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V Day

Posted on: February 17, 2012

I have been ignoring the blog for a while, busy at home, and stressed at work… I did not however stop reading any of the blogs that i usually read, and almost every single one of them had a post on valentine’s day. I am not a big fan of valentine’s day. I think it has just been over-hyped over the last few years especially by retail advertisers and restaurants. I agree that it gives you a day to celebrate your love, and remember to not take each other for granted. But, do you really need a 50$ bouquet of roses, a $200 dinner and/or a special gift? R very well knows how I feel, but back in the days when we were dating, he would send me a bouquet and gifts, and I would always tell him that I did not need those things, but i would not have the heart to make a big deal of it. But eventually, he got the message! :)Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers and gifts, even today, I always try to include in my budget a bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers for the house. It is just that everything is so overpriced on valentine’s day, and it feels like such a waste.

R did get me a single red rose (so sweet!). My MIL had made some yummy Indian sweet called Rasmalai (which translates to Cream and Sugar). So there you go, we had flowers and something sweet to munch, but it was low budget and low key like any other day.

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In the last 2 weekends we have been to 2 parties/happy hours with the boys. Last week it was the super bowl party for which we managed to stay only till half time, since the boys had their bedtime at 8. I had a nice time at the Superbowl party, the boys had at least 3 other babies who were the exact same age as them, EXCEPT they would not sit and play with them!!! R and me had to hold each of them the whole time, since they wouldn’t even stay with anyone else without beginning to cry. I guess they are going through a needy phase…but this is really hard for me and my back. On Saturday we had a friend’s birthday where we carried them in our carriers since it would get really hard otherwise. That seemed much better since they were close to us and did not feel insecure.

One of the biggest challenges of having multiple babies is going out. You have to get 2 of them ready and the many things that are needed to get them outside, like the diaper bag, food, jackets, pacifiers, bottles… etc. etc. Especially with Adi and Aru being so clingy and needy, i don’t get to really enjoy the party as much. I don’t get to talk to people as much, eat  or drink, or stay a little longer!  I am hoping the 2 of them get over this phase quickly and i can start enjoying our outings a little more! I am not sure if daycare will help in this, but I am hoping that they see other babies, and other people more often as compared to now and become more social. R and me love going out and travelling, but we are still learning and figuring out things in that area with the boys.

But its not all bad. Yesterday our dear friends visited from PA and the boys loved them so much. They played and laughed with them, and we all had such a good time! Also, yesterday Adi did not cry in the car seat!! He actually enjoyed his outing to TJ’s a lot in spite of the bitter cold.

Our next biggest goal is going out of town with the boys and staying at another house overnight. That should be very interesting!

Yesterday’s workout was a failure! Not sure what happened, I thought I was doing so well. I am on week 3 day 3 of the couch to 5K program, and I wasn’t able to jog for more that 1 minute at a stretch. My lower legs were killing me..!! I know I was not tired because my heart rate was not as high as it usually is, it was only my leg which was in a lot of pain. I did complete the workout, but walked instead of jogging… which means I will need to repeat it again. I decided to take a break today and go back tomorrow to see if I feel better. This is definitely a setback!

Also, I havent seemed to have lost weight, even though I have cut back on my eating!

I did have some interesting lunch today!  Food trucks have really caught on here in Baltimore, and some of the trucks serve up some really innovative and tasty food. Today, I went to the Gypsy Queen Food Truck for lunch. I tried the “Curry Chickpea Burrito”. Sounds yummy right? It tasted great!! It did not have any of the usual ingredients like cheese and rice. Instead it had chickpeas (duh!) which was spicy, black beans which was kind of sweetish, fries (oh yes!) and lettuce. Yum Yum! I am definitely going back there!!

As I mentioned, I made red velvet cupcakes for the boys’ 8 month birthday. They came out great! My colleague and friend, P had given me this recipe which she uses for hers.

The best time to make this was after the boys went to bed on Saturday night.  i think it takes most time to get all the ingredients together and whisk it up. I had R do the mixing till it was a smooth consistency, since I did not have a hand blender or food processor.

This is what I used –

http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-red-velvet-cake-152630

I did not make the frosting, instead I picked up a ready made Betty Crocker’s cream cheese frosting. Also, I used the same basic recipe for the cake itself, but made them into cupcakes.

The cakes were gone in no time, since I took them to the super bowl party which had many kids! i am supposed to be watching my weight but I couldn’t resist one myself!!

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Adi and Aru turned 8 months old yesterday! Cant believe it! I made delicious red velvet cupcakes for their birthday and for the Superbowl party we were going to. They turned out great! Ofcourse the boys didnt get to eat them 🙂

Weight

I don’t know for sure, its been almost 2 months since we visited a doctor. But I am guessing that they will be around 20 lbs. Adi will be more like 19, and Aru will probably be 20. They are getting heavy to carry for a long time, and we use the carrier most of the time, if they need to be carried.

Eating

Both of them eat solids twice a day, cereal with fruit for breakfast and vegetables/beans/lentils for dinner.We should probably introduce a lunch soon. They no longer need the food to be a mush, and can handle gumming down any lumps or bits. They drink formula 5 times a day, and we try to get them to drink at least 28-30 ounces of formula per day.

Adi loves eating any kind of solid food. He has 2 tiny lower teeth, and he munches on everything that comes his way. He eats his cereal, and his dinner with a lot of enthusiasm. His favorite food – Lentils ( all kinds cooked with some mild Indian spices, no salt). That said, of late he hasn’t been drinking enough formula. Yesterday for instance he probably only had 15 ounces, which is almost 10 ounces lower than normal.

Aru isn’t a big fan of solid food. He likes his cereal in the mornings, but he isn’t all that interested in dinner. He does however love his formula. He will almost always finish his bottle!

Sleeping

Their bedtime is at 7:30PM. They each have a 6-7 ounce bottle, and some cuddle time before they fall asleep. They are my favorite time of the day, when I can hold them close and play with them, rock and cuddle them to sleep. They wake up at around 5-5:30 for good for their morning bottle. Of course, there are times when they do get up multiple times in the night.

Adi is not a great sleeper. As you probably already read in a previous post, he wont sleep in his crib. But we are trying to get him used to it slowly. He sleeps in the same room as us, and in his crib for maybe half the time in the night 🙂

Aru sleeps in the baby room, in a bassinet. He is a sound sleeper for the most part, and will sleep right through till 5.

Milestones

Both of them can sit comfortably without support. They play together, and love each other’s company. Its a delight to watch them communicate with each other, and trying to grab each others toys.

Adi is still trying to figure out how to crawl. He sits on his butt and tries to jump around to get to something of interest. I wonder when he will finally figure it out. He has begun to say a lot, bah bah’s, ma ma’s and tha tha’s.

Aru is comfortable sitting, and shows no interest in going places. Wonder if he will ever crawl. He loves his jumperoo, and will grab your hands to try and stand, but that’s about it. He has a lot to say though, a lot more than the usual bah bah’s. In the last week he has started waving “Ta Ta”, sometimes even saying it!  He gets so excited when he does it, and he practices all the time!!

They are so much fun and I love them so much!!

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AD hates sleeping in the crib. He will only sleep with us in the bed.He will scream bloody murder every time we put him in the crib. So, we decided that he needed to be sleep trained. Except we are terrible at it… For one, we hate it when he cries so much, and keep going into the room to pat him down, and pacify him. Second, my in-laws stay with us, and make a HUGE fuss when we let him cry for more than 2 minutes. And three, he has us figured out so well. He knows that if he screams hard enough, Mommy and Daddy will be there to soothe him. It doesn’t help that we live in a 3 bedroom apartment, and when he wakes up at 1 and screams so hard, that will wake up the neighbors.

AD hates sitting in the stroller. The past one week, he has screamed and refused to sit in the stroller. So, there goes our walks!

AD hates the car-seat. He will scream and scream, especially after twilight if he is in the car seat. Don’t know why!! I am right next to him!!!

I am not sure what to do…! Help!

P.S.- There are a lot of things he loves, and I will probably make that another post, but at the moment he has a lot of dislikes…

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One of my new year resolutions was to loose all my pregnancy weight and get back to being able to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes. Easier said than done with 2 little babies to take care of! I did start on the Couch-to-5K workout, and I am now on week 3. Its only half an hour, 3 days a week, totally doable with a little co-operation from R.
I still haven’t lost any of the weight which is very disappointing, so I have started to cut back on my calories and eating out as well. That is the hardest thing for me. I have always been slender and have never had to diet or exercise to control my weight before. And I looove eating good food!!
But, every time I look at the mirror and see all the clothes I cannot wear, I am motivated to continue exercising and cutting back on eating.

Whats working in my favor-

– Gym is across from the house.
– In-laws staying with us till March which helps me go to the gym whenever, and not having to be in charge of lunch/dinner.

Whats working against me –

– In-laws staying with us makes me over-eat because of all the yummy and fried food.
– Kids are waiting for me at the end of the day, and I have to leave them to go  and work out.

Lets see how well I do, will keep posting my progress every week.

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