Friday, June 24, 2011

Clark meets more family!

Last weekend, Clark and I had the pleasure of traveling down to Paris to see more of my extended family. My mother was competing in the Paris version of "Dancing with the Stars". My mom did not win. (She was robbed!) The best part was that Clark met and reacquainted with his great aunts and uncles and cousins!

This is a classic picture from the weekend! We are so excited about our growing family!
Aunt Mary and Clark
Clark's new sidekick Skylar!
Clark and his Aunt Terry!



The new moms! Clark holding Cavanaugh's hand! It was so sweet!



Questions

For the past year, my life has been full of questions. Throughout pregnancy and motherhood, strangers and acquaintances seem to have a free pass to ask me questions. During pregnancy it usually focused around the timeline of the baby's due date, my well being and how prepared I was for the baby. Sometimes people's questions were odd or too personal. I remember some of guys at work asking me too many questions about labor once they found out I was contemplating having the baby naturally (I didn't). As a new mother, most questions have been focused around the baby and they usually focus on his size and age, his sleeping pattern and his milestones. While I confidently try to answer their questions, there have been very few answers that I am confident about outside of dates and measurements. I have never truly felt prepared for Clark. Each day something changes and each day a challenge is conquered and a new challenge begins. This motherhood roller coaster has been more rewarding than I had anticipated. How could it not be?

Catherine & Josh visit!

Three weeks ago my dear friend, Catherine, and her son came to visit us in Oklahoma City. We had so much fun. Catherine's son, Josh, was a blast. Josh played the great older brother. He gave us updates on "Baby Clark". You can tell Catherine and I are both mothers, because we only took pictures of the boys and not of us!



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Clark & Tiger 3, 4 & 5 months


Mark and I are taking a picture of Clark each month with his stuffed tiger. Here are the pictures from three, four and five months! He is getting so big!




Saturday, June 11, 2011

Clark's successful surgery


Clark had an aborted circumcision when he was a day old. Long story, but that meant a trip to the urologist and a scheduled circumcision revision at 6mo under general anesthesia. He had this surgery on 6/10/11.

Here is Clark pre-surgery, continually happy and charming the nurses left and right...


Here is Clark post-surgery, still happy and completely focused on the mask used to put him to sleep.


Quotes from strangers during his visit:
"I've never seen a baby his age smile so much with the gas mask being held on his face!" -surgery room nurse
"If he stayed any longer in the recovery room there would have been a fight between the nurses for who was going to take him home." -recovery room nurse
"Kids his age usually fight and cry so much more when I am doing their vitals post-surgery." - step down unit nurse

Overall just like his vaccinations so far he took the day like a champion. He did get his first dose of Tylenol in his life after surgery but that is the only pain relief he needed. He spent the majority of that day taking naps, but otherwise he was smiling like always.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Clark thinks sneezes are funny!

Mark and I always joke that once we get Clark to laugh at something we will continue to do it. It doesn't matter what it is. For the past few weeks, Clark has thought that sneezes were funny. I shot this video while Clark sat on my stomach. Hence the sideways view. It is adorable!!

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