10 Months {And Counting!}

**Ok. Where is my camera? I’ll be sure to update with pics later! Or a whole post of pics, I’ve been slacking :-)**

Well Chazz,

You are getting closer and closer to One. How did that happen? These monthly updates keep getting closer and closer together!

You’re personality is coming out (and arn’t we just fiesty!) You are determined, a little hard-headed, and a big cuddle-bug, full of smiles. Mostly!

I love how you crack me up. You always get us laughing with your funny noises and faces. Or your wild antics in the playpen. Or your crazy morning-hair. We think you’re going to be a jokester!

You still love your music most. You and Roman have a morning routine of listening to a few of your favorite rock songs, and you actually headbang 😀 Proud-Mom-Moment!

Along with music, you still love your books. I read to you everyday, and of course, let you chew on all of your favorite pages. You also love LOVE love the water. In fact, bathtime has become a battle of wits and will. You splash. A lot. You try to climb out of your tub. A lot.

Right now, the hardest part is sleep. You are getting plenty of it. Mom and Dad, however, are not! Getting you back to sleep in the middle of the night is a challenge. Sometimes you’re super grumpy to have woken up (I’m talking crocodile tears and the best pouty lip ever seen.) While other times, you seem to want to play until morning. But eventually you pass back out either way. (And I just drink more coffee.) But, hey, the lack of sleep comes with the territory, right?!

Chazz, the months just get better and better. I love all of these special times we have, and even just the regular days too. I cherish those days when you visit me for a quick snack at work, and you come in all quiet and aware after your nap. Or when I get home and all I can smell is your sweet smell and all you want to do is cuddle wit’cha Mama.

Thanks for being such a champ!
Love you always, Mom

~~10 Month Stats~~
Diaper size: 3
Clothing size: Mostly 9M and 12M. (Time for some shopping!)
Sleeping: Early to bed, and early to rise!
Eating: Besides BM, he has tried rice and oatmeal, sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, avocado, prunes, peas, mango, carrots, pumpkin, green beans, blueberry, pear, watermelon, melon, chicken, Pedialite, watered down prune juice, teething crackers, cinnamon, turkey, chicken.
Fave toy: Laundry baskets
Fave thing to do: Crawl, pull up on the entertainment center, tug on any cord he can find 🙂
Latest milestones: Cruising.
Babbling: Dada, DaDD!, Mama, Ggg. a whole bunch of other high pitched babble.
Tooth Count: 8. EIGHT! No new sightings…
I look forward to: The first real word. Will it be “Dog” ???

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*CLOSED* {BLOGMANIA 2010} Giveaway

::runs around throwing confetti::

WeLCoMe To BLoGMaNia! ! !
Are you as excited as I am to kick off Blogmania 2010? Over the past few months, we have gotten to know our wonderful Etsy sponsors, and now it’s time to announce the PRIZES and kick off our giveaway!

*(If you haven’t yet caught the Mania, swing by the Blogmania Blog and get filled in on this world wide web giveaway event.)*

Explore the list of blogs at the bottom of this post. all of which, ARE HOSTING A VERY SPECIAL BLOGMANIA GIVEAWAY (For Two Days Only, September 15th and 16th)

Each blog will have a number and a Master List Posted at the Bottom of their giveaway. I know you’ll want to visit as many blogs today as you can!


::::::::::::MY GIVEAWAY:::::::::::::

“Oh! Baby”
A collection of prizes for both mom and baby.

I have some awesome Etsy shops sponsoring this HUGE giveaway, so show them your support, heart their shops, and let them know who sent’cha!

The Swag & Sponsors:

Mama Hoot Designs-Choice of graphic onesie or soft baby book.

Shes That Girl-Cupcake shaped Vegan Soap.

TMD Design-Pacifier Clip

Josiah’s Nest-A beautiful necklace for mom.

-An adorable stuffed animal.

SweetHearts and Soles-Too cute hand-crocheted shoes.

To Enter:

***Visit any of the Etsy shops above and leave a comment about a sweet find in their shop. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

If you want extra entries:
***Vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs (by clicking the blue banner at the bottom of this post or the icon on the sidebar.) Again, leave your email address.
***Follow me on Twitter @4EverAfterBlog and leave your Twitter handle here (example: @YourNameHere.) Leave your email too!

Isn’t this giveaway CRAZY HUGE?!?! And every one of the blogs listed below have amazing prizes to enter as well. And a special thank you for supporting the wonderful Etsy shops!

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Here are all of the blogs hosting a BLOGMANIA2010
giveaway. They are labeled with US, US/CAN, or INT based on who
their giveaways are open to – US residents only, US/CAN residents only or
INT – world wide!!! Each blog should have this link list – in case you are
looking for specific giveaways only – at the bottom of their giveaway post.
However, BOOKMARK this page and keep track of what number you are on
Good Luck and HAVE FUN!!


THE FINE PRINT: All entrants must be 18
years of age or older. Please read each giveaway ‘s directions carefully as
entry methods differ, and giveaways may be open to different world areas
than previously noted on our list. Please make sure you leave a way (valid
email address) with your entries to be contacted if you win. All blog’s are
responsible for drawing their own winners and contacting those winners for
their shipping addresses. All blogs are responsible for providing this
information to the companies that are shipping the prizes to the winners or
providing the prizes themselves directly to the winners in a timely
fashion. Parker Pr Online and BLOGMANIA 2010 are not responsible for any
giveaways or prizes.

Mum’s NumNums- Finger Foods

Chazz now has a total of EIGHT teeth, and is SO ready for some finer fair. He has almost mastered feeding himself little bits of food, and loves trying to get a spoon to his mouth. I usually give him an extra spoon with a dab of food on it while I feed him as well. I can make sure he is getting enough in, and he gets to be somewhat independent.

With all of this eating and snacking, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making him the same foods. Where is the variety??!
I stick to alternating colors of food every time, but we seem to be running out of ideas. So here I am, turning to my trusted Twitter and blogging mamas for help. What are you serving up these days for your little one?

And for the mamas who are just as stumped as me, here is a list of *finger foods* I have brainstormed so far:

• Broken up plain Cheerios

• Toasted bread spread with veggie puree

• Small chunks of soft fruit- mostly banana, mango, pear, peach, papaya, cantaloupe, and seedless watermelon

• Small cubes of tofu

• Pasta spirals, cut into pieces, with veggie purée for sauce

• Cut-up raisins. They help get things a-movin’, ya know?

• Small pieces of cooked veggies- like carrots, peas, squash, potato, or sweet potato

• Small pieces of cooked chicken and turkey carefully hidden in applesauce.

• Rice cakes broken into small pieces.

• Fruit purees mixed with oatmeal and rice cereal for more texture. The same with veggie purees and rice.

• Frui or veggies rolled in ground Cheerios or “Puff’s dust.”

• Ground up whatever-we’re-having, pre-spices.

Wow, eating may have just gotten interesting!!
This should keep Chazz’s taste buds on their toes for a while, but I would love any other ideas for some fun transitional foods. Thanks! ❤

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Cleaning Day

Our house is a royal mess. I haven’t been keeping up with the cleaning since I’ve been back at work, and now, it is certainly time for a Cleaning Day.

Oh but wait, how do you juggle cleaning and mommin’? Since having Chazz, the way we clean (and how often) has changed. There are a few tricks I have picked up along the way that help make cleaning somewhat painless.

The Right Supplies On Hand
I keep all of my supplies in a cleaning caddy. Running from room to room for forgotten supplies is no longer an option. Running from room to room with a cleaning kit at least makes it practical! Having it all in one easy to carry basket or bin helps.

Safe Cleaning Products
The cleaning products we use are what have changed the most. Having a baby around has really made me think about what we clean with. I don’t like to worry about him coming in contact with harsh chemicals. “Is he too close for me to spray this?” “I just mopped that spot he is licking, is he going to ingest something funky?” And someday, (fingers crossed) he might even want to help clean. Eco-Friendly and plant-based cleaning products relieve a lot of those worries. I order our supplies from EcoStore USA and have been so pleased with how well they work.

With an adventurous baby on the loose, I need somewhere to contain him. On cleaning day, I switch off between carrying Chazz in an assortment of slings, and moving his Pack & Play from room to room (to room.) And sticking him in an empty laundry basket always buys some time. He just loves peeking through the slats at us. The slings work good for chores like sweeping and mopping, and he enjoys the view while being close to Mom.

Yep, this is the hard part. Keeping him entertained long enough to complete a chore or two can be challenging. It’s a delicate balance between switching up his toys and bouncing between the sling and the Pack & Play. And good tunes help too! I use “peek-a-boo” a lot, as he gets mad if I leave the room. So keeping it fun is important too. Also, Baby Genius movies work wonders. I have no shame in plopping my kid in front of the T.V. to get something done around here!

Cleaning In Shifts
Sometimes, Roman and I switch off throughought the day. He cleans the kitchen while Chazz and I play or do something simple like dust. And then I’ll bust out the bathroom while they play outside. It’s not as productive, but it works in a pinch.

Speed And Agility
I bet you never thought about it, but this is a major part of my cleaning day. If I plan on getting anything done, I better get it done quick. And chasing down Little Man is where the agility part comes in. Chasing him down after he escapes a laundry basket or spots the vaccume cord soon becomes a test of my endurance. On the bright side, this all counts as a workout, right?

Yes, cleaning can be quite the hoot around here. Somedays we don’t get a lot done. (OK, most days) but we do what we can, when we can, and we always have fun.

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