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So lets see how we are doing with the meal planning that i proposed last week. For starters, the grocery bill was far higher than usual. Thats a bad sign! As for the meals themselves, this is what we ate-

Sunday

Rajma + Poori – Lunch

Sambar, Rice, Eggplant sabzi, Pumpkin Kootu

Monday

Leftovers from sunday

Tuesday

Pizza for Lunch

Sambar, Rice, Rajma for Dinner

R ate dinner at work

Wednesday

Home made Black Bean Burgers for Lunch

So, from this list, it looks like Sambar was the only thing I made from my “list”. lol

 

I want to start planning my meals for the week, prepping for them, will save me time and money, I am sure…I am going to try to use this blog to help plan the meals, and prepare grocery lists, etc. I might make parts of the blog private, so it doesn’t look messy…

How about starting with next week, for the week of 9/30?

Cauliflower Chowder without the Bacon – http://iowagirleats.com/2012/09/25/bacon-cheddar-cauliflower-chowder-a-low-carb-alternative-to-baked-potato-soup/

Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich – http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/09/vegan-philly-cheese-sandwich.html

Vegetarian Enchiladas – http://iowagirleats.com/2011/05/05/vegetarian-enchiladas-for-2/

Sambar with Cucumber Raitha, and Bean sprouts curry

Mattar Paneer with Roti

Pasta with Squash and Asparagus

Pizza

Lets see if we stick to this!

 

 

Oh My!

Posted on: June 29, 2012

Its been a while since I posted!! The last few months have been a blur! Big milestones to talk about! The boys turned 1 year on June 5th! We almost bought a house( we finally DID NOT, but that’s a long story)…and we took our 1st vacation!

The BIG ONE

Cant believe my babies are already one!! It felt like just yesterday that we were rushing to the hospital when my water broke, and holding them soon after, so tiny and beautiful in my arms.  Now, Adi walks around, and Aru shows us the squirrels in the yard… They babel and scream, cry and laugh, get angry and hurt, fight and share… they are growing up so quickly!

We celebrated their 1st birthday with an outdoor party at the apartment’s pavilion. It was a HOT HOT day… almost 95 degrees, but we somehow managed to survive it! We decorated the place, ordered food from outside, got smash cakes for them and called a bunch of friends. It was a LOT of work! My SIL was able to come down from California, and it was really nice to have at least some family representation. We really missed having thier grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins! I guess we have to have another party when we go back to India!

I think the highlight of the party were the smash cakes, and how each of them approached it…Adi went all out, smashing the cake, and taking mouthfuls of it. Aru on the other hand was suspicious, as is his nature, treading slowly, before he figured it tasted yummy and he could do whatever he wanted with it…lol! It was super fun to watch them… Cleaning up all the butter and cream after this… NOT so much FUN for us!

I still have to sort thru all the pics and send them out to relatives and friends. Hopefully I can get to that this weekend.

Beach VACATION

We took our 1st official vacation a couple of weeks back to Rehobeth Beach, DE. We had some friends join us at the townhouse we all rented. It was a lot of fun and kids had a good time! They were the center of attention, and I think they have become naughtier since we returned, resorting to all sorts of mischievousness.

The house was big and spacious, facing a pretty lake. The kitchen was well-stocked, and i thought we did a really good job, grilling and cooking in the house. The only downside was that the kids fell a little sick, especially Adi, and there was one night when R and me slept for like 2 hours. That sucked! Adi had a bad case of constipation which led to a lot of pain for him, it was so difficult to watch him… we forced some juice and fluids into him, and he recovered in a day.

The beach was a little chilly, but it was so nice! the kids loved playing in the sand, though they were scared of the waves and water. Spending time and catching up with friends was great, felt like that was long due.

The only sad part of the trip was that both R and me lost our glasses, almost 700$ worth of glasses lost…Now we have to shop for 2 pairs, and that’s not something we needed at this time.

So much has happened since my last post, that i dont know where to begin…! Let me just start with the big hitters!! 🙂

The kids started day-care on March 15th.  Its been quite the roller-coaster since then. For the 1st 2 weeks, the 2 of them would not drink any milk at the daycare…they would only eat some food that i sent with them. That worried me a lot since they were fairly good drinkers till then. We had to come down to giving them 1 bottle at the daycare which they would bring back almost untouched. For the past 2 days though, they have been drinking the full bottle and downing all the food i send as well. I am pretty sure they are going through a growth spurt, and I am happy that they have settled down.

Overall, Aru has adjusted fairly quickly and seems to enjoy the daycare. However Adi is still adjusting, he still cries when we drop him of in the mornings, and he took forever to sleep in the crib at the daycare. He is particularly attached to 1 of the daycare providers, L, and he keeps following her around. There was 1 time when i came in to pick them up, and Aru was busy playing, while Adi was hanging on to the chair on which L was sitting and feeding another baby. It was quite funny and sad…

In the last few weeks, the kids have already been through stomach bug and 2 colds, 1 of which came with fever. I even had to take a day off, to take care of them when Aru was down with a fever.

In addition to them starting daycare, my in-laws left for California on March 22nd, so now its just the 4 of us, which means R and me have to do everything around the house!! We have been managing okay so far, its just that you cannot fall behind EVER, or you will be trying to play catch up for a while!!! Its been after almost a year that we are now finally without any parents staying with us…!!

Another big one this month – We went on our 1st overnight trip away from home with the kids last weekend, and we all did great!! We went to B&V’s house in PA who are almost family to us, and overall it was a successful and fun trip! I am so looking forward to warmer weather when we can travel more.

One of the awesomest( I know.. that’s not a word..!) thing that happened last week was that R landed a JOB!! I am so thrilled and happy and excited…! Now we can start planning the next phase of our lives which is buying a house and settling down!! 🙂

9 months

Posted on: March 7, 2012

A&A turned 9 months on Monday! Wow! I cannot believe they are already 9 months old…time has flown. I just want to hold on and not have them grow up so quickly. It is a joy to see them so full of fun and discovering new things everyday, and soon they will walking/running and talking. I cant wait for that but at the same time I am sad that this phase will be over…

Some of the milestones this month-

Sleeping

Aru is good night sleeper. He falls asleep while drinking his milk and we leave him in his crib in his room, and he sleeps right through till 5:30-6AM. Sometimes, he wakes up in the night, and we find it hard to put him back to sleep, but it has definitely improved. He is so cuddly and cute, and i love going to see him in the morning when he gives me the most adorable smile ever!

Adi is a good sleeper too, but he still sleeps with us in the bed. He moves around a lot, and sometimes I feel like I am going to fall off the bed! He is so cute when he throws his hand and hugs you or reaches out to find you in his sleep. I know that soon enough I will have to transition him into his crib after the grandparents leave, but that’s going to be as hard for me as for him…

I wonder how the daylight saving on Sunday this week is going to affect their schedule. And they start daycare on Monday, I am sure thats going to change up things!!

Their naps are quite good as well, they take 1 nap at 10-10:15 for 1-1.5 hours or so, and another one at 2 for about 1-1.5 hours. I hope they will stay that way when they start daycare too.

Eating

Both of them eat 3 meals a day. They are not great eaters, some days are good and other days are bad. I have heard of babies not eating store bought food, and preferring home cooked baby food. However in my case, the 2 of them love Earth’s Best Stage 1 and 2 foods. We rarely use them, but they lap it up whenever we do. It makes me feel like such a bad cook, slogging away for hours in the kitchen making gourmet baby food!!

For breakfast I do either oatmeal with apples/banana/pears/avocado. For lunch it is generally a precooked meal I prepare over the weekend and freeze. As for dinner, we do lentils which my MIL makes, or a precooked meal. Of late I have been trying to incorporate more finger foods for dinner like cheese and puffs, and will probably start vegetables like carrot, beans etc. as well. i personally don’t think they are are ready for finger food, since they seem to just swallow stuff, and act like they are choking( which totally freaks me out!).

Moving Around

Adi has mastered crawling! He is all over the place, examining lamps, plants, the home theater system, speakers, plug points, wires and what not!! He loves to hold onto things and stand up. It is scary to watch him, since he falls multiple times, and sometimes hurts himself!

We really need to baby-proof the house, and we haven’t got to it still. I am leaving it up to R to do that!

Aru is rolling from back to tummy off late (really really late.. I know!). He still doesn’t crawl or move around. His legs are quite strong, he can hold onto my hand and stand, and sway back and forth. I think he gets very frustrated when he sees Adi moving around, and tries to push himself, but he hasn’t been successful…

Weight

We have a 9 month doctor’s appointment this Friday when we will find out for sure, but I think they are both around 20 lbs.

Firsts

Adi clapped for the first time this month. He crawls around and stands up. He plays with him slide and understands that if he puts the animal on top, it will slide down. He loves his books, and will laugh and talk to things in the book.

Aru claps, waves “bye bye” and shakes his head sideways when he doesnt want something. He loves playing peek-a-boo and laughs loudly and continuously when he is amused.

Wow! They will be a year in 3 months!! More fun times ahead!

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.

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!