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