Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy 6 Months

To celebrate PB&J's half-year birthday, we introduced them to solid foods.  We set up their high chairs for the first time and once they were in them, my eyes misted because they suddenly looked like such big boys.  Hard to believe it's been six months already ... at times it feels like it's all flown by and other times - tho rarely - it feels like nothing much changes and I fleetingly think I'll get to savor them as they are right now.  But then the next day comes and suddenly they feel heavier or they discover something new and times just starts to speed up so quickly it nearly makes me dizzy.  

Thankfully, we remember to capture a few of these moments to have something to look back on and savor at a later date.


We started them off with our homemade brown rice cereal and puréed sweet potatoes.  As you can see, day one was not so successful, but very amusing.  As they say try try again.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Purée Marathon

As the boys are very quickly approaching their half-year birthday, we are busy preparing for the big day.  I have wanted to prepare our own baby food for many reasons, but I think it's become far more important to me since I was unable to breastfeed beyond the first month.  Needless to say, my excitement is palpable.  

While my mom was visiting last week, we took a trip to Apple Hill - one of my favorite places to go in Fall since I was a child.  We bought a half bushel of super delish Fuji apples and an apple peeler.  The day before my mom took me shopping for canning supplies.  It took us only a couple hours to make some of the most delicious applesauce I've ever tried (the apple peeler was a huge timesaver!).  No sugar, nothing, but apples.  Wow.  I figured it out and we made 90 oz for only 25% of the cost of store-bought ... but with 250% of the flavor!  And I learned to can!  Yep, it's the little things.  

Today, I spent the boys' naptime steaming and puréeing.  Last Christmas, Momma B's parent's got us the Baby Bullet and I finally got to put it to use.  I have to say, I rather love it.  Another few hours later and I made: puréed spinach, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, zucchini, pears, and brown rice cereal.  I haven't even begun to figure out the cost analysis on today's bounty, but it made a lot of food.  I have no idea how long it'll last, though.  

I've read they may only eat about a tablespoon at a time at first, but how long does that last?  We currently have about 32 oz of brown rice cereal, 15 oz of spinach, 47 oz of sweet potatoes, 24 oz of peas, 14 oz of zucchini, 21 oz of green beans, 18 oz of spinach, and 47 oz of pears.  At a tablespoon - or half an ounce - each for PB&J eating only once a day, that would be 218 days of food ... and that's not counting the applesauce.  BUT my question is ... how quickly do they advance to an ounce each, two ounces each, etc.?  To two meals a day, to three meals a day?  It's all a little confusing to me.  

Ah well, we'll figure it out as we go I'm sure.  All I know is I'm actually having fun despite the tremendous responsibility I feel.  I mean, we are beginning to set the stage for their future food choices.  That is not something I take lightly.  Thus I'm ready to start implementing change into my own diet.  As our MoMs dietician told us, we only have a couple short years to get our own act together before they start to develop true eating habits that will be difficult to break.  I definitely want to lead by example and show them what healthy really means.  I've never had this kind of motivation before, so I can only think it'll help make this time different.

Today's 22 Days of Thanks, I'm thankful for food ... and what it will provide our boys.

*I've been wondering if this blog will keep the interest if I blog about my own health journey as well?  The title is rather limiting to accommodate more than just PB&J's stories, so I was considering an entire revamp that included a name change.  I'd love your input!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Confessions of the Ridiculous

There are some things that are a little embarrassing to admit, but yet are too silly to keep to myself.  Between feeding and changing babies, unpacking and organizing after this move, and the endless loads of laundry that are my life now ... I decided it was very necessary to iron, yes iron, a pile of bibs.  Really?  Bibs??  Yes!  These little pieces of cloth are a vital part of our boys' wardrobe as they are free-flowing faucets of drool and we need a lot of them!  Unfortunately they're often inadequate for the job because they're curled up and wrinkled.  Our boys need full coverage that these bibs haven't been able to provide ... so I ironed them.  They are now more functionable and I feel so much better having been able to relieve some of my OCD tendencies.

After working the last few nights, I've gotten very behind on my 22 Days of Thanks.  Thus, here we go:
7.  I'm thankful for finding a chiropractor that has helped relieved much of my back pain that I've been living with since pregnancy. 
8.  I'm thankful for a career I love; a career that challenges me often. 
9.  I'm thankful for our boys' caregiver that is an amazing blessing to our whole family - we missed her these last two weeks. 
10.  I'm thankful for a wife that is so thoughtful and caring - keeping the house quiet so I can get rest between work shifts. 
11.  I'm thankful to have served in the U.S. Navy among so many brave sailors that have fought overseas to protect our freedoms. 
12.  I'm thankful for my days off - allowing me time to play and care for two beautiful, giggling boys.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6

22 Days of Thanks

Day 6:  I am thankful for my right to vote.

PB&J looking ever so excited after going with Momma L to vote.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 4 & 5

22 Days of Thanks

Day 4:  I'm thankful for a day of fun with my family in Apple Hill: apple-picking, pie tasting, and looking at the Fall colors.

Day 5:  I'm thankful for amazing contacts that surprise you with their generosity!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


So I'm a tad bit late - what else is new, right?! - but I love the idea of the 22 Days of Thanks ... So to catch up, here is my # 1-3: 

  1. This time last year, we were savoring the news that we were pregnant - with twins!  This year, they are here and we continue to savor each and every moment with them.  Can I just say? ... I LOVE being a momma!!
  2. Our friends and family are amazing and there for us when it really counts.  Moving is hard, moving with two infants is harder.  However, with the help and support we received it went as smoothly as it possibly could have.
  3. Finding a home that is near our family and friends, near my work, and actually feels like, well, home.

Normally, I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, but it's funny how having children changes things.  Dressing up the boys for Halloween was fun, though I was under the weather and didn't get to take them trick-or-treating or even see all the kids (and there were a lot!) come to our door.  Ah well, at least I got to enjoy this moment:

Today, they had their first professional photo shoot.  PB was such a ham for the camera, but poor little J was just overwhelmed and we all made fools of ourselves trying to get him to smile.  It was a lot of fun though and makes me look forward to more!

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