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NaBloPoMo Roundup

I posted 20 times last month. More than any month in the history of this blog. So, while I wasn’t successful in posting everyday, I was successful in hitting a record for myself, and THAT was a success in my book.

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Go Sleeps

So, bedtime for us looks like this:
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We usually get home around 6 or 6:30pm from picking Finn up from Grandma’s house. We make (or takeout as it seems to be recently) dinner and always sit at the table together, whether we’re eating when Finn is or not (sometimes we get something once he’s asleep because we just have no time to make anything getting home so late. Tuesdays and Thursdays Dan doesn’t usually even get to see Finn unless I happen to keep Finn up a little later because he’s in class til 6 and then takes the light-rail and won’t get home until after 8 – like tonight). It’s about 7 by this time, as we like to put him down between 7 and 8 every night, but closer to 7 since he has to wake up so early the next day. After dinner we clean Finn off and at least 3-4 times a week we will say, “Bubble bath?” and he squeals and says, “bu-bu-bu-bu-buba ba????” and runs to the stairs. Lately he’s been walking up the stairs like a big boy (not crawling) while one of us holds his hand for balance with the other on the handrail or wall. We take a bath and brush our teeth. Finn doesn’t like real long baths; after about 15 minutes he’s trying to crawl out of the tub. Then we dress him in jammies and let him run around upstairs for 5-10 minutes. We will sometimes read books together if Finn’s in a patient mood. Most of the time, we’re reading to eachother while he runs around the room trying to keep away from us. Otherwise, once it’s bedtime, we say, “Go night night, go sleeps?” and usually Dan will then feed him his last milk bottle in the glider and sing an assortment of songs that we’ve sung to him since he was born; “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Hush Little Baby”, “Rock-a-bye Baby”, “The Ants Go Marching”, and the newest we’ve added to our repertoire, the ABC’s. After we’ve sung most of those, some twice, it’s in the crib he goes. He lays on his back, we give him Froggie to squeeze, and then put a blanket over him and he usually stays like that for a while, I’m guessing until he actually starts trying to fall asleep and the tossing/turning begins. He’s usually out within 10 minutes. He’s very easy to go to bed or go down for a nap. I love that.

Anyways, that’s our bedtime routine and I just wanted to document it so I will always remember these sweet, but normal everyday moments. Time is fleeting and he’s getting bigger every day. I know our bedtime routine will change as Finn changes, but right now I love this one. :)

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This is post #20 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Happy Happy Thanksgiving

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From our little turkey and us. We spent the day at The Count’s mom’s house where we had the BEST turkey ever, as well as my little bro, Jack. It was a terrific day.

This is post #19 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

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This is post #19 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Let’s Talk TV

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The Count and I have an awful lot of shows on our TV plate, and sadly, not much time to watch them. But little by little we are catching up. Recently we finished Season 2 of Newsroom. Love that show. So excited that Mac and Will finally professed their love to one another, and not only that – are engaged?! I’m a little leery about how the rest of the show will play out since their very love-hate tumultuous relationship has been certainly a highlight. So many times with shows, that fire burns out once the main characters hook up.

Which brings me to my current favorite show; Fringe. We just finished Season 2 (although Dan’s already watched all 5 seasons, I just happened to get into it late so he’s re-watching them with me) and have barely started Season 3. I’m obsessed with this show. I love, love, love it. Every episode leaves me wanting to watch the rest and I could easily just burn through them all and not get bored (there’s never too much!), however my time is limited. We’re lucky if we get to watch one episode a night, maybe two, and often times, none. :( Right now I’m in agony about “our” universe’s Olivia being stuck in the other universe. What is going to happen?! Ugh, it’s killing me!

Other shows on our agenda to start/finish: We’re on Season 3 (I think?) of Arrested Development. That’s a favorite, but I like that we’re doing it slowly. I think I’ll be sad when it’s over. We’ve watched one episode of Orange is the New Black, and liked it. I wasn’t hooked on it like so many others tell me they were, but I definitely want to finish watching it. It seems highly entertaining. We watched several episodes of Mad Men and are looking forward to watching the rest of that series. I think we got pulled away from watching it when the new season of Game of Thrones came on earlier this year, but we’re definitely planning on finishing it. We want to watch The Wire. I know, older one, but it’s got fantastic reviews and I know we will really enjoy it. We can’t wait to finish Breaking Bad. We don’t have cable so we haven’t seen this final season. We also haven’t been able to see the current season of the Walking Dead which has been another huge bummer and definite downfall of not having cable since that is one of our FAVORITES. And in no particular order: Psyche, House of Cards, maybe the last season of Dexter, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation (a fav that we watch episodes of here and there), Lie to Me, and many others.

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This is post #18 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Finn at 20 Months

“Wow!!!” – as Finn would say. I can’t believe my boy is 20 months, 4 months away from being 24 months which is actually TWO. I officially feel like it has happened too fast. It only feels like I had him maybe earlier this year and yet it also feels like he’s been with us forever. I love these feelings because both are so exciting for me.

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At 20 months, Finn…

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… is saying a lot more. Says, “buba ba” (bubble bath), “whoa”, “wow”, “mama”, “dada”, “brampa” (grandpa), “more”, “re” (red), “weyo” (yellow), “boo” (blue), “mil” (milk), “nana” (banana), and a couple more I’m not thinking of. He also does the most adorable thing when we count to 10, he tries to mimic us by saying, “du du du du du du du du du DU” the same way we would count to 10.

… has the most adorable “quack” and “bark” which actually both sound very similar but each is only used when he’s around ducks or hears a dog barking.

… thinks daddy is SO funny and fun to play games with, but when it comes to any comfort time, he is all about mama.

… has developed separation anxiety. :( When I drop him off at Grandma’s house in the mornings and he knows I am about to leave he will run and fling both arms and legs around me and give me the tightest hug and not let me leave. It makes me sad everyday. :(

… points to and calls any man in the store “dada” when it’s just he and I.

… loves the park and the daily trips he makes there with Grandma. He’s met many recurring  friends at her neighborhood park and has got “parallel play” down pat.

… hates having his diaper changed. I mean like, it’s quite possibly the worst form of torture he’s ever endured as evident by the blood curdling screams that come out of his little lungs each time.

… still has an avocado everyday, is a good kidney bean eater, loves his “nanas”, and waffles or muffins at breakfast. He’s not been a good egg eater unless we disguise them in hashbrowns.

… has gotten really good at playing with his Duplo Legos. He builds towers and then likes us to count the blocks so he can try to mimic us. He also loves to have us count the beads on his Melissa & Doug abacus.

… loves music and will dance any time he hears a tune.

… is absolutely mesmerized by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS, and I gotta say, I like it too! :)

… constantly wants us to put his shoes on whenever he finds them in the front closet. One shoe, two shoes, or even different shoes, he doesn’t care!

… is pretty darn good at using a spoon or fork, we just need to perfect keeping it level as he brings it to his face so the food doesn’t all fall out before it reaches its destination.

… likes to brush his teeth and hair.

… has taken an interest in books (finally) and brings us the ones he wants to read.

… loves bubble baths as long as he gets to hold the rinsing cup, but please don’t pour water over his face too much, he’s not a huge fan.

… squeals with glee whenever he sees the kitty and does not like when dogs lick him in the face.

… is attached to his “Froggie” and “Pinkie” stuffed animals. He will go looking for them in his crib each night and it’s so sad the couple times we left “Froggie” at Grandma’s – he will tear his crib apart looking for him!

… is a big fan of suckers. That’s the one treat he got to have from his Halloween candy.

… is smarter than we ever realized and is absolutely the most amazing human being on the earth to us.

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This is post #16 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Thanksgiving Printable

I saw this Thanksgiving poster on Pinterest, but sadly every pin for it that I found for it was dead and did not bring me to any site to download or purchase. I really wanted this in a printable form so that I could frame it and replace some of our personal photos for an open house we were having one weekend. So, I made it myself. And you can download it, too!

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This is post #15 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Fall Baking

With it being fall, my heart wants nothing more than to bake yummy sweet things and stuff my face with them. So, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

I brought these delicious Pretzel-Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip cookies to a scrapbooking meet up that I went to at our friends’ house on Saturday. They were a big hit, I’ll definitely have to make them again.

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I also brought this Almond-Poppy Seed bread. It was also raved about. And I loved it so much I made another loaf last night at 9pm because I needed it so.

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I’ve also made blueberry and banana muffins. No pictures of those though. The banana muffins were tasty and a last minute idea as I saw that I had some bananas that had reached the end of their counter life. They were perfect in these muffins! And I really liked that they had no sugar, just honey to sweeten them.

Can’t wait for Christmas, so many delicious sweets. And let’s not forget about pies on Thanksgiving! What are you baking?

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This is post #14 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Scrapbooking

Alright, I’m totally running out of steam with this NaBloPoMo. I’ve missed 2 days now. Ugh. Must. Go. On.

I haven’t scrapbooked in so long. National Scrapbooking Day all the way back in May was the last time I did. So, I’m looking very much to tomorrow where I will be spending the afternoon with some friends while we do our own projects; Christmas cards, gift tags, and for me – scrapbooking! I definitely owe this blog an update on my Project Life album that I’m making for Finn. Stay tuned!

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This is post #13 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.