Harrison : 6 Months Old

Weight & Height: He had his 6 month appointment today and weighs in at 19 pounds 4 ounces and 27.5" long.  That puts him at 80th percentile for weight and 90th for height.  We don't make short babies apparently because Selah was 93rd last year.  

Health & Milestones: He rolled over for the first time the day before he turned 5 months, which I had mixed feelings about.  Rolling over is a big deal in the movement world but also comes with the utter frustration of not being able to roll back.  Thus ensues lots of screaming.  Usually around 2AM.  And 3AM.  And maybe 4AM for good measure.  Thankfully he was able to figure out getting his roly poly self back over.

Sleep: Sleep had been much better but with the new life skill of rolling over and not getting back, we were back to the up 1-3 times a night shenanigans again.  He goes to bed around 6:30PM and will wake around 6-6:30.  Still has the cat nap in the morning, long nap in the afternoon and possibly another cat nap right before dinner time.

Personality: Oh my word, this boy is so happy.  As long as he has food and sleep, he's pretty chill.  I love the way his smile lights up his face!

Diet: Despite my best efforts, my supply has been taking a major hit.  Guarantee that having been sick and sleep deprived for a month-ish is to blame again but the fact that I was completely empty at 4 months with Selah and I'm still able to give Harrison some breastmilk during the day at 6 months makes me happy. 

Clothes: Still in 6-9 month clothes but those are getting tight, especially when it comes to onesies.  I'd thought about buying the snap extenders but let's be honest, it's getting harder to cram his thick arms up through the arm holes now too so I bet 9-12 month clothes aren't too far off.  

Likes: Pretty much anything; he's really laid back.  Thankfully he likes most everyone and can be held by others besides Mom and Dad without flipping out.

Dislikes: Delaying food or sleepy time.  Don't blame him ;)

Summer Must Haves

The summer weather is finally here...fingers crossed.  We've had a ridiculous amount of rainy days here lately although nothing compared to parts of Texas where houses are literally floating away.  Yikes.  Colorado is definitely not known for its rainy weather so it's been a bit odd to have it rain for days on end with not much of a break in between.  We've been getting little breaks here and there and with a play date at a local splash park this morning, it has me really looking forward to the summer weather.  Remind me of this statement when I'm a sweating, whiny mess at 95 degrees.

So here are some of my summer must haves; some old, some new but all in all, things that will be in our summer arsenal.

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1) When we sold our house, I was really hoping we could find a rental in a nearby neighborhood that has a great pool and rec center but since the housing market is somewhat insane in Denver/Colorado, that didn't happen.  It was either rent a house in that neighborhood that was going to be way too small for all of us or rent a house with enough space in a neighborhood with no pool.  We went with more space.  That being said, I'm hoping to get Selah into some swim lessons here soon and with a few trips planned this summer that will involve pool time, some floaties were needed.  We got this Puddle Jumper at our local Costco but it can also be found here.  I'm hoping that Selah's first swim-on-her-own experience goes well.

2) Anyone that lives or has been to Colorado knows the sun is super intense here.  Blame it on being that much closer to the sun but it does not take long to get a wicked sunburn.  (Wicked?  Apparently I'm from Boston now).  I love this sunscreen for the kiddos!  It's not chock full of chemicals, smells good and small enough to toss in the diaper bag and not have it take up the entire thing!

3) We've never really had to worry about mosquitoes too much here but with all the rain we've been having, they've been a little out of control.  It's hard to keep Selah indoors during the day so after seeing the nice welts hiding under her short sleeves (sorry kiddo!), I knew I couldn't really let her out back without some kind of protection.  I loooove our local grocery store because it has a great selection of natural remedies for pretty much anything.  I didn't really want to put some of the well known, name brand bug spray on her that was filled with all sorts of chemicals because she still pops her hands in her mouth and I have it on good authority (cough cough) that a certain bug spray with DEET in it will numb your mouth if you, say, have mustard on your hand from a campfire hot dog and go to lick said mustard off.  Wanting to avoid the same issue with Selah, I grabbed this bug spray at our grocery store.  It's DEET-free and repels bugs with several essential oils and I think it smells pretty good.  The hubby doesn't agree but that's okay ;)

4)  We've got a couple trips lined up this summer to visit family with pools and I know Harrison is going to be getting some water time.  This little baby float is perfect and the shade will keep the sun out of his awesome baby blues.

5)  I learned the hard way a couple years ago that Selah cannot have any sunscreen on her face that isn't all natural.  It took me putting it on her face twice to make the connection that a certain big name 'baby' sunscreen was causing her to have a bad allergic reaction: red rash, runny nose and swollen eyes.  I thought it was something in the water at a local pool because she didn't have the reaction anywhere else on her but the 2nd time at a local lake, she had the same reaction and I realized it was the sunscreen so nothing but natural for the girl!  I love the sunscreen sticks for areas like the face because you don't have to worry about accidentally getting some from your fingers to their eyes and the small tube is perfect for tossing in my diaper bag.

What are some of your summer must haves?

Quick Dinner Recipe : Margherita Naan

I'm all for dinner recipes that are quick, easy and taste good.  I really don't want to be spending over an hour getting something ready to eat unless it's a special occasion like Christmas or Easter.  Like the time I spend THREE hours trying to make a PF Chang's recipe for dinner.  Yeah, that's not happening again in this lifetime.

We have naan pizzas on regular rotation for dinners around here.  Usually it's a pepperoni and mozzarella naan but I decided to change it up a bit this time with a margherita recipe.  Whoa...gettin' crazy over here I know.  I perused handy ol' Pinterest and came across some varieties I liked and got to work.

We buy the Stonefire mini naans from Costco.  There's 18 in a pack for around $5-6.  It's a screaming deal considering our local grocery store sells a 2 pack for $3.  I'll let you do the math on that one.

Here's the deets:

Mini Margherita Naan Pizza

  • mini naan pizzas
  • olive oil
  • fresh mozzarella (the kind that's in containers in liquid; usually in the deli area)
  • fresh basil
  • tomatoes  
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Brush each naan with olive oil.
  • Chop fresh basil into strips
  • Slice tomatoes thinly.  You don't want the tomatoes to be as thick as the kind you put on burgers.
  • Slice the mozzarella. 

  • Place mozzarella down first on the naan, followed by tomatoes and basil.

  • Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes and when you pull these bad boys out, you're going to wish you'd probably baked like a dozen more.  
The fresh basil on these is what makes these so super yummy!  You can never have too much basil in my opinion ;)