Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Baby Led Weaning & twin update

by Bex

This is a rather muddled post which was initially just going to be about baby led weaning but is now a random mish mash of my thoughts and life with the twins lately.  And of course, some of my favourite pictures taken over the last few weeks/months.  They're actually 37 weeks today, on Thursday they will have been on the outside as long as they were on the inside!

I'm going to share a few recipes I make for the babies when I have time over the next few months but I haven't really written much about their new solid food diet (or anything else for that matter!)  I've only managed to post a few photo posts with minimal writing, for obvious reasons.  Life is pretty busy with twins and I struggle to balance taking photos of them (which I obviously love and try to do as often as possible) with editing said photos (it's hard to keep on top when you take so many!) with actually playing with, feeding and generally looking after the twins!

The twins are now 8 months, we're in Saudi Arabia staying with my parents for a month before I go back to work and can't be away for such a long time.  Nik was supposed to be joining us this Saturday for the final 2 weeks but his visa was refused, we don't know why, they don't say and we tried reapplying but it's "still in progress" thanks to Ramadan so we've had to give up as the last thing we now want is for him to be stuck at home without us, wasting 2 weeks of annual leave!  He has instead booked the week off when we return and another week at the end of August so we can hopefully have our first proper family holiday.  (Obviously somewhere cheap since our flights here were quite expensive, although luckily due to the Heathrow protest, BA cancelled Nik's flight to postpone it which meant he was entitled to a full refund for his in the end, phew!)

Anyway, this is turning into more of a general update so I'll just summarise the past few months.  The twins started solid food in May when they were 6 months old.  Priya took to it really well and is still a champion eater (and pooper to match!), Kalyan is slower but is enjoying food too, just not quite to the same extent (or quantity!), although he does love broccoli!

Sheer foodie joy!  Definitely my daughter!  ;)

And they both love flat peaches which you may remember I devoured when I was pregnant!

Don't worry, I did remove the stone!

We had our wonderful naming ceremony (which I've still to write about, having just had time to share our beautiful video by Anna) and I've had help ever since as my Mum stayed for a whole 6 weeks until we flew to Saudi as I can't fly alone with two infants (nor would I want to!).  She's now having to fly back with me again or we'd be stuck here since Nik could no longer come and therefore fly back with us!  It means an extra week of Granny time for the twins (and I) though so silver linings!

Wearing clothes which used to be mine and my brother's. 

I've been enjoying getting out and about more as it's so much easier with an extra pair of hands for when both twins kick off in a shop for example or want feeding at the same time while out and about.  Having help on hand to distract the second baby makes a big difference to stress levels!  (There was a rather rude lady who commented when I was, rather successfully I thought, settling a hungry Priya while feeding Kalyan in the M&S cafe in Crawley on an attempted day out alone with the twins aged around 4 months.  She was a mother with a 1 yo and 3 yo and also had her mother with them.  She walked past me coping with my 2 little bundles and commented "Oh I don't envy you."  Just no need lady and clearly you have no idea how awesome twins can be despite those tricky moments trying to keep both happy.  So much for Mum solidarity.)  Anyway, we've since been back to Crawley and managed to get a bit more shopping done with one of us spare to keep the buggy moving while the other browsed if the twins were getting bored!

I thought I might have a bit more chance to blog as well but instead I've been making the most of being able to take more photos of the twins.  I've taken more than twice as many as in previous months which meant a lot more time needed to download and edit them all!  I also selected a few for printing too for a couple of small photo books and some frames for Father's Day but I really want to find the time to make a proper photo book of all my favourites since they were born but I need a lot more time for that so maybe in a few years!!?

I have a few notes I've made along the way as I wanted to blog regular updates like I did during my pregnancy.  I hope to fill in a month by month properly despite already being at month 9, adding in my notes, pictures and any milestones I've recorded on my phone list app.  Who knows if they'll ever be published though, I just want to have them to look back on and remember all the little moments of their first year.  I think I might publish them in the run up to the twins' 1st birthday if I get them all finished in time!

As for the twins themselves, other than the eating, they are developing so many new skills and are so much fun!  Priya now has four teeth!  Kalyan - none (he still loves chewing his thumb).  We hope and wish for them every day as he often seems to have miserable moments, despite trying to be the happy chappy he usually is!  They are super strong and love to stand with support, I think they'll be cruising before long and P is so close to crawling, although I'm more than happy for this to be delayed as it's going to be a crazy train once they're properly on the move!

They beam at me every morning (and anyone else who happens to be nearby), they love being around people and relish in the attention they get when meeting friends or being at the village pop-in.  We've never really had much of a daytime routine and naps are hit & miss but usually still one in the morning and one in the afternoon, we just never know for how long!  They absolutely love bathtime though and we really enjoy playing in the water.

And Kalyan still loves his balloons!

I do think Priya's happiest when eating though!


Nita said...

Gosh, I'd have thought the 'I don't envy you' comment was meant sympathetically/in admiration -it's exactly the sort of thing I (as a non-mum) say to mums who are dealing with crying babies all the time -not meant to sound rude or patronising but just genuinely meaning, 'gosh that looks really hard and I couldn't do what you're doing!' Will obviously have to be more careful in future! enjoy your holiday!

Bex said...

I think it would entirely depend on how you said it Nita! Her tone was not very nice but maybe I just interpreted it wrong during the stressful situation.

Anonymous said...

What a totally ridiculous thing for that woman to say!
Anyway, the twins are just gorgeous, your photos are fab, and you are a SuperMum!
Enjoy the rest of your trip with your parents xxx

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