Delicious Fruit Puree and One Sentence Per Picture

In Hungry Runner Girl fashion, here goes one sentence per picture!

"Because I don't want to hear more than that!"

“Because I don’t want to hear more than that!”

"Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I'm good..."

“Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I’m good…”

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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!

AJ’s first tooth!

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Adrian first tooth made its debut last week! Time is flying by so fast that both he and Jeremiah have their second ones peeking through. I really need to take a snapshot of these cute little teeth. I will certainly miss their toothless grins.

Starting solid foods

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Jer trying peas for the first time

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Adrian trying peas for the first time

 We have officially started on solids! WOW is what I have to say first. The world of introducing solids to your baby is as overwhelming as when we first learned we were pregnant. What foods to start with? Rice cereal or straight to fruits and veggies? Four months or six months of age? Homemade or pre-packaged? My head hasn’t spun this much since I first stepped into Babies R Us for our own baby registry! For now, we decided to introduce the babies to solids at six months (we began at the beginning of this month) and we skipped the rice cereal. After hearing there is not much (if any) nutritional value to rice cereal and it is merely to fill babies up and introduce them to the texture of food, and learning that it is OK and even encouraged to go straight to fruits and veggies, that’s what we did!

First food was peas. Believe it or not, but peas are one of my favorites. Ask any of my family members and they’ll tell you how I love eating the peas they pick out of their own meals and set at the edge of their plates for me! Next, we tried squash. Currently, we are working on sweet potatoes! So far, Adrian is getting the hang of things and even opens his mouth when the spoon gets closer to him! It’s so fun. Jer on the other hand is getting better each time. He is still making silly faces and isn’t showing us that he loves it. The key thing to remember during this time is “before one, it’s all for fun!” We are just practicing how to eat and the babies still get all of their calories/nutrition from breastmilk and formula.

First time getting sick

The babies got sick for the first time! I forgot who had the fever first, but both babies definitely were congested, had runny noses, and were coughing. Luckily, they were in good spirits and only had to miss daycare for two days. It’s certainly hard to see your babies sick. But in a weird way, I’m glad they did just so we can know what to expect and how to take care of them in the future. With daycare, we were warned they’d be getting sick often! The sickness definitely made its way around the house, affecting me and the hubs, too. We are just one sick family!

Work & daycare update

Being a working mom (and parent for that matter) is exhausting! I wish I could go back in time and slap the sillies out of my old self for complaining about being tired after work. Even worse, my old self when all I had to worry about was myself and going to school! I wouldn’t trade my current life for anything, but how carefree and naïve I realize one can be pre-children.

We’re slowly, SLOWLY getting into the swing of things. It’s such a big help to prepare things the night before to avoid a chaotic scramble in the mornings, but even with all the prep we do, it’s still a mad rush to get out of the house. There’s a constant juggle between getting enough sleep, getting out of bed and dressed for the day, waking/feeding/changing the boys, gathering all of our stuff, gathering all of the boys’ stuff… it’s such a huge ordeal! We’re certainly getting better at leaving the house in general, but during the week, it’s important to have everything since the boys will be at daycare all day and we will be at work.    

More pictures!

In no particular order of our recent events…

Took a walk around the block during my last week at home. Loving the boys’ new ride.

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The boys sporting their Monsters Inc. shirts!

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Jer doesn’t look too happy…

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There’s the Jer Bear smile!

Hanging out with the boys’ cousins… We checked out a new boba spot! The two kiddos on the right are twins also!

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Can you guess the flavors?!

The kiddos were in town for a bittersweet reason. Their great-grandmother, the hubby’s maternal grandmother, passed away at the end of January. We all felt at peace knowing she was no longer suffering and would be reunited with her husband, but we all felt sad to lose her and especially since she was the hub’s last grandparent. Here we are at the funeral:

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We’re so grateful the boys were able to meet their great-grandmother at the end of last year. We’re also blessed she was able to see us get married. She will forever be in our hearts!

The boys’ Lolo and Lola (grandfather and grandmother in Tagalog) visited because of the funeral. It was also bittersweet to have them back to see the boys.

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The twins with their Lola (hubby’s mom) and Granma (my mom)!

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And we can’t forget Auntie Ninang!

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A a fun little video was shared in my mommy group and I wanted to share it not only with my fellow moms, but all parents. A nice little reminder to breathe and enjoy parenting despite how hard it can be. It’s always a nice reminder that no matter what, our best is more than enough! More on mommy confidence HERE!