Friday, October 13, 2017

Growing up Clark // first month edit

The first month always goes by so quickly but also feels like a hard won battle due to sleepless nights, crazy feeding schedules and general life-living. It is a crazy- hectic, sacred- beautiful phase of life that I cherish and am blessed to have experienced three-fold (or thrice, as Kinsey likes to say.) This post contains affiliate links, if you make a purchase using one I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!
Growing up Clark // first month edit
Birth weight: 8.11 — Current weight: 11.7 = 84th percentile
**Let that sink in: Clark has almost gained a pound a week this first month!! I’ve never had a chunky baby, its mind blowing. 
For comparison: Kinsey’s birth weight 7.12 at one month 9.10
Brielana’s birth weight 7.12 at one month 9.7
Birth length: 20.5 — Current 22.5? (measured at one week old. Yup, grew two inches in a week!) = 99th percentile

Clark is a very serious baby. He has this furrowed brow expression that makes him look very concerned the majority of the day. He also has an amazing double chin that he likes to tuck into, its pretty darling. I would say he’s our needy baby- is that a boy thing?
Growing up Clark // first month edit
I’m still trying to figure out who Clark looks like. He has Brian’s hair line (though he denies it, men.) and my ears. His facial features are so similar to both Kinsey and Brielana, its amazing. He has blue eyes. Brian and I are 0 for 3 on the brown eyed baby front. Who would have guessed?

Poor baby has been seen by the doctor every week for random ailments. First there was a weird rash (which resolved itself in 48 hours), a clogged tear duct, then a staph infection on his finger which was yucky but is now fully healed. And then a seborrheic dermatitis condition (think cradle cap, which both sisters had for years, but on his beautiful face.) Mama apologizes now for giving you bad skin. Maybe he’ll be lucky and gets it all out of the way now? ;)
Growing up Clark // first month edit
Forever grateful for God’s blessing of a little boy. In the words of Ne-yo from The Princess and the Frog, “you're the best thing I never knew I needed.” 

Growing up Clark // first month edit


                  

Solly wrap- Wear all the babies!!! It's how I get stuff done when I need both hands.
Snap tops- So easy to put on and they look adorable.
Mustela foam shampoo- Love this foam shampoo!
Vaseline- Add another use for this old time staple, diaper cream. It does a wonderful job protecting delicate skin from rash.
booties- these June & January booties stay put!!! Doesn't get better than that, amiright?! **Bonus- use my referral link and get 15% off a $50 first-time purchase!**
Cloud Island reverse zipper footie pjs (not pictured)- this is a game-changer when it comes to middle-of-the-night diaper changes! The zipper is at the bottom of the pjs so baby doesn't get completely naked (and cold) and is less disturbed making going back to sleep easier.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

N I N E

Happy 9th Anniversary, Mr. Smith
N I N E
Our Wedding song
So amazing as You paint the sky

So amazing, makes me wonder why
You love me like You do
You love me like You do
That You love me like You do
So amazing, so amazing


-Vineyard Songs

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Getting to know you

The last three weeks with Clark have been a blur (and I'm sure that has nothing to do with lack of sleep, harhar) In those days and nights I have gleaned some important information about this little person I brought into the world. Lessons learned:

Crying because its time to eat. Crying when a new diaper is needed. Crying when tired. Crying when overtired. Clark seems to be a crier. This threw me for a loop. But I'm so relieved to report that the crying is now down to the necessities like eating and a full diaper.

Bath time is enjoyable. First of my kids to actually like reclining in the warm water and having his hair washed.

That it is indeed possible to fill a diaper every time you pass gas. This trait was most definitely inherited from the other man in this family ;)

Nursing is his favorite past-time. I guess that's to be expected I've just never had a baby gain weight so fast!

This boy LOVES to nap. Like his mama. Once we can sleep through the night (and you know how elusive that is for my kids here) we will be a force to be reckoned with. On the weekends ;)
Getting to know you

Swings and sitting things hold no appeal. But lounging in the Solly gets the seal of approval. 
Getting to know you
The carseat is a love/hate relationship. As is the pacifier.
Getting to know you
A big dislike? Nail clippers/file. Though to be honest I hate using them so maybe its the users problem(?) Tiny nails are so very hard to see how to cut properly, amiright?
Getting to know you
Diaper changes are a strange endeavor with a little boy. Clark has peed into his face several times already. I thought he was dying the first few days at home because he didn't have any pee diapers. Then I realized he was peeing up into the diaper and not down, like his sisters. #rookieboymom

But I think my favorite lesson of all is knowing I have a lifetime of loving him.
“There has never been, nor will there ever be anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.” Author Unknown

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Clark + DockATot // a review

I am not blessed with great sleepers. I don't know if its because I ADORE sleep and pretty much need 8+ hours of it to function (to which my kids says, “ha”). So when the rave reviews for the DocATot started flying all over the interwebs, I was intrigued. And naturally HAD to HAVE it. Thanks to DockATot for providing a sleep lounger for Clark to use. All opinions are mine alone.
Clark + DockATot // a review
swaddling blanket
I’m not sure it’s improved Clark’s sleeping, he is definitely following in his sisters footsteps er, sleep print, but it IS very handy as an extra set of “arms”.

I’ve used the DockATot as a safe holding spot when:
• filling up his bathtub and when drying him off afterwards.
• having him within arms length and sight when spending some time with his sisters.
• and the occasional nap.
**I'm looking forward to using the DockATot as a tummy time prop too!
Clark + DockATot // a review
Maybe he’ll surprise us all and take to sleeping longer stretches but for now I’ll take all the newborn snuggles I can get!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Siblings Smith

Nothing is more special than seeing siblings together. Knowing I grew each one inside my body, birthed them and then introducing them to the world are all miracles in and of themselves. Seeing how unique their personalities are is mind blowing. But having them connect and relate to each other? Pure magic. 
The Siblings Smith
My biggest concern when I was pregnant with Brielana was how Kinsey was going to cope with sharing her parents. And that transition has been the hardest to date. Not just for Kinsey but for myself. Mom guilt was STRONG during the first year and I am so relieved it has passed. And I wonder in hindsight, if my worries and fears somehow transferred onto Kinsey, making that time that much more difficult(?)
The Siblings Smith
I am relieved to say adding Clark to our family has been so much easier! I don't know if it's because Brielana is so different personality-wise or if its due to his gender, but throwing in a third kid to this mix has been a blessing.
The Siblings Smith
The Siblings Smith
Kinsey is still rocking the best big sister role. She craves her Clark cuddles and is upset when she has to relinquish her time with him (usually for a feeding, so what can you do?)
Brielana vacillates between calling him “Baby Brother” and “Baby Clark” or “that boy” depending in the situation lol. She loves petting his soft hair and cheeks and is the go-getter of diapers and pacis.
The Siblings Smith
The Siblings Smith
I don't want to sound like we have everything down; we're still dealing with some night waking from Brielana and a bit of 6-going-on-16 sass from Kinsey, but as far as everything baby-related goes, we are all just smitten. I guess it doesn't hurt that the guy sleeps like 90% of the time ;)
The Siblings Smith
But in all honesty motherhood has been the single most important gift in my life and I couldn't have been blessed with better babes. God certainly knows what He is doing!

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