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.