Harrison : 5 Months Old

I am currently writing this post from my little boat because it has legit been raining in Colorado for over 10, count them, TEN SOLID DAYS and I half expect our house to either start rocking side to side or have a super stylish rooftop waterfall come through any minute.  That or zebras and bears going two-by-two down the street.  Anyway!

Weight: Living up to Hulk status at 17.5 pounds.  Half of his diaper changes and bath time are spent cleaning out the numerous rolls.  And both Dan and I are at the point where we've about had it with carrying him in his infant seat because it and him together are just too much for more than 30 seconds.  We're looking at getting him into a convertible seat sooner rather than later because he's almost to the height limit on his infant seat.  Yikes.

Health & Milestones: Ohmyword.  Last month was a doozy with colds again.  This time, Harrison got it pretty bad too.  He had some wheeziness going on that his pediatrician wanted to check out and thankfully was just some drainage at the back of his throat.  Lots of humidifier time, naps upright in the swing and me obsessively watching the monitor while he slept got us through a rough week and a half of that stupid cold.

He also finally rolled over the day before he turned 5 months.  Hey, when you've got trees trunks for legs, it's a little hard to get the momentum going to flip them over! ;)

Sleep: Sleep was rough this month due to not only the bad cold he had going on but the super awesome 4 month sleep regression!  Yay!  Not.  Funny how you forget about that after your first child until it rears its ugly head again.  It could not have come at a worse time either because I got the cold too and to say I was struggling every day for awhile was an understatement.

Personality: Harrison is very chatty to say the least.  He screams and squawks at his exersaucer whenever he's in it...it's pretty cute.  He also gets a big grin on his face and gets all shy when you smile at him.

Diet: This boy can eat for sure.  With the exception of his bedtime feeding, he's on strictly breastmilk still.  I really don't have much of a supply at the end of the day and it was obvious given how ravenous he'd be even just a couple hours after putting him to bed.  He takes an 11 ounce bottle of formula plus nursing however much from me at bedtime; I'm guessing around 3-4 ounces.  Ever since I started giving him a bottle of formula at bedtime, he's gone back to sleeping through the night and is generally much happier.  I could tell he wasn't getting enough sleep and was pretty fussy during the days because he just wasn't getting good, restorative sleep.

Clothes: We're in strictly 6-9 month clothes and I'll bet I could slide him into a 12 month outfit without it being huge on him at this point.   

Likes: He loves his exersaucer.  We have this one (discontinued but here is one that's similar) and he loooves it.  Also loves being held and carried around.  Thankfully he's okay with being put in either his bouncy seat or exersaucer when I need to eat or get things done but he'll take being held over those two options anyday.

Dislikes: Still does not like being put down when he's tired or hungry.  It's amazing what being held by Mom can do for a bad mood ;)

Homemade Protein Bars Recipe

I'm always on the hunt for healthy, tasty and easy to make snacks for the whole family.  Sometimes healthy and tasty don't always go hand in hand so when I find a recipe that not only makes my taste buds do a dance but also is on the healthier end of snacks, I'm pumped.  These protein bars have been on repeat for the last couple weeks and it's always a mad dash for the last one in the fridge!

Homemade Protein Bars
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup peanut butter (can substitute sun or soy butter if you have a nut allergy)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 8 teaspoons butter

  • In large bowl combine together the Rice Krispies, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and coconut.

  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together peanut butter, butter, honey and brown sugar until they melt.  Stir continually.  Don't let them boil or the sugars will harden.

  • Add peanut butter mixture/sauce to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Add in the chia seeds and stir again.  I add the chia seeds here instead of at the beginning as they tend to settle at the bottom of the bowl and you have them all sitting at the bottom of the bars and not dispersed evenly.
  • Press firmly into an 8x8 pan.

  • Refrigerate until set.
  • Cut into squares and keep in a ziploc bag or tupperware container.
  • Enjoy! 

A Little Something Exciting . . . Boutique Tresor!

For awhile, I've been wanting to do something a little more with my free time because clearly I'm insanely delusional thinking that having 2 young kiddos equals lots of time twiddling my thumbs.  My photography business is still going well and while I'm not looking to get rid of that any time soon, I was looking for something to do that could easily be done from behind a computer screen for 90% of the time.

Having a daughter is both a blessing and a curse in that there are a gazillion different adorable outfits for them to wear but it also can quickly drain the ol' wallet quickly.  Dressing Selah in super cute and unique outfits that don't bankrupt us was proving to be somewhat difficult.  I primarily shop at Target for most of her basics (tees, tanks, leggings, etc.) but when it came to getting her outfits that had a little something special to them, I was looking at spending way more than I wanted to.  So in searching online for some affordable yet cute boutique outfits, I kinda had an epiphany.  Or an epiphery as Michael Scott calls it.  Why not open an online boutique that sells these super cute and unique outfits that everyone can afford because you shouldn't have to go into debt to make your little girls look adorable!

Thus, Boutique Tresor was born!  Boutique Tresor sells unique girls boutique outfits with a little something extra without taking the extra from your wallet.  I'm currently working on the online storefront to get it just how I want it but am taking orders through the Facebook page in the meantime which can be found here.  So far, we've received these 2 super cute orders in and my model is a big fan ;)

Be sure to like the Facebook page and keep an eye out for upcoming outfits!  I thank you in advance for your business and support!