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Our New and Improved BIG GIRL Schedule! (9 Mo)

John

It's still nearly impossible to wrap my head around the fact that the girls are already past the 9 month mark! (Of course some talks of the 1st bday party are already in order!)  I feel like even though I have learned so much, I know that the "real" fun has barely just begun.  These days are so different from the ones before. I have recently bumped my morning wake up call down and now take a midday cup of coffee.  We now go for a walk daily too! We are getting to be bigger and bigger eaters (and drinkers), but of course that is to be expected with such active busy bees.  (No wonder they wont beef up... they've always kept me moving... yet I stay chunky.)  My day went from being sitting entertainment, and having the ability to multitask (like tidy their room up AND watch them play... since they mostly just laid/sat in one place and tried to roll around. NOOOOOOWWWWW, its not even close. I'm lucky to get anything done during playtime (including even folding laundry or cleaning the highchairs and floor after meal time). THEY. ARE. EVERYWHERE!!!!!! We just this past weekend decided it was time to upgrade their playroom.  Now this happened by complete accident. (A certain course of turns during the drive ended us into a few big neighborhoods that had multiple families with children who just happened to be having huge multi-family yard sales.  I don't mind getting gently used toys for the girls. The way I look at it is, they aren't going to care and they will need new ones all over again soon.  I'd rather save the difference in price and put it towards their college funds. We just got 2 "big girl cars."  You know, the riding push cars. (<- That one to be exact). I got mine for $3 and it works perfectly and you wouldn't ever guess it was used by 3 other girls first. See what I'm talking about! Saved some $$! WOOT WOOT. IMG_1204SO, anywho, these mornings I sit in the middle of the room and push them back and forth (one on each side of me) and get my "rows" in for my shoulders lol.  I push em around the room.  (They also push each other around too lol.)  We play blocks and puzzles (Melissa and Doug; the kind with pegged pieces that fit into their own shapes on the board.)  And OF COURSE EVERYTHING STILL GOES IN THE MOUTH!! We got some musical instruments and a new standing table; then of course we keep a continuous flow of books from the library. I like having all the options bc they can spend as much time as they like on their activities and I don't have to worry about running out of any ideas. We put a gate at the end of the hallway, close all the bedroom doors (except theirs) and just let them have at it with their push toys (haven't done this since they got their new cars a few days ago... can't wait to see how that goes! It's gonna be so fun!) They still only free roam of the nursery, hall (w/gate), and playroom which makes it easier on everyone now. But once they start walking... man it's a wrap. Speaking of walking, we are now doing our best to get that done daily.  2 miles is about our average (and our goal.) I wear both of the girls in a HJBC/Rebozo carry (front/back carry) and walk through these maze of neighborhoods through some serious up and down hills.  I carry a big umbrella with me so they girls get shade (I am still going to start using sunblock too though, bc this sun and heat out here in GA is no joke!)  I love this time of the day bc I get to spend 1 on 2 quality time together. The girls are so cute bc they will go "huh," and reply back and forth amongst each other and to me when I reply to them.  It's their way of talking/conversing right now and I LOVE being a part of it. I also love having the time to talk to them about anything we want to. We have lots of "life" and just random conversations. Babywearing at it's truest: bonding with my girls and them trusting and finding comfort in me more and more everyday bc they can hear my heartbeat and feel my chest move when I breath or talk. They can HEAR me when I talk and if I point something out they can see what I'm pointing to! When they get tired, they can just fall asleep ON ME. And we get to cuddle the WHOLE time. Now, how can it get any better than that? Oh ya, when I just get "lost" in the neighborhood (we just moved into this area 6 months ago, but luckily the Nike Running app has a solid GPS so I can just make turns and always find my way back home), and I don't even realize it's been almost 2 miles or 45 minutes. So, weight loss is a big focus and goal for me right now. (It's getting warm, and I want to be able to comfortably wear my old summer clothes.) IMG_1320 IMG_1330 So in addition to the walks, I have been making sure I REALLY watch what I eat and also try to eat better WITH the girls! Now that our garden is really starting to flourish, (made some salads and sandwiches with our lettuce this week! and got to put OUR fresh spinach into my smoothies!) it's getting a little easier and fun to eat! Below, I have included some lists of things that I get commonly asked, and info that I hope to share with many (about eating healthy, BLW, and of course our routine!) Sorry to have been MIA for a while (I'm only human too and things come up that we can't expect)... IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK! <3 <3 <3 Til next time folks.... <3

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**"The Routine"** (From birth to current HERE)

Days We Walk:
7am- Wake and nurse
8am- Playtime
9am- Breakfast (see below for a weekly sample menu)
9:30/9:45- Clean up, change and go for a walk
11/11:30-  Home and bottle/naptime
1:30/2- Wake and nurse (sometimes we squeeze in a little "Hola Bebe"-the only tv they watch)
2:30- Playtime
3:30- Snack time
4:15- "Quiet time" (this usually consist of them playing in their cribs with a few toys... like their pillow books or other motor skill engaging toys, anything they can occupy themselves with quietly over a short period of time)
I like to use this time to sit in the our bed and read or blog
5pm- Bottle/ then more quiet time or a nap. It depends on what their mood and what we have planned for the evening; if we have an outing in mind we try to save it for this time
6/6:30- If we decide to stay in, we wake up around this time (depending on how well our day went we are up around 6; if not so well then closer to 6:30); we do a quick nurse after we wake (if we are out, we tote a few ounces for them to have before we head back home)
7:30/7:45- Dinner time! I am trying to get better about having both kids and grownup dinners ready at this time. Please check out THIS page for some more meal ideas and recipes for baby. (As you will see, you can pretty much give baby most of anything you eat. We eased our way up to where we are now by doing lots of homemade "simple" recipes first) 
8:15/8:30- Clean up time! (both the girls and the kitchen) It has been working better with Dad giving the baths (he likes getting that special one on one time with each girl at the end of the day) and me getting the girls ready for bed. He will take one of the twincesses (they alternate who goes first everyday) up to start on her bath and I will work on wrapping up the dinner mess and making bottles; we switch girls and I get the clean one lotioned, diapered, nasal dropped, and dressed. By then it's time to switch again lol. Then we let them play around and have a little low key hang out time
9pm- Bottle and bedtime story; followed by lights out. We DO NOT do CIO, so putting the girls down can take anywhere from no time to an hour. All in a day's work right? HERE is more info on the alternatives we prefer for bedtime.
(Now of course we don't adhere to this 100% all day everyday, but it provides a great outline and structure for our days. We are all only human so if something veers off course, we just try to get back on track as much as possible.)
Days we DON'T Walk:
7am- Wake and nurse
8am- Playtime
9:15- Breakfast (see below for a weekly sample menu)
9:45- Clean up and play time
10:30/11-  Bottle/naptime
1:30/2- Wake and nurse (sometimes we squeeze in a little "Hola Bebe"-the only tv they watch)
2:30- Playtime
3:30- Snack time
4:15- Bottle/Nap
6/6:30- If we decide to stay in, we wake up around this time (depending on how well our day went we are up around 6; if not so well then closer to 6:30); we do a quick nurse after we wake (if we are out, we tote a few ounces for them to have before we head back home)
7:30/7:45- Dinner time! I am trying to get better about having both kids and grownup dinners ready at this time. Please check out THIS page for some more meal ideas and recipes for baby. (As you will see, you can pretty much give baby most of anything you eat. We eased our way up to where we are now by doing lots of homemade "simple" recipes first) 
8:15/8:30- Clean up time! (both the girls and the kitchen) It has been working better with Dad giving the baths (he likes getting that special one on one time with each girl at the end of the day) and me getting the girls ready for bed. He will take one of the twincesses (they alternate who goes first everyday) up to start on her bath and I will work on wrapping up the dinner mess and making bottles; we switch girls and I get the clean one lotioned, diapered, nasal dropped, and dressed. By then it's time to switch again lol. Then we let them play around and have a little low key hang out time
9pm- Bottle and bedtime story

**THE GIRLS MENU**People are always asking me "what types of food do you feed the girls?" So here is a little example menu of our week!

  • MONDAY: BFAST- Dry Kix; watermelon (in a mesh feeder)/ LUNCH/SNACK- Rice Krispies and strawberry slices (this was a random day where we tried new things; it was a crazy busy day as well)/ DINNER- Sauteed mushroom and onion quesadilla on corn tortillas; rice; veggie beef crumbles (Their first Cinco!)
  • TUESDAY: BFAST-  Mini Omelets; veggie sausage patties; a slice or 2 of banana; tofu and fruit smoothie (which is actually REALLY good! You would NEVER know it had tofu in it... SO HEALTHY!)/ LUNCH/SNACK- green apple slices with peanut butter (yes, they can have PB so young! HERE is some info on allergies and when to introduce food) ; applesauce crackers/ DINNER- Tofu fingers and sauteed zucchini  (which never got made bc they fell asleep b4 dinner, coming home from an outing)
  • WEDNESDAY: BFAST- strawberry slices and Rice Krispies (we had extra cuddle times in bed this am and tried to get in a small/quick breakfast before our walk)/ LUNCH/SNACK- Sweet potato fries (w/ cinnamon); Greek Yogurt and Fruit smoothie/ DINNER: leftover quesadillas; avocado slices (and fresh avocado chunk cubes, that got prepped for freezing)
  • THURSDAY: BFAST- Strawberry and Banana Peanut Butter smoothie; Kix; Greek Yogurt LUNCH-strawberry slices (we LOVE strawberries! I ate about 2 lbs a day when I was pregnant lol); a few bleu cheese crumbles/ applesauce crackers/ DINNER:
  • FRIDAY: BFAST: Scrambled tofu w/ mushroom, tomato, and cheese; strawberry slices / LUNCH: Green apples and spinach smoothie; broccoli and cheese patties; strawberry slices and bleu cheese crumbles/ DINNER: Mashed potatoes (stuffing from twice baked potatoes that were baked and frozen night before); veggie beef crumbles; sauteed mushrooms

**MOMMY'S MENU** Here you can get an idea of what (and how much) I am eating and see how much BLW helps save the day from being spent in the kitchen!

  • MONDAY: BFAST- Watermelon; bowl of cereal/ LUNCH/SNACK- Apple and bleu cheese crumbles salad; a bowl of rice krispies with strawberry slices/ DINNER- Chips, salsa, guacamole; Sauteed mushroom and onion quesadilla on corn tortillas; rice; veggie beef crumbles (Cinco!)
  • TUESDAY: BFAST-  Veggie sausage patties; tofu and fruit smoothie; bagel / LUNCH/SNACK- Strawberry and feta salad; green apple slices with peanut butter/ DINNER- Baked tilapia and sauteed zucchini with left over rice
  • WEDNESDAY: BFAST- Bowl of Rice Krispies with strawberry slices; pizza (guilty, I had 2 slices!) / LUNCH/SNACK- Tuna salad on croissant; Greek Yogurt and Fruit smoothie/ DINNER: leftover quesadillas; avocado slices; croissant with cheese (one of those days we called it early and didn't do grown up dinner time)
  • THURSDAY: BFAST- Strawberry and Banana Peanut Butter smoothie; / LUNCH/SNACK- Bagel with cream cheese; Apple and bleu cheese crumbles salad (with strawberry slices); Guacamole on toasted corn tortillas/ DINNER: Ceviche
  • FRIDAY: BFAST: Scrambled tofu w/ mushroom, tomato, and cheese; strawberry slices / LUNCH/SNACK: Green apples and spinach smoothie; Tuna salad on croissant / DINNER: Twice baked potatoes; baked tilapia
The Good Old Grocery List for the Week:
-2-3 green apples
-3 lbs of strawberries
-Greek yogurt (we buy ours from Sams and for $10 we get a BIG box that lasts us a month... Chiobani)
- A bag of frozen Mixed fruit (which I separate into freezer storage bags; again Sams which lasts us about a month for $10)
-Silken and Firm Tofu (silken for smoothies; firm for scrambled and tofu fingers)
-craisins
-3 tomatoes
-1 large onion
-4 avocados
-1 package of baby portabella mushroooms
-16 oz box of sour cream
-bleu cheese crumbles (Sams)
-feta cheese (Sams)