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Hello Friends-

Quick note- my domain http://www.pjmomblog.com is down currently but http://www.pjmomblog.wordpress.com is active and running. Reason being, my auto renewal of the domain failed (old CC) so I have to wait for a while to renew it without paying and arm and a leg. In the meantime I still have http://www.pjmomblog.wordpress.com fully functional, and since it is free they will not shut it down 😉 . So bear with me until that happens. I will send a quick note again.

For now you can use the wordpress site http://www.pjmomblog.wordpress.com to see my posts and such. Talking about posts, a new one coming up soon 😉 . Stay put!

Love you!

XoXo

PJ

My Wish for you!

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My Wish for you!

Motherhood you have wrecked me so beautifully well. What I’d give to turn back the hands of last few years and redo it all over again. Not because we did something wrong but we did everything so right.

Read something similar somewhere and it couldnt be more fit today as I write this.

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Bringing a baby into the world is a big deal. We too jumped in the bandwagon and did it anyway. The first year was hard but we survived. Just when we though we got a hang of it, we did it again. We decided to bring a second baby into our lives. Very unsure of our decision we were still waiting patiently for our second baby girl. Then came little Mila into the world on Feb 15th 2015. What a day that was!

I cried my eyeballs out when I saw her first, probably cried more than when I did with my first born. I do not know why I did though. Maybe it was the mom guilt on me that I now have to share my love between these two girls or maybe it was just her sweet little face that dug deep into my chest the minute I held her. But I cried! We were nervous about introducing Mila to Asha (her big sister, her soon to be best friend). We just did not know what to expect. But from the minute Asha laid her eyes on Mila, Mila became hers. She became her pride and joy, her ultimate possession that she wanted to share with the world. The union couldn’t be any more perfect.

My little Mila is graced with so much beauty and sweetness that even a stranger will walk upon to say hi to her. Batting of her big bold eye lashes are sure to win and break a million hearts. This sweet girl of mine is the most content baby in the world. She is her big sister’s shadow! She is her confidant! She is her life long best friend! Little M is sweeter than honey but is so courageous. Bless her little heart, she is never scared to take risks. Some days we feel like we did not do justice to her by not doing things we did for her sister like hovering over her 24/7 and others. But you know what, that is what made her what she is today at a tender age of two. She is confident and she is very friendly and she is just mellow. Her personality is so charming that we cannot even get mad at her antics for more than a mere second. She is amazing in every single way!

So for my wish to you today baby girl, may you achieve every single goal you will ever have in your heart. May you get the most perfect sunrise and sunsets every single day of your life. May you always remain the best baby sister in the world. May you always have that special someone to look up to whether it is us or your big sister. May you never have to feel alone. My little Mila Lena, may you get the very best the world has to offer. Even when your daddy and I are not around, may you still lean in on your sister for support.

I am SO grateful to call this girl mine. It makes me a little sad every time I think how fast she is growing up. But I am looking forward to seeing her personality come out more and looking forward to loving her more.

I may not be the best mom in the world but you my darling you sure are the one of our best creations. You are our pride and joy and  we lucked out having you as our daughter. My wish for you today is that may you have the best birthdays year after year. I love you Mila!

Happy Birthday Asha!

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Happy Birthday Asha!

Dear 2017- welcome!

And now let me apologize for not posting for the longest time. I was getting caught up with life. So many things have happened in the past few months that I need to write a few posts on those. Stay tuned for a few backlogged posts those are long overdue. Today however I decided to pick up my pen err open my blog to wish my first born a very happy fourth birthday! My little A who is not so little anymore turned four today. Where did the time go?

The whole reason I started this blog on the first place was to document my journey of motherhood. As soon as A was born I felt like I needed to pour my thoughts down somewhere so this blog was discovered. So in honor of her birthday I decided to revisit and post something for you all.

A is my first born. The witty one, the sweet one, the super sensitive one. She is stubborn and very determined but she is so sensible and nurturing that we are always in awe with her antics. This is the girl who stayed in my tummy for almost two extra weeks. This is the girl who did not want to leave my belly and had to be evicted (I say that with utmost love). This is the girl who taught me to put someone else’s needs and wants before putting my own. This is the girl who made me a MOTHER. I am forever grateful to be called “mama” by this little girl and her even little-er sister. My little A is four today. It is incredible to see how far we have come around. From not knowing how to hold a baby to being a mom of two and to have carried two babies back to back, gave birth back to back and breastfed my babies well over 18 months, I think I now have this motherhood thing pat down (if only). Joking aside this little girl has taught me so much in the past 4 years, I am humbled and proud at the same time to be her mother.

A is very determined and also super compromising. She teaches us a lot about perseverance and not to give up- ever! This girl loves her sister more than anything and calls herself M’s best friend forever (melts my heart). A taught me how to be patient (working on that still) and how to be a protective mama bear. Our life is so colorful because of our girls. A is truly an adventurer. This little girl started traveling when she was only 8 months old (first trip Cancun, Mexico). Since then she has about a dozen trips under her belt. She is the happiest when she sits in the plane and go explore new places and new faces. This girl loves to just be out and about. This girl even took on a trip to Dubai (14 hours flight each way) like a piece of cake. No complains, no fuss! Hats off to this explorer. We will try our best to fulfill your life with as much adventures as we can my dear daughter. You deserve nothing but the very best life has to offer. You, my child, are one in a million and we are smitten over you. We love you so much and we wish you a very happy fourth birthday! Love you always!

 asha-and-mama

The recent happenings

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Hello world-

What have you been up to? It sure is a beautiful day out isn’t it?  Is it the “momtitude” on me that makes everything look so splendid that happens around me. I have heard about how being a mom changes your whole perspective on how you see things around you but did not believe too much of it but i am realizing the world around me is changing. Most things are changing for the better, but some of course are not. I may not have this positive attitude all the time due  to sheer exhaustion of raising two toddlers but I sure get this wave of appreciation for things around me every once in a while. So read on 🙂 .

Being a mom means you now have a whole lot of responsibility period! You also don’t know what self less love feels like until you have become a mom. You now have this tiny little person that you need to care for. Days become longer but years become shorter. It is just fun being a parent.

Of course, I don’t have a minute to myself. I don’t have a Pinterest perfect home. I don’t cook culinary delights anymore. My days/months are spent planning for their birthdays, their outfits for their school photos , heck their everyday outfits. I run around the house like a headless chicken trying to feed everyone and myself.  All I can say is it has been one heck of a ride (being a mom that is) and I wouldn’t change this for anything in the world.

I know it has been over a few months that I wrote a blog post. I just have had too many things going on. We just recently moved into a new house so talk about packing,unpacking, decorating, purging hit all at once and top it off with two toddlers and a dog (don’t forget my full time traveling husband). A has started to go to a Montessori school. I am especially excited about this as I wanted to see her prosper and thrive into a Montessori environment (hopefully). M has started to babble and talk up a storm and her favorite word? You guessed it- its NO!

Kids are doing great, Bella is still very much a puppy and growing healthy . Life has gotten a whole lot sweeter.

This post didn’t really have a solid weight behind this but I wanted to just fire off something at you all wonderful people since you haven’t heard from me in a while. So with one more promise to be frequent I am going to stop typing. Feel free to send me feedback and messages regarding anything you would like to read or see on my blog. For now, enjoy my insta feed- it sure is colorful there @pjmomblog 🙂 .

See you there!

XoXo

PJ

 

 

Birthday, Work and Instagram!

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Birthday, Work and Instagram!

Hello my Dear Friends,

I am SO over the winter blues and very ready for the nice and warm sunny rays. Aren’t we all though? Luckily, this week I will be able to enjoy some 60 degrees weather (close to 70s actually) and I am not complaining.

So what is new with me? We recently celebrated baby M’s first birthday. I know we all say it but seriously where did the year go? Just with a blink of an eye miss M is ONE year old and big sis A is now THREE! My girls are getting big and I cannot believe I actually did survive the first year of the second baby while going through the terrible twos of Miss A. I guess that would be my super power lol. What is yours?12322768_1302166389809983_769838979543513551_o

My work has gotten super busy. I worked from home 100% for the past 3.5 years (yep, super lucky there) and now I have just started to go to work 3 days a week and that has been a BIG adjustment for me and my family. I know I am still lucky enough to be able to work from home two days a week and when needed but I almost forgot how much work it is to actually get up at 6 am, take shower, style my hair (styling means blow drying and flat ironing ), to put on makeup, to pick professional clothes, pack some snacks for the road and so on. Phew. Oh the snack packing brings me to my most interesting point, my commute! From zero commute to now one way 50 miles commute is not fun, at all! Yep 50 miles each way. That is a whole lot of gas and mileage on my car and if you know the Capital Beltway, it is not the fun-nest road to drive on 😉 . Anyways- I have been trying to make that commute as my “me” time. I snack on some dry fruits and Kind bars, listen to the Kane show and gather my thoughts. I make ALL my big plans while I drive these days lol. It’s funny you actually start to enjoy the long drive some days (some days).

The other new thing that I have is I have started to use Instagram a LOT lately lol. I mean at least one post a day , which is a BIG deal in my books. I am trying to stay active on social media by putting more pics on IG that way I am still keeping in touch with you all. What? You haven’t followed me on IG yet? You have got to! My IG name is pjmomblog , simple 🙂 . Please follow me as I capture my cuties behind the iphone lenses. I have been trying to use a lot of hash tags to for the sake of visibility in the world of IG as well. So if you are up for keeping up with my babies’ shenanigans follow me right now.

Rest all is well, I will post Miss M’s birthday pics soon. Until then see you on IG.

XoXo

PJ

 

Baby’s Breakfast

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Baby’s Breakfast

So I know I used to post a lot about A’s food when she was little but then life happened and I got busier and never did I ever post miss M’s food. Today I am going to post the most popular food that we cook in our house – good old oatmeal. We all know how good oatmeal is for everyone. It is great for your heart and cholesterol and it is SO comforting in winter that there is nothing that beats it when it comes down to eating breakfast.

We cook a BIG batch of oatmeal in our house almost 7 days a week. It is Quaker’s Old Fashioned Oats from Costco. The way It is cooked in our household is super easy-  literally I cook it in 2% milk for about 10 mins and cover it so it gets soft. I add cinnamon sticks along with the oats so we get that yummy spice flavor and smell. That’s it! When it is cooked sometimes I add fruits, nuts, dried foods or sometime just eat it without any toppings. Oatmeal is SO versatile that you can make it as interesting or as bland as you want to.

The reason it is popular in our house is my toddler A has been eating it almost every single day since she started eating solids and now miss M who is almost 1 also eats it every single day. I have stopped pureeing food for M since she was 7 month old. She was toothless for the longest time and has sported 4 teeth just now, she still managed to gum up all kinds of food. This little girl is a piggy- she LOVES her food. She  eats oatmeal in the morning. Again, the very same oatmeal that gets cooked for all of us in our household. It gives me a comfort knowing that both kiddos are starting their day with a hearty breakfast which is amazing for them and they love it. It is our breakfast “default” in our household. Here is a picture of M’s breakfast bowl from this morning:

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It may not look the prettiest but it is SO good. I also add raisins on them sometimes- I let it soak in the milk for a bit before feeding them to M since it could be a choking hazard for younger babies.

Anyways- just wanted to post a great breakfast idea for not just a baby but for the whole family. Hope some of you will give Oatmeal a shot, I know most people are not very fond of it . But the benefits outweighs the taste (at least for me it does) 🙂 .

Enjoy!

XoXo

PJ

Snow is coming ..

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Be safe everyone ! The much anticipated snow storm Jonas is hitting the DC metro area amongst several other states ( northeastern region) . Stay warm, be safe and have fun playing out in the snow. Hopefully we will not lose power.
My kids are excited for making a snowman ( well A is ) . I am looking forward to hopefully baking some sugary goodness. Wanted to make an effort to post a blog before the snow storm .
Will write more later !

Xoxo
PJ

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