16 Weeks With Clay


Clay has been waking up around 5:45-6:15am now, and this mama is feeling it. 😴 It’s making our mornings that Tyler is also on 1st shift a little rushed, but I’m hoping that this phase will pass.

He’s not napping super long during the day right now. Usually for 45 minutes-1 hour at a time every 2-3 hours, but sometimes he’ll get a solid 2 hours in at once. He’s also eating 6oz at a time now (usually when he wakes up) and is eating pretty often (#growthspurt).

I wish that we could be on a more predictable schedule right now, but it’s really hard with childcare and Tyler’s work schedule always changing week-to-week. I’m going to start writing down when he naps and eats when I’m with him all day on the weekends so I can try to predict patterns and stick with those.


Like I said above, Clay is eating larger quantities usually every 3 hours and is exclusively formula fed. He’s definitely going through a growth spurt right now because I feel like he’s eating allll the time again – including at night.

We’re still sticking to a bedtime routine still, which is helpful, but he’s going to bed earlier (usually 7pm, but sometimes a little earlier or a little later). He’s been waking up 2 or 3 times a night again, which isn’t fun, but I always tell myself that it won’t last forever and that makes it easier.

He wakes up the first time around 2-3am and eats a full 6oz and then again around 4:30-5am and sometimes falls asleep if you put his nuk in his mouth, but usually wants another few ounces. Once in awhile he wakes up another time somewhere in there and wants to eat. At first, I thought it was just “comfort eating,” but he doesn’t just eat an ounce or two and fall asleep. He full on chugs his bottles, so he’s obviously hungry.


Clay’s 4-month appointment went really well! The small umbilical hernia that he developed when he was a newborn is almost gone at this point and his doctor thinks it’ll be gone before he’s one. He weights 17 pounds, so he has doubled in size since birth. He is very average for height and weight, but in the 97th percentile for head size, which is hilarious! He got shots again this month, but only cried for about 10 seconds and was perfectly fine after that.


Clay is [pretty much] laughing now! Which is so fun. He gets so excited and usually does a half-laugh/giggle and you can tell he just really wants to let loose sometimes. I can’t wait until that happens!

He plays with his hands a lot. He sometimes grasps toys, but usually just wants to play with his own hands. We say that he looks like an evil genius scheming (like this). He likes to chew on his hands often as well.

He can balance his head really well now. He can’t completely sit on his own yet and we still have to pay attention when we hold him upright because sometimes he still gets off-balance, but he’s getting closer to sitting on his own. My mother-in-law has a Jumperoo at her house that he loves, but she has to put some towel in around him. It’s so cute!

Clay rolls onto his side. He does this pretty often, but hasn’t rolled onto his tummy by himself yet.


Clay likes being naked, splashing in the tub, kicking his legs, sucking on his hands, eating, jumping in the Jumperoo, music, watching movement on the TV, and being talked to.

Clay doesn’t like being hungry, being still for too long, and being startled.


Like last month, not a lot. It’s still full-on winter here in Wisconsin, so we don’t go out too much to do stuff after work, so there’s that. Both of my jobs have been crazy busy lately and it’s taken up a lot of my free time. Life will calm down eventually, right? I just keep telling myself that.

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).