Asparagus

by Kayte

Either my kids were starving at lunch time, or they really loved asparagus. Maybe both.

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Twin Talk

by Kayte


STTN

by Kayte

Thursday night after her MRI, Lola slept through the night (STTN). I thought maybe it was just a fluke; the lasting effect of the sedation and a busy day. But then she did it Friday night. And again Saturday night. Last night was the first night I didn’t wake up at 2:30am looking for her. After over a year of punctuated sleep, I think I could get used to this.


Swimming!

by Kayte

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Wat Thai

by Kayte

Today we drove deep into the heart of the Valley to eat some authentic Thai food. There’s a temple in North Hollywood that hosts an underground buffet on the weekends. It’s just a few miles from our house but feels like another country.

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Brody and I each chose a rice plate with several chicken and pork items, skewers, papaya salad, rice-wrapped baby bananas and deep fried sweet potatoes. The babies ate green beans and butternut squash.


Mango

by Kayte

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Seems like second and third tries are always the charm when it comes to homemade baby food. I made a batch of mango from fresh fruit, but they weren’t ripe enough and the result was pretty sour. Neither Max nor Lola ate much breakfast (see picture below). Luckily I had some frozen mango in the freezer (for my smoothie-making) so we tried again for lunch. The second try was much better received (not pictured).

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My Precious

by Kayte

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Busy Day

by Kayte

Karen and I made the most of her last day here. We packed a picnic lunch and got an early start (by twin-time standards).

First we stopped by the St. Joe NICU to show off the big one-year-olds. We saw a lot of our old friends and the babies were both very social.

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After that we were off to the zoo! We found a nice grassy area to eat our picnic lunch.

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After lunch we walked around the zoo for a bit. The weather was beautiful and it was nice to be outside.

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The babies and the adults were all pooped after our busy day.


Getty

by Kayte

Karen and I took Max and Lola to the Getty Center today. It was the babies’ first ever tram ride, and first art museum. Granted we didn’t manage to make it inside the museum; just walked the grounds and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

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Lola was in an amazing mood the entire time, until we decided to take a family portrait.

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Brain MRI

by Kayte

The earliest we were able to schedule Lola’s MRI was May 30th, but UCLA called earlier this week to let us know they had a cancellation and could get her in this Thursday. It was perfect since Aunt Karen was in town and could look after Max (who wasn’t allowed to go).

An MRI is a little complicated with a baby. They have to hold perfectly still for nearly an hour to get a good image, so sedation was necessary. We’ve never had Lola sedated without surgery, so we weren’t sure what to expect, but it was relatively easy. She woke up, ate and we were out of there 30min after the test finished. When we got back home she was completely recovered – no lingering drowsiness or side-effects.

Now more waiting for a doctor to call us with the results.

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Take a Bao

by Kayte

Auntie Karen is in town and we’ve been too busy to blog! Yesterday we took the babies out to lunch. Now that they’re a year old, and flu/RSV season is done, I’m really relaxing on germs. Time to test those immune systems! Max sat in a big-boy high chair for the first time. He did great. Lola’s still a little small and wobbly for that yet, but she still managed to enjoy herself.


Quinoa

by Kayte

We eat quinoa a lot in our household so I figured it was time for the babies to try it. Recipes that I read online suggested grinding the grains into a powder that can be cooked like porridge and mixed with purées. My first batch turned out really well. The babies didn’t love the plain quinoa, but didn’t mind it mixed with butternut squash.


Cream Cheese

by Kayte

I figured with all the cupcake-eating I might as well make this official. The frosting on the cupcakes was a simple mixture of cream cheese and powdered sugar. A baby-friendly recipe from my baby cookbook. Max & Lola definitely liked the cupcake version better than plain cam cheese…but it’s pretty tasty mixed into vegetable purées. Creamed sweet potato, creamed carrots, creamed peas, etc. etc.

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Cake Smash

by Kayte

I think the practice on Thursday did some good. Max & Lola brought their A-game for today’s cupcake smash.

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At least clean-up was easy!


Party

by Kayte

Saturday we had a small gathering of family and friends to celebrate Max & Lola’s birthday. I didn’t want anything too big or complicated, just enough to make it feel special. The babies seemed to enjoy all the decorations and attention, and boy were they pooped by the end of the day! The parents were too, for that matter. It was a great first birthday, and I can’t wait to enjoy the year(s) ahead!

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One

by Kayte

Happy birthday to my two strong, brave, beautiful babies. Our journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I’m so proud of you both. What a difference a year makes!

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NICU Birthday Party

by Kayte

On Thursday the NICU babies met for a joint birthday party. They were all born within a week-and-a-half of each other so we’ve made this journey together. We’ve all been through a lot to get to this one year mark, and it was a day to celebrate!

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Jungle Party! Jacob - Sophie - Lola - Bea- Max

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Sophie riding the lion

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Michelle hand-made all the decorations!

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Cupcake Smash! Lola - Max - Bea - Sophie - Jacob

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Jacob's loving his cupcake

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Cake hangover

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Sophie demolished her cupcake

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The birthday hats were a big hit

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Bea's Turning One!

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Jacob + Katrina

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Bea, Michelle & Sophie

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Ribbons & Wrapping Paper


Birthday Bibs

by Kayte

My first big project with my new sewing machine was to make birthday bibs for Max & Lola’s friends. We were having a jungle-themed birthday party, so I made the bibs in zebra print; pink for the girls and blue for the boys. I had a lot of fun figuring it all out, but it was a lot of work! Now I’m ready to get back to fixing diapers.


Hummus

by Kayte

The baby version of it at least – garbanzo beans and water. I made the first batch in the food processor and the babies hated it. I thought Max was going to barf. Too many bitty hard chunks. I tried again in the Vitamix and got much better results – nice & smooth.

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Puppy Kisses

by Kayte

This tongue stuff is Max’s new favorite thing. Wonder where he learned it?