Wednesday, September 25, 2013

3 Months

The little monkey is now three months old!! To say Ryan and I are obsessed with him is an understatement. He is really starting to change these days and develop new skills. This month he started daycare, got his first cold and went to his first football game! The ladies at daycare absolutely LOVE him and they tell us he smiles all day long and loves watching the other babies.


  • Daycare (yay!)
  • football games
  • smiling at mommy and daddy
  • his Wubanub
  • morning time - he is so happy right when he wakes up (definitely gets that from his daddy)
  • being hungry
  • night time diaper changes
  • tummy time

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Daycare Sickness Curse!

Well Harlan has been in daycare not even a full month yet and I have successfully managed to contract BOTH bugs that went around at his "school." That is not something anybody prepares you for when sending your kids to daycare. Nobody says "load up on your Vitamin C because you will be sicker than a dog for the next year."

The first one was a common cold. After the first week Harlan came home with a runny nose. Ryan and I also got that cold but it hit us harder than him. We both had fevers and chills and whatnot but luckily, he did not.

The second one I got this week. One day Ryan was picking Harlan up and he walked into the room and he said it was chaos because 3 of the babies were throwing up simultaneously. Oh yay. Well Harlan still has not gotten that one but I sure did! I was on my back with a stomach bug for 24 hours. Luckily that was short lived. I am praying H man doesn't get that one.

For somebody so small, he sure does carry a lot of germs. Everybody is telling us that it is good for him to be exposed to all this stuff now because he will be less susceptible to it later on. It hurts this mommy's heart to see her baby not feeling well though.

Hopefully our immune systems will strengthen too. I have been sicker in the past 3 weeks than I have in the past year.

On a more positive note, everybody LOVES Harlan at the daycare. We have teachers in other rooms come up to us and tell us how adorable and happy he is all the time. It is a relief to me knowing he is enjoying it there and that he is getting so much attention. We are really happy with the choice we made. It is also close enough to our families that he gets a least one visitor a week. I love that they allow family members to come in and have some special one-on-one time with him.

All in all, we will take all the sickness and crudiness to know that our baby boy is in a safe and loving environment. If he has to go to daycare, we are glad it is this one.

Monday, September 9, 2013

2 Month Check Up

Harlan had his 2-month check up last week. He was actually almost 11 weeks old at the time. We got to see Dr. David Jackson and that was special for me because I have known him and his family almost my whole life. He was my pediatrician growing up, I am the same age as one of his sons, we went to the same church for a while and his wife was my bible study leader in high school.

Harlan is, of course, doing great. He was 23.5 inches long and 12 lbs 10 oz. That puts him in the 50th percentile of each category. Dr. Jackson was very impressed with how well he was holding his head up.

We also got our first round of shots. Two nurses came in, held both his legs down and stuck him at the same time. It was a scary thing for this mom to see but I understand the rationale behind it. He wailed at the initial prick but as soon as I picked him up he calmed down. That's my tough guy!

At the end of the appointment Dr. Jackson said a prayer over Harlan which I thought was extra special. It is so nice have a personal connection with the doctor that looks over your child.

Here are a few recent photos of our little man.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Harlan's First Week of Football Season

Football season is the Pettigrews' favorite time of year, but this year it's even more special because we have a future football player of our own (or band member, or cheerleader, or whatever he wants to be).

We started off with a Razorback game. The first Hogs game was in the high 90s so we knew Harlan would make an appearance at the tailgate and then hit the road. He won't be going into any games this year. That will be next year's first.

Like I said, it was in the 90s and little man was very uncomfortable so we didn't get a great family picture. He was there for about an hour and then Coach came and got him. They spent the rest of the afternoon watching football in the air conditioning. He had much more fun there. 

The following week was the Famrington Cardinal opener. The game was at night so the weather was much more favorable. Harlan LOVES football games. He did so good. He was awake most of the game and was looking around and watching the whole time. He loves loud noises and bright lights so Friday nights at the field are perfect for him!

Coach's favorite - of course! His little pans had laces (like a football) on the butt. They were adorable! 

 Harlan with Aunt LuLu and Jewel

 He was so alert all night. He loved it!

Helping Coach with the post-game interview 

Cardinals got a W so it was a great night all around. We are so excited for the upcoming weekend. A home Razorback game and another Cardinal game. WPS and Go Cards!