The twins at 6 months

AJ & JT @ 6 months

AJ & JT @ 6 months

The twins @ 6 months

We’re halfway around the sun!!! (Thanks for that phrase, Aur) 😉 It’s been 6 months since our babies were born. We’ve made it this far and couldn’t be happier. It’s been TOUGH! But with the most amazing husband, a wonderful village, and help from my fellow mommies, there really is nothing we can’t handle. And after we experienced planning for the boys first “big event” (their baptism), I feel ready to start planning for their first birthday! Yes, I know. It’s 6 months from now. But if the next 6 months fly by as fast as these last 6 months, then I am already behind in planning!

The boys are sick right now:( I am home from work to take care of them, hence the chance to write this post! See my quick work and daycare updates below!


Adrian @ 6 months

Adrian @ 6 months

Adrian Joseph

Stats: 16.4 lbs, 26.4 inches

  • Adrian is breaking his first tooth! Hasn’t quite made it’s debut, but we can feel it.
  • Still sleeping through the night like a champ! Although the past few days have been rough since he is teething and sick.
  • Doing well at daycare. We get reports that he is eating more and more. He seems to be calm and happy when I pick him up, so that makes me calm and happy.
  • Still into his hand! He will stare at it, move it, wave it, bite it, and talk to it


Jeremiah @ 6 months

Jeremiah @ 6 months

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: 16.4 lbs, 27.4 inches

  • Jer got his first tooth! He had been fussier than usual in the days prior.
  • He is so silly and playful. It is easy to make him smile and laugh. His toothless grin and giggles are the most contagious thing ever.
  • He’s been waking up PLENTY of times during the night 😦 Hopefully it is just a phase from his cold and teething.
  • Starting to look at his hands, too. Very much into toys and grabs them within reach.
Some random happenings in the past month…
The boys are definitely getting fussier and needy/clingy. Part of it can be due to teething, but we think they are just starting to be spoiled! Oh no! Here was Adrian at a friend’s house. He was inconsolable.
Then check him out once we returned home:
New wheels!!! We bought a new double stroller because it was recommended by the boys’ physical therapist. The carseats are too constricting and does not allow the boys the freedom to move their heads left to right very much. We took the stroller for its first spin at the mall… the boys had fun! They stayed awake almost the entire time and were constantly staring at the things around them.
Oh the wonderful moments I come across with these two. I left the boys to go get breakfast one morning and found Jer with his feet up in his brother’s face. Let’s see if these kinds of things will predict their future personalities!
One thing I’ll miss about staying at home (other than the boys, of course), is my mornings! I didn’t have time to prepare a full on breakfast, but this was the best I could do. Coffee, water, eggo waffles with butter & syrup, and some combination of sausage and bacon. I’m not proud of it, I could have done better, but it was yummy!
My lunches sometimes looked like this: frozen foods (again, not proud), baby occupied with his play center, TV on, and pumping!
Work update…
After having enjoyed these past months with the boys, it was time to return to work!
I was so blessed to have been able to stay at home for not only the first 6 months of the boys’ lives, but an extra three months due to bed rest. Granted, the actual bed rest was not fun, but it was so fortunate that my job was protected and I was able to get off my feet at such a critical time during the pregnancy. I started work last week. It’s been going very well! Surprisingly and luckily, I didn’t cry at all and I actually (guiltily) enjoyed the break from my last 9 months at home. It was great seeing my co-workers again, having adult conversations, dressing up in the morning, and even listening to the radio on my commute there!
A big reason why things went well is because we had the boys go to daycare for a few hours a day during the last three days I had at home (Wed-Fri). This helped transition the babies into a new setting, learn more about the needs of daycare and our needs as well, the logistics of packing up supplies and scheduling the drop off in order to get to work on time, and, most importantly, mentally and emotionally prepare! I was so torn between not wanting someone other than myself to take care of my babies for such a long time (practically 11 hours a day during the week) and also wanting to return to my career. But I had to look at the positives: I was grateful for an amazing 6 months with the boys when not every parent can stay home that long, I actually had a job to return to and it is one I really enjoy, and the boys would get exposure to other kids and they’d be taken care of by providers who a professionals at caring for babies and can give them more attention than I could. I’ve only been at work a few days, but already I can understand how things do get easier as time goes by and it is such a great feeling coming home to my babies and spending the entire weekend with them.
Daycare update…
Daycare itself is going well. I reflect on my feelings about daycare and realize now that I was just a hot mess coming to terms with someone else watching the boys and me having to be away from them for so long. But they are doing well and we are getting good reports from their provider. I made such a big deal out of their first day, even though they were in daycare for only 3.5 hours!
Daycare Day 1:
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Things were going so well, I don’t think I took a picture on Day 3! 🙂
It’s so amazing arriving home to these monkeys…
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The twins at 5 months


Adrian and Jeremiah at 5 months

Age: 5 months



Adrian Joseph



Jeremiah Tyler


Adrian is 15.6 lbs and Jeremiah is 15.8 lbs! They are wearing size 1 and 2 diapers (1’s during the day and 2’s at night) and 6 month clothing!

I dropped my usual format with the monthly posts… I think it’s easier to just write off the top of my head! 🙂

Fun facts about the boys these days:

  • Love eating their hands
  • Rolling side to side
  • We find them in all kinds of different areas and directions in their cribs
  • Sleeping through the night! Yay! Adrian sleeps like a log, bless his heart. Jer has had a rougher time, but he is getting it!
  • Grabbing toys put in front of them and trying to put them in their mouths (I put my hand in front of Jer’s face and he grabs my fingers!)
  • Both developing very similarly in terms of milestones. Jer a little faster, but Adrian is right behind
  • Holding heads up a lot better. Still wobbly though!
  • Distinct sounds: crying – we are better at distinguishing a “fake” or attention cry versus a real cry
  • Babbling is not only louder and more frequent, but it is insanely adorable! (My personal favorite is when the boys are crying and babbling. It’s as if they are complaining about life and want you to feel their pain!)
  • Blowing raspberries
  • Enjoying baths a little more, although sometimes they are just ready for bed already and start crying like crazy
  • Looking at their hands – they are SO intrigued!
  • Starting to place their hands on their bottles or at least hold your finger as you hold their bottle


Memorable moments:

Jer cried BADLY one night. He was inconsolable by our family members who were at the house helping watch the boys. We realized it was bedtime for the boys and had a feeling Jer was getting used to his Papa putting him down for bed. The minute the hubs took Jer, he was calmed down and was able to get put in bed. It was a sure sign that Jer knows bedtime routine = Papa Bear. Hubs was so proud and happy!

Jer flipped onto his belly during the night! It only happened once, but I was half freaking out, half excited when I saw it on the baby monitor!

Adrian is such a champ in general for sleeping through the night and staying either asleep or at least calm as his brother wakes up screaming.


Some happenings lately… I have SO many more pictures to add, but here are a few for now!

Sans rival (Filipino cake) to celebrate their 5th month!


The boys got Sophia teethers for Christmas! Here’s Adrian:


And Jeremiah:


Brother time is always the best:)


Soaking EVERY.SINGLE.MOMENT I can with these two. I return to work in three weeks!!! Adrian:




We watched Disney’s Frozen at the Folsom Palladio with my sister. It was awesome! Loved that Idina Menzel was in it. Hubs and I are BIG fans of Wicked and I’ve always loved R.E.N.T.



I’m so happy that we are able to go out every so often and enjoy time away from the boys. We miss them DEARLY, but mommy/daddy time is very much needed to keep the love burning!

Going to hit publish on this post even though I am missing so many updates. The boys’ baptism, Christmas, visit from their Lola and Lolo… Thanks for reading!

The twins at 4 months


Happy 4 Months!

Age: 4 months



Adrian Joseph

Stats: 14.5 lbs, 23.5 inches

Wearing: Bye bye, 0-3 month clothing. AT LEAST 3 month clothing, although might be ready for 3-6 or 6 months; size 1 diapers during the day, size 2 at night

Favorites: Faces, being spoken/sung to, activity mat

Least favorites: tummy time on a completely flat surface (does better on boppy or at an incline), poopy diapers

Signature moves: “ride the horse” on Papa, jumps/kicks legs when about to eat

Mom’s proudest moment: squealing and “talking” really loud

Dad’s proudest moment: becoming more alert and engaged, just as Jer was when he was first starting out

Some other things about Adrian these days:

He tends to have the more “serious” face and likes to talk and sing more when no one is looking, but he will talk and sing if you give him time, Granma (my mom) can get him to talk and squeal really loud, he holds your fingers as you feed him a bottle, grabs his hair with left hand, gnaws on his fists, can be found rotated 90+ degrees in his crib!



Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: 14.7 lbs, 25.5 inches

Wearing: Also no longer fits 0-3 months, but fits 3 months just fine; size 1 diapers during the day, size 2 at night

Favorites: attention from people, being smiled at and sung/spoken to

Least favorites: being hungry or sleepy, of course

Signature moves: smiling when you make eye contact with him

Mom’s proudest moment: holding his head up while being held

Dad’s proudest moment: being even more engaged, talkative, and social than before, especially his facial expressions

Some other things about Jer these days:

Loves smiling and talking back when you smile and talk to him, loves to sing along – Granma (my mom) has been singing songs from The Sound of Music to him, his hands are out to the side or behind his head when being fed bottle, grabs hair with left hand resulting in his latest hair style, really likes to suck his thumb, starting to roll onto side – he made it partly onto the wood from the playmate in our family room!


Time is flying by! I will still say that each day is hard work and can feel like it takes forever to get through, especially during hard times when the babies are crying at the same time or we can’t figure out what they want. But otherwise, it really is amazing how big they are and how much we are just blazing through the weeks and months. It’s so exciting to see them growing so fast, achieving milestones, and being more alert and engaged. What makes me sad is that I only have two months left with them before I return to work! I will breathe each baby in more deeply, hold them more tightly, and enjoy each moment with them more than ever. I know they will never be this small again, so each moment will NOT be taken for granted!

We don’t yet have a schedule yet, but we have a very rough routine. They eat anywhere from 5-7 am and then we play:


Then they go back down for a little bit longer until anywhere from 8-10 (I know, what a range. Hard to predict anything around here!). As long as I am monitoring them, I’ve been putting them on their tummies for naps:


They wake up again and we play for much longer. Play involves anything from singing songs to reading books, brother time or tummy time. It’s a lot of work entertaining two infants! I don’t know what I’ll do when they realize I don’t have much else in my pockets for them!


We celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. It was the boys’ first time at Granma and Granpa’s! You can tell how happy Granma was:


Me, the boys, and the boys’ Auntie Ninang (my sister):


How cute were they in their Thanksgiving outfits?


Something we’ve noticed in the past few days is that the boys are starting to be mobile! They boys have been sleeping in their cribs for a week or so now (yay!). Here’s Jer rolling onto his side (but he hasn’t yet rolled over):


Here’s Adrian doing an almost 180 in his crib!


Here are the boys this very morning in a “T” (the hubs says, “T” for twins!):


Then moments later, we found them like this! Uh oh, we need to figure out how to contain them pretty soon!


Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Tell me…

What are you looking forward to this December? I’m looking forward to seeing the boys’  experience their first Christmas.

What’s your favorite part about the holidays? My favorite part is spending time with family. 

The twins at 3 months

Three months! (Adrian - L, Jeremiah - R)

Three months! (Adrian – L, Jeremiah – R)

Age: 3 months


Adrian at three months!

Adrian at three months!

Adrian Joseph

Stats: 13.1 lbs, 1 foot 11 inches

Wearing: Still 3 month clothing and size 1 diapers

Favorites: staring at light fixtures and windows, the activity mat and teddy bears hanging from the Pack N Play

Least favorites: tummy time!

Signature moves: high pitched cry/scream, grunting and bearing down from head to toe, a really big FROWN when he’s sad! and pushing himself away/off of you as you hold him, sleeps with arms in touchdown position or spread apart, holding hair behind head with one hand, “standing: on your lap when you hold him up

Mom’s proudest moment: getting very good at nursing, his growing alertness and smiles

Dad’s proudest moment: his (big) appetite, being chill and not having tantrums (those were the hub’s own words)

Other milestones: starting to smile, coo, and react to us talking to him, kicking off of us while holding him


Jeremiah at three months

Jeremiah at three months

Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: 12.9 lbs, 1 foot 11 inches(TBD – doctor visit in one week! But they must be at least 13 lbs each by now…)

Wearing: Still 3 month clothing and size 1 diapers

Favorites: being held, activity mat and teddy bears hanging from the Pack N Play

Least favorites: tummy time, second half of feedings (cries for more food, but makes it difficult to feed him the rest)

Signature moves: crying really loud (“big boy cry”), making funny froggy faces, strong kicks, “standing: on your lap when you hold him up, holding hair behind head with one hand

Mom’s proudest moment: better at nursing, how much he “talks”

Dad’s proudest moment: more reactions talking to him, pushing off of boppy during tummy time

Other milestones: continuing to smile, “talk,” and react to us


I absolutely cannot believe how big they are. They’ve grown so much!!! If you want to see how far they’ve come along, check them out at One Month and at Two Months!

We’re still tired and sleep-deprived, but we’re loving our boys so much! They are so much more interactive and social. No longer do they just stare blankly into space. No, they are engaged and focused on our faces. They are trying to understand and organize the amazing world around them. They respond to voices and to noise. They follow our movement across the room with their eyes and even turn their heads. They are getting loud. Oh, they are loud. I thought Adrian was done with his high pitch screams, but just the other day, they were still very much there during a diaper change. You would think I was torturing the boy! And Jeremiah. He goes from 0 to 60 in one second! It’s amazing how loud he has gotten. I call it his “big boy” cry. He really yells! You can have a bottle right in front of his face and he still cries like you’ve abandoned him for good. We don’t like listening to our boys cry, but even if they are loud and make us tense, they are so cute! Adrian has a real frown, like it’s not just a pout. It’s an upside-down smile. Jer sort of “talks” through his cries. I sometimes imagine he words he’s saying such as, “C’mon people! It’s only a bottle of milk every three hours!” or “Where did you go? I’m much fun to play with and you walked away!” These boys are getting so big and we are trying our best to savor each minute and keep up with their increasing needs. It’s a lot of work and it’s so worth it.


I really need to post more often so that I don’t bombard you with a gazillion pictures. Hope you don’t mind:) Thankfully, I have my handy dandy smartphone and an APP called Photo Grid, which helps me put together really nice collages in seconds. Consolidation!

I’m sad that it’s come to weekly posts (if that). But the same time, I am glad I manage to get something new every so often. I know it will be great to look back at this journey of ours. Now onto the update…

We made it through one whole month since the hubs returned to work! Hooray! We survived!!! It’s super hard to hold them both at once. I could never do it standing, but I will do it while on the floor or on a bed.


So grateful, as always, for the help from my family, especially my sister! She really is the best with the boys. I love seeing her interact and take care of them.


Here’s a peek at some of the things that go on during our days…

The boys in their jammies! Love seeing these smiling faces. They are seriously what get you through the day.


Tummy time! I need to increase the length of time on their tummies. It’s such an easy thing to do and yet time slips by and I forget to do it! Both boys are really good with holding their heads up if you put them onto your body facing you while you are at an incline (such as on the couch). However, they do not like being completely flat on their tummies! But tummy time is good for strengthening their neck muscles, which in turn prepares them for… crawling! (yikes, not yet!)


Some brother time each day. It’s SUPER important to me. Look, they’ve got fist-pumping down!


Here are those teddy bears they love. They hang from their Pack N Play.  I’ll shake the bears a little bit or make them “talk.” It’s so amazing what kind of sounds come out of your mouth and what kind of pitches you reach just to entertain your baby.


Adrian loves staring at our wedding canvas above the fireplace. The hubs says, “maybe he’ll be an artist!”


They boys nap all around the clock. It’s super hard to get them to nap at the same time, let alone for the same amount of time. If I’m lucky, I’ll get maybe 20-30 minutes to myself (it’s not even being selfish, I have to pump, wash bottles, eat, or just use the restroom in that time!).

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The day seems long…


…but before we know it, Papa is home! It’s the absolute number one joy in my heart to see my husband playing with our children.


This past weekend was Hannah Lei’s first birthday party! It was WAY TOO CUTE how Hannah reacted when taking pictures with the boys. In her mama’s words, she was SMITTEN! Do you see the way Adrian is looking at Hannah? Uh ooh! Trouble already!!!


We got to celebrate the boys’ first Halloween!!! First they rocked the super cool onesies from their Auntie Abby & Uncle Will.


Oh how I love silence in the house when both boys are asleep. It is music to my ears…


My mama (Granma) and my sister (Auntie Ninang). They came over with last-minute decorations and candy so we could pass out to trick-or-treaters for the first time from our house!


The boys in their costumes! Introducing, Jer Bear and Sharky Jr.!!! We have come up with the nickname, “Jer Bear,” for a long time now. It seemed super fitting to dress him up as a little bear. As for Adrian, a lot of folks say he looks like me and the hubs’ nickname for me when we were dating was “Sharky.” So a shark he was!PhotoGrid_1383276660594

Are they the cutest or what?


The twins at two months

Happy two months! (Adrian L - Jeremiah R)

Happy two months! (Adrian L – Jeremiah R)

Age: 2 months


Adrian at two months

Adrian at two months


Adrian Joseph

Stats: 11.3 lbs, 1′ 9.38″ inches

Wearing: 3 month clothing and size 1 diapers! Can BARELY still fit newborn diapers. We’re trying to force em to make use of the remaining ones we have left =P

Signature moves: holding his head up a LOT, especially while he is being held. Kicks are very strong. He is looking very alert and follows movement with his eyes

Adrian is just so so handsome and sweet!


Jeremiah at two months

Jeremiah at two months


Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: 11.5 lbs, 1′ 9.34″ inches

Wearing: 3 month clothing and size 1 diapers!

Signature moves: kicking just like brother. It’s as if they are trying to jump out of your arms/lap and go somewhere! He is cooing and smiling at us! It is the most amazing feeling to know he acknowledges us and is responding. He seems to just love being held; it calms him down when fussy.

Jeremiah is just so handsome and sweet, too!


BEST PICTURE EVER! Jeremiah was super smiley this morning!

BEST PICTURE EVER! Jeremiah was super smiley this morning!





Sleepy heads… they aren’t on the same schedule yet. Still eating on demand (anytime they want and however much they want). Nice for them, not so nice for mama and papa! It is a challenge whenever each of us is on our own shift. Whether they want to eat at the same time or not, we face challenges in each situation. If they are hungry at the same time, we have to make a decision to feed one a little until he is satisfied and then get to the other (juggling two), or (sometime I tend to do) set them up on boppies and feed them at the same time. The hard part about juggling is simply that: you’re juggling two infants! Going back and forth between feeding, burping, soothing… However, if I feed them at the same time, it’s equally hard to stop feeding one when the other is ready to burp and sometimes a baby will fall asleep on me while I’m working with his brother! Then it’s hard to finish the feeding and I feel like I am depriving the sleeping baby of my attention. Slowly, but surely, we will figure this out!!!

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They are so precious and even though it’s very hard, they are worth it!!!


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The twins at one month

One month!

One month!

Age: 1 month

I’ll be keeping all monthly updates HERE! 🙂

Our boys have been in our lives for one month. We can’t believe it! Just as we were warned, time does fly even though each day seems to take such effort to get through. Since our boys were born, we’ve learned so much about parenthood. But beyond all of the logistical things such as diaper changes, feedings, & buying all the right stuff, we’ve learned about a love so strong that is the love for your children. Even when we are running on E (empty) and both babies are crying their heads off and we just don’t know how we’ll gather enough energy to get through the night, the boys glance at us with their big beautiful eyes and we melt and all but our love for them is forgotten. It must really be true that God made babies so cute so that parents could get through the rough demands of the first few weeks of their lives!


Adrian at one month

Adrian at one month


Adrian Joseph

Stats: 6.4 lbs, 19.5 inches

Clothes: newborn, 0-3 mos.

Favorites: tight swaddle to sleep, blue binkie

Least favorites: diaper change (shrieks at such high pitches we didn’t know existed)

Signature moves: grunts like a little boy, stretches all the time, “frog face” (when he shuts his mouth during a feeding)

Mom’s proudest moment: holding his pacifier

Dad’s proudest moment: he seems so smart

Other milestones: first pediatrician visit


Jeremiah at one month

Jeremiah at one month


Jeremiah Tyler

Stats: 6.7 lbs, 20.0 inches

Clothes: newborn, 0-3 mos.

Favorites: orange binkie, being held/soothed to sleep

Least favorites: diaper change

Signature moves: stretches in sleep, voraciously latching onto the bottle, the face he makes when he roots

Mom’s proudest moment: getting better at nursing

Dad’s proudest moment: when he drank 135 ml in a single feeding session

Other milestones: first pediatrician visit


Tummy time!

Tummy time!

Look at that hair!

Look at that hair!

Papa enjoying tummy time with the boys!

Papa enjoying tummy time with the boys!