Daph is 6 months now and amazing! She loves her family - Dylan and Margot, you both make her light up! She smiles all.of.the.time and she is the happiest baby ever. Easiest baby ever? I'm not sure, re-reading old blog posts, it appears she's a better sleeper than Margot. Sorry Dylan, you were not a good sleeper at this age - we can blame the ear infections.
Daph was born January 24, 2017 at 6:22 am via c-section at GW Hospital. My recovery is okay - not much else to say about that except that surgery is no joke and the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself.
Back to Daphers - she was 8lbs 2oz at birth and it's still unknown why I never made it past 8cm. Her head is big though so maybe? Who knows. She was 20inches (the shortest of the three) and the heaviest. She is currently around 60-70%tile for weight and height so not quite as big as Dylan but much bigger than Margot. Like Dylan, she's in the big head club with a head circumference firmly at 99%tile. Her 4 month apt, she was a little over 15lbs and 26.5 inches, I think. I honestly can't remember. At 6 months, she was 16lbs and 26.5 inches (me thinks it's difficult to measure babies). Her head is still at 99%tile!!
Daphne as a newborn was your typical super sleepy baby. She looked (and still does) A LOT like Dylan. She was born with blue eyes and very pale skin and now that she is chubby, she really looks like he did. She may have Margot's nose though so we'll see if she starts resembling her more as she gets older.
Here are some pictures from the hospital. My recovery took a while - in fact, I feel like I'm still recovering in some ways. Things are just not quite aligned anymore and the weight is taking it's time coming off this time around to an even great extent.
Around 1 month, she was finally getting her nights and days sorted out but was generally a pretty easy baby. Very few tears, very easy to calm, and very mellow and generally happy when she was awake.
Around 2 months, I remember the challenge was really getting her to go to bed for the night. She really liked to stay up late and I remember Bill and I have a few really late nights with her. At 2 months, we started doing tummy time and thanks to her big ole noggin, she was able to roll herself over (belly to back)!
I remember around 3 months, she started smiling. I remembered I was worried b/c it took her a while to make sustained eye contact and then she wasn't really cracking a smile at 12 weeks. She was solidly 3 months before she smiled regularly. It was the worth the wait. :)
By 4 months, she was smiling regularly, but we needed to do something about all of this hair! The chub was in full effect and she was getting cuter and cuter each day. We started in the exersaucer and she started rolling back to belly!
She was also sleeping incredibly well! Like 1x to wake up a night well. It was awesome. We were getting nervous about the 4 month sleep regression, but then it never happened.
Around 4 months, she also started being able to kind of sit up. Kind of...
As she neared 5 months, she was spending more and more time on her belly and kind of getting interested in toys. And teething!! We went on a long road trip and she did great. She even fell asleep during a crazy loud show in Tennessee.
And a little after 5 months, we started solids!
By 6 months, she was on her hands and knees, could push back to sitting, could sit up by herself and was putting toys in her mouth!
We also made the terrible but much needed decision to move her to a crib. Terrible in that she stopped sleeping but much needed in that she was going to hurl herself out of her rock and play. So she's up every 2-3 hours these days - will there be an end in sight? Maybe, it might involve some sleep training for this happy girl.