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.

Baby Bumpdate – 39 Weeks

Baby’s Size – I went to the OB on Tuesday morning and they did a quick ultrasound to confirm that he is head down and checked his measurements. The nurse said he was “around seven pounds”. I know that can be way off, but I’m just going to tell myself that’s how big he is to keep myself from getting discouraged during labor.

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Happenings – We decided to make the switch from home birth + midwife to OB + hospital birth. I just felt that with everything going on that the hospital was safer at this point, for us. For my entire third trimester, my hemoglobin has been too low for a safe home birth and I have been having intense reactions to iron supplements. My hemoglobin is up a little bit, but still low. Things like blood transfusion, iron via IV, and blood cell disorder have been discussed with my OB this week. However, I got the call this morning that I just simply have low hemoglobin, no blood cell disorders, and my iron stores aren’t completely depleted. OB doesn’t think I’ll need anything extra after Declan is born.

Weight Gain – 32ish pounds total for the pregnancy. Still trying to figure out where it all went. It’s definitely slowed down and is probably mostly water weight because my ankles and feet are huge.

Maternity Clothes – Yep.

Stretch Marks – Not a ton. The itchiness and pain that I referred to last week was the start of an allergic reaction to another iron supplement. Go me!

Sleep – Mostly Benedryl induced, because allergic reaction. But still, at least eight hours with one pee wake up and no naps. Feeling pretty rested.

Best Moments – Seeing my boy via ultrasound, even if it was really quickly.

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Um, really quick. Can we talk about how ridiculously long my hair is? It’s super thick too. I went back and on trying to decide whether or not I was going to cut it before he’s born, but in the end I’ve decided to wait a little while. Thinking about postpartum hair loss is totally freaking me out.

Food Cravings – Olive Garden. Gluten free rotini with marinara sauce and Italian sausage. It’s pretty much the only gluten free and dairy free thing on the menu. No complaints though.

Gender – BOY!

Belly Button – Tiny and still an innie, but starting to get swollen around the outside.

Ring – Off. Sitting on my ring holder waiting for Declan to be born and my swelling to go down so I can wear it again.

Emotions – Okay. Definitely more irritable and not wanting to leave the house very much. Enjoying my time alone in the quiet during the day and I get annoyed when too many people call me. Maybe that’s just an introvert thing?

Looking Forward To – Birth Day! Our bags are packed, the carseat is installed, and the house is clean! We’re ready!

Baby Bumpdate – 38 Weeks

Baby’s Size – Declan could be almost 7 pounds now, and over 19.5″ – or the size of spaghetti squash. Although genetics, amount of time spent in the womb, the health of the pregnancy, and baby’s sex all make these sizes nothing more than educated guesses. We really have no idea how big he’ll be because Joshua was born at 32 weeks, and I was less than 7.5 pounds at five days “late”.  My guess is that he’ll be 7.5-8ish pounds and 21″.

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Happenings – Whole lot of nothing. Trying to keep busy, and nesting like a mad woman. Almost everything is ready, then I’ll feel more ready.

Weight Gain – Don’t even know.

Maternity Clothes – Well obviously. My belly likes to put on a peep show for everyone too. Rotating the same four shirts and two pairs of shorts and one pair of pants.

Stretch Marks – Painful. Irritated. Itchy. They feel like giant bruises. I think my skin has about had it. You feel me?

Sleep – When I can and for however long I can. Trying not to become completely nocturnal, but naps are necessary.

Best Moments – We finished our Bradley Classes. Hooray! Nicole, we love you and look forward to sending you a birth announcement and chatting with you about mama life, but I’m happy to have my Wednesday nights back. Also, my nursing bras came Friday! Full review coming soon. Hint – I’m in love with them.

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Food Cravings – Just ice water. I’m the obnoxious person crunching their ice everywhere and at all times. I’m sorry, but only a little bit. I really miss dairy, but I know it will be better for him and we will try to reintroduce it into my diet when he is around six months old.

Gender – BOY!

Belly Button – Same old. Tiny. Just there in the middle of my belly.

Ring – NOPE. I tried to wear it last weekend and had to take it off. My feet and ankles are also starting to swell too. Nothing crazy, just normal ‘end of pregnancy’ stuff.

Emotions – Starting to feel impatient and ready for him to be here. Also tired. Over the acid reflux.

Looking Forward To – BIRTH DAY. That’s my final answer. Also, every time I text Josh he has a mini heart attack thinking I need him to come home because I’m in labor. One day, but that day is not today.