Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shopping like a big boy

We're finally sitting in the cart like a big boy.  And mom's happy because she was breaking her back carrying the infant car seat from the car to the store and trying to lift it up into the cart.  Also, she was getting tired of people looking at Silas in the car seat and asking "How old is he?" and then saying "Big baby!"

Now instead the comments are "Wow, he's doing a good job of sitting up!"

 I'm guessing that within a few weeks he'll start grabbing things off of the shelves....

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pick up your shoes!

Only 7 months old and he's already kicking off his shoes and leaving them around the house.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Goodbye to the swing

The time has come for us to pack up the swing and say goodbye for now.  Prior to Silas' birth, I wasn't sure I wanted a swing.  So, instead of register for something I wasn't sure about, I registered for the things I knew I wanted/needed.  

However, within a month of Silas being here I knew that a swing was needed for nap time and just life in general.  I did my research and we visited Babies R Us a couple of times (Once by ourselves and once with Silas to put him in the model swings).  We ended up going with a Fisher Price swing and never looked back.

Our swing has given me a shower every morning & a guaranteed nap (for Silas) every day.

The weight limit on the swing is 25 lbs and initially I was afraid that Silas would outgrow it before he would lose interest in the swing (I mean, every time we went to the pediatrician he had gained like 5 lbs).

At 7.5 months and 18 lbs though, Silas is over it.  (cue the tears)

I put him in it the other night... just for kicks.  And this was him within a few minutes (and yes, he was strapped in).

So we're moving on to bigger and better things.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

(failed attempt at) The Water Steps in Pittsburgh - North Shore

Now that's it's summer, we're trying to get out and experience all of the hidden gems in Pittsburgh.  I'm in a couple of Pittsburgh mom facebook groups and everyone keeps talking about the Water Steps and how their kids LOVE them.  I googled a few pictures and thought they looked pretty harmless and age appropriate for Silas to experience.

These are the water steps:

Again...pretty simple of an activity to do with a 7 month old.  So, we went.

This was Silas the morning we went to visit the water steps.  Pretty happy.

And this was Silas not even 30 seconds after we arrived at the Water Steps.

Going into this we knew that Silas wasn't a fan of baths, but I had hoped that since he wasn't going to be lying in a huge body of water that maybe he would be a fan.  He wasn't.

Bummer.  We'll give it another try in 2 years.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Silas in the Johnny Jump Up!

7 months (and some change)

I was in the grocery store earlier this week and a lady started making eyes with Silas.  She looked like she wanted to come over and squeeze his cheeks.  I thought I might have to intervene.  I know it's hard to walk past a cute baby and not hug them real tight, but when it's not your baby, you really don't need to be touching them.  So, instead, she said "How old is he, a year?"   When I told her he was only 7 months, she just stared at him as she walked away.   

Let's just get the elephant out of room.  I HAVE A BIG HEALTHY BOY.    

And a very happy one at that.

7 months is a really fun age.  Right now, everything I do is hilarious in Silas' eyes.  Today I spent 5 minutes just saying "Boo!" and he kept giving me big belly laughs.  

He wants to crawl and is getting in the right position to crawl, but has yet to make that first movement.  Instead, he moves around the room by rolling and shuffling around on his tummy to get to toys.  Always for the toys.

Nap times are longer.  An unexpected treat.  If you were curious, two hour naps are glorious!

Probably the best part about this age is that he actually interacts with he's a person. (oh!)

The worst part?  When he is teething hardcore and tries to eat your shoulder off.  Ouch.

Cheers to making it past 7 months!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chicken Florentine

Today was the first day in weeks that I didn't feel like I wasn't dying from the humidity and heat.
In fact, I didn't use the AC unit ONCE today. (That's huge)

Silas and I went for a short walk up to the store and gas station and I didn't break out in a sweat. (That's a first).

And to top it off, I made the BEST chicken florentine for dinner tonight!  I don't know that I'd ever had chicken florentine before tonight, but any recipe that has chicken or pasta in it is usually a winner in my book (!!!!) 

The key ingredients in this recipe are the PARMESAN and GARLIC SALT.  Do not leave those out!

 (I didn't cut the chicken in the correct shapes, but who still tastes the same?!)

Recipe adapted from HERE

1/2 lb. chicken
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 1/2 cups of fresh spinach
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of milk
2 teaspoons butter
1 pound of bowtie pasta
Cut the chicken breast into bite size pieces.  Grill it with a little bit of salt and garlic salt.
On low heat, mix butter, milk, parmesan, spinach and garlic salt in a small saucepan until heated thoroughly.
Cook pasta until done.
Combine the chicken, sauce and pasta.