Four weeks! One month! (Kind of... I'm confused as to whether he's one month old today or on the 19th.)
Laying in bed last night, curled up with my baby, I was trying to think of all of the nicknames that Declan has accrued over the last four weeks. So here goes the list, for posterity:
Declan, Dec, D, Baby, Buddy, Bubba, Bubba Bear, Bubbie, Bubs, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie, Honey, Little Man, Little Guy, Sweetie, Fussy, Mr. Fuss, Fussbucket, Monster, Rascal, Sir Farts-a-lot, Pooper, Puppy, Pup, Little One
So, future Declan, if you didn't learn your name until Kindergarten, I'm sorry. You're just so cute and funny that your Daddy and I like to call you lots of random things.
He's officially smiling now, which is amazing. It makes late night diaper changes so much better when I get to see a big, gummy grin once he has a dry diaper on.
This week, my mission is to track Declan's "natural" schedule. I'm recording every time he nurses, takes a cat nap, wakes up, needs a diaper change, etc. Then, at the end of the week, I'll look for patterns in the schedule, and make a "master schedule." Hopefully this will facilitate longer naps and fewer feedings, because right now I feel like a milk-cow who is owned by a very thirsty little farmer.
I can't wait for the holidays! Finances may be tight (or rather, nonexistant - expect some homemade gifts this year, family and friends!) but we can still enjoy turkey, pumpkin pie, family togetherness, baking cookies, listening to Christmas music, and taking loads of pictures of Declan's first Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pictures from week four: