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 {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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daphne {week 11}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // sweater, tunic, leggings: Carter’s // booties: June and January}

{week 11} After being in a completely different time zone (a three hour change is no joke with littles!) Daphne was back on our regular home routine immediately! Amazing. She is a pretty easy-going kid (much like her big sister) which makes things so much easier for this mama. Also, that dimple in her right cheek!

I think Daphne got a bit of a cold (at least a stuffy nose) from our trip but it doesn’t seem to bother her too much. I have just noticed that she is much more “snorty” than usual since getting back!

Upon our return I also switched Daphne to a new swaddle since she was busting out of the Velcro one we had been using (which we LOVED for Eloise). This new one makes her look a bit like a flying squirrel since her arms and hands are sort of suspended, but it makes a great transitioning swaddle from arms down by sides to no swaddle and she seems to be liking it. One thing that we have really noticed is that Daphne loves her hands. She will use a pacifier when she is tired or to fall asleep, but sometimes she just wants those fists. This swaddle allows her to suck on her hands, well, thru the fabric anyways. We have yet to see whether she becomes a hand/finger/thumb sucker or will stick to a pacifier – I am mixed about both!

It was really cool this past week (with so. much. rain.) so this little outfit that my oldest sister sent has been on repeat! I am dying over that big buffalo check print and pretty much need this tunic in every size (plus for me and Eloise)!

Happy 11 weeks Daphne!

M

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daphne {week 10}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // peplum: June and January // jeans: Levi’s // blanket: Aden and Anais}

{week 10} This past week we were in Indiana visiting Aaron’s family, marking Daphne’s first trip! We didn’t travel this early with Eloise so it was new territory for us (a bit) and I have to agree with most mamas I have talked to that traveling with a newborn is pretty easy (relatively speaking).

Daphne has been such a happy baby recently and has been showing us tons of smiles and giggles. It is the best! She is really engaged in whoever is looking at her and loves to see people’s faces. Often times she can’t hold her paci in her mouth because she is smiling so much!

Tummy time and neck strength is amazing with this one, especially considering I don’t stress a lot of formal tummy time each day. She likes to be upright, particularly after feeding which has made for a strong neck. She also does not like being stationary, sleeping or awake, and prefers that whoever is holding her to be walking around or standing and bouncing her.

I was a little worried about the time change since Daphne definitely has day versus night figured out, but she did so well with the three hour difference between Seattle and Indy. We kept a pretty normal routine with 3 to 3.5 hour feedings and 7 to 8 hours at night. She stretched a few daytime feedings to 4 or even 5 (!) hours which was mostly because she was sleeping so well and I didn’t want to wake her. Generally I don’t like her to go that long between feedings because it throws us off and we end up with one less feeding per day. At night she slept in a rock n play next to our bed (just like at home) and did really well. One night she even slept for 11 hours straight! Guys, I haven’t slept that long in one stretch since before Eloise was born!

It was so great to see family and introduce them to the newest Lower. We were fortunate to be able to see so many of Aaron’s family members, including both of Daphne’s great grandparents. I will be sure to share pictures of the entire trip soon!

Happy 10 weeks Daphne!

M

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