One Month Old – Declan Joshua

Weight – Not 100% sure, but I would guess at least 9 pounds. I feel like it would be useful for me to buy a scale so I have an accurate weight every month! He’s really starting to fill out in his arms and legs, which I love!

Likes – Mama milk, no matter the source. We’ve started giving him a bottle of breastmilk every few days and he’s taken to it really well. He’s had both fresh and frozen milk and doesn’t seem to have a preference at this point. He also prefers MAM pacifiers over other brands, and falls asleep with a paci almost all the time. He still doesn’t mind the car and has a little routine going that allows him to falls asleep every ride, which has been really convenient.

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Dislikes – We still have a bath hater on our hands, and hr doesn’t like when mama or dada give him lots of smoothy kisses. Declan also gets angry if you forget to give him his paci when you put him in his carseat.

Sleep – Declan prefers sleeping on his belly or his side, so much so that the only time he’s ever slept on his back was while we were in the hospital. He’s developed a pretty decent eat/sleep routine; nursing every three or so hours during the day until around dinner time when he switches to nursing every two hours until he goes to bed for the night. He then switches back to every three hours until the wee hours of the morning when he does a 4-6 hour stretch before waking up for the day. No complaints here. If he is having a hard time falling asleep while someone is holding him, we put him in his crib with a paci and he falls asleep quickly and easily. While he will sleep for extended period of time in his own bed, we all prefer to bed share and will continue to do so until it no longer works for us anymore.

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Life’s Happenings – At his two week appointment, Declan was diagnosed with an upper lip tie and we were given a referral to the ENT to have it revised. We finally got an appointment, but actually decided to see a local dentist who performs revisions on infants 3-5x a week. I feel much more at ease having him treated by someone who does this all the time. I also suspect he has a tongue tie that will need to be released as well. This will make nursing SO much easier on both of us. While he is gaining weight and my supply is plentiful, Declan often gets frustrated while trying to latch due to his ties. Some other symptoms Declan deals with are: weak latch and suction (including while using a pacifier), gassiness, and lack of ability to control milk flow. [Lip Tie + Tongue Tie FAQ]

Development – Our sweet boy has begun tracking faces, looking for us if he hears us talking but can’t see us, and gives the biggest smiles! He can also hold his head and upper body up for 20-30 seconds at a time, and has no problems moving his head side to side while sleeping on his belly.

Other Updates – Two Weeks Old

Declan’s First Halloween

We hope your Halloween was as great as ours! Of course, this year we had a tiny human to dress up – which made it even better. Originally we had no plans, but we were invited to go hang out at J’s aunt and uncles house for the evening, so of course Declan needed a costume!

We rummaged through all his clothes and decided to have him be Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc. We didn’t know it while we were picking his costume, but Declan’s older cousin was Sully for his first Halloween last year!

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What did your little monsters dress up as this year?

Two Weeks Old – Declan Joshua

Weight – 8 pounds, 8 ounces – which is about 50th percentile. Up from 7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth. He dropped down to 7 pounds, 5 ounces at three days old and has been gaining steadily since.

Likes – Declan likes nursing, snuggling, and riding in the car. I’m super thankful for that last part. He fusses when we put him in his carseat, but as soon as we start walking to the car he relaxes and he’s usually asleep by the time we exit the parking garage of our apartments.

Dislikes – Baths, diaper changes, and generally anything to do with being naked.

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Life’s Happenings – Our transition to parenthood and having a baby at home has been relatively smooth. Declan has worked himself into a semi-routine of nursing every 2.5-3 hours until about 5p, then cluster feeds every hour until 9/10p. He sleeps well, and for that I’m thankful. He’s only waking two to three times a night to nurse and then goes right back to sleep.

We had his two week appointment today, and the doctor said everything looks good and he is healthy! He has a lip tie that we got a referral to the ENT for, so I’ll be making calls and getting an appointment to have it revised as soon as possible, which will make nursing so much easier on both of us. Right now he gets frustrated if he’s too hungry or I’m too full for him to get a good latch quickly. His umbilical cord stump still hasn’t fallen off and is ‘too wet’, so his pediatrician put silver nitrate on it to help dry it out and fall off. I look forward to that day and being able to give him a real bath.

Declan has met, either in person or via video chat, almost everyone important to our family. There are just a few people who are sick and waiting until they’re better to come see him or live too far away too meet him in person right now. We attended a book signing when Declan was six days old and we got to meet Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey’s daughter! We also went to Straight Rhythm with Uncle Justin and one of his friends this past weekend.

Nautical Swaddle Blanket – Little Unicorn

We Wonder…

What color hair you’ll have.
Who you’ll look like.
What your personality will be like.
What color eyes you’ll have.

Whether or not you’ll love nursing as much as I hope you do.
What you’ll look like as you grow.
Whether or not you’ll like all the foods like your dad, or be picky like me.

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Will you like to snuggle?
Will you have the same belly button as your dad and Aunt Kimberly?
What about their blonde baby hair that I love so much?

Declan Joshua, as the time for us to meet quickly approaches, know we love you so much and we are so ready to be your parents. After all, this is the only blind date where we’re guaranteed to fall in love.

Baby Bumpdate – 40 Weeks

Baby’s Size – Average size at 40 weeks is 7.5 pounds and 20 inches. About the size of a fresh watermelon, say whaaat? I definitely look like I have a watermelon under my shirt.

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Happenings – Just waiting around. Seeing my chiropractor twice weekly and the OB weekly until he’s born. Brainstorming some blog posts ideas and planning events + outings for after he’s born. So exciting!

Weight Gain – I have an OB appointment tomorrow but I doubt I’m up much more than last week. My appetite has definitely been lower the past week or so, then I’ll have a day where I’ll be super hungry.

Maternity Clothes – Rotating the same few shirts, two pairs of pants, and two pairs of lounge shorts. I tried to wear jeans to the party yesterday and I ended up having to take them off.

Stretch Marks – Same old, same old.

Sleep – So, so. I’m at the very tail end of my allergic reaction, so my skin is super dry and raw which sucks and is itchy/painful. But I know it will be over soon!

Best Moments – We went to Josh’s little cousin’s 1st birthday party yesterday and I just have to say that cake smashes are might possibly be my favorite thing ever. And the theme was Pokemon, which was super cute. I dressed appropriately, in a too small Pokemon t-shirt from the men’s department. Obviously.

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Food Cravings – Olive Garden, if you’re reading this – I love you.

Gender – BOY!

Belly Button – Still an innie.

Ring – We went to the mall last night and were browsing at a jewelry store and the lady said a ring I tried on was a size eight. Holy moly, man. I normally wear a six. Definitely not wearing my ring. It’s waiting patiently on my ring holder until after Declan is born and my swelling goes goes down.

Emotions – Pretty dang good, if I do say so myself. I’m glad I don’t see today as a deadline, because if I did I would be super disappointed and emotional I’m sure. I have an OB appointment tomorrow and a chiropractor appointment on Wednesday and everything will continue until he is born.

Looking Froward To – Birth Day. So ready, but still trying to be patient.