Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tatum Beau: One Month

Weekend posts are rare but with all of Tatum's milestones and the holidays, it's hard to squeeze things in! 

On Thursday our little guy was a month old! This was the fastest, best yet hardest, most rewarding month of our lives.  It feels like yesterday he was born but at the same time it feels like it's been forever - I almost can't remember life without him! 

As of Thursday he was 9 pounds 14 ounces and 22 inches long.  He was born at 7 pounds 10 ounces and by his first appointment he was back up to 7 pounds 8 ounces after loosing a little bit leaving the hospital and at two weeks he was 8 pounds.  He was 19 inches at birth and the same length at his appointments.  

He's been in newborn clothes the whole first month - longer than I thought.  Two days ago we just started into a few 0-3 months while some of his bigger newborn outfits still have plenty of room too.  At about 3 weeks he upgraded to size 1 diapers, they were a little big but are fitting better now. 

Right now he usually eats between 3/5-4 ounces at each feeding and thats recent within the past week. He's pretty good about making it exactly to about three hours from feeding to feeding - sometimes he gets a little fussy and we just feed at two hours but it's rare and usually only during the evening.  If he's enjoying a nice nap (especially in his car seat) he can make it about 4-4 1/2 hours between.  We are bottle feeding and mom/dad/baby are all happy, healthy and doing well with it.  We've tried a few bottles out but so far he still prefers the slow flowing nipples and the medela bottles.

Within his first week he'd take about 1.5-2 ounces per feeding and then he slowly would take more and more until we settled out at 3-3.5 ounces for most of the month.

He's doing pretty good! He usually goes with his feeding schedule and sleeps at 3 hour increments - rarely less and every once in a while gets a four hour stretch.  We usually feed around midnight, 3am and 6 am.  Depending what time we get that late night feeding in depends on the rest of the day (last week he went around 12:45, 4am and then slept until almost 8am)!

He always falls right back to sleep after his early morning feed - after we cuddle and watch GMA that's my time to get "all the things done."  Throughout the day he's pretty good about doing the whole eat, awake, back to sleep thing.  In the evenings it's iffy if he'll always nap.  During late night and overnight feedings he always falls right back to sleep.  We always make sure to diaper change before feeding (even if he's fussy) so then he can be cozy and sleep after.

For the most part he only cries if somethings wrong - hungry, change of diaper, getting his nose drops, when we file his nails, wants to be held, etc.  He's no exception to the "witching hour" but it depends on his mood - some nights he's an angel and some he won't stop crying.  Usually on cue he'll cry right as we get our dinner together to eat.

He loves stretching! Just in the past week or so he's gotten really good about eye contact and looking at things.  He loves his sister - doesn't mind her sniffing all over him.  He loves swinging on "fast speed" in his swing and kicking around in his dock a tot.  Being held and cuddled is of course his favorite.

Being hungry, cold, the start of his baths... not much else.

His first few baths - he loves bath time! We've done a few family walks and he loves riding along. He's primarily only done tummy time laying on our chests but he likes that too and is pretty good at it - the doctor said he had good neck strength from the start! He did great at both his doctor's appointments.

We celebrated his first holiday - Halloween and also celebrated Daddy's birthday.  Lovie and Poppy babysat for the first time (and a few times after!) and he's always great for them.  He went to his first birthday party and had his first playdate... which he slept through but mom and dad enjoyed the adult part of the playdate.

Mommy changed his first diaper in a public  bathroom and it was a complete disaster - the worst change to date, an outfit in the trash, poop all over both of us and some tears from one of us - hint, not him!


We haven't gone out too much - Tatum has ridden along in the car while either mom or dad runs in for an errand and the other stays in the car.  We made it out to two dinners - one with family and one with friends.  Lunches were a little easier and with did about four of those.  He made his first visit to the office and a few doctor's appointments.  He made one trip quick trip into Target and another stroll around the mall for some Christmas browsing.

With the holidays coming up we have no choice but to run some errands to be ready! Plus, we'd go crazy just sitting inside so we try to get out a couple times a week.

First Month Posts... 


  1. Oh my goodness what a cutie! I loved writing these milestone posts- enjoy them! Time goes so fast!

  2. He is such a handsome baby! I'm glad to hear that your first month went well (sheesh, time flies!) I'm so sorry your first public changing didn't go too well, though - you poor thing, lol! Hopefully that gets better with time, and you both become pros. :)

  3. He is sooooooo cute, Christina!!! Just precious.

  4. Happy 1 Month, Tatum!!! Oh my goodness, your poopie diaper bathroom story.. that sounds awful but a great story to laugh about once it's all over lol!

  5. I can't believe that he's already a month old! We haven't ventured out too much with the girls because they're just so tiny, but that's so awesome that y'all are already venturing out with Tatum! I definitely want to try and get out once I'm cleared to drive, especially with the holidays going on!