The twins at 1 year

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AJ & JT @ 1 Year

The twins @ 1 year

One year. 365 days. 525,600 minutes. How do you measure a year? (shoutout to my R.E.N.T. fans out there!) How do you measure a year with twin babies? Without having an accurate record count, I’d say 5,000 bottles, 4,300 diapers, 2,000 pumping sessions, 16,000 ounces of milk pumped, and who knows how much $$$ spent on baby STUFF. Would I call my babies priceless? Ehh… they are pretty dang expensive. Not only monetarily speaking, but they cost us sleepless nights, endless worries, immeasurable energy, countless drops of blood, sweat, and tears… Would I call my babies worth it? Is that even a question? Without blinking an eye, of course they are worth it. They are worth more than life itself.

…And now they are ONE! We made it an entire year, just when I thought I’d never see the light at the end of the tunnel. Time to throw away the receipt and keep them forever! If we made it through the roughest part of their lives (relatively speaking), I can truly say we can make it through anything.

I posted these thoughts of mine on Facebook and Instagram a few days ago. I finally have some time to share here:

Getting the nervous jitters. Nearly a year ago, we prayed and waited patiently for the boys to arrive. With each day that passed, I literally cried with joy knowing the boys were blessed with another chance to grow and “cook.” And then at 34 weeks and 5 days, they decided it was time to make their debut.

This Friday, we’ll celebrate their first birthday. As much as it is a huge milestone for them, it is an even bigger celebration for us. Cheers not just to the joy, happiness, and laughter, but to all the pain, tears, frustration, challenge, exhaustion, and heartache we’ve endured. Here’s to going from surviving to thriving.

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It’s amazing how much can happen in a year.

There were the worries:

  • the boys’ early arrival (34 weeks & 5 days)
  • their almost-month-long stay in the NICU
  • their blood-sugar issues, Adrian’s heart issues
  • their torticollis/plagiocephaly that lead to helmet-wearing (blog post on helmets WAY overdue)
  • what seemed like endless visits to doctors and specialists
  • my struggle with efficiently nursing two babies
  • the stress and hard work required by exclusively pumping
  • feeling hopeless as we struggled to get the boys to sleep more during the night
  • the daycare search
  • the return to work
  • the fact that we were literally sending them to a daycare with people we have just met
  • the day-to-day challenges of being a full-time worker outside of the home and having a “2nd job” when the babies get picked up from daycare and are with us the rest of the night.

Then there was the joy:

  • the boys’ “graduation” from the NICU and finally coming home
  • their defeat of those medical issues and a decrease in doctor visits
  • my increasingly abundant milk production and frozen “stash” (I plan to do a breastfeeding/pumping post ASAP!)
  • the boys sleeping through the night UNDISTURBED from 7 pm to 5:45/6 am
  • discovering how much the boys enjoy their daycare provider and do really well there
  • capitalizing on opportunities at work to advance my career and enjoying my work life
  • going out with the boys to parties, the mall, walks to the park, and other realms of civilization outside of our house
  • truly enjoying the smiles, laughter, funny moments, precious cuddles, and overall fun we have with the boys
  • learning from other fellow moms, moms of twins/triplets, and also sharing my own knowledge and experience with new moms
  • gaining confidence as a new mom and parent
  • watching the boys thrive

Alright, I’ll put away the violins and talk about what the babies are doing now!

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AJ @ 1 Year

Adrian Joseph

Stats

Height: 2′ 7″

Weight: 20.6 lbs

Adrian likes to:

  • EAT! Not only does he eat almost everything offered to him, he can sit in his highchair for long periods of time and is patient. Unlike some other babies, not naming any names…
  • Climb on top of me
  • Smile in his scrunchy-nose-cheesy way
  • Talk. All the time! Getting louder and the syllables are more distinct
  • Throw things (he’ll throw a small ball in front of him)

He can:

  • Pull himself up to stand
  • Crawl the “right” way
  • Clap his hands
  • Wave bye (although he says “Da-da-da-da” while waving)
  • (Sorta) say, “Uh-oh!”
  • Climb stairs
  • Sip from a straw cup

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JT @ 1 Year

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats:

Height: 2′ 8″

Weight: 20.9 lbs

Jeremiah likes to:

  • Army crawl
  • Mimic a zombie (he does his “zombie voice” on command!)
  • Be carried or given ANY kind of attention. He’s our new divo.
  • Scream like a pterodactyl. He’s our Jerodactyl.
  • Climb over anything in his way, boppy, pillow, toys, me.
  • Cling to mommy or daddy
  • Use his binky… still!

He can:

  • Pull himself up to stand
  • Clap his hands
  • Point to certain things in a book
  • Hand things to me (book, toy)
  • Do all kinds of tricks with his binky (he’ll hold it in his mouth sideways, put it in his mouth without looking…)
  • Sip from a straw cup
Read more monthly updates HERE!
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Boys’ first birthday festivities: Sneak peek!

Celebrating their actual birthday on Friday, August 1st… supposedly National Twin Day?!?! Still looking for confirmation, but how cool would that be?
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Decorations for their carnival-themed birthday!
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Monthly photos compiled together:
wpid-20140802_131621.jpgGifts galore!
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Couldn’t wait to take out their radio flyer, which was a gift from Jer Bear’s Ninang (Godmother) Marie, Ninong (Godfather) Ellis, Kuya Eli, & Kuya Ethan! I will update this post with an AWESOME video clip the hubs took of the boys enjoying their new wheels.
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Well, it’s been one heck of a ride. This past year (plus the duration of the pregnancy!) was a true roller coaster ride. From here on out, I won’t be posting the “official” monthly updates, but I will certainly keep sharing tons of pictures and videos of the boys as they grow! Thanks for reading!
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The twins at 11 months

(Plus a sweet potato “recipe” below!)

AJ & JT @ 11 months!

AJ & JT @ 11 months!

The twins @ 11 months

Things they’re doing these days:

  • Clapping their hands (Jer is getting better each day!)
  • Getting louder
  • Still sleeping through the night (knock on wood!)
  • Playing more – they imitate and pick up on things better
  • Eating table foods
  • Army crawling (Jer)
  • Scooting backwards in crawling position (Adrian)

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AJ @ 11 months

AJ @ 11 months

Adrian Joseph

(No height or weight measurements this month!)

I have 6 teeth.

I can get into a great crawling position, but I’m still on the fence about crawling.

I like to clap my hands and cheer.

I’m a chunkster.

I can say “mama” really well, but I forget who I should be calling “mama.”

I started out grasping the concept of brushing my teeth and now I just shut my mouth. Get that thing away from me!

My laughter and smiles fill mama and papa’s hearts.

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JT @ 11 months

JT @ 11 months

Jeremiah Tyler

(No height or weight measurements this month!)

I have 7 teeth.

I can army crawl so fast that you’d better not blink.

I am getting better at clapping my hands.

I have been extremely clingy to my mama these days. Don’t you dare take her away from me.

My screams are deafening. Use caution when holding me near.

I still love my binky.

I am a pro pincer grasper.

My laughter and smiles fill mama and papa’s hearts, as well.

Wow, what can we say? The boys are almost one. ONE FREAKIN’ YEAR OLD!!! That’s 365 days around the sun, countless hours of crying, endless number of diapers, a gazillion bottles, but not enough hugs or kisses. We could NEVER love them enough because our love just somehow grows more each day. Right when we think our hearts are full and content, the boys squeeze in more happiness and joy, causing our hearts to burst. This is only year one. The future years to come will only be full of more surprises and enjoyment from these two monkeys. Thanks for following us on our journey through parenthood and life in general!
See more monthly updates HERE!
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Some updates… and a “RECIPE!”
My new obsession: Chalkboards! Not just any chalkboard, but one with chalkboard markers! All the fun without the dust. Here are my first two creations:
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The boys really enjoy their mesh teethers. For starters, we’ve put frozen pear puree in them. At the very start, Jer loved it. Adrian didn’t want anything to do with it until the next day. Now they are both loving it. It’s awesome to not only sooth their aching, teething selves, but to use frozen fruits! Natural remedies for the win!
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Soon I will post recipes (instructions) for roasting fruits! Fruits are not only an awesome source of fiber, vitamin C, and more, they are a wonderful way to sweeten other foods and add a yummy flavor. Not gonna lie, I use the fruits to entice the boys to eat more greens and blander foods. But at least they are getting their veggies and the sweetness is natural, not added refined sugar.
Pears to make easy, yummy frozen pear puree!
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I need to hurry up and post these “first foods” recipes because we’ve already moved on to table foods! Here is how I prepared sweet potatoes. I need to work on the picture-taking. I am really good some days and completely forget on others. Again, I don’t really consider these “recipes” since they are more like instructions, but either way, hope they help!
Did you know people often confuse sweet potatoes and yams? To this day, I’m not sure if I’m distinguishing them correctly. From what I gather, sweet potatoes look similar to russet potatoes (white potatoes) and are a light yellow color inside. Yams (there are a variety of types) are orange inside and darker on the outside. If you can help me tell the difference, please share!

Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients:
3 sweet potatoes
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Rinse and scrub potatoes under running water. Pat dry them.
Pierce several holes around each potato using a paring knife or fork. Do not peel for baking!
Wrap each potato in foil and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Slice each potato in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the meat. Mash or put in food processor as you see below:
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I combined the pureed sweet potato with the butternut squash I roasted at the same time. These two-food combos are fun and colorful and a great way to mix it up for you and baby.
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The aftermath:
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After I prepare a few containers of food, I fill ice cube trays with the rest of the pureed food. Thaw, warm, and serve the ice cubes when needed.
One day, I will write, party plan, and cook/bake for a living. Until then, I will continue to blog, throw shindigs as best I can, and pretend I know what I’m doing in the kitchen. Thanks for reading!

The twins at 10 months

AJ & JT @ 10 months

AJ & JT @ 10 months

The twins @ 10 months

Things they’re doing now:

  • Sitting on their own
  • Rolling and scooting
  • Eating more
  • Babbling more
  • SO. MUCH. ENERGY!

Things they’re loving right now:

  • Mama’s cookin! I’m ECSTATIC that they love the purees I make. The recent favorite is a mash up of squash, sweet potato, and apples.
  • Anything new, shiny, noisy, or different. They will break their necks to turn toward a sound. They’ll reach over anything in their way to grab something. They’ll lean over and almost out of your lap/arms just to touch something.
  • Being silly, goofy, or funny. We can just laugh or make funny noises or talk in different pitches to the boys and they adore it. They can laugh so hard that they SNORT. Sometimes they don’t even laugh and go straight to snorting.
  • Their around-we-go activity station and bouncer. I was worried at first that the boys weren’t interested. Then I was worried they’d be bored. Now I think they can’t get enough sometimes.
  • Standing. They love when they’re on their feet. It’s almost like a switch in their bodies that turns them from whining, unhappy babies to happy, excited ones. It’s really cute that they bend their legs in the jumping motion very well and their legs are getting stronger.

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Adrian @ 10 months

Adrian Joseph

I weigh 18.3 lbs.

I am 2’4″ tall.

I have 5 teeth.

Adrian continues to have such an adorable, serious look on his face. It’s still hard to get him to smile because he can stare at something or someone like crazy before cracking the smallest of smiles. But he will snort like crazy if you do get him entertained! He’s not crawling yet, but is doing push ups very well and getting higher. He is often found in his crib doing push ups first thing in the morning. He scoots backwards when he is in the crawling position and can cover quite some distance that way. He has a cute gesture he does when he wines when I walk away – while he’s sitting down, he’ll tilt his head backward and lean his body forward and start whining/crying. It’s the cutest thing, but of course I feel terrible anytime he or his brother are not happy. He is doing the clapping motion better and better, but hasn’t yet done it on command. I’ll catch him clapping his hands really well on his own, but then he stops once he knows I’m watching!

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Jeremiah @ 10 months

Jeremiah Tyler

I weigh 18.6 lbs.

I am 2’5″ tall.

I have 6 teeth.

Jeremiah is full of energy. This guy continues to scream at pitches we are not quite sure how he reaches. He has an infectious laugh/snort. He gets really excited and happy when given a lot of attention and when being played with. He is rolling faster onto his belly and back onto his back. No crawling yet, but definitely can get around through a combination of rolling and scooting. Even though his stats read otherwise, we feel like he is on the skinny side. He seems to be lighter and leaner than Adrian, but I guess looks can be deceiving! He’s still our Binky Boy as he not only loves his binky any time of day, but he absolutely needs it to go to sleep. Fine by us. So long as it save us our sanity and gets him his much needed rest, Binky Boy he may remain. For now.

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See more monthly updates HERE!
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 New page in the house! I started a new page called Homemade Baby Food. The idea is that I am so excited to really get into making the boys food from scratch and I want to document my progress in one spot. I plan to share the recipes I try, the aftermath and how the boys enjoyed it, and the price I paid for the items so that I can always find the best deals when shopping! Food can be expensive if you don’t prepare right and I certainly hate when I have to toss produce that’s gone bad. Hopefully this new page will not only keep me accountable, but inspire me to keep cooking and preparing the boys healthy, nutritious, delicious food! Stay tuned!

Sneak peak at some things I’ve tried already:

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I’m excited to share how these recipes went. For now, I can honestly say that homemade baby food is the way to go.

The twins at 9 months

The twins at 9 months

AJ & JT at 9 months

The twins @ 9 months

We’re three-fourths of the way to a full year. These monkeys are growing fast, they’re so happy and lovable, and they surprise us each day. Here are some of the things you can find them doing these days:

  • Sitting for longer periods of time (and face-planting or falling sideways for shorter periods of time)
  • Laughing at each other
  • Playing with (or, rather, stealing toys from) each other
  • Crying or whining when we leave the room. Read: Separation anxiety!!!
  • Pooping all day, every day
  • Sleeping from about 7:30 pm until 5 am. On a good day, they’ll go down at 7 pm, wake up around 5 am, and babble or play in their cribs until their first feeding at 5:45 am.
  • Enjoying day care – they are smiling when we drop them off and smiling when we return in the afternoon
  • Playing with toys more intentionally. Favorites: Sophie the Giraffe, the connecting rings, Hippo with shapes, crinkly cloth books, anything that makes noises, crawl-with-me ball
  • Gnawing on everything they can: toys, bibs, their own fingers and arms, and sometimes your shoulder or clothing
  • Yelling, babbling, talking, making noises – it’s getting louder and louder in our house!
  • Four teeth! The boys’ top two teeth came in this month.
  • Very distinct personalities. More about this below.

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Adrian @ 9 months

Adrian @ 9 months

Adrian Joseph

Stats: Nine-month check up is next week! I’ll update stats once we get em. Our best guess is the boys are at least 20 lbs each!

Adrian. Oh, sweet, mellow, laid-back Adrian. This boy takes a lot to please! He often looks like he is deep in thought, analyzing the world around him, making a judgment as to whether or not he should engage in the person/item in front of him, or contemplating his next move. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a crack of a smile out of him, or he’ll give you a quick smirk and then turn away bashfully so you no longer can see his face. But this angelic face must not be mistaken for calm and quietness. No, this little tyke can easily scream his head off when he needs your attention or yell and babble so loudly that you can’t think too clearly. He certainly makes his presence known. I especially like watching him talk (he has a very strong “D” sound and sometimes sounds like a string of da-da-da or di-di-di). He babbles in his carseat while playing with Sophie the Giraffe. He especially likes to be in his jumper and can get some serious air time. The boy has hops! Mommy and Daddy are very proud.

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Jeremiah @ 9 months

Jeremiah @ 9 months

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: (TBU)

Jeremiah. Oh, silly, crazy, hilarious Jeremiah. This boy cracks us up!!! If he isn’t hogging the spotlight and trying to be the center of attention, he is being goofy, loud, and comical. He can be very manipulative. He’ll cry and fuss and even SHRIEK like he’s being tortured, only to laugh and smile once he’s picked up. It’s as if the boy always has something up his sleeve. His little grin tugs at my heart strings. No more is my innocent little boy with the toothless grin. This little rascal is a big boy now, with four teeth total and he can give a big smile as if he’s posing for a class picture. But really though, he is quite a handful and often makes me feel like my head will explode! I just still can’t get over all of the crying, even after all these months. I’m certainly getting better at it as I no longer rush to prepare bottles or run to their side at the onset of a cry. But the crying still makes my heart ache and it’s even worse when they’re both hysterical. It is just frustrating because we are 100% sure they have entered the separation anxiety and stranger danger phase. So it’s difficult to let them cry it out sometimes, but we want them to learn that we will not necessarily rush to their side all the time. We make sure they see us so that they do not feel abandoned. But the important thing is to get to them on our terms so they understand that we’re there for them even if they don’t like it.

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And that’s all I have for this update. I have a ton more to say, but just don’t have the time to write it all down sometimes.
If you haven’t read about our recent trip to Las Vegas, go do it now! Otherwise, I will write more next time.
Oh yeah, I’ve updated my Baby Story page. It actually reads like a story now:)

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:)
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