Back On The Blogging Bandwagon

Yes, I am making an attempt to get back on the blogging bandwagon. {Even if it means a lot of picture posts to start!}

But first, I need to catch you all up on the wonderfully strange world of toddlerhood. Chazz has been doing so many little awesome things lately.

He does a lot of semi-coherent babbling. A few of his favorite words are milk (of course), die-uh-perr, tank you, and yelling “XBOX!!!” (our console has voice controls, and it won’t be long before he will figure that out!). Also he recognizes Elmo anywhere, and loves to point him out, on books, tv, and his toys.

Chazz signs milk, water, eat, and most recently, please. Which is sweet to see. We were pretty lazy about signing to him the last few months, but he has really been picking it up since I re-started.

As far as daily life? The kid drinks way too much milk (as in 2 gallons a week!), dislikes the carseat and baths, loves the park, and I am just sure is a little rock star in the making. He dances, drums, sings, and moshes around our living room.

Chazz just started sitting on his potty seat, rather than taking it apart for daily inspections πŸ™‚ And today, I finally got his big boy day bed set up in the new house and he seems to like it better, and just might stay put, even without the side rail holding him in.

The kid loves to climb stuff. Everything must be tested for its climbability! The entertainment center and windows have become favorites. Chazz will drag his potty or a big pot over as a step stool to get to stuff on the counters. Oh, he also thinks sitting ON the table is better than at it.

Chazz even climbed the ladder on the 10 foot slide by himself multiple times last week. Without even looking back or seeming to care that he was WAY off the ground. I, of course, was about two inches behind him the whole way up. And he would turn around and slide down on his belly, laughing the whole way down. A heart attack for me, but apparently a blast to an almost two-year-old adrenaline junkie!

So this is Mr. Chazz on the daily. Trying to climb everything, talking, and making every single day a mini-adventure.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 14:10:05

    Hi! Welcome back! I hate it when they get all slide-at-the-park brave… too scary for mamas! πŸ™‚


  2. Dad
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 19:52:29

    I can imagine Little Man’s impish smile and face of glee as he does the derring-do down the slide. You did more than your share of heart stopping stuff BabyGirl, as Momma and my gray hairs can prove!


  3. Torey
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 22:33:46

    Chazz looks great with his new hair do. Just curious, did you end up having that eye exam back in May? It sounds like his vision is doing great. . do you know how well he sees at this point? Our little guy is certainly seeing better than he was a few months ago (he’s 13 months now), but it’s pretty obvious he has a visual impairment. I’m hoping his ONH continues to improve. He didn’t really see anything until age 6 months, so we have definitely come a long way since then.


    • Forever&After
      Oct 19, 2011 @ 16:56:39

      Hey Torey. I’m glad you like the hair cut!
      As far as the Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, it seems to me that Chazz does extremely well despite it. For example, I dropped a sewing needle on the carpet, and he picked it right up and gave it to me. Wow! At his last appointment in May, they think his right eye is about 20/200 and in his left he can see light, dark, and shadows.

      I honestly think he is seeing better than that, the dialating eye drops they give him at his appointments make him fussy, tired, and pretty uncooperative. And it isn’t easy to do an eye exam on a 1 1/2 year old as it is! I am really looking forward to his next one, in November. The prognosis always gets better with each one, in my opinion, due to the fact that he sits still better each time :). With your Little One, I am sure it will too, as they get older and can communicate what they see. I am so happy to hear how far he has come! How is his walking?? I sometimes “forget” Chazz has a visual impairment, he is getting better adapted to his vision, his ‘normal’. But he runs into stuff all the time!

      Whew, that was lengthy, but I hope that helped. And as always, I am here to answer any questions, share ideas with, or just vent to haha. This is a crazy journey, and us mamas gotta’ stick together!


  4. Torey
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 21:17:26

    Thanks so much for answering all my nosey questions. . πŸ™‚ Finding a needle on the carpet is amazing! I would guess Chazz’s vision is better than 20/200. My little guy unfortunately has a stroke to overcome, as well as his ONH. The ONH diagnosis is what led us to find the stroke (when we did the MRI). So he has right sided weakness which has significantly delayed his motor development. So we are still working on crawling and standing (no walking for a while yet, hopefully before age 2). However ,he is definitely seeing a lot more these days which makes me happy. We go back to the neuro opthomologist in a few months. Like you said, getting the kids to cooperate is a challenge and I think the doctors really just have to guess how well they can see until the kids are old enough to tell them. Thanks again for the info and I’m happy to hear that Chazz is doing so well!


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