Big boys in high chairs and a green bean, potato, & spinach puree

These monkeys get funnier EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. The best part about letting them loose into the playroom is that they find the most hilarious ways to entertain themselves. They love things that spin so they occupied themselves with their around-the-world toy that we purposely placed upside down on the side of the room:

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We still have battles when it comes to meal time, but the victories we have achieved sure are sweet!

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Not gonna lie, thank you, ELMO, for continuing to keep the boys calm (distracted) as they eat. It’s been fun singing along, but the downfall is that a song will be stuck in my head for the three days. I JUST got the brushing teeth song outta my head!

 

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What are those amazing-looking devices that appear stuck to the boys’ trays so they don’t throw them across the room and make a mess all over the kitchen? Why they are these wonderful suction bowls I ordered for the boys! They stay on the boys’ trays long enough for the boys to feed themselves, but Jer (of course) figured out how to knock his over and he was not very happy when I took it away. Anyway, these bowls will be very helpful getting the boys used to plateware and it is nice that they come with a cover and spoon for travelling.


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My blog has been all baby these days, but can you blame me? They’re too cute and funny not to share. Makes me look not so interesting. But here’s something I was proud of! I present an “adult lunchable!” Turkey, cottage cheese, pear slices, and wheat crackers. At my work desk I am always munching so I am trying to get back into healthy snacks. There was a time when I was doing really well bringing healthy snacks to work. Need to get back into the groove.

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Now for my recipe share. wpid-photogrid_1401981725347.jpg

Finally got around to typing this recipe up. At the time I made it, I didn’t have kale so I used spinach instead. It was so yummy, I was licking the spoon myself. I think it was the Parmesan cheese at the end that really got me hooked.

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You must remember the most important part of preparation. No, it’s not ensuring you have all your ingredients or that your recipe is handy. It’s that you have a glass of wine at your fingertips.

Green Bean, Potato, and Spinach Puree

Adapted from Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh

Ingredients

1/4 lb green beans

1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and sliced

one handful of spinach

1 cup organic chicken stock

3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

 

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In a small pot, combine all ingredients except cheese and olive oil. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Remove ingredients and place in a blender or food processor.  Add Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Depending on your baby’s ability to eat solids, blend or puree until desired texture is reached. At the time, I pureed like crazy because I only recently introduced the boys to solid foods.

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Ta-da! I divided the batch into old Gerber containers to freeze. Verdict: The boys sorta liked it. I liked it more than they did. I need to make this again now that they are really eating and see how they like it now.

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Sneak peek for future recipes I want to share:

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See more homemade baby food recipes here!

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The twins at 8 months

AJ & JT @ 8 months

AJ & JT @ 8 months

The twins @ 8 months

 The boys are eight months old! They are two-thirds of the way to their first birthday. Incredible. These monkeys are getting louder, more mobile, funnier, more social, bigger, cuter, and sillier! We’re getting more and more confident bringing the boys out. We even went to an NBA game over the weekend (see recap below)! We are very brave… or just crazy:)

Things they’re doing: These days, you can find them sitting on their own for a couple of seconds (before a wobble or, more tragically and hilariously, a face plant). They light up when someone gives them attention. They laugh, giggle, and “talk” when you do the same. They’re “talking” is really a lot of baby babbling, but they’re actually making different sounds than before. We hear a lot of sounds beginning with a “d” or a “b” and the noises are sometimes accompanied by a lot of spit since they seem to be blowing raspberries at the same time. When they’re not getting what they want, you’ll hear them probably from the neighbor’s house as their lungs are truly capable of screaming beyond belief and their voices can reach pitches unheard of. They seem to have fun when being held in a position to extend their legs and “stand.” They also react and light up to their reflection in the mirror.

Stats update: At a previous visit to the doctor, they weighed in at about 18 lbs, but we won’t know until their nine-month check-up how long they measure.

Sleeping update: Even though both boys are sleeping pretty much the entire night, they will wake up (usually between 3 am and 4:30 am) and either start babbling or fussing/whining. Sometimes it turns into a full blown cry, but it also subsides soon enough for me to not intervene and let them wait until the usual 5:45/6 am when we first get them and give them their first bottle of the day. We may need sleep training in reverse: How to keep babies from being early risers! I mean, I love waking up early in the morning to get my day started, but I’m cool with 6/7 am, not 3/4 am!!!

Eating update: The boys are still mostly on breastmilk/formula, although I recently decided to stop pumping (will discuss this decision later. I actually have been wanting to write a post on breastfeeding/pumping overall. Hope it happens!) They boys eat baby food twice at daycare, but that’s about it. We haven’t been too successful with feeding baby food at home and need to really crank that up. I did make food myself for the first time thought! I microwaved sweet potatoes, pureed them and added some breastmilk, and the boys seemed to like them enough. Looking forward to making more food at home. The pre-packaged baby food is sure adding up and I would MUCH rather make food from scratch. My reasons for not doing so are being lazy and not having enough time, but I need to really stop with the excuses if I want to start our babies off right!

See more monthly updates HERE!

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AJ @ 8 months

AJ @ 8 months

Adrian Joseph

This boy has conversations with us! Just a few days ago, I started responding to some of the noises he makes (not really noises, but actual, intentional sounds, just not actual words). What I found out was he was either imitating me back or responding. We would each make a one syllable sounds/noise (mine was “Hey”) and it went back and forth for quite a while! I thought it may have been a coincidence, but the hubs witnessed it not once or twice, but a few times, and he’s even done it himself! We’ve also done it in the car while AJ was in his carseat facing the rear and we are in the front. Super cute and amazing. Need to capture on video ASAP!

Other than that cool new thing, AJ has been overall pretty mellow, but don’t let that fool you! He can definitely scream his lungs out when he’s frustrated or not getting what he wants right away.

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JT @ 8 months

JT @ 8 months

Jeremiah Tyler

This boy is full of DRAMA! He is definitely more fussy, intense, and crazy than his brother. They both cry and fuss, but for some reason, JT almost always needs to be held and throws a fit when you walk out of the room. He love to reach and grab things he sees, which is very adorable and also very dangerous! We really have to watch out what the boys can touch. Very soon, we’re going to have to baby proof the house finally. Before we know it, they’ll be mobile and exploring and getting into things we never thought they’d get into! Funny fact: JT loves the NuWave oven sitting on our island in the kitchen! Every time I walk by, he reaches out and wants to just bang his hands on top. I try use these little quirks to my advantage. For example, while I prepare a bottle, I’ll sit JT on the island in front of the NuWave while supporting his back and then use my free hand to get a bottle ready (yes, I have skills, I know). Other times, I’ll prop up one of the babies sitting by my leg while I change the other’s diaper. This is to really promote them sitting on their own.

I feel bad that we are not around more to help the babies with these milestones. I know they practice at daycare, but there are a lot of other kids there who need attention, too. I wish I could spend all day helping the boys sit better and even work on crawling. But those milestones will all get here when they need to and soon we’ll wish they would stay in one place just like they still do (unless they are scooting away or rolling back and forth enough to move across the room!).

JT was sick last week, but thankfully he is fully recovered!

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Something fun I saw online a while ago and wanted to make my own version! It’s crazy that these boys were once in my belly. I never thought I’d say this, but there are times that I miss bed rest! No, I do not miss the limitations/restrictions I had, I don’t miss the back pain, I don’t miss the medication and endless visits to the doctor/hospital, I don’t miss all the pregnancy complications and scares… But I miss how easy it was to take care of the monkeys in my belly – I didn’t need to do anything! They ate, slept, pooped and peed (gross, I know) in my belly. They stayed in one place and I always knew they were there. I could take a nap anytime of the day, have my family cater to my every need, and I caught up on a ton of TV!

Look at them now. It’s seriously a blessing and miracle that they are here. And what’s even more beautiful is how healthy and happy they are! We are so grateful for these two.

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I recently made the decision to stop pumping breastmilk. This was a very tough decision for me as breastfeeding and pumping can be very emotional and sensitive topics, especially for a new mother. On one hand, I am sad that I will no longer be providing my babies with the “good stuff” (as the hubs so sweetly calls it). I actually stopped nursing a few months ago, but I still feel like a bond between my babies and I is being taken away. Pumping milk for them is something only I could do and I was so determined to do my best for them. Despite all of my sadness, however, I am relieved! Hauling around that little pump and all the parts needed was getting to be too much. Washing the parts, having to remember to bring everything I needed, planning my schedule around pumping, remembering to throw the milk in the fridge or freezer right away… I will soon be free! I will also have more time on my hands and will be able to invest the time I would normally spend pumping and washing parts to the babies or other needed tasks or even just resting. I could go on and on about this topic, so I’ll stop here and save it for a separate post!
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We brought the boys to their first the King’s game on Sunday! Tried to get on TV, but sadly we didn’t make it. We got tons of compliments on how cute the boys were from the people around us. These cuties always attract attention when we go out!
Our sign:
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The boys and their “Kings Selfie!”
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Family selfie! The boys did really well – they barely fussed and mainly just got restless. At one point, they even fell asleep! It helped a lot to wear them in baby carriers so our hands would be free. I was super nervous about bringing them to the game, but I’m glad we made it and I’m really glad we did it!
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The twins at 7 months | Sleep training, eating solids, and helmets!

AJ & JT @ 7 months

AJ & JT @ 7 months

The twins @ 7 months

Another month gone by! It’s amazing how we got here. We’re so happy and blessed, but can’t say we’re not exhausted and stressed! We’re grateful that the boys continue to grow healthy and happy. They’re so big! And they’re really showing major differences in personality. Adrian is really the mellow one who can self-soothe and remain calm until he absolutely needs something. Jer, on the other hand, has been extremely clingy and fussy, always whining! He is definitely still very playful, but he seems to always need someone there. We feel guilty when we are trying to get stuff done around the house and cannot just sit there and play all day, but then we have to really drop everything just to give them all our attention because the boys are our priority!

Sometimes when I get really stressed because I’m trying to do something, I ask myself if what I’m doing will really matter in 5-10 years from now. No, it will not matter  that the sink was always empty or that the floors were always swept or that I returned every e-mail. But what will matter is the time we spent showing our boys how much they are loved and giving them our all in raising them to be good people. It will matter how we spent the few precious hours we now have each day with them because one day, they will barely be around as teenagers and adults and we’ll miss how much they needed us during this time of their lives. 

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Adrian @ 7 months

Adrian @ 7 months

Adrian Joseph

Stats: not sure, but at LEAST more than 17 lbs!

  • The mellow one! He can self-soothe, which helps a whole lot (thumb-sucker)
  • He has this cute thing where he laughs if you nudge him or touch a part of him, even if he’s not making eye contact with you. It’s as if he knows you’re there and he grins because he knows you’re trying to get a laugh out of him. Then I’ll call his name and he’ll look right at me with a big smile! Oh, the smiles and laughs are the best.
  • He got a boo boo on his head from his new helmet (which I’ll talk about in another post). We hope it doesn’t scar!
  • He is eating so well! He opens his mouth when a spoonful of baby food gets near. Love it! But with food comes great poops. Yikes.

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JT @ 7 months

JT @ 7 months

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: not sure yet, but at least 17 lbs!

  • This boy has been super fussy and clingy lately! It’s as if nothing will make him happy sometimes! He’ll even continue to fuss and whine when he is being held! Some answers have been that he is just super hungry (at 10 oz within an hour!) or he is tired.
  • He likes to stand and keep his knees locked so it looks like he’s “standing” well as he is being held. Both boys actually like to stand and bounce and especially play with the floor mobile because it is at their height.
  • Jer is not eating as well as Adrian, but he is getting better
  • He is a pterodactyl/zombie. All in one breath, he can screech at a super high pitch and then have a raspy zombie voice. It’s the cutest creepy thing.
  • Sleeping BETTER, but for some odd reason, he’s been waking up at exactly 2:30-2:45 am the past few days! He’ll just start babbling or even begin to cry, but will stop within a few minutes.
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Sleep training & the morning rush
We followed the Ferber method for sleep training and began last week (I cheated and read THIS blog post to familiarize myself with the concept). It has been going pretty well! We put the boys down for bed between 7:45 and 8 pm and they wake up at 5 am, but luckily we don’t need to go into their room until almost 6 am. They’ll just talk and babble for the hour they first wake up, which is nice because it gives me time to pump and get ready for work and prepare things needed for day care. Even though we do a lot of prep at night, there are still things to gather in the morning. It’s such a rush! I feel like I’m in a marathon, constantly moving and trying to make use of every minute I have. I never understood why my co-workers who are parents felt like work is their “break,” but now I get it. It’s a place away from the chaos and madness from home, even though you love your children so much, it gets overwhelming and you do need time away!
Eating solids
The boys are eating a variety of foods, although they’re not on any set schedule. They’ve tried peas, green beans, squash, sweet potato, prunes, pears, apples, and bananas! It’s all Gerber so far. I tried once to make sweet potato from scratch, but never completed the recipe even though it’s way too easy. I also tried feeding them banana straight from the source, but they weren’t too fond of it. I read that it can take up to 10 tries of a certain food for them to like it, so I just need to continue offering the foods and hopefully with their changing taste buds and getting used to things, they’ll soon enjoy it! It’s also helpful that daycare is helping us feed the boys, so they have more practice there.
Baby riders in training!
We got the boys helmets to practice wearing snowboarding gear so that they will be pros by the time we bring them to Tahoe next season…
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Ok, ok, I’ll talk about the helmets in another post and explain =)
I really wish I had all the time in the world to blog… I have so much I want to write about! Not gonna lie, 90% of it is all baby. But what can you expect when my life is all baby right now! But at least I get to update when I can and I’m happy that this blog will serve as an online keepsake of my life during this time and (hopefully) the boys will be able to see what their lives were like as babies:)
See more twin monthly updates HERE!