Hooray!!! My volleyball team won the championship in our women’s quads league!!! Winning has never felt sweeter. We worked our butts off. It feels so good to be back on the court and to actually play well!
First year collage I made for the boys!
Quick recap of the week… opened a ton of presents from their 1st birthday! Can’t wait to post more pictures because I sure did Pinterest-it-up!
Packing food for… daycare! The boys are eating really well. Here is miswa (hope I spelled that right), lugow, and ground pork w/ chayote. Yummy Filipino food from Lola! I plan to practice these recipes and share soon! Gotta build up that homemade baby food repertoire!
That’s all folks! Crossing my fingers I get a post up this week on breastfeeding/pumping and the boys’ 1st birthday celebration!
We packed our boys, I mean bags, and went to… Las Vegas! The boys did great. The plane ride there was in the evening, so they slept most of the time. But once we arrived, they were wide awake!
These pictures are only the ones from my phone. We took more on our actual camera. I was going to wait until I gathered more pictures, but knowing me, the more I try to work on the perfect post, the longer I’ll take to actually write the darned thing!
While we were there, I spotted Cafe Rio and had to try it! I immediately recognized the restaurant as one of Hungry Runner Girl‘s favorites and thankfully the hubs and our Godsister, Heather, were willing to go there. Thanks, guys! Here are the boys with the sweet Ava, who turned 1 over the weekend. It was so fun seeing the babies interact with each other. We were so happy to finally meet her! We also met her brother, Jaden, but he is a big boy – almost 4 years old – and a little spider monkey! It was a challenge to capture a picture of him.
We were waiting outside Bachi Burger with Auntie Heather, Uncle Ricky, Ava, Jaden, and… Uncle Mikey!
Jer Bear sat in a high chair for the first time! Adrian fell asleep so he’ll try it out next time.
Times sure have changed. There was a time when we flew to Vegas to stay at our favorite spot – Mandalay Bay. We’d party until 3 or 4 am in the morning. We’d wake up around noon… Now, we’ve flown to Vegas and stayed off the strip at a house (but had an awesome time!), we could barely handle a 2 am bedtime, and we were up at 5:45 am on the dot because the boys are so used to eating around that time!
Plane ride back home!
Hanging out at the airport while Papa gets the carseat transporters set up. The carseat transporters were amazing (see first picture in this post). They were these attachments for the carseats that allowed us to pull (our push) the boys in their carseats. We then checked in the carseats at the gate.
We’re so happy our first trip went pretty smoothly. Flying with infants – let alone TWO of them – is quite daunting. But with the right amount of preparation, determination, and patience, it is doable! We tried our hardest to maintain their routines, but you can only do so much. Whereas their regular bedtime is 7/7:30 pm, they went to bed at 11:30 pm the first night we arrived!!! I was afraid of the trip throwing off their nighttime routine, which we have worked so hard to get into the groove of, but luckily the past few nights have been back to normal!
It seems as if Christmas is shoved in our faces earlier and earlier each year. I think at the beginning of October is when I first heard of Christmas music and decorations striking the retail stores. We complain that we want to deal with one holiday at a time, but then a whirlwind hits us immediately after Halloween. We’re eating turkey, Black Friday shopping, and then here we are, rushing and stressing to finalize (or even start) our Christmas shopping, gift-wrapping, and decorating! Well, ever since I told myself to do less and just enjoy being a new mama, I decided to just focus on gift giving for the kids in our lives, decorate whenever the chance arrives (even if it’s on Christmas eve), and not stress about it! Ok, I’m not gonna lie. I’m TOTALLY stressing about it. But instead of allowing my stress to consume me, I just take a deep breath and remember “the reason for the season.”
We have been OVERLY blessed this past year with our two beautiful baby boys, our health, our jobs, our home, our family and friends… the list goes on! And the most amazing thing is that those things are not really “things” at all. It’s not about the material things, it’s about the true aspects and parts of our lives that make life amazing.
To add SOME kind of cheer to our days, we did buy the cutest santa hats for the boys! The boys have been sporting them every where we go, from friends’ houses, to the grocery store, to the doctor’s office! Also, I bump up the holiday Pandora stations (N*Sync and Mariah Carey are my favorite!) whenever I remember.
They boys had another round of vaccine shots the other day… It’s always heartbreaking hearing them cry… But luckily the crying didn’t last too long and Granma and Auntie Ninang were around to help me soothe them!
Speaking of getting into the Christmas spirit, I don’t know HOW I managed to do it, but I made Christmas cake pops for the hubs to bring to work! It was fun as always, but I must say it isn’t my best work. Sometime soon I’ll get back into cake pop making and baking! Considering my current situation, I think they turned out pretty well! (Note how things have changed: Yes, that is infant formula and medicine in the background and charts on the bottom… *sigh*)
Crib training is going well! The boys are going anywhere from 6-9 hours during the night without a feeding! I can’t say they are sleeping THROUGH the night. But I’m so happy the middle of the night feed has dropped and the most I have to do is go into their room to pacify or soothe a few times. On a good night, Adrian won’t need ANY pacifying (but he sure knows where his thumb is and finds it and sucks away) and Jeremiah will need to be pacified just twice. The most funniest thing (although it needs to be fixed soon) is that Adrian wakes himself up because he make donuts in his crib and ends up like this!!!
He wakes up crying because his leg is stuck and I have to go in and get him out of there. We were told not to use bumpers because of SIDS, but we’re looking into at least mesh bumpers because it is hilariously ridiculous that this can happen multiple times a night.
Once an early morning feed takes place around 6/7 am, I either put each baby back to sleep for a small nap so I can grab breakfast, or we play! Here are my silly boys one morning. This picture makes me think of how much we are so so so looking forward to watching them grow up together and do so many fun things with them.
Then I’ll try to get a tummy time session in… how cute are they? Theyr’e actually doing better each and every day! Earlier, they would barely last a few seconds before screaming and getting frustrated, but now they actually last a couple of minutes and even start to babble and squeal!
Then (fingers crossed), if they hadn’t napped already yet, they’ll nap afterward for me. It’s a mad scramble after that for me to get my breakfast, cup o’ joe, and pump.
We interviewed yet another place last night… Oh man! Decisions, decisions. The place was so clean and beautiful and the couple who owns the business were similar to the hubs and myself: young, friendly, sociable, same interests (can you believe this family has five, yes FIVE televisions in the family room)… but the biggest aspect holding us back is the price. You really do get what you pay for. We’re super bummed how much cost is a big deal, but there’s no denying it. Luckily, our second choice is VERY GOOD in curriculum and philosophy. It’s a few minutes further as a commute, but we would feel comfortable with our boys going there. The next few days are going to be hard making this decision and I just pray that no matter what, our boys will be SAFE, LOVED, AND TAKEN GOOD CARE OF!!!
Our sweet boys…
One of the best feelings in the world, your child falling asleep on you. To top it off, their little hands on my chest and holding my shirt make me melt. Their warmth is all we need.
Here are some highlights of our fun-filled and exhausting day yesterday:
The day started off with Adrian’s doctor appointment for his heart. Our baby boy has a condition where he’ll need to be monitored, but so far, he’s passed each evaluation with flying colors! He continues to be the champ we know he is. Brother Jeremiah tagged along for support:) Here they are in the waiting room!
After the appointment, the boys were sleeping and Mama and Papa wanted to get some boba and food! We went to Lollicup to get our drinks and tocino (sweet flavored pork) & fried shrimp. Yum! You know how much I love my boba…
After that, the boys visited their great-grandma! This is Jing’s Lola (grandma) in his mom’s side. She is in a nursing home and we try to visit as much as we can. It’s been an extra long while since our last visit, however, since I was on bed rest during the pregnancy and we weren’t ready to bring the boys just yet. But we were so happy to finally bring them. Lola did so well with them! She held onto them to keep them from falling off the bed. She talked to them and smiled with them. It was a great moment.
It was amazing how much attention the boys received at the nursing home. At a few different times, there was a small crowd surrounding us! Not only did the nursing staff and patients want to see the boys, they were drawn by their cute hats!
The boys have now met 2 of their 3 great-grandmas. Their third is in the Philippines… hopefully one day we can make the visit there!
The daycare search continues… we interviewed two more potential places. One was a big fat NO. That’s the end of that. The other place was very nice – great home and wonderful provider. The only downfall is the location of her daycare. There are two more daycares I still want to check out, and then hopefully we have seen enough to make this very big decision of ours! Keep crossing your fingers for us…
These pictures aren’t from yesterday, but I have to share! It’s so hard to get em smiling at the same time, so here’s one boy at a time;)
Ah, my new morning routine. Good ol’ Trader Joe’s has me hooked on their Mocha Cappuccino. It’s so delicious and I limit myself to one cup a day (ok, sometimes two) and I drink right as I pump so I feel better knowing the caffeine isn’t going too much into the boys’ milk. By the way, isn’t this one cool cup? Got it from my sister🙂
I just want to say, “WHAT A CHAMP!” to our Adrian boy. He had a doctor’s appointment last week that was really hard on him. I can talk about it now because he is in the clear – as a newborn, he didn’t pass his hearing test on his left ear, although he did on his right. He had a follow up test, which he failed again. He had yet another follow up test, but the test was incomplete because he woke up halfway through (he needed to sleep through it). He finally and one last attempt at a follow up test and I fasted him for 5 hours (I felt so bad!) and he did so well! So well, in fact, that he passed! Turns out that he was just backed up with wax/gunk (whoops, hope the womb wasn’t all to blame) and so his left ear, we are happy to announce, has normal hearing! He will still be followed up on his 1st birthday, just as a super safe precaution, but I’m so happy this is behind us. Baby boy has had so much to go through already and the battles still continue. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at him because he is such a happy, healthy, growing boy! Here he was before the appointment:
Here he is as we were walking up to the hospital:
Did you see those rolls, by the way?
We started crib training a week or so ago, and I’m so happy to report that the past two nights have been going really well! Ok, at least for one twin. But I’ll take it! Adrian has slept through the night for about 6 hours before needing a feeding. He is a champ two times! I know that there are things called sleep regressions, so this may not last forever. But in the meantime, I am not complaining. Adrian amazingly slept through Jeremiah’s cries of waking up during the middle of the night, multiple times! I really hope Jer can soon go through the night without needing to be soothed or nursed. It’s such a painful sight seeing 2 am, 3 am, 4 am, 5 am on the alarm clock! I steal Z’s any chance I get, but I’m afraid that I’m slowly starting to have trouble falling right back asleep. I’m delirious to the point that sometimes I wake myself up thinking I heard a baby cry, but yet there was nothing! I would also stare into the monitor, especially at Adrian, wondering if he is breathing or why isn’t he waking up. I need to seriously let that go. I also have a mind that just races ALL.THE.TIME. and it bugs the heck out of me. I write notes everywhere, wonder if I’m forgetting something, think of new things that I want to address or talk to someone about… I wish there was a switch to just turn my brain off. Anyway, here is my new TV soap during the night, Adrian on top and Jer on the bottom:
I can’t believe four months have gone by already. At the beginning, it was 100% all about survival. It didn’t matter what the books said anymore or what my hopes and dreams where. The goal was just to keep these babies alive and happy and stay sane! Amazingly it is true that as time goes on, we would get better at this and learn our boys and their needs. We would gain confidence and make mistakes and learn from them. It’s a never-ending journey and so far, we don’t think we’re doing too bad!
On another note, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that we find a daycare provider soon. We had our first interview last night with an in-home daycare provider. Happy to say she seems great and I would trust her with our boys. But I’m equally glad we have 3-4 other providers to interview so at least we have options and can feel 100% sure with our final decision. Daycare is a whole other story… I’m feeling so anxious, worried, concerned, and all other kinds of mommy-guilt-anticing feelings that I drive my own self crazy. It’s not only hard to find an affordable place that is close to home and on the way to work with someone we trust and agree with in terms of child rearing and care, but to find availability for TWO infants is the ultimate challenge! Please wish us luck! While there is no one who would better take care of them except mama and papa, we will eventually have to leave them with someone so I hope she is the second best!