance of being able to get a “break” during naptime and also enjoying those lovely newborn cuddles!

We are enjoying all of the smiles and coos from this little one who is so, so happy! She is the happiest (and most animated) right after a feeding. She also continues to have amazing neck strength and can sit up (being held) without (much) head or neck support, loves to look around, and is rocking tummy time. It seems like time is flying so quickly and pretty soon she isn’t going to be a newborn anymore (but then she does the newborn narcolepsy thing – always during a feeding – and she seems so little again)!

Happy 12 weeks Daphne!

M

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