Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kissy Kissy

While it looks like she is kissing her sister's arm, she is actually smacking on it because she's getting hungry. I like to think she's giving her a little sissy love, though. What do you think?


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Linking up with the Paper Mama's photo challenge for the week.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The perfect conversation to have with a twin mama.

Becky @ Baby Making By Becky posted this hilarious video a while back. Couldn't help reposting it here, so I can come back and watch it whenever I'm looking for a laugh. The other place I go to laugh about motherhood and keep some perspective (even though I'm a total newbie)? Rants from Mommyland. So. Funny. Especially this post. And all in good fun, right? If I take myself too seriously this early on, I will go real crazy real quick.










 



Thursday, August 25, 2011

mastering the art of being at home.

I'm ever so slowly mastering the art of keeping two babies content. They are coming into their own routines...and I need to keep notes!

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(Afton, in the Moby, always pushes her head into this position. At first I kept repositioning her but figured, hey, she can breathe so it's fine...)

The girls come into bed with me when Andy leaves for work and they eat, around 5:30 or 6:00 am. We sleep together until 9 am, and after they eat again, sometimes I'll keep sleeping with them and sometimes I'll get up and run around trying to do a few things before they wake up and want to eat again.

One of them usually gets restless of being in our room at around 11 or 12, so she'll come out into the living room with me for a change of scenery while the other one keeps sleeping. When the second one wakes up, I'll pop Afton in the Moby wrap and put Ruthie in the swing. This arrangment seems to keep them very happy for now.

When Andy gets home around 2:30, I am seldom dressed and usually have only eaten breakfast. I'll pass off a baby to him for a cuddle, lay one down to nap, and I'll get us something to eat and maybe even a shower.

What am I eating for breakfast nowadays? It's all about the milk supply baby. No dieting, unless I want to see the liquid gold go Bye-Bye! The calorie requirement has actually increased, which is hard to believe and sometimes gets me down. At least no more heartburn, thank God! I still avoid too much sugar and caffeine, just like when I was pregnant.

Breakfast: This week I've been eating a big piece of baked oatmeal with coconut milk poured over the top, and if I have time, 2 farm eggs with spinach, zucchini and/or kale mixed in, himalayan sea salt and pepper. Super easy, takes about 5 minutes to make. I soaked and baked a big pan of oatmeal before this week started and I pull it out of the fridge and heat it up in a pan with some coconut oil. I'm still trying to avoid caffeine in general, so a few mornings I'll make my own concoction of half Inka - half unsweetened cocoa drink with some organic half and half and about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup. Yummo.

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Also, if I have even more time, I'll make juice: 1 carrot, 2 pieces of celery, 1/2 beet and the greens, and 1/2 an apple. Sometimes a piece of ginger. I stir in a little sour cream to help the bioavailability of the vitamins. It's so good. That only happens about 3 times a week.

In the afternoon, I try to make a big smoothie with 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 raw milk, banana, frozen organic berries, and some fresh ground flaxseed. Once again, super easy, takes about 5-10 minutes to make.

A few times, since it's been so hot in our house, Andy has brought home some fresh shots of espresso (decaf for me) and he'll make us iced mochas. They are g.o.o.d!! A really nice treat to look forward to while the girls are napping in the afternoon.

We are still having friends bring us meals 2-3x per week, which is amazing, so lunch is usually these leftovers. When MealBaby is done, I'll have to get on my next project - meal planning on a budget, since I'm no longer bringing home any bacon or winning any bread! I'm definitely going to need some ideas.

*Linking up with Thirsty Thursday over at For the Love of Blogs!*


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ecobabybuys cloth diaper giveaway!

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Ecobabybuys is a really neat site that I stumbled onto and have already purchased from, which is rare for me! The items they offer are more environmentally friendly, with products ranging from organic cotton sheets and towels to stainless steel food carriers and cloth diapers. You can score some pretty sweet deals.

The wetbag from Monkey Foot Designs was my first purchase, and I couldn't be happier with it.

They have a campaign going to get 9,000 Facebook fans, and when they do, they'll be giving away 10 cloth diapers, ranging from Fuzzibunz to Rumparooz, and more. Being new to cloth diapering, winning this giveaway would be a great way to try out some new diapers without having to purchase them and then find out that they don't work for us.

If you cloth diaper, you should enter this giveaway, too! If you don't cloth diaper, you should check out EBB anyways - you never know what amazing deal they might have on at the moment!

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My aunt sharon MADE these adorable diapers!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

six weeks.

The girls are six weeks, now...and although they are only a week old according to their "corrected age" (their true due date - sometimes it doesn't jive, sometimes it does) they are strong, alert, and definitely have their own little personalities.

I think I expected the first three months to be like taking care of two cute lumps that poop, pee, and cry; that is what everyone basically told me. "They really only sleep for the first three months," which is true, but to me that translated into them being blank slates. How untrue this is. Maybe I misunderstood.

Ruthie is our "daughter of particular and specific comforts." She doesn't like to be wet, hungry, cold, hot, and she doesn't like her diaper changed. We try to explain to her that if she doesn't like being wet but doesn't like her diaper changed, we're kind of at a loss so she needs to choose which it's going to be. She makes incredibly sweet faces when she's falling asleep and, when she's awake, she has big, clear eyes that like looking at you and like looking at lights.

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Afton is mostly chill except when she's hungry. Then run for cover - the nursing cover, that is. She also does not like having her nose sucked, which is duty that falls to her daddy because my heart can't handle her cries of frusteration. She has sizeable boogers, though! She has big, round eyes that like to look all around, even more so than her sister, and she is noisy most of the time, grunting, groaning, and making little coos that remind us that yes, indeed she is here in case we forgot.

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Both girls love to be held. They like cocking their heads to 90 degree angles. They end up in the exact same sleeping positions. They are the messiest eaters I've ever encountered. Every feeding is a milk bath. They both like to be in wraps or slings. And these girls can burp and fart with the best of them.

They are also the noisiest babies I have ever heard. It sounds like a barnyard in our room at night, and sometimes, they'll stop as soon as we turn on the bedside light, and then when we turn it off, they'll start right back up again. Their noises range from billy goat and horse to a velociraptor, and sometimes a transformer. Never a dull moment already!

So yes, they do sleep and eat a lot, but I'm still in my pj's at 3:00 p.m. and just now getting some food. Somehow, taking care of these two little sugar lumps takes up 95% of my day. Good thing they're so sweet.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

fill in the blank friday


Linking up with lovely Lauren @ the little things we do!

1.   My idea of pure perfection would be, at this moment, a hike and picnic at Union Creek in Southern Oregon, to get some nostrile-burning fresh air. I've been inside for a looong time.  
2.    Laughter is the best, and best-tasting, medicine-vitamin-elixir-top secret formula.   
3.  If it weren't for real life I'd travel the world with my little family and somehow make money and/or not be totally poor doing it.
4.  Bloggers are totally inspiring and most of them are so hilarious I laugh just thinking about it!
5.  If I had nickel for every time I've said #3 I'd buy you and me and us a never-expiring plane, train, and automobile ticket in first class.  
6.  I'm glad it's Friday because my parents and sister are coming! I'll be honest, I'm already thankful for extra hands to baby(ies) hold so I can 1) take a shower 2) eat a full meal 3) maybe get out of the house!
7.  Something I'm excited about is watching my girls grow up and having adventures with them...and seeing the way our family will evolve and where we will be 10 years from now. This is our reassurance: "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." (psalm 23)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

redemption cookies.

Ask my friends and family: I am not a great baker.

Take last Christmas, for instance. Now, I preface this story by saying I was pregnant and very sick and trying to hide it from my family, because we weren't telling them the news until Christmas Eve night. So I set about to make the pumpkin pies, my dad's most favorite, but wouldn't you know it, I thought there was too much sugar called for in the recipe. Pumpkin doesn't reeeally need to be sweetened up, does it? Isn't it naturally sweet? Uh, no. The pumpkin pies came out beautifully, but tasted like gross baby food.

Same thing with muffins. Can't bake a muffin to save my life. Cookies, I fare a little better, but not by a whole lot.

Andy and I were talking to my friend Jess about this during her last visit. She is a trained pastry chef, so she knows her stuff. After a vibrant discussion, it came to be discovered that I can't bake because I don't follow the recipe. I throw caution to the wind...spit in chemistry's face...just because it says a certain measurement doesn't really mean it has to be precise, right? Apparently I've been wrong this whole time.

So Jess left us with a big tupperware full of the most delicious shortbread and chocolate chip cookies - cookies that we talked about far after they were all eaten. So last night, Andy said, "you know what would be so so so great?" and I answered, "If I made cookies." And I was right! I had to admit cookies sounded pretty good. And the babies were sleeping.

And these would be REDEMPTION cookies! Cookies that would turn the tide and set a-right the sad, sorry ship that is my baking. And cookies that would stop my husband from hating on my baking in public.

Using the Neiman Marcus "secret" recipe as a base, I call these Redemption Cookies. But you could call them whatever you want. I made them big, and I made them chocolatey. And I might just eat them all while he's at work. So TAKE THAT!

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Redemption Cookies
(Adapted from the Neiman Marcus recipe)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (Himalayan gives great depth)

1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or substitute (I used Inka)

1/2 - 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 bar dark chocolate (I used Dove), shaved and chopped


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)


2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Drop your preferred size of cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

a toast to the big 2-7.

This year was a quiet but lovely birthday. I spent the day with the girls and when Andy came home, he brought me beautiful gerber daisies, a "Super Woman" card, an adorable new notebook from Ecru, and a Portland tote bag! I had been eyeing this tote for a while. A friend stopped by to bring me a hocho from Sisters Coffee and lent me her copy of "The Help". I wanted to go see the movie for my birthday, but it's still too early to be leaving the sisters for more than an hour or so at a time. I also wanted to prolong the book by only reading it when nursing the girls, but shoot I finished it already!

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Later that evening, we had a delicious birthday dinner with friends, where I finally opened my fancy little bottle of Creme de Cassis from Dijon, France to make a Kir Royale (see directions at bottom), and Tiffany made kachones and a homemade lemon raspberry cake with buttercream frosting that blew my mind. Our topic of dessert conversation? The Bachelor Pad. That's right. Vienna and Jake? Crazy Michelle? OMG! I mean, how can you not watch.

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(Mama and Afton, who really likes to lay in complicated positions that look really uncomfortable, but she seems to dig it. OK, baby.)
I've been staying very busy trying adjusting to mama-hood and feeding schedules and diaper changes and then trying to get a meal or an email check wedged in between. But I think Ruthie and Afton are the cutest and yummiest babies e.v.e.r. and think they are the best birthday presents a girl could hope for.

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Happy Birthday to ME! And for you, here's how to impress your friends and make a basic Kir Royale. Make sure you have champagne flutes or other pretty glasses though so your friends think you are Very Classy.

The Kir Royale

Creme de Cassis liqueur

 Dry champagne or sparkling wine (as good your budget allows)

Add as much or as little as you like...but start with 1 teaspoon per flute.  

Salut!

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