A champ and the daycare search begins

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🙂

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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:

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Here he is as we were walking up to the hospital:

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And of course, I have to throw in a pic of Jeremiah because I missed him so much! Thanks to Granma who watched him as I brought brother to his appointment: 20131202_133334

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:

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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!

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Keep on chuggin’ and reruns

Keep on chuggin’! Now THAT is my mantra, in addition to the other one I mentioned. Slowly, I am reminded that the last few weeks of pregnancy can be challenging in the sense that you have been pregnant for so long now and can almost be tired of it or at least tired of all the symptoms, changes, and other things you have to deal with as you get bigger. But at the same time, I love being pregnant and I remind myself how much I will miss being pregnant once it is over. This fleeting moment in time is so precious and while each day and week can sometimes seem to take a while to get through, I look back often and realize how much time has actually gone by. So in these final weeks of pregnancy, I am constantly telling myself to keep on chuggin’ and keep my eyes on the prize!

One of the ways I’m going to keep on pushing through is to get back on track to healthy eating. I started with the yummy grapes my dad brought to me from his very own backyard and the huge spinach salad I ate the other day. I’m so proud of my breakfast:

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Unexpectedly, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles & sausages just about every day for the past two months. It is just something that is so easy for me to prepare and filling enough. I try to mix it up with oatmeal and eggs, but lately I just cannot spend too much time in the kitchen on my feet =( That’s why I try to include milk, juice, or even better, fresh fruit with my meal. What is it about fruit from the farmer’s market that makes it SO incredibly delicious? The peaches and blueberries above are from the farmer’s market, along with these amazingly sweet strawberries. I refuse to eat strawberries from the grocery store and will only eat these:

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On top of all this healthier eating, a little guilty pleasure is good for the body, too… wouldn’t you agree?

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What is it about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. that makes me literally LAUGH OUT LOUD? Even if I’ve seen an episode a ton of times and I know every word, I still laugh so hard. Is there a show that you can watch over and over even if you’ve seen every episode and it still makes you laugh?

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Another show I am watching reruns of at the moment is Jon & Kate + 8.

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I used to be really into this show when it first aired a few years ago and then the hubs bought me all of the seasons for my birthday one year! I only opened Season 1 since then and told him I would definitely want to watch these when we have our own kids. Well, here I am, cooking our babes and watching the DVDs just as I wanted to!

The thing I love about the Gosselin children is how fascinating it is to see eight completely different personalities from the same set of parents. Each set of multiples are fraternal (a set of twins and a set of sextuplets… yes, that means six babies at once). So even though these kiddos shared the same womb and the same parents, they can be so different in personality, tendencies, and characteristics. For example, among the older twin girls, Mady is very dramatic and emotional whereas Kara is laid back and chill. Among the sextuplets, the kiddos range from crazy, free-spirited Alexis who is always smiling to Collin who has a technical/structured mind and is very stubborn. There’s Aaden who is quieter than the rest and Joel who is a daddy’s boy. Hannah is a mama’s girl and leader and Leah is the tiniest and cutest of the bunch who just melts my heart.

Another reason I like watching the show is to see what it’s like raising multiples and take a few tips on household organization, feeding/caring for the babies, and other parenting ideas. I do not at all support Kate’s over-controlling and sometimes unnecessary ways she treats her husband, but she is very organized and a germaphobe/control-freak who does love her children so much and does all she can to bring order to her house and raise her children right. She even strives her hardest to prepare only organic and high quality food for her children, no fast food.

What personalities, tendencies, and characteristics will our boys have?!?! Will there be anything physically to tell them apart? Or will it be a mannerism  that we have to notice in order to tell them apart? We’ll be finding out in just a matter of weeks…

 

Sweet Tooth

TheHungryRunnerGirl is influencing me to eat sweets galore. Here are some delicious treats added to my life this past weekend. #1: Hot chocolate cookies. HungryRunnerGirl told her readers we had to make them, so make them I did (you can find recipe on the link). YUM! Although they are super rich, so I can’t have so many. The hubby on the other hand would have probably eaten them all if he didn’t have to share with me and my sister.[Update: They actually look at lot better fresh outta the oven… See?]

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Recipe:
Hot Chocolate Cookies – Seeded by the Table
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 packages (or 1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons) Hot Chocolate Mix (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then blend in the vanilla.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, hot chocolate mix, and baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven. Working quickly, carefully add about 5 to 7 miniature marshmallows to the top of each cookie, and gently press. Return to the oven and bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the marshmallows start to puff. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes before removing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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#2: BJ’s Red Velvet Pazookie. Picture says it all. I’ve had pazookies before, but thank you, G & M, for introducing me to this flavor!image#3: Cocoa Drizzled Kettle Corn. Bought this from Trader Joe’s. Super addicting and tasting, although note to self: I can make this myself! My mom usually gets us kettle corn (tastes exactly the same) from the farmer’s market and I can just drizzle melted chocolate myself. But thank you, TJ’s, for the idea 🙂

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Sesame Chicken

Tonight’s menu: sesame chicken with roasted broccoli and brown rice. Dinner is served! Recipe below.
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Lighter Sesame Chicken
Modified from Iowa Girl Eats
Serves 2
Ingredients
·         1/2 cup brown rice
·         2 cups broccoli florets
·         1 egg white
·         2 Tablespoons cornstarch
·         2 small chicken breasts (12oz), cut into 2″ pieces
·         salt & pepper
·         1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
·         2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
·         2-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
·         1/4 cup honey
·         1 garlic clove, minced
·         2 green onions, chopped
Instructions
·         Roast or steam broccoli until crisp tender, then set aside (directions for roasting from Can You Stay for Dinner?).
·         Prepare rice according to package directions.
·         In a large bowl, whisk together egg white and cornstarch until smooth.
·         Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper then add to egg white mixture and toss to evenly coat.
·         Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then carefully add chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
·         Meanwhile, combine sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey, and garlic together in a small bowl then set aside.
·         Turn off heat and remove skillet from burner. Add prepared sauce and green onions then toss to combine. Stir in broccoli, then scoop mixture into bowls over cooked rice.