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Month: January 2012

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Family Photo with screaming Harlan

Is there really a family photo out there without a screaming child?

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A visit to PFAC

Happy Harlan, Happy Mommy!Harlan decided it was high time to add some culture to his life.  Fortunately the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) is nearby.  Harlan looked at all the paintings and sculptures and decided that the elephant paintings were really neat (he has an elephant on his wall at home).

Even at this age Harlan is taking notice of what’s around him.  While he probably doesn’t recognize the elephant, dog, or anything else in the paintings he really likes the lines and contrast between colors.  Several paintings, including the one in the background of the photo to the left, Harlan just loved to look at.  There were common themes, too:  bright, busy, and colorful.

He was a really good boy at PFAC, too.  Several people commented on how well behaved and alert he is.  We are excited about the prospects of him getting into the kid’s art classes when he gets older.

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Harlan fit for all physical activities.

Harlan has been cleared for all physical activities by a leading paediatric cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.  Well, I’m not sure about the “leading” part but the doctor seemed very nice and knowledgeable and I’d happily put him in the “leading” category if I were allowed.  Nonetheless, Harlan’s VSD won’t be holding him back from any activities as the hole is quite small and is expected to get smaller over time.

Harlan did very well, by the way.  He was very still (except for hiccups) during the 12-lead EKG and did all the deep breaths when the doctor was listening to heart and lung sounds.  When the examination was complete the doctor declared him a very healthy boy with no restrictions on physical activity.  Now I’m not sure how much physical activity a seven-week old has but I’m adding “taking out the trash” to the list.

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Hey Look!

In addition to Mommy and Daddy, Harlan is finding the world is full of things to smile at. He’s recently taken an interest in the mobile Auntie Traci made for him. It’s fun for him and great for us because it’s a brief respite from carrying him around or bouncing him in his bouncy seat. The only catch is that the mobile only spins for a couple minutes at a time so you have to keep running back in the room to crank it back up again. He also enjoys looking at the animal stickers on the wall next to his changing table. The distraction is good for less crying during diaper changes. It’s so much fun to watch him now that he’s really starting to discover his world. And it’s great when he cracks one of those smiles for you!

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Harlan SmilingHe smiles!  We noticed over the past few days that he’s really started to make cooing noises and really try to talk to you.  This evening, after the family game night, Harlan just let loose with the biggest grin!  Of course this was while looking at his mommy and we all know how funny looking she is.  It took him a little bit of time but I was finally able to get a smile out of him myself.  The one pictured isn’t as good as the toothless grin I received moments before but it’s what I could capture.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these in the near future and so will you!

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Growth Spurt

Picture of Harlan SleepingWe were told that newborns go through around five growth spurts in their first year of life.  During these growth spurts they would be very hungry, sleepy, and cranky.  Well, I can definitely agree that there is lots of crankiness and hunger happening.  Over the past couple of weeks Harlan has progressed from eating every two hours to every three hours.  Today he’s been eating every forty-five minutes, give or take fifteen minutes or so.  He really hasn’t been that sleepy although he did just make it three hours without making a peep so that’s saying something.

We are encouraged that every website we’ve visited says the same thing: it doesn’t last long.  That’s a good thing because it’s running us both a bit ragged.  Ahh, the joys of parenthood.  🙂

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I’m not shrinking!

Harlan had his one-month doctor appointment this morning.  All is well except for his measurements.  At first look it appeared that he wasn’t gaining much weight and that he might have actually shrank in height (length)!  Luckily the initial measurements were fouled by a faulty decimal place (weight) and a wiggling baby (length).  Turns out Harlan is gaining weight at an acceptable rate and he grew a half inch! He weighs 8 pounds, 6 ounces and is 21.5 inches long.

He also received his second Hepatitis B vaccination so he only has one more of those to go.

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Harlan is now Documented

Yesterday Harlan received his birth certificate from the Virginia Department of Health and his Social Security Card from the Social Security Administration.  He officially has his papers, now, and the fun can begin.  First step is to establish a 529 College Savings Plan for him that he won’t need because he’ll be getting that scholarship.  From what we understood obtaining both documents could take months so receiving everything in four weeks is pretty good, I guess.

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