Growth – Declan weighs 13lb 9oz (49th percentile) as of his doctor’s appointment on January 3rd and has gained a whole pound in the past tw0 weeks! He is also 24.5″ long, which is the 77th percentile. Our long string bean! He is built just like his daddy and is all torso. We’re busting out of 3m onesies and sleepers, but 3m pants have plenty of room to grow.

Eats – All the mama milks. Preferably straight from the tap.

Likes – Showering with mama has been a newer development. I’m so proud of how well he handles getting his face wet when we rinse his hair. This is our way of gently prepping him for swim lessons in three short months! We have a traditional baby bath tub, but this has been so much quicker! I definitely look forward to the days of him playing at my feet while I wash up, before it’s his turn. He loves his “bee” (paci) when he’s sleepy, and snuggling our armpits when he’s ready for a nap.

Dislikes – He can still be overwhelmed by scents if Josh or I are too far away for too long. He seems to need to be “grounded” by one of us after too long away (more than an hour or so). He begins to get fussy at that point and it usually escalates from there.

Sleep – Bedtime is 10:30/11p, and we’re usually up by 10:30a, too. He’s usually up twice during those hours to nurse, then right back to sleep. He sleeps with us in our bed, which we’re both mostly happy with at this point. However, I’m working on a plan to get him going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, as well as napping in his own space during the day. I’m hoping to carry this over to nighttime as naturally as possible. His sleep is a tad thrown off by being out and about so much, and not being home for several nights over the past few weeks, but I know we’ll get back into our groove soon!

Life’s Happenings – Declan’s great grandma is on an extended visit from Michigan, so he got to meet her for the first time! He also met his Uncle David, who was home for the holidays from Hawaii. He got snuggled by Grandma Jenny’s best friends from college, who of course think he’s to die for and gave him all the snuggles! His first holiday season was so fun, and we know it will become even more and more magical as he grows!

Weight – We went to the doctor the other day and Declan weighs 12lbs 7 oz (40th percentile). Our boy is wearing 0-3/3m across the board. We’re still using AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers and disposable wipes.

Eats – We are exclusively breastfeeding, and everything is going really well. He has had several bottles, and we give them to him regularly in case I end up at a nanny position where he’ll be in someone else care or I babysit and he stays home. We’re using the Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Standard Bottle, which I really like for him and allows him to have the same suck-swallow pattern as when nursing (which helps prevent nipple preference).

Likes – Bath time! Dada is usually the one to give him baths, as it’s their special guy time. He also love his “bee” (paci) and NEEDS it so fall asleep. He could care less about it unless he’s tired, which I love!

Dislikes – He is still very scent oriented and has a hard time if he’s passed around for too long with too many people. My scent is his home and he calms down almost immediately upon being put in my arms.

Sleep – Still loving naps, and sleeps well at night. He’s been in our bed lately because he’s a bit congested and I’m more comfortable with having him close. As soon as he’s feeling better I plan to return him to his own bed and work on getting him to bed earlier, since he’s currently on a 10a-10p routine.

Life’s Happenings – Like I said, our little guy has a bit of a cold right now! He’s still in good spirits, which I’m super thankful for even though he’s congested. He met his Uncle David and his Great Grandma, who are both visiting from out of town. His first Christmas was yesterday and he handled everything like a champ, and got spoiled to boot.

Development – He’s discovered his hands and has started batting at the toys on his bouncer, which is awesome to watch. He’s also starting to try to roll over from belly to back, and now belly laughs if we’re being silly!

Last night, we attended a local Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place in the city’s inner circle and had originally intended to have dinner at Blaze Pizza (they have vegan cheese and gluten/dairy free crust – hey now), but the line was super long and loving at a snail’s pace. If you know me or Josh, that’s not how we roll. So we went to Olive Garden where I was reunited with my trusty old favorite – gluten free rotini with marinara sauce and Italian sausage. NOM.

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Declan slept almost the entire time, only waking up for a few minutes during the actual ceremony and to get a diaper change and a quick snack, before falling back to sleep during dinner. I know he is my child because that boy can sleep anywhere, including through tantruming children, parties, and other loud noises without so much as a stir. He takes after his mama that way.

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Can I just gush about Declan’s hat and how much we love it? My friend Tara made it for him and while it was too big for a while, it’s recently became our go-to for outings where we know it will be cold – including walking to the car in the morning! It’s starting to get a tad small in length/depth. I’m not sure what to call it, but basically if I could add a few more rows to make it come down further so it covered his ears entirely, I would. This swaddle from Little Unicorn is also a favorite of ours! So far it’s made an appearance in all his monthly pictures, and now you know why. That thing is well loved in our house.

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While I’m not sure attending this specific tree light ceremony will be in the cards for us annually, I know there are many that take place local to us! I think it would be fun to attend a different city’s ceremony each year!

What kind of holiday memories and/or traditions are you creating with your children?