Sitting, laughing, and homemade baby food

Look who’s sitting all on their own!

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Yes, the boys’ outfits are coordinated. I try my best.

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Life with the boys has taken a significant turn with the boys sitting on their own. I mean, this is HUGE! We can sit the boys in front of some toys or in front of each other, or really just anywhere, and they will be happy and content while we take care of another chore or tend to the other baby or even just take minute to eat and relax!

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Can you believe the boys can pretty much drink their milk while Mama drinks hers? That is, her milk with coffee…

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We finally got a recording of the boys laughing at each other! It was too cute. Seriously, your heart just melts at the sound of babies laughing and giggling. Here’s a still shot of the video we captured:

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We may or may not have started a new weekend routine. Mama wakes up at 5 am as if it is just another day of the week and the boys in turn let Mama load them into the van and they take a spin, stopping bythe Starbucks drive thru and cruising around town just until they fall asleep. This is the new view from the rear view mirror – we got mirrors to place in front of the boys so we could see what is going on while we drive!

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Sleeping update: We are so proud of the boys.Thank goodness we sleep trained! The boys are still going to bed around 7/7:30 pm. They are pretty much able to stay either asleep or at least not crying/fussy until 6 am. It’s such a relief not having to fight through the bedtime routine or deal with inconsolable babies before the sun rises. There are still tiny hiccups along the way (Adrian will wake up at 4:30/5 am and babble away until 6 am!) or someone will briefly whine/cry/fuss in the middle of the night, but for the most part, we have no complaints.

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Homemade baby food: I’m so excited to share my new adventures in the kitchen as I have been planning on making baby food myself even before the babies were born. I am just now getting to it eight months down the road, but better late than never. There is an amazing website I learned about, Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food, which has nearly EVERYTHING you could possibly need, wonder, and imagine about baby food. What to feed, when to introduce certain foods, how to select/prepare/cook the foods… nutrition facts, organic vs. conventional, and recipes galore! I love how thorough the website is.

Here is my haul from Sprouts Farmers Market. Oh, I was giddy alright.

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The great thing about Sprouts is that it is close to home (for me, at least), it has a wonderful variety of locally grown produce and organic selections, and it is super affordable! The minute I heard it was a “Farmers Market” full of organic and specialty items, I thought: EXPENSIVE. But all of the produce I bought above (one butternut squash, two Hass avocados, one organic bunch of carrots, two sweet potatoes, and five organic Gala apples) cost me $10.78. I haven’t prepared or cooked everything yet, but already I know this route of preparing food for the babies is going to not only be better in terms of nutrition and knowing what is in their food, but in terms of saving money! Those darned prepackaged foods may be convenient, but with twin babies in the house, I knew we’d be better off preparing our own food.

When we first introduced baby food to the boys, we did use those Gerber prepackaged foods. We didn’t start off with rice cereal because from what I gathered through research reading online and talking with other moms, rice cereal doesn’t really have that much of a nutritional value for the babies and is simply a new texture to get them used to eating. Instead, we went straight for the veggies and then eventually introduced fruit. I have super high hopes for guiding the boys’ palates and teaching them to love wholesome food. I know I can only do my best and they will eventually make their own choices, but while we control what goes inside their bellies, I will take full advantage of that!

I chose to bake the squash and steam the apples first. The result of my two hours in the kitchen (parts of those two hours was used for meal-prepping for work lunches and doing dishes!):

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I didn’t fill the ice cube tray because I put a few scoops in tiny reusable containers to bring to daycare the following day. I learned about pureeing the food and freezing them in ice cube trays. After they are frozen, I will pop them out and store in a gallon ziplock bag. I sure did break a sweat and my feet were approaching soreness from all the standing, but I am so happy with my accomplishments and can’t wait to get into a good routine. My goal is to prepare 1-2 foods on the weekend and freeze until I have a good stash going that the boys can rotate through. Once that happens, I want to actually incorporate the meals we eat with what I’m preparing for the boys so that I am being more efficient with grocery shopping and meal planning/preparing. Wish me luck!

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