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!

October 22, 2016

Clark is NINE Months Old!

Clark is NINE Months Old!

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

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

What makes you happy?
Crawling, Walking while holding onto something, Clapping, Tickles, Accessing ALL the toys on my own!

What makes you sad?
Dirty diapers, falling asleep by myself, being in the exersaucer.

What is your favorite animal?
Kato! He and I really understand each other.

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Pumpkin muffins. I love them so much. I sign more and clap when Mommy gives me more!

What is your favorite thing to do?
Explore EVERYTHING. And taste EVERYTHING.

What is your favorite song?
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin.

What is your favorite TV show?
Baby Einstein. I love dancing to the music.

What are you (starting to get) really good at?
Walking. I hold onto my walker and cruise around the family room. I love pulling up and walking while holding onto things.  Dining room chairs, toy shelves, coffee table, my crib...you name it, I use it as a walking stick.

What is your favorite movie?
Baby Babble. It's mesmerizing and I'm learning how to sign!

What is your favorite color?
Grey. I've been all about grey this month.

Who is your best friend?
My GaGas. I'm always reaching for them!

What do you and mom do together?
We snuggles lots and organize all of the toys.

What do you and dad do together?
We tickle and wrestle with Marley.

What is your favorite sport?
Flip cup. I'm great about flipping things over. Daddy is proud. Mommy isn't too thrilled.

Where is your favorite place to go?
Marley's room! I love being where she is. I love her kitchen. I love her soft bed. I love the play food. I love everything!

What is your favorite book?
Any of the books in Marley's room. While Marley and Daddy are doing bath time, I bring Mommy into Marley's room and pick out books to read from Marley's bookshelf. Just one book at a time.

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
How long I can cry before Mommy and Daddy will come in and let me play with Marley. So far, they always make me sleep. But I just love playing with everyone.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A demolition man. I do an excellent job of knocking over towers, dumping out bins, flipping things over, running into things with my walker, etc. 

 
The months keep going by faster and faster.  Clark is such a little boy now! He's interactive, and babbles constantly.  So far he only says DaDa and lalala along with a bunch of babbling. He still has three bottles a day--one before each sleep.  He loves fruit the most and pumpkin muffins. He's always trying to grab Marley's eggo waffles.  He sleeps from 5:45/6 to 6:45/8 each day.  With one long nap and one short nap during the day.  He's constantly on the move crawling from room to room, pulling up, walking, organizing, destroying, reorganizing.  He loves to explore the world around him and find out what his sister thinks is so interesting.  He loves giving kisses and snuggles.  He's a huge flirt and plays peek a boo with googly eyes.  He is our sweet boy! He loves to listen to us read books and then go knock down towers.  It's so hard to believe that he's already 9 months old. Can't wait to share our love of the holidays with him!


September 22, 2016

Clark is EIGHT Months Old!

Clark is EIGHT Months Old!
 


 

How old are you?
Eight months old (but wearing 12-2T month clothes!)

Do you have any nicknames?
Clarky, Clarkers, Baby Brother

What makes you happy?
The Marley Show, Music, Crawling, STANDING, Drinking water

What makes you sad?
Mom or Dad leaving the room, Being hungry, Being poopy

What is your favorite animal?
All the farm animals. They are pretty tasty.

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Can water be a food? It's delicious. All this drooling makes me parched.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Stand! I pull up to stand and love to bounce around.  Marley's chair, the back of my walker, and holding onto fingers are my favorite spots. Although crawling all around the house (especially through the tunnel to GaGa) is a close second.

What is your favorite song?
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Mr. Sun. The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Or anything that Marley sings to me.

What is your favorite TV show?
The Marley Show. Marley stands on the hearth and performs a collection of songs and dance routines. I'm her biggest fan--clapping and squealing the whole time. I can't wait until we can both be up there. I'm sure she'll tell me what I should do.

What are you really good at?
Crawling. I crawl from room to room making sure I'm not missing anything.  I've even crawled under the dining room chairs trying to take a short cut to the kitchen.  I love being free and I hate missing out.  And crawling gets me to my favorite spot in the house--the back of my doors where I can play with the doorstops.

What is your favorite movie?
Baby Babble or Raffi--both are hypnotic and mesmerizing.

What is your favorite color?
Blue. All day, every day.

Who is your best friend?
Daddy. This month I've been all about the Daddy snuggles. We're even starting to wrestle and have tickle sessions. Mom is pretty worried about this since she says I'm still little; but I'm having a great time.

What do you and mom do together?
We snuggle and play with my walker.

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

What is your favorite sport?
Extreme obstacle courses. I've mastered all types of crawling but my favorite, go-to crawl is the heave ho, dead leg Army crawl.

Where is your favorite place to go?
The bathroom. I love feeling the cool tile on the floor. And bath time is one of my favorite activities.

What is your favorite book?
The little ladybug book (and now new Halloween book) that have the soft felt finger holes. Those sneaky critters are so soft and snuggly.

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
Nothing. I've been doing the I'm so tired from crawling pass out at night bedtime routine.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An engineer. I'm fascinated by how things go together and how they work.  I spend most of my time opening, twisting, turning over, etc. every item I can get my hands on. 


How are is Clark EIGHT months already?!? This month seems to have snuck up faster than all the previous months.  He's crawling like a champ, starting to pull up to stand, itching to start walking, ready to eat all the people food he can find, and continuing to be our sweet baby boy.  He's still sleeping 12-14 hours a night with two naps during the day that last 45 min to two hours a piece depending on the day.  He busted his first two a week ago and is working on several others.  The drool is out of control.  He loves eating real food and so far loves everything we've tried.  Water is his absolute favorite and he loves it when GaGa lets him drink from an adult glass.  Marley let him try play dough for the first time and he was pretty thrilled.  Marley is so protective of him and often shushes us early in the morning while telling us "Don't wake my baby brother. Clark is sleeping!"  Clark has a cute little wobble dance and Marley loves to dance holding hands--she calls it their Beauty and the Beast dance.  Clark loves playing outside but seems to continue to have outdoor allergies.  He is such a happy, sweet, loving baby.  And he's even mastering the signature Frazier hug pat.  We love you so much Clark! Eight months feels dangerously close to one year old....
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