Tuesday, April 15, 2014

T-1 Month

I cannot believe it.  My babies are going to be one year old in less than a month!  Where does time go?!








Jane


Measurements (as of March 4 - Next Pediatrician appointment isn't until next month!)
Weight:  17 lbs 3 oz  
Height:  26.75"  Head size:  46.3cm
Diaper size:  4
Clothing Size:  12-18 months
Teeth:  3 (2 top, 1 bottom)
Fave foods:  Annie's mac n' cheese, pierogies, cheerios
Fave toys:  Any kind of ball that she can shake n' throw; Daddy's iPhone 5; Apple TV remote
Favorite thing to do:  Walk around and around in circles; jump on the furniture; 
dance like no one is watching; clap hands
Least favorite thing to do:  Sit still - she now cries hysterically (tears and all!) after 5 minutes in her Exersaucer
Major Milestones for This Month:  Eating solids - no more baby food purees for this gal! and clapping hands






Emma


Measurements (as of March 4 - Next Pediatrician appointment isn't until next month!)
Weight:  18 lbs 4 oz
Height:  27.5"  Head size:  46.1 cm
Diaper size:  4
Clothing Size:  12-18 months
Teeth:  Both top front, bottom is breaking through
Fave foods:  Pierogies, grilled cheese, Cheerios
Favorite thing to do:  Go anywhere I say "NO" to; look at herself in the mirror; 
rip all of her books out of her bookshelves
Least favorite thing to do:  Also sit still - she screams like a lunatic at the top of her lungs until we set her free
Major Milestones for This Month:  Eating solid foods; screaming "Mama!" while standing up in her crib near the door until I come into the nursery to pick her up

 




These two kids are crazy beautiful and I fall more and more in love with them every day.  In other news, here's what we are up to.

1.  I'm busy organizing our lives.  I fell in love with this organization QUEEN and ordered her household binder printables from her Etsy shop and am eagerly awaiting my digital download.  I bought a binder and began organizing our little life.

2.  SPRING BREAK BABY!!!!!!!!  Hershey and I are off for the rest of this week, so we have lots of fun planned for the girls, complete with trips to zoos and wildlife centers, family gatherings, and a visit with Aunt Heather.  I also CANNOT WAIT to put their Easter baskets together and give them to them on Sunday morning.  

3.  We are working on breaking down/cleaning every single little thing in our apartment and purging anything that we don't use often/don't need, and I have a "to do" list a mile long for projects that I want to start working on because....

4.  WE GOT OUR HOUSE!  
We kept looking for a new house after the heartbreak of the deal falling apart last month, but we could NOT find anything comparable.  So we went back to the seller and hashed out a deal that we all could live with, and we will be closing on our home sometime in May.  We are now packing like crazy, which is really fun with 2 eleven-month olds running around and getting into everything (can you sense the sarcasm?).

It's been a big, wild month for our little family, and even though we have been stressed to the max, I know that it will all be worth it in the end.  Just think, one month from now we will be celebrating our babies' first birthdays in our own home with all of our friends and family.  We are so blessed.

What's going on with you all?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

#hoppity

With Jane and Emma's first Easter just around the corner, I figured now would be a good time to let you all in on a little secret.  

I <3 EASTER CANDY!  I used to look forward to the Easter baskets that the "Easter Bunny" would bring.  I would be on a 3 day sugar high afterwards from eating all of the Peeps, Robin's Eggs, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans.  I even have a stash of Robin's Eggs in my desk drawer right now, and I still start buying/eating-the-crap-out-of Cadbury Eggs the second they hit the shelves in February.  

Therefore, I decided to start the Easter basket tradition EARLY with Jane and Emma, and although they cannot eat candy, I have bought a whole bunch of other goodies to stock their little baskets full of.


And speaking of baskets, since my mother has always been a big basket collector, I asked her to dig through her collection to find 2 similar baskets for the twincesses.  She was able to unearth the two baskets that we borrowed to hold our programs at our wedding, complete with the ribbons used to adorn them for the event!  What amazing keepsakes for the girls!


As you all already know, I am an Amazon-holic.  I purchased the books, squeezy blocks, alphabet links, and teething lambies on Amazon.  


The rest of the goodies I purchased at Target.  Overall I would say I spent about less than $30 on each basket.  I found the grass and the little basket weave purses in the Dollar Spot, the eggs (which I will be filling with puffs and maybe a couple of headbands) were $5 for 6, and the sippy cups and plush dolls were about $3 each.  




As a child, I was a HUGE fan of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (which I have in duplicate for Jane and Emma and read to them once a week), so I was super psyched when I found Happy Easter, Mouse!  Duck & Goose was just an added bonus because it's ADORABLE!


Jane and Emma are starting to make connections and really understand things, so I hope that they fall in love with all of these goodies (and this holiday) as much as I have!

What traditions are you starting with your little ones this year?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Belly Giggles

Before Hershey and I started our family, I watched a really cheesy movie called The Back-Up Plan with J-Lo.  There was one part in the movie that really cracked me up and now resonates with me.  Here's why:


This is SO TRUE.  Raising twins feels impossible sometimes, and extraordinarily difficult.  But every once in a while, something like this happens to make it all worthwhile:


Hope your Sunday is full of belly giggles!  xoxo

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Baby Noms: UPDATE

I have a confession to make:  I'm an impulse buyer.  I have an impulsive personality and I have a tendency to make impulsive purchases.  

My one redeeming quality is my thirst for knowledge.  So I do USUALLY research things to the bone before buying them.  As I did when I was looking for a baby food cookbook when Jane and Emma reached solid foods age.  

Looking back, I now realize that as much as I love Annabel Karmel, in retrospect I probably could have gotten recipes by simply Googling them.  For free. 

How did I figure this out, you ask?  

Well, at our last check up, the doctor told me that it was time to start giving Jane and Emma "table foods".  She did not really elaborate on what that meant, but I pictured in my head handing them a chicken leg from my plate as I would the family dog.  But that couldn't be right, I figured, because the doctor followed her advice with "But no salt or sugar or honey."  Hmph.  That's what I cook ALL "table foods" with.

I promptly went home and Googled.  


The following is my list of favorite go-to Google-found baby food recipe sites.  I use them for IDEAS, and then I do my own thang.  

Homemade Baby Food Recipes.  A compilation of recipes from firsts to fulls. 

Momtastic's Wholesome Homemade Baby Food.  I love this site because it gives you nutritional facts along with awesome, easy recipes.  

Baby Food Recipes by Annabel Karmel.  No kidding.

Weelicious.  First, I love the name.  Second, you can search by ingredient and then narrow by meal, cook time, etc.  It's so quick and easy!

Pinterest Baby Food Recipes Board.  When all else fails, consult Pinterest. 

Currently, Jane and Emma's favorite "table foods" are grilled cheese, pasta primavera, French toast, and chicken and rice.  They seem to have some sort of milk and egg sensitivity, so I tweak recipes as much as possible, attempting to maintain the integrity of the food that I'm cooking for them.  I also use whole wheat everything I can, and although everything I have read has said to give them brown rice, I give them limited amounts of white basmati rice and haven't had any issues. 


Today the girls had a chicken and bread sauce recipe from the Homemade Baby Foods website over white rice that I made with sodium free chicken broth instead of water.  I also steamed some peas and added them to their bowl.  As you can see, they were happy customers.

Hope this helps in your quest to feed your littluns just right!

Have a great weekend!  xoxo

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Friday, April 4, 2014

SOOO BIG!!!

Life has been busy over here in Jane&EmmaVille.  We have been busily back to the house hunt, and the girls have been growing in leaps and bounds as we quickly approach their ONE YEAR mark!!!

First and foremost, the twincesses have been giving us a run for our money.  Literally!  They are allllll over the place.  No longer happy in their exersaucers, they now cruise all around the living room, and have both begun pulling their knees up under themselves to crawl, and they get from point A to point B with a quickness.  

They also now pull themselves up to standing every chance they get.  This week, Hershey lowered their crib mattresses all of the way to the lowest setting, which means that I have to actually take my feet off of the floor to reach them if they are backed up against the back of the crib.  But that's better than them falling out of their cribs, which they were close to doing.  We also had to take down their adorable mobiles, which felt like the end of an era.  But they were cruising on over to the mobiles and grabbing the little animals and ripping away at them, and I kept having visions of the mobile flying off of the crib and smashing them in the face.  No mas mobiles.






Jane's top right tooth is all of the way in, and both of Emma's teeth have presented themselves.  Emma blows raspberries and makes stank face, and Janey smacks her lips and babbles up a storm.  I just purchased a good crib rail cover since they are chewing up their future foot boards, and my bestie is giving me her daughter's old cover to save me a couple of beans.  



We have also decided to move Jane and Emma's baptism back.  We are hoping to be able to purchase a home and close before their first birthdays, and so we are going to move their baptism to the end of June so that we can hold a reception and have all of our friends/family there.  Our little group of friends is multiplying by the DAY it feels like, so it is so important to us to have everyone there. 

Speaking of lots of babies, we got to have an awesome play date with baby Olivia yesterday.  We have been working on wearing the girls out, since they are learning new skills every day now, and I've had them out every single day since Saturday.  Saturday my sister-in-law and I took them shopping to buy them some sneaks and then to the diner (which they did GREAT at!); Sunday I took them to a good friend's baby shower (another little girl to add to our group!); Monday we went to look at a house; Tuesday I took them for a little walk to see the ducks and geese at a nearby park.




And yesterday we went for an hour and a half walk with Erin and Olivia.  It was awesome!






This leads me to our next big change:  BED TIME!  Last week, Jane and Emma started waking up 15 minutes earlier every day, until they were waking up at 4:15 a.m.  Part of this I contribute to the teething.  They are like little rabid babies right now.  But you know I was NOT HAVIN THAT ISH, so we are now putting them to bed at 8:00.  Which is a double-edged sword. 

First, I'm so stoked to have the extra hour with them after work.  Before, it felt like I was coming home to feed them, bathe them, and put them to bed.  With the days lasting a little bit longer, it's nice to have that extra hour to get outside with them and see the wonder on their little round faces as they hear a goose honk for the first time.

HOWEVER, I now find myself staying up LATER.  Which is no bueno, considering I still have to get up at 5:45 a.m. to head them off before they wake up leaving myself enough time to get a cup of coffee down my craw.  That's the most important part of my day. 

Today Janey exhibited her knowledge of waving bye-bye, and wowed us all with her hand-clapping trick (video is posted on Facebook).  We have been having so much fun teaching them things and watching how fast they can pick up new skills.  It's unbelievable!



Hope you are all enjoying this B-E-A-YOOOOTIFUL weather that we have been having.  Today was a rainy day, but we always need those April showers to bring May flowers.  And boy, am I ready!  

Bye-bye!

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