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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my weekend in pictures.

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{Baby D is sleeping in her crib! We sleep-trained this weekend and I will share more details this week.}

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{Our little thumb-sucker. And she LOVES her lovie!}

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{There was free ice cream at the grand opening of Bartell’s (a drug store) at Greenlake on Saturday and Eloise was delighted to get a strawberry ice cream cone. Her very first cone. She was pretty excited about it!}

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{Eloise has been liking to play “picnic” all day, every day. And some memory game too. With Baby Stella who does everything (and borrows everything) that Daphne does!}

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{Trying to entice Daphne to crawl. She loves, loves that book of baby faces and that rattle ball!}

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{As some of you know, I tend to bake a brand-new cake recipe when I throw parties which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Next weekend we are throwing Eloise’s THIRD birthday party and she requested a purple cake (with purple dinosaur candles) so I decided that maybe I should do a test run. It turned out well (and much more purple in person) so hopefully it will turn out well again at the end of the week! And hopefully our neighbors will enjoy this cake at the Block Party this week (since we can’t have two cakes in our house in the same week).}

We had a pretty mellow weekend with very few plans. It was nice to just hang out with the kids after a bit of a crazy week before. Plus, we are gearing up for a BIG week: Aaron and my SEVENTH wedding anniversary and a corresponding date night (with a sitter and everything!), Daphne’s fifth month birthday, and Eloise’s third birthday party. And I have been hearing it is supposed to be a scorching week with highs near 100 (which will absolutely set a record here).

How was your weekend?

M

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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my weekend in pictures.

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{Eloise was super into Instagram stories and making funny faces!}

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{After the kids go to bed, it’s mocha ice cream time!}

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{On Saturday afternoon, Daphne and I went to celebrate our good friend Sami and Baby Sweeney! Also, those pink champagne macrons were AMAZING!}

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{Showering Baby Sweeney. Can you spot me and Baby D?}

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{My favorite set of sisters!}

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{Jump! And she picked out that outfit all by herself.}

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{Helping Papa mow the lawn.}

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{Even in the Primaries, it’s important to vote! Make it count!}

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{Despite a bit of inconvenience, we started doing online grocery shopping and curb-side pick-up since Amazon Fresh’s packaging is getting out of control (so. many. ice packs.)!}

We had a bit of a weird weekend because Eloise was sick with a fever almost all day on Friday (and I had Aaron come home because I thought we would be headed to Urgent Care for sure) but then was completely normal on Saturday, just to be sick again early this morning! Fingers crossed we are thru it.

How was your weekend?

M

daphne {week 20}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // onesie: Carter’s (old) // shorts: Old Navy // moccasins: Freshly Picked // Sophie the Giraffe}

{week 20} Wow, 20 weeks, huh? This past week feels like it has been a big one, so here we go!

Daphne had her 4 month check-up (2 weeks late, poor second child!) last Friday right after we got home from Boise. Her ped was really happy with Baby D’s growth (details below) and was pleasantly surprised to hear she was rolling! She did have to get her second set of vaccines, which she did fairly well with. The first vaccine was oral and she took that pretty well, the second vaccine was an injection that she missed entirely, and she was crying for the next two. Luckily, she calmed down almost immediately but it is still so hard to see!

The ped offered for us to start solids (rice cereal) since it has been shown that starting solids early helps (prevent) food allergies. I was surprised that he was so straight-forward (and encouraging) with starting solids now since it hasn’t been that long since we were doing this with Eloise, and Eloise’s ped really cautioned us against starting solids too early and encouraged us to wait until she was 6 months. Aaron and I are on the same page and are planning on waiting to start solids until Daphne is at least 5 months, but probably 5.5. I know a lot of parents are so eager to start solids, but we really aren’t. It is more work (I plan on making all of Daphne’s purees like I did with Eloise, plus prepping all of the food for baby-led weaning), requires way more planning, and makes diapers really stinky!

Sleep. I won’t talk much about it since I don’t want to jinx anything, but we have started making some big sleep changes. Mostly, the big change this week has been that we moved Baby D to her crib for sleeping. Last week when we were in Boise, we went ahead and let Daphne sleep in her Rock N’ Play for all naps and nights since we knew it was where she slept best (and she slept really well!). But somewhat impulsively over the weekend, I put Daphne down for her first nap in her crib, and she did well, so we just kept her sleeping in her crib all day and over night. She is still adjusting to being in her crib and we are still needing to go in and soothe and give her her paci, but it feels like progress. We haven’t totally committed to “sleep training” yet, but Daphne is a pretty good self-soother, so we are hoping we won’t have to do too much (formally, at least).

Since Aaron headed back to work this week, it was time for me to put Daphne on a bit more of a scheduled routine, as compared to a routine based on whatever time she woke up in the morning. Though we have more than a month before school starts for Eloise, I feel like I need to get Daphne on a schedule that would allow us to do pre-school drop-off and pick-up without interfering too much with Daphne’s (sleep) schedule. With her current wake-up time (of 6 or 7 am), I would have to wake her up mid-nap (twice) in order to get Eloise to and from school… no Bueno. Luckily, I found a good schedule/routine that works for everyone and lets us move between a 3 or 3.5 hour schedule based on what Daphne needs. We started on Monday and so far, so good!

Daphne, just this week, has grown out of her first pair of (gold) Freshly Picked moccasins. Sad day. At least we have plenty for her to grow into! She seems to be growing a bit more all of the sudden with clothes seeming smaller and smaller too.

And here are Daphne’s 4 month stats:

  • weight: 15 lbs, 4 oz (75%)
  • length: 25 inches (50.75%)
  • head circumference: 41.7 cm (50.75%)

As compared to Eloise, Daphne is one pound less, the same length, and a much smaller head! I suspect though that Daphne is actually longer from shoulder to crotch than Eloise was (given how she fits in her clothes).

Happy 20 weeks Daphne!

M

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