June 22, 2016

Clark is FIVE Months Old!

Clark is FIVE Months Old!

How old are you?
Five months old (but wearing 9-12 month clothes!)

Do you have any nicknames?
Baby Clark, Peanut

What makes you happy?
When Marley talks, being tickled, eating, chewing on things, snuggling my stuffed animals, watching TV

What makes you sad?
Being left alone in my crib when I'm not really ready to sleep (I just roll over on my stomach and cry until Mom opens the door; then I stop and smile!). Teething makes me very unhappy.

What is your favorite animal?
My owl lovie. He's so snuggly.

What is your favorite thing to eat?
Formula! Although I got to try oatmeal this month.  I didn't love it; I didn't hate it.  Honestly, right now it seems like a little too much work.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Play with Marley.  Mom usually lets me play with her after her nap.  We get to go in and wake her up! Then I get to snuggle in her bed or play on the floor with her.  Mom reads us stories and Marley and I talk to each other.

What is your favorite song?
Itsy, Bitsy Spider!

What is your favorite TV show?
Curious George. Wherever I am in the room, if I hear that silly monkey, I will twist my body, roll over, turn my head, etc to get a clear shot of him.

What are you really good at?
Rolling over!  I waited until Mom was home from work before I rolled over.  Now I do it all the time.  I like to roll myself to get closer to Marley.  I don't like rolling back over.  I can do it.  However, I prefer to have someone flip me back over.  My legs are getting nice and strong, I'm starting to push myself forward and move one arm at a time.  No actual crawling, but I'm thinking about it.

What is your favorite movie?
The Curious George Movie.

What is your favorite color?
Blue.  Most of what Mom puts me in is blue!

Who is your best friend?
Marley. Always Marley.  Everything she says is SO funny.  She always makes me laugh.

What do you and mom do together?
We snuggle, play with my activity cube and read lots of books.

What do you and dad do together?
We build towers, play trains, and read more books!

What is your favorite sport?
Weightlifter.  I love to lift things up! My hand eye coordination is great so whatever I pick up, I can now put in my mouth!

Where is your favorite place to go?
Marley's room.  She has SO many blankies for me to snuggle!

What is your favorite book?
Are you my Snugglesaurus?  GaGa brought this book over for Marley when she got another cold.  I love the pictures and the big heart on the front.  I love when Mom reads this book to Marley and me.  However, I'm always thrilled when Marley starts to read the Curious George books!

What do you think about before you fall asleep?
My teeth.  I have four teeth sitting on my gums about to bust through at any moment.  I spend most of the day biting/sucking on different toys and my hands trying to get them to bust through.  See photo below.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An engineer.  I love seeing how things work and am fascinated by all the movement my toys have.  I love sliding the beads, pushing the buttons, and turning pages.  Mom and Dad can already tell that I am going to be very focused in whatever I choose to do!

It's hard to believe that summer is already here and that maternity leave part 2 has started! We all survived the transition of Mom back to work.  We're in the thick of cold #5 since Clark was born, M had an ear infection, C had a sore throat, and Mom has swimmer's ear.  Thankful we're not dealing with more serious things; but we are really ready to be healthy for a significant chunk of time.  All of a sudden Clark is becoming a little person instead of a tiny baby.  He's so interactive and loves us so much.  He's a cuddler and loves to be snuggled, held, played with, etc.  He's curious about everything involving his big sister.  He wants to eat what she eats and play with all of her toys.  Marley has done great so far sharing her toys and some of the Daniel Tiger episodes with Baby Margaret have really helped.  Marley loves Baby Marg, as she calls her, so she easily makes the connection to her brother.  If either Clark or Marley is in a funk, as soon as they see the other one, the funk is immediately gone.  We love watching their relationship develop! He's outgrown his baby bouncer and baby swing so they have both been sold and Clark takes all of his naps in his crib now! Clark is still sleeping through the night with the exception of this cruddy cold.  His leg, arm, and core muscles are so strong! He loves holding himself up and playing with all of us.  His laugh is infectious and we can't wait to see what this next month brings!

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