I completely missed Clark's 4 month post, so we'll jump to Clark at 5 months.
Sleeping: We had a rough patch for a week or so where he was waking up every 2-3 hours, but thankfully he is back to sleeping a good 5-6 hour chunk at night. It makes such a difference in my sanity. His naps have also been a little off, just 45 minutes at a time, but now he usually takes at least one 1.5-2 hour nap a day.
Eating: We continue to have some struggles with nursing, but the big news this month is that Clark has started eating "solid" foods. Rice cereal, oatmeal, and pureed pears don't exactly seem solid, but judging by how his poop is changing, they are definitely solid enough :) I'll try to post a video to facebook or here of his first times trying cereal and pears. Even after he had tried pears once or twice, he would still give us this face like, "What the heck?" when he would take his first few bites. Poor little sweetheart. But he really does like to eat, for the most part. He has also now started eating sweet potatoes which he seems to prefer infinitely more to pears, though I think they taste like dirt.
Developing: Clark is starting to be able to roll himself over which is both good and bad news for him. He is now able to roll himself out of tummy time, which he has always despised. However, he also is increasingly rolling himself onto his stomach and then getting trapped there. He'll always look around like, "Who did this to me?" when he finds himself on his stomach. He's hilarious :) He is also always striving to sit up. He isn't content anymore to just lay under his little jungle and swing at toys. When we lay him down, he immediately lifts his head and neck up like he is doing crunches, trying to sit himself up. He still is completely wobble when we sit him up, but he's working on it.
Personality: When Clark is at home, he is usually a very smiley boy, however, when he goes out in public, he gets a little reserved. I'm not sure if he is shy or just observing all the new things around him, but he usually just gets wide-eyed and stares at everything. People at church or the grocery store will try interacting with him, but a lot of the time he will just keep looking around and avoid them. He even doesn't make eye contact with Todd or I sometimes when we are somewhere that's very busy.
(Disclaimer: I've been working on this post for about a month, trying to get at the right computer with the right pictures that I want, but I haven't ever finished it with all the pictures. However, I figure I'd better post it now since this 3 month update is now a month out of date)
I've been wanting to do a post about Clark at 3 months, and I figure I better do it quick because his 4 month doctor appointment is coming up soon.
Clark is a great napper, most of the time. He will generally go down without much fuss if I catch him at the right time. He usually takes 4 naps a day. Two long ones in the morning and around noon, one shorter one in the afternoon, and usually a catnap in the evening before bedtime. However, lately he HATES going to bed at night. It usually takes about 3-4 tries to get him down for the night. A "try" includes a parent taking a turn of walking him, singing, holding him, trying different positions, laying him down and picking him up. Usually he is crying for most of this. It's getting really frustrating.
He still is a finicky eater, but it doesn't seem to be deterring his growth or his diaper output. He's recently been leaking most times he goes poop. Fun, fun, fun. I had to take a picture of this blowout because it was one of his record-breaking ones.
Clark is not a big fan of tummy time...which is mostly our fault because we didn't start him on it soon enough (but c'mon, give me a break, the hospital and all the books scare you to death about ever laying them on their tummies because of SIDS, sheesh). However, he's been doing better and getting a lot stronger. It's so adorable to see him perk up his little head like a prairie dog. :) Lately, he's started this new trick of getting out of tummy time by rolling over onto his back. It's mostly accidental and he seems surprised when he does it, but it's getting more frequent.
We can't really leave Clark unattended on the bed or the couch or any other high surfaces anymore. He has started to almost roll over. He can get onto his side, but usually doesn't get all the way to his belly. He also wiggles a lot and kicks his legs, which often results in his scooting himself around quite a lot for a baby that can't crawl.
This boy is a drool king. A slobber baby. A spit up champ. His favorite thing to do that causes the most moisture is to suck and chew on his fist and fingers. Because of this, his fingers, face, and chest all end up soaked after a while. Even when he is sucking on his binky, he tries to stick his fingers in his mouth. Another result of his constant saliva is a little cough. I think occasionally the drool ends up going down the wrong tube. Good thing his cough is the most adorable noise he makes. I really need to catch it on video some day.
He really likes bath time, especially since we swapped out the sling and he gets to sit in the tub now. We have some cute little clips of him in the tub, but I have to figure out how to upload videos first...it didn't work just now when I tried it.
These are pictures after the bath, which he doesn't always love so much. Thanks to Uncle Theron and Aunt Melissa for the adorable shark bathrobe!
Mom and Dad Robertson flew in last week so they could watch Dan defend his dissertation. This made for several family sleepovers at our place that were accompanied with good food, games, Clark's blessing, and plenty of cousin time. Here are a few of the fun photos:
Clark's first time in the Bumbo:
Mark getting a little pinchy:
After the blessing:
Clark sporting some of his cute PJs, since he got spit up all over his church outfit:
For Memorial Day, when Dave and Trish were visiting, we decided to celebrate by going to a local cemetery and taking pictures of headstones for Findagrave.com. If you don't know what it is, findagrave.com is a website that is basically a database of graveyards and cemeteries throughout the world. People volunteer to take photos in their area and you can request to have someone take a photo of a grave of your relative or ancestor. It has helped me out a lot of times when I've been doing family history work, so it was nice to be able to give back a little. We all split up and by the end of just about 20 minutes or so, we had taken a lot of pictures. I've uploaded all of them to the database and I think we managed to add over 200 photos.
Clark has become a frequent zoo visitor (twice in 3 months of life is pretty frequent). This is mostly attributed to Dan and Angie having a membership to the Houston Zoo which allows them a free guest. Sweet! We went when Dave and Trisha were visiting and then last week Angie and Mark and me and Clark went to the zoo to celebrate Mark's 1st birthday.
Directly before this picture was taken, we may or may not have seen a giraffe drink the pee of another giraffe. Houston is pretty hot, I guess.
Me and Dave are posing in front of a tiger...which you can't see. Trust me. It's there. The Houston Zoo has all kinds of cool animals, like tigers.
Here are baby and I posing in front of some real Texas long horns...I think. Their horns were REALLY long.
On Mark's birthday trip, this sea lion was doing some training -- hopping into the water and out of the water and holding still. It was pretty cool.
This is mostly how Clark enjoys the zoo...asleep.
This picture was so neat. The bird was just staring right at them. He must know Mark is a sympathetic soul.
Mark kept pointing to each new area he wanted to be taken to. Apparently the fish tank was getting old.
Hanging out with the flamingos. He was actually awake for this part.
Clark had his 2 month check up and shots yesterday. I figure it's a good time to give a little update on our little guy:
-He's currently weighing in right at 12 pounds. He measured 23.3 inches and I don't know how big his head is, but it's 78th percentile.
-Clark is finally a regular church attender. I usually have to nurse him during Sacrament meeting because I now teach the 16-17 year old Sunday School class. Todd takes him while I teach. So far he's done great, just a minor incident where his diaper leaked on Easter Sunday while I was nursing him and I got some yellow spots on my skirt before I went and taught the youth. I have no pride anymore. :)
-Clark still seems to enjoy the bath. He'll lie still and content while Daddy bathes him (I take forever and get afraid of drowning him, so Todd usually bathes him), except when it comes to his head. He doesn't like his face or head getting messed with.
-We're having a lot of fun dressing him up in all of his little outfits. Polos are adorable, but they are also great spit up nets. Yuck. He is spitting up a lot these days. I love seeing him in little shorts too. Sooo cute.
-Nursing remains a struggle. Probably 75% of feedings involve major crying. From what I can tell (since Clark can't just tell me what bothers him), he gets frustrated when the milk doesn't come immediately or when it stops coming as fast. When he gets frustrated, he gets mad and screams. This obviously makes it difficult for him to get more food because he is so mad and screaming that he won't latch and eat. When I sit him up to burp him, it also seems like he is offended that I'm not giving him more food, so he also screams. But again, that's just what I am guessing. Bottle feeding is looking mighty appealing these days...
-Clark has starting having two longer sleeping stretches at night. Usually he'll sleep for 3 hours from 9-midnight and then from 1-4 am. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it feels much better than just one or two hours. He's starting to change his daytime napping routine too, so I'm trying to figure it out again. He used to nurse, be awake for an hour and then sleep for an hour. Now he gets sleepy, but wakes up pretty quickly and then will be awake and alert for a while before getting fussy and nursing again. Sometimes he takes longer naps in the day, but I haven't found a rhyme or reason to it yet.
-It's so fun to see him starting to smile and react to us when we talk to him. What a charming little guy! I can't wait to see more of that as he grows.
-It sounds like we are pretty lucky that Clark takes a binky, although he'll only take one brand now. Sometimes I wish there was a safe way to tie the binky onto his head so that it wouldn't slip out while I'm driving him somewhere in the car. Everything is going along swimmingly - he's falling asleep, and then he loses the binky and it becomes sad times.