January 22, 2017

Clark is TWELVE Months Old!

Clark is TWELVE Months Old!

 
How old are you?
Twelve months old (but wearing 18-2T month clothes!)

Do you have any nicknames?
Clarky, Baby Clark

What makes you happy?
Baths, music, food, soft blankies, Marley, Mommy, Daddy, GaGas

What makes you sad?
Getting out of the bath, not getting what I want, when Marley is too rough with me

What is your favorite animal?
Kato and Mango! I love them so much. And they love my snacks so much! (Shhh...don't tell GaGa!)

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Smoothies with everything and anything in them. Mom says I'm a great eater.  I love veggies (green peas are my favorite!) and chicken.  I'm pretty much willing to try anything but will shake by head (No!) if I don't want anymore.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Explore EVERYTHING. Mom just bought this horrible new gate to keep me out of the back half of the house. Something about how I'm always trying to get into the nightstands and the bathtub.

What is your favorite song?
Any songs are my favorite songs. I love dancing and as soon as any song comes on or someone starts singing, my hips start shaking.

What is your favorite TV show?
I am not interested in TV. Mom isn't too thrilled about this--something about needing 5 minutes to herself.  But occasionally I enjoy an episode of Clifford.

What are you really good at?
Walking. I love walking everywhere--very little crawling for me these days. I especially love walking when I can carry something around with me.

What is your favorite movie?
Again, not interested in movies at all. But anything with music is at the top of my list.

What is your favorite color?
Blue. Are stripes a color? Because Mom seems to think they are...

Who is your best friend?
Early on this month I was all about Mommy--probably because she was home for Winter Break.  But lately I just keep saying DaDa and reaching for him.

What do you and mom do together?
We play trains, have bath time and drive my remote control car.

What do you and dad do together?
We play soccer, wrestle, and snuggle together before bed.

What is your favorite sport?
Basketball.  This month I've learned how to bounce a ball.  Now I see why Marley thinks it is so fun!

Where is your favorite place to go?
Mom and Dad's room--remember the gate.  I love to open the drawers and doors on their nightstands to see what remotes I can find.

What is your favorite book?
The Paw Patrol books. I'm always picking them up and bringing them to Momma to read.

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
My cough! Having a cough on my first birthday is no fun!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A race car driver.  Driving my remote control car is one of my favorite things to do.  My turning is still hit or miss but I love making the car zoom as fast as it can down our long hallway.

 

How is Clark already ONE??? He brings so much joy to our lives! He is so loving, patient (most of the times) and easy going.  He loves to snuggle and blow kisses. He's all boy--everything is cars, trains, and helicopters.  But he did get a dolly for his birthday that he's already been nurturing.  He loves his big sister so much and she's obsessed with him (as long as he isn't all up in her space when she's eating or playing with a special toy).  He's sleeping through the night unless he's going through a growth spurt or fighting a cold and he's starting to transition to one nap a day.  He's a great eater and wants everything that we're eating.  He's just starting to sit in his chair at the coffee table with Marley for snacks and they both think that's pretty special.  His personality continues to shine through more and more.  He's finding his voice in a family of leaders and isn't afraid to share his opinion.  We are so proud of the little boy you've become Clark, and can't wait to see what's next! We love you so much Clark!

December 22, 2016

Clark is ELEVEN Months Old!

Clark is ELEVEN Months Old!

How old are you?
Eleven months old (but wearing 18-3T month clothes!)

Do you have any nicknames?
Clarky, Baby

What makes you happy?
Pillows flying, peek a boo, playing chase, bath time, going tinkle in the singing potty (almost every time right before I get into the bath!), playing in Marley's room.

What makes you sad?
Having Marley tell (shove) me no, not being offered the same food as everyone else, being put in the pack n play without a wide variety of toys.

What is your favorite animal?
Kato. I love petting Kato.

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Pumpkin Muffins. Although applesauce cookies are a close second.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Explore EVERYTHING.

What is your favorite song?
Jingle Bell Rock. I shake my booty every time it comes on.

What is your favorite TV show?
Curious George! In general, I'm not interested in television or movies; however, I can be talked into a good Curious George episode.

What are you (starting to get) really good at?
Walking! I take a step here or there...even a few together at one time! And I love climbing so much. Mostly on Marley's ottoman wherever it happens to be.  Mommy gets very nervous but I am so proud of myself.

What is your favorite movie?
Mickey's Christmas Sing a Long. I love all of the music.

What is your favorite color?
Blue. It's always about blue.

Who is your best friend?
Mommy! I love Mommy snuggles the best. I can also tell you that Santa is NOT my best friend. Mommy tried to hand me off to him the other day. Not cool Mommy.



What do you and mom do together?
We play in my room or play games while I sit in my high chair!

What do you and dad do together?
Daddy gives me lots of rides of his shoulders! Mommy covers her eyes but Daddy says I am very brave!

What is your favorite sport?
Golf. I'm obsessed with dropping things off...my tray, my pack n play, my car seat, etc...guess it's a sign of what's to come with my golf game.

Where is your favorite place to go?
Story time with Ms. Wendy during preschool pick up! I'm the most attentive student she has and I love listening to her read.

What is your favorite book?
Little Shark. I love trying to eat the shark while Mommy reads the book. I'm not sure what Ranie was so concerned about. I think they taste delicious!

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
What everyone else might be doing...I don't cry. Instead, I bang on the walls, talk, shout out, and generally make my presence known before winding down for the night.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An engineer. I love seeing how things work. I'm always picking things up, turning them over, trying to open cupboards and doors, seeing what sounds things make when I touch them or hit things together. My mind is always working!


How is Clark already ELEVEN months old?!? This month his sense of humor has come out in full force.  He thinks the games his big sister plays with him are hysterical and is always trying to engage with her (on the off chance she's not trying to engage with him).  He shares his sister's love of music and we have lots of dance parties in our house.  Initially, Clark is pretty shy with strangers; however, as a long as we're holding him, he is a HUGE flirt.  He tilts his head to the side and gives the biggest grin you've ever seen.  We're up to at least 5 teeth--honestly, it's hard to check with all of the chomping going on around here.  He is sleeping through the night and taking two good naps a day.  He loves grown up food--any type of carb, avocados, green beans, and peas are his favorites.  He is sometimes into eggs, meat, and cheese.  Clark is definitely all boy--he loves climbing and cars. And shouting to get our attention.  He is the sweetest, most cuddly little boy we know!

November 22, 2016

Clark is TEN Months Old!

Clark is TEN Months Old!

 
How old are you?
Ten months old (but wearing 18-2T month clothes!)

Do you have any nicknames?
Little Guy, Baby Clark, Baby Brother, Clarky

What makes you happy?
When Marley tickles under my chin, apple squeezie pouches, playing chase, cell phones, Santa singing.

What makes you sad?
Falling down or when Marley tries to move me, being left in the pack n play by anyone other than GaGa, when someone leaves my room and expects me to crawl after them (hello--free ride!)

What is your favorite animal?
Any of the rubber animals I can chew on.

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Apple squeezie pouches and nilla wafers.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Explore EVERYTHING. Opening drawers and cabinets; seeing what Marley gets to eat; crawling super fast to get into the bathroom to explore the cool tile floor before Mommy closes the bathroom door.

What is your favorite song?
Jingle Bell Rock--Santa sings this when you squeeze his hand. But really I love all music.  Dancing is one of my favorite things to do.

What is your favorite TV show?
I'm not really into TV; although my favorite is Curious George.

What are you really good at?
Picking things up. I love feeding myself and rarely let anyone else feed me.

What is your favorite movie?
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. I love all of the music.

What is your favorite color?
Red--I love all of the Christmas decorations.

Who is your best friend?
Marley. I'm her little shadow.  I want to be right next to her- doing what she's doing and eating what she's eating.

What do you and mom do together?
We organize and play together.  Today she took the dresser out of my room so Marley and I have even more room to play and there are fewer things for me to get into. And I love playing with the kitchen in Marley's room.

What do you and dad do together?
We do bath time. I love the water so much. Really, I just love exploring the bathroom.

What is your favorite sport?
Cross fit--I love crawling, climbing, heave-hoing, pulling, pushing (drawers--not people), etc. I also love to have BIG gulps of water to rehydrate.

Where is your favorite place to go?
The bathroom. I'm not allowed in there by myself so there is so much mystery and intrigue.

What is your favorite book?
All the little books I can hold in my hand. I love being in control of what I'm reading.

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
What Marley, Mommy and Daddy are doing. I have serious #FOMO (fear of missing out).

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An investigator. This month I have really shown Mommy and Daddy how rough and tumble I can be.  I love exploring everything. I'm into everything and won't stop until I get what I'm looking for--access to the bathroom, a cell phone, Marley, etc. I'm a determined little boy and willing to use all of my strength to get what I need. This morning, Mommy was holding Marley's bottom drawer closed with her foot and I tried to open it with one hand. When that didn't work, I tried using two hands. When that didn't work, I planted both my feet wide apart, put both hands on the handle, and leaned all the way back. Unfortunately, that didn't work, so I used my angry voice with Mommy. This month I also got my first set of scrapes--almost a black eye from banging into the play fridge door, lots of bumps and bruises on my knees from crawling SO FAST. Showing Mommy and Daddy how tough I am!


Clark has changed SO much this month.  He's become more toddler and less baby.  Physically, he looks so much older now that more of his hair has come in and he's had a major growth spurt.  Still tall and average weight according to the charts.  Still sleeping like a champ--down at 5:45/6 and sleeps until 7/7:30--occasionally waking up for more food if he's going through a growth spurt. And taking two naps a day.  Food and drink wise he's looking to be just like big sister. He loves the squeezie pouches and wants to always feed himself.  He taught himself how to drink out of Marley's water bottles so out when the starter sippy cups. He's not too into a paci unless he's really teething or falling asleep. He's become so vocal this month. Constantly chatting with us and changing the tone and intonation of his voice depending on how he's feeling.  He' so easy going and lovable.  Snuggling is one of his favorite things to do! He's loving the Christmas decorations and the Christmas music most of all. We love him so much and can't wait to see what this next month brings!
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