Monday, March 24, 2014

9 Months

Harlan has hit the 9-month mark and it has been so much fun!





Harlan weighs 19 lbs and 13.5 ounces and is 28 inches long. He is 50th percentile in weight and 75th in height. His 9-month check up was great. No shots but he had to have his toe pricked for an iron test which he hated worse than the shots. We found out he is slightly anemic. The "good" range is 32-40 and he came out at 31. Nothing to worry about, just added a multivitamin with iron to his food.

This month we battled a head cold, a double ear infection and a rash but came out on the other side unscathed.

He is such a happy baby and loves to click his tongue and say mamamamama, bababababa and dadadadada. He hasn't really directed any of those to us like he is talking to us but at least he has got the sounds down. We also started clapping in excitement. He has only done it a few times but we are getting better.

Harlan can crawl at a furious pace and pull up on anything. If we are sitting on the couch and he is in the floor, he will crawl over to us, pull up on the couch and try to climb up to us.




He is still eating like a champ. This month we have tried pears, mango, greens, Greek yogurt and some pureed meats. I make pretty much everything he eats EXCEPT the meats. That just grosses me and him out so we buy that in the baby food jars and mix it in with the veggies. In fact, we have to mix pretty much everything he eats with some sort of orange veggie. He loves those and they mask the things he doesn't want to eat.

I am still nursing him in the mornings and at night. I have noticed recently that he is not as interested in it anymore and pulls away after only a few minutes, which makes me terribly sad. I planned on breastfeeding until at least one year. Even if he weans himself off, I will still pump and continue to give him the breast milk. I just hope he lets me breastfeed him for a few more months. I'm not ready to let go of that!


This month Harlan got to visit the Pettigrew family farm for the first time and he loved it. But I think his Grandpa loved it even more. This is a special place for Ryan, his brother and his dad and I know it will become special for Harlan too.


He is right on schedule in the clothes department. He wears only 9-month sizes right now and size 3 diapers. He hates having his diaper and clothes changed. He won't lay flat on his back so I have gotten pretty skilled at putting clothes and diapers on backwards.  


This has been one of the most exciting and exhausting months yet but I wouldn't change it for anything. It is so fun watching him learn new things. Words can't express how much this momma loves this little boy.

Monday, February 24, 2014

8 Months

8 Months old! Here we go....

Harlan weighs 18 lbs and 10 ounces now and is such a happy little boy. His personality is really starting to develop and we love that! He truly is a very, very easy baby. We got so lucky!



8 Months was full of firsts and a super busy (and exhausting) month for HL.

First time to really crawl (and hasn't stopped since!)

First time to eat in his high chair


Got his first cold


First time in the ducky bath


First time to pull up


First Valentine's Day

and

First tooth

We love playing with out toys and annoying the doggies, and one day we even got to play outside in the sunshine.




We continue to try new veggies and he likes most of them, except green peas. Which is funny because Ryan LOVES green peas and they are about the one thing that I won't touch!  Right now since he is teething, he isn't wanting to eat a lot of solid food but he still continues to breastfeed like a champ.

We have pretty much outgrown our 6 month clothes and are in 9 month now and still wearing size 3 diapers.

This month Harlan has discovered he can move all over the place. He is a fast little crawler and likes to follow us around from room to room. He thinks its a game. For the moment we have permanently set up the pack-n-play in our living room for the times we both have to do something and need to contain him. He doesn't seem to mind as long as he is not in there for too long. He also has a lot of strength and is pulling up. Daddy had to lower the crib this month.

Harlan has developed so much this month and we know it will only get more and more exciting. We are excited to see what next month will bring!





Monday, January 27, 2014

7 Months

We are officially on the backside of Harlan's first year. And what an amazing 7 months it has been!

Harlan now weighs 17 lbs, 10 oz (40th percentile) and is 27.75 inches long (40th percentile).



We celebrated Harlan's first Christmas this month and he was, unsurprisingly, spoiled rotten! We had such an amazing Christmas with him and he loved every minute of the attention he got.

One of the major milestones for Harlan is he started eating solid foods. Per our pediatrician's recommendation, we waited until 6 months before he had anything besides breast milk. So far he has had sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, green beans, spinach and broccoli. He despised spinach but he absolutely loves butternut squash. Whenever he eats that he is so anxious to get it in his mouth he leans forward and grabs for the spoon. He still breast feeds first thing in the morning and when he goes to sleep, takes bottles of breast milk at daycare and eats solids twice a day.


This month Harlan went to 2 Razorback basketball games and 2 high school basketball games to see his cousin Trent and Uncle Randy coach. Just like football games, Harlan loves basketball games. He sits contently in my lap and watches all the action. A couple of times he was scared by the crowd when they yelled but other than that, he did awesome!

For the past month he was practicing his crawling and sitting up. He can finally sit up unassisted but doesn't always stay that way. His crawling at the moment consists of the army arm crawl but he is getting there. He can also hold his own bottle and smiles all the time.


He still sleeps through the night and surprisingly could care less about a pacifier. And we aren't discouraging that. He actually hasn't taken one in about a month. We are hoping he has officially weened himself off of it. If so, we got lucky there!
 

Harlan has also discovered his voice. He loves to squeal at the top of his lungs and laughs hysterically when you mimic him doing it. He loves it. One of my favorite sounds is his giggle. Once place he especially loves to talk is in church. And its usually the middle of the sermon. It embarrasses Ryan and I to death but the congregation seems to be ok with it. One service our pastor was saying the closing prayer and his closing line was "and thank you Lord for baby Harlan for showing us how to worship you" Again I will say, we love our church.
He had a great 6-month check up. He is on schedule in height and weight and has met all the developmental milestones....except one. Apparently he should be able to recognize his name by now and we haven't quite gotten there. Partly our fault because we have so many nicknames for him but we have been diligent about using his real name since then. Hopefully it will start to stick. The doc we saw this time is a buddy of Ryan's from college and we really liked him (obviously). He even gave me his cell phone number in case I had any questions. SCORE! I might have been most excited about that. And I am very proud of myself, I have not used it once yet.


Ryan and I were talking last week and we agreed that we want time to freeze and have Harlan stay this age forever. It is so much fun! He is starting to get a personality now and it not quite mobile so we don't have to worry about him going all over the place. This age has been my favorite so far. But I know that it only gets better from here and I just can't wait to see what comes next.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Lights on the Square

The week before Christmas my family went to dinner to celebrate Ryan's birthday. After that we all went up to the square to take in the lights. I have a feeling this will become a family tradition.Harlan loves all the lights.

 
Woo Pig Sooie!


 Aunt LuLu and Uncle Spencer

 Uncle JD and Allison

 Mommy and Harlan, my little reindeer!

 The lights really are magical! 



Friday, December 27, 2013

6 Months

December 19 has always been a special day and now its doubly special. December 19 was my mom's birthday and now it is Harlan's 1/2 birthday. I think that its not a coincidence and a very special way Harlan will always be connected to her now.

So we celebrated this Dec. 19 with Harlan turning 6 months old. So, so, so hard to believe. He is now closer to a year old than he is a newborn. Tear




Our little man is now 16 lbs and 14 oz (on Dec. 20) and getting taller. We are still in 6 month size clothes but are about to outgrow those legs. Soon we will be going into 9 month. He is also still in size 2 diapers.

Harlan is still only consuming breast milk. Now that he has hit the 6-month mark we plan on introducing some solids. Wish us luck! We will continue with breast milk and I will continue nursing. I absolutely love that time we have together. He eats when he wakes up in the morning, around 7 a.m., 4-5 times at daycare, once when he gets home and another 1-2 times after that before he goes to bed around 8 p.m. He pretty much sleeps through the night and we love that!

This month Harlan started acting shy. It is really pretty cute. If you smile at him, he will smile back, giggle a little and then turn his head like he's bashful. It is so easy to make him laugh and his little giggle makes my day.

We still can't sit up on our own but we are just days away from crawling. This month he started getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth like he wants to go somewhere. There have been a few times he has picked up his knees but he hasn't quite figured it out yet. Every time he does that, the camera gets whipped out and I'm ready to catch the moment. I guess we will master the whole sitting up thing later.

He has also started playing with his toys now. It is fun to watch him discover new things about each of them. His favorite is Mortimer the Moose.

Some highlights from this month include meeting our new best friend Tate,


Playing in our very first snow,



and celebrating Daddy's 33rd Birthday.


The 6th month was full of holidays, celebration and new tricks. Harlan is growing so quickly and it makes my heart so happy and so sad all at the same time. We love you HL!