Well guys, it’s official. Clark is 2 months old.
I thought it would be fun to try and share monthly updates for interested readers, and also for myself to look back on down the road. I say “try” because life happens and I don’t know if I’ll actually manage to do it every month, but I’ll give it my best shot!
I won’t be posting Clark-dates (see what I did there?) more than once per month because I don’t want to do any baby spamming and because that’s not what this blog is about. That being said, this is a lifestyle blog, and as such it only makes sense that I share things that have become a part of my life. So don’t be surprised if you start seeing more “parenting” type topics every now and then. However, this blog wasn’t originally intended to be a “mommy blog,” and I don’t plan on changing that. After all, being a mother, beautiful as it may be, is only one part of who I am. I want this blog to reflect that.
This past month or so has been a month of ups and downs. Clark has been great on some days — alert and happy when awake, and sleeping deeply during naps, allowing me to get stuff done. Other days, he won’t stop crying unless he’s being held or fed and I literally accomplish nothing except read lots of books and rock in my chair all day. I’m trying to be okay with that though. I’ve always been prone to guilt, but lately I’ve been trying to find peace and simplify. It’s been a struggle, but I can honestly say we are starting to have more good days than bad ones.
Clark was baptized last week and I couldn’t believe how well he handled it. He slept through the entire service and only scrunched his face up a bit when the water was poured over his head. Afterwards he was awake and alert and enjoyed looking at everyone. Of course, as soon as we got home and people started showing up at our house for the “after party,” he had a little melt down, but you can’t have everything I suppose!
Recently, I took him for a walk at a park near our house. It was rainy, but I decided I’d been waiting days to go (we only have one car so I can’t drive anywhere during the day unless I take Brian to work and plan it out beforehand), and why should a little rain ruin our fun? I bundled Clark up, strapped the car seat into the stroller, and set out. Clark calmed down immediately and stared around at everything. He particularly liked the willow tree I wheeled him under. I’ll have to make sure I get him out more often, even if it is just the sidewalk of the neighborhoods around our house.
Favorite song: Danny Boy. Seriously, sometimes singing this song is the only thing that calms him down, and I know it’s this song in particular because other songs don’t work.
Funny quirks: He sounds like a goat when he cries, and sometimes a tiger. I really need to get it on video. As sad as his crying is, it’s a pretty funny sound. He also makes a lot of weird grunting noises that are adorable.
Milestones: He’s just recently gotten too big for his newborn clothes, and we’ve sized up on diapers! He can hold his head up now, too, though it’s still pretty wobbly. I haven’t seen a full smile yet, but his face has lit up a few times when I’ve been playing with him. I also remember the first few times he really started looking at things, and the first time he turned his head to watch me as I left the room.
Favorite things: He doesn’t respond much to toys yet, but he loves looking at bright lights! Apparently, my first word was “light.” Go figure. He also likes to lay on his back in his bassinet and kick his legs while watching the toys I hung above him swing around.
1 Month Pictures
I took these on Halloween, so he was a little over a month old. I hadn’t planned on a photo shoot, but his outfit was so cute I couldn’t resist!
I figured out that the easiest way to take pictures is to drape a blanket over the back of the couch and set Clark on the floor. That way I have one solid texture under him and behind him. I’ve been using this knitted throw from Target as a backdrop.