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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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!
What did your little monsters dress up as this year?
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.
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
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.
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.