Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Months

Clark turned five months old yesterday. His current obsession is all things toes, as seen in the pictures. He is always grabbing his toes now, especially if he is not wearing socks. Every time we lay him on the floor to play he immediately flips over on to his tummy. Since he hasn't figured out how to roll back yet, he gets really, really mad about it. He is still chewing like crazy, but no teeth have come through yet. He chewed on his fingers so much that one of them got infected. We had to put a prescription ointment on it and he had to wear a big puffy mitten on his hand for a while to keep it dry. He is almost 18 lbs and super tall. I have to sort through his clothes and pull out the next size since he is growing out of all his pants and it's getting hard to button his onesies. He has just started to give big, sloppy, wet kisses and loves to pull hair.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Four Months

My little buddy is four months today. Clark has slowed down on his weight gain, but still gets taller and taller every day. He is getting slightly more coordinated and is starting to reach out and grab toys. He has started drooling a lot and constantly chewing on his hands just adds to the slobbery mess. I am not 100% certain, but I suspect he might be trying to get his first few teeth. It still seems early to me, but all of the normal signs are there. He had his first cold and spent about a week all stuffed up with a runny nose. Despite it all, he still is very easy going and is always ready with a smile and a giggle. Clark's favorite song right now is "Do You Want to Build a Snowman", which is often sung around our house. We love our little man!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Flower

The real story of how Alice found a teeny tiny fake flower is we were walking out of the fabric store and she found it by the door. Later, when she was asked how she got her flower, this is what she said:

How did you get your flower? - Once upon a time it was in the dirt and water and growing and then it was going to open up so big and beautiful then a whale gave it to me. Then the whale danced with me. The whale got my crown for me and put it high on my bed on my computer desk. Then it throw it and breaks it.

How did you get your flower? - Don't tell me!

How did you get your flower? - Someone was in our house, looking looking, E-I-E-I-O.

How did you get your flower? - Well, my flower got from the beach. It was hiding in the sand and the water. The flower was stuck with Clark in jail. We were in the jail too with all of us. We were visiting someone else in the jail and the flower was there at the farm. We was all looking out the window.

How did you get your flower? - The flower was with Alice hiding somewhere. It was in Zoe and Elmo's tummy with Cookie Monster and Big Bird. They were the honeys, and the mom, and the dad. The daddy is in his bedroom. I just found three spinning things. But I can't reach them. And they found four right here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Alice's Quilt

I thought I would be done trying to quilt for a while after Clark's massive blanket, but then I got some sewing supplies for Christmas and the next thing I knew I was starting another one. This one I actually followed a pattern for instead of just making it up myself, and it came together a lot easier. I machine quilted it myself, and I spent about a week on the couch wrapped up in it while I hand sewed the binding on. I'm pretty proud of it, and even though she was being grumpy for the pictures, Alice is very excited about her new blanket.

I guess I need to make a quilt for Elsie now...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

1. How do you know who to marry?
Alice: The Queen will hug Santa
Elsie: The gospel tells us

2. What is the right age to get married? 
Alice: Bigger
Elsie: When we are as old as Mom

3. How can a stranger tell if two people are married? 
Alice: They hug each other
Elsie: Because they are sealed together and they live in the same house

4. What do you think your mom and dad have in common? 
Alice: Hug!!
Elsie: Hug and kiss and get each other things

5. What do most people do on a date? 
Alice: Fly to Grandpa and Grandmas!
Elsie: Go on a date to find somewhere to eat while we play at Lizzy’s house

6. When is it okay to kiss someone? 
Alice: When you love them
Elsie: When you want to

7. Is it better to be single or married? 
Alice: Single, because I love you
Elsie: Married, because you can have kids

8. How would the world be different if people didn't get married? 
Alice: No kids and no kiss
Elsie: They wouldn't have any kids, and someone else would marry the person you want to marry

9. How would you make a marriage work? 
Alice: Hug and kiss and get married
Elsie: Go to the temple and teach your kids what they need to learn

10. Where do people get married? 
Alice: At the temple, I mean at the Castle
Elsie: At the temple. Someone could get married at the castle if they want

11. Who are you going to marry? 
Alice: Grandpa
Elsie: I don’t know, someone that is my age.

I don't know how to work photoshop well enough to fix up the background like I wanted to, but he was too cute not to share.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Three Months

Clark turned three months old yesterday. I weighed him and he is about 16.8 lbs. I'm still trying to get used to a kid that gains weight, and my arms are getting stronger because of it. He is generally a pretty calm and happy boy. He likes to watch his sisters run around and loves it when they sing to him. He is somewhat of a sympathetic crier; when someone else around him is sad he tends to get a little sad too. He rolled from his back to his front for the first time and then was pretty mad that he was stuck on his stomach. He has done it a few times since, but mostly just rolls to his side and whines when he's tired. He is starting to grab and reach for things and has started playing with burp rags and his taggie. He is very tall and solidly in 3-6 month clothing. I could barely snap the 3 month onesie on him for his sizing picture. We love our little boy and are so happy he is a part of our family!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Car seat swaddle blanket

It's cold in Wisconsin, and it's hard to take my baby out with all the layers that have to go on him. I found this tutorial a long time ago and pinned it to my secret board since no one knew I was pregnant yet. I looked through my pins and found it again, and decided to make it. The littles and I ran to the fabric store one morning to pick out supplies, and then while they napped Elsie and I put it together. True to the tutorial, it took me less than a nap time to make it. And now the most adorable little boy I've ever made can be snugly and warm in the car without carting around a million little blankets.