Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tatum's First Week

Tatum is ten days old and while the days last forever, they are also flying by! It's hard to believe last week at this time we were already home from the hospital.  It's been a great first week and we can't stop cuddling and loving on him.  I only really plan on doing these updates once a month but in the first week or two there are so many milestones and changes to remember!

Health: At his doctor's appointment two days after leaving the hospital he was up to 7.8 pounds and is in the 50% percentile for height and weight.

In the hospital he had a bad newborn rash all over his belly, arms and a little on his face, it cleared up completely by his doctor's appointment last Friday.

Ready to come home from the hospital! (outfit here)

Sleep: Tatum has been good so far and loves his naps/sleep - just like his parents! He takes solid naps during the day - usually at night he gets to bed anywhere between 10pm/midnight and makes it until about 3am/4am (usually hits a four hour stretch), up between 6-7am and then takes a long morning nap immediately after breakfast.

Meeting big sister Stella & arriving home.

Clothes: He's wearing newborn size and I think that'll last for another week or so.  I'm glad his newborn Halloween clothes will fit him for next week!

Best Buddies.

Eating: He usually eats about every three hours - sometimes every two hours during the day and usually a four hour stretch at night.  If he's hungry, he lets us know then settles right back down!

Tatum gets everyone's full attention these days.

Likes: Eating, being cuddled, his pacifier, going for walks in his stroller, being swaddled, sucking his thumb/his hands - he found his thumb within an hour of being born!

So far he seems to love all his baby gear - the dock a tot is by far our most coveted item - we use it all the time in every room.  The mom-a-roo, his bassinet, swing, etc. - he really does well in them all.

Setting out for our first walk two days after coming home and Tatum's welcome home dinner later that night.

Dislikes: Being cold, being hungry, being changed - only sometimes.

One of his biggest milestones yet - his first Penn State game! He may have caused us to miss the white out and big win but he was ready in his head to toe white outfit!

Activities: He had a full week - his first pediatrician visit, a visit to the office, his first sponge bath, a photo session in the hospital and also a mini session when we got home (& newborn pictures were yesterday!), his first Penn State and Cowboys games, a few walks and lots of time relaxing at home with mom, dad and Stella.

Our very first outing - his first doctor's appointment.

Mommy & Daddy: We love everything about him! I think he looks so cute when he sucks his pacifier and sneezes.  His newborn smell is the best, we both have fought over holding him all week and love brushing his hair with a little soft toothbrush.

We weren't the best at diaper changes - I think our first full day home we went through about five wet outfits - now for the most part we're down to one look a day.

Big Sister Stella loves him! I knew she'd love him once she realized he was part of the family but wasn't sure how long it would take her - she figured it out the second she got home!  She loves to lay next to his dock a tot on the couch, cuddle with whoever is holding him and if he cries or makes a noise she's always there to check. 

My little cuddle bug.

Visitors: He met some family and a few friends in the hospital and has had some more visitors through the week.  Lovie showed up with groceries for us right after we got home!

Lovie, Poppy and Uncle Davey visiting after their weekend away at Penn State.


  1. Tatum is precious! Loved seeing how his first week went and that picture of him on the dining room table while the places are set is priceless. I had something similar thirteen years ago, but we referred to it as a "Moses Basket." Enjoy these first few weeks at home!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful, smooth transition! He is so adorable and you look amazing!!

  3. He is so perfect! Gosh I miss these days... they are so hard but so sweet! Soak up those cuddles!

  4. The first 10 days sound amazing!!! I love all the little outfits you have him in and that dock a tot seems like a must - have! So glad things are going well!

  5. He is SO cute!!! I love his little face and baby hair!! :-) I am happy for you guys that things are going well and I hope that you are feeling good too! :-)

  6. It's amazing how long the days feel yet how quickly they fly by, and the baby snuggles are the best! Love that you had a welcome home dinner, and Stella is loving her baby brother. And yay for 4 hour stretches at night <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. He's seriously so precious, and he has had a busy first week of life and first week at home! I can't wait to see how his newborn pictures turned out!

  8. Oh how precious! Soak it up, Momma! These are the days!

  9. Congratulations to your precious family!! He is absolutely adorable! Looks like yall are adjusting well to a family of 4 - including Stella of course ;)

  10. Tatum is so precious! Soak it all in Xx

  11. Oh my gosh, he is absolutely precious!! Hope y'all are adjusting well to the new life of parenting, sending hugs!

    xo, Kristina

  12. He is just perfect! Hope you are all doing well!

  13. Parenthood looks great on the both of you! He's adorable!

  14. I'm so glad it's going so well for y'all! He seems like an amazing baby!

  15. Awe! It looks/sounds like you’re all settling in great as a family of 4. The pictures of Tatum, Derek and Stella are too cute!