20 Month Recap

The boys will be turning 23 months in little over a week and I’m writing about Month 20 just now. They are growing up so fast! Hopefully, my blog writing can catch up with them one day.

I would characterize Month 20 as the month that the boys really started hitting (each other and me!) and being really clingy to me – not sure what is happening developmentally to trigger this. Also, Month 20 was the month where the boys (well mainly Shailen) started waking up between 4am and 4:30am. I think I was about to go crazy this month!! The good news is that the boys are sleeping really well now (knock on wood) and the boys are not clingy and hit A LOT less. I wish during month 20 that I would have known that the boys were going through a phase and that they would be back to their sweet selves by Month 22.

Favorite Pictures & Videos

Despite the hitting and clinginess, there were a lot of good moments during Month 20. Below are some of my favorite pictures from this month:

We went to DC for Christmas. Here’s a picture of my sweet nephew, Veer, walking with Shailen. Of course, Shailen is holding a stick. He must always hold a stick when he walks!

Shailen & Veer

Shailen & Veer

When we were in DC, my sister had a photographer take pictures of the family. Here’s a really cute picture of my niece and nephew!

Veer & Leela

Veer & Leela

Another picture from the photoshoot. Arjun hugging Veer. Arjun is wearing a fancy shirt and skinny jeans – hehe.

Arjun & Veer

Arjun & Veer

Another cute photo from the photo shoot – Shailen having fun outside.

Shailen!

Shailen!

Here’s a non-photo shoot pic. Arjun is once again hugging Veer. He loves Veer so much!

Arjun hugging Veer

Arjun hugging Veer

Below are my favorite videos from this month. Arjun was doing backwards somersaults in DC and the boys hug each other often (and will do it on command too)!

Arjun doing somersaults

Hugging!

Christmas

We spent a week in DC with the Singh fam! The boys really enjoyed hanging out with Veer. They would hug him a lot (esp Arjun) and they would follow Veer around. It was very sweet watching them together. The boys, though, were scared of Leela. If you put Leela in front of them, then they would run away. I’m not sure why since Leela is such a smiley and happy baby.

Below is a family shot from the photo shoot my sister arranged.

Singh Fam

Singh Fam!!

Christmas Day!

Spending Christmas with the Singh family was a lot of fun. The grownups do Secret Santa where we are suppose to get an inexpensive gift for the person that is assigned to us. No one, though, follows the price limit and a lot of times there is a lot of blabbing going on so people can pretty much figure out who has who. This year I was assigned to get Sheenal a gift. All he wanted was warm winter boots so that’s what I got him. Good thing I did because we have had such a cold winter!

Here are some pictures from Christmas Day.

Boys on Christmas!

Boys unwrapping presents!

 

Mamas & Their Babies

An attempt to do a mommies and kids shot.

Forts!

One big realization we made while in DC is seeing that the boys LOVE forts. When we were inside the house, they were mainly playing with the couch seat cushions. Veer loved constructing the fort with Sheenal and then the boys would hide in the fort with Veer. Sometimes we turned the seat cushions into ramps where the boys could run up and down the seat cushions and do backwards somersaults (there is a video above under favorite pictures and videos that shows Arjun’s skills).

Forts!

Forts!

Hanging with the Singh Fam!

My boys loved hanging out with my parents. Here the boys are reading a book with Nanu.

Nanu reading to boys

And they of course read books with Nani too!Nanee & Twins

And’s here a cute picture of Nani reading to Arjun.

Nanee & Arjun

Nanu giving Arjun a snack (with the dinosaur photobombing this picture)

Nanu feeding Arjun

Shailen spending quality time with Mamu (and grabbing his nose!)

Mamu & Shailen

Saurabh Mamu & Cars

My brother is making good money after years in residency and medical school. What does he do with his newfound wealth? He buys cars …

He bought a Tesla for himself ….

Tessla

And got my dad a car for Christmas (in the picture Shailen is looking at a book with Nanu that came with the car). Saurabh obviously was not following the Secret Santa price limit.

Nanu & Shailen

And he got a fancy car for the boys too – hehe

car

Attack of the Dinosaurs!

Instead of Elf on the Shelf, we decided to use dinosaurs instead. We thought Veer would get a kick out of seeing dinosaurs come to life. Our inspiration came from – https://www.facebook.com/dinovember.

After Veer went to bed, the dinos had a board game party. When Veer saw the dinosaurs, the first thing he said was “Nani won’t like this.” He said this because my mom does not like mess and these dinos are causing a mess here.

Dino 1

For the next night, the dinos played with Veer’s Thomas the Train tracks. When Veer saw the dinos the next morning, he was miffed they were playing with his toys but then he got over that and giggled.

Dino 1.2

The next evening, the dinos decided to take over the Chirstmas Tree. Veer started calling the dinos naughtly after this. He would laugh when he said this.

Dino 2.5

The night before Chirstmas, the dinos ate Santa’s cookies and left popcorn instead for Santa. They also wrote a note to Santa explaining this. When Veer saw this, he had enough of the dinosaurs. He wanted to put them in time out!

Dino 2

The dinos then spent the day in time out. That evening, they drew a picture for Veer and apologized. When Veer saw this the next morning, he became friends again with the dinos.

Dino 3

The following night, the dinos continued to not being naughty and tried to make a meal for Veer.

Dino 4

I don’t have the final picture but for the last thing we did, Veer saw the dinosaurs leaving the house. We assured Veer that they would come back next year!

Pointing

One of my favorite activities with the boys is asking them to point to different animals or vehicles. They get so excited to point out the object I am referring to. And I love the sounds they make when they are pointing at particular animals. Below are videos of the boys pointing at different things.

Arjun pointing out cars

Shailen pointing out animals

Snow

We have had lots of snow this winter. It’s hard to keep the boys inside all day (even if we go to an indoor playspace) so we try to take them on short walks. Below is a picture of the boys trudging through snow. They were walking in a single file line so this picture makes me think of little ducklings.

My little ducklings

My little ducklings

Shailen enjoying his walk in the snow.

Shailen

Playing

The boys are so active and always running around. They chase each other around quite a bit. They love the songs in their music class and will follow what the teacher does. At home we’ll listen to the songs and they are do the moves they were taught in class. My favorite is when they listen to the one cold an frosty morning song. They will squat and bounce up and down. Then, they hop into the air when the song says that. It is really cute to watch.

A new game they love playing is “march around the table”. I will start marching around the dining room table. They will then start marching. I then give them simple commands (like let’s run around the table or put our hands on our head around the table) and they will copy what I am doing. Arjun especially loves this game.

One of their favorite games is hide and seek. What I love about this game is they think they are hiding if I can’t see their face. They may put their sippy cup or a monkey doll in front of their face and think that I can’t see them. When I get close to them, they giggle and I use their giggles as the reason I found them. Below the boys are hiding from me – hehe.

Boys "hiding" from me

Boys “hiding” from me

Another favorite game of the boys is they will touch the outlets and I’ll pretend to get mad at them. The outlets have outlet safety covers on them so I don’t care if they touch the outlets. When they touch the outlets, I will say their names in a way they think is funny and then they will take turns touching the outlet and  laugh hysterically.

Being naughty - touching the outlet

Being naughty – touching the outlet

The boys love to copy what we do. They like sweeping and fight over the broom! It is very cute to watch them sweep. Arjun likes to help with emptying the dishwasher. He’ll take the spoons out of the dishwasher to the coffee table and then “inspects” them. Then, he’ll give them to me to put away.

Boys love to sweep!

Boys love to sweep!

And here’s the picture of the boys’ favorite room. They like to run into this room when they are hiding from me.

Arjun hiding

Arjun hiding

One new development is the boys are no longer scared of bounce houses. Yay! They love them. We are ready to go to Chicago summer street festivals (which oftentimes have bounce houses)!

Eating

The boys continue to be good eaters (knock on wood). We had them sitting in their high chairs on their own for awhile. We changed this arrangement so that they are sitting at the adult table and eat.

Here’s a picture of the old way:

Old way of eating

Old way of eating

And here’s how we feed them now!

New way of eating

New way of eating

Currently, we have them eating next to each other rather than across from each other but they are still at the adult table. I think they enjoy being at the adult time and it’s easier to feed them this way!

Talking

I’m trying to keep a running list of the words the boys are saying so that when they go for their 2 year checkup, the doctor can tell me if the boys are talking enough. I think they’re fine but the grandparents are putting doubts in my head. I figure it would be fun to keep a list anyways so I am.

So far Shailen is saying – car, mama, papa, baby, me, tea, come, hop, gob gob (yes – I’m counting this as a word!), up, beep, and done.

Arjun isn’t talking as much. He is saying – car, papa, mama, tractor, and up.

Cute Pics

As always, here are some additional cute pictures of my babies!

Papa giving Shailen a goodnight hug.

Papa giving Shailen a goodnight hug.

 

Boys taking a nap on papa

Boys taking a nap on papa

 

Arjun & Sheenal Selfie

Arjun & Sheenal Selfie – they look just like each other!

 

19 Month Post

The boys turned 22 months almost a week ago but today I am posting about their 19th month. Oh well … hopefully, I will be able to catch up soon!

This month the boys have really been getting use to the house and loving all the space that they have. Also, this is the month that I really have been noticing that they understand what I am saying. It’s really cool to watch them follow a simple command or see them pointing to something in a book that you asked them to point to. They are also saying more words – hooray!

Pictures and Video of the Month

Below are my favorite pictures and video of the month. The first picture is of Sheenal, me, and the boys at Neil’s birthday party. Once again they are sitting at the little kids’ table :-). I think they particularly liked drinking apple juice from the juice box.

Neil's Birthday party

Neil’s Birthday party

The first room we decorated in the house is the nursery (of course!). We put up wall decals of various vehicles (cars, trucks, planes, trains, helicopters, etc.). It was so fun watching the boys enter the room for the first time after we put up the wall decals. For the first few minutes, they were going nuts in the room pointing at the different vehicles saying, “car, car, car”. Every morning when they wake up and I come into the room, the first thing they do is they point at the various vehicles and say car. The effort it took to put the wall decals up was all worth it!

Arjun loving the wall decals!

Arjun loving the wall decals!

My favorite video from this month is a video of the boys talking to each other in their language. They sometimes have an intense conversation! Below is a video of one of those conversations.

Shailen and Arjun having an intense conversation

Snow!

The boys’ got their first taste of snow this month! I loved watching them see snow for the first time. We took them outside when it was snowing a lot. At first, they just pointed at the snow. Then, they opened their mouths or stuck out their tongues trying to taste the snow. They were quite unsure of what to do when they saw snow on the ground. I had to first walk in the snow before they would venture in the snow and they only walked in the snow if I was holding their hand :-). I made a snow angel which cracked the boys up.

Below is a rare picture of me with the boys (because I’m usually taking the pictures or look too dishelved to be in the picture). I love Shailen’s expression – he’s having a ball stomping in the snow. Arjun looks like he can’t move with all the winter gear we put on him :-).

Having fun in the snow with mommy!

Having fun in the snow with mommy!

Below are pictures of the boys’ expression when we took them out while it was snowing.

Arjun having fun watching snow fall down

Arjun having fun watching snow fall down

Shailen having fun with snow

The snow making Shailen smile.

Snow!

Arjun still all smiles.

Snow!

The boys hanging out!

Here’s a video of the boys’ watching the snow and pointing at the snow -

Noticing and feeling snow!

Talking and Music Class

As I mentioned earlier, the boys are saying more words! When Shailen wants attention, he will sit on your lap and say me, me, me! He will normally do this when I am changing Arjun’s diaper and he wants me to look at what he is doing. One of the more challenging aspects of having twins is changing one kids’ poop diaper while the other one is climbing all over you or deciding to “help” by pulling lots of diaper wipes out of the box to give to you (I simply smile and say thank you when this happens because it’s the thought that counts, right?) :-).

Arjun has started saying tractor! It’s so funny that one of the few words he says is a complicated word like tractor. I guess this shows how much he loves tractors! He loves pointing at tractors in books and then saying the word.

The boys LOVE animals. They particularly like lions and monkeys. In books, they always point out the lions and monkeys. They also will point out the zebras, pigs, elephants, and alligators. They are becoming particularly good at making animal noises. When you say butterfly or point at a butterfly, Shailen will put his hands in the air and twirl them while saying “ahhhhhhh”. I’m not sure where he came up with that but it’s so cute.

The boys started music class this month. They go to music class twice a week (on Wednesdays with Asha (our awesome nanny) and on Saturdays with Sheenal and me). I know the boys are shy but I didn’t realize how shy they are until the music class. They would not leave my lap! Hopefully, after going to a few more classes, they won’t be as shy and will venture away from my lap.

The boys love children’s songs and, like most kids, love wheels on the bus. Sheenal can now make the motion of having his arms circle around one another. When he does that, he wants us to sing wheels on the bus. It’s nonstop singing Wheels on the Bus in our house at the moment :-).

Thanksgiving

Both sets of grandparents and my brother came to visit for Thanksgiving! The boys’ had a blast with the grandparents spoiling them and Sheenal and I loved having everyone over because that meant we got extra help with opening moving boxes :-). Mama Singh did a great job with organizing the kitchen. And the granddads and Sheenal did some babyproofing and replaced a bunch of lightbulbs with more energy efficient bulbs (something that really excited Sheenal).

Sheenal and I got a kick out of dressing the boys in similar clothes to confuse the grandparents. The grandparents were always messing up on who was who especially if the boys were not standing next to each other.

Below are some shots of the boys with everyone.

Nanu giving boys chocolate

Nanu giving boys chocolate. I love how excited they look! And Sheenal is doing something with a lightbulb in the background.

At children's museum

Nanu and Nanee at the children’s museum. I must confess I don’t know which twin this is ( I know how ironic this is especially since I just made fun of the grandparents above). One of the boys is “making” a pizza.

Reading to boys

Dada reading to the boys.

Mamu reading to the boys

Mamu reading to Shailen.

While we made Thanksgiving dinner, the boys were running all over the place. Here, they are chasing each other. What I love about this video is that around the 34 second mark, they stop chasing each other and start dancing because they hear a song on pandora (pandora is on not the tv) that they like.

Stopping to Dance 

Playdates

Below are some pictures of the boys on play dates. These pictures may be from Month 18 rather than Month 19 but since I forgot to post this in the Month 18 post, they are posted here :-).

Last playdate with Morgan :-(

Last playdate with Morgan :-(

Luca, Arjun, & Shailen

Luca, Arjun, & Shailen at Children’s Museum

Playing

The boys are doing more imaginative play and are playing with each other or at least right next to each other quite a lot. My favorite game of theirs is when they I’m sitting at one end of the hallway and they run to the other end. When they do this, I say, “Bye, have a good day at school.” Then, when they reach the end of the hallway they turn around and then run at full speed towards me. When, they collide into me, I give them a big hug and ask them how school was.

Below the boys are making food :-). I like how they taste their food while they are making it. They are just like mommy :-).

Making food

Making food

Since we  are no longer walking distance from the Children’s Museum, the boys don’t go there as often. We are, though, walking distance from an awesome indoor play space call Explore and Much More. The boys love it. Below is a picture of Arjun hanging out on a swing and Shailen inspecting the swing.

Explore and Much More

Explore and Much More

Here the boys are putting bolts into something at the Children’s Museum.

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

The boys’ especially love one particular room in the house. It is a tiny room that I think was suppose to be a storage closet. The previous owner painted the walls a bright green and put wall decals of animals on the walls. The ceilings are low and the room is narrow. From the decor and dimensions of the room, it has turned into a perfect spot for the boys. They love pointing at the animals and hanging out in there. In the below picture, I think the boys are trying to think of what more mischief they can do :-).

Having fun in their hideout

Having fun in their hideout

The below picture cracks me up. Arjun can turn anything into a dangerous activity! He has figured out how to defeat the safety gates by walking up the stairs in the below manner. He always keeps us on our toes!

Finding a way to defeat the safety gate

Finding a way to defeat the safety gate

Cute Pics

And finally here are some more cute pictures of the boys.

Typical weekend morning

Typical weekend morning

Shailen selfie

Shailen selfie

Hipster

Shailen looking like a hipster

photo 2Above – daddy is reading to Shailen.

 

18 Month Recap

We moved to a house in November! Because of the move and the holidays, I am once again really behind on the blog. The boys are growing up so fast! The boys are 21 months now and I’m just now getting to their 18 month post. Hopefully, the blog will be up-to-date by the time they turn 22 months :-).

I would characterize this month as the month of the boys’ temper tantrums really coming out. I thought I had seen a temper tantrum before. I quickly realized I was wrong when I witnessed a full blown temper tantrum. When Arjun is throwing a fit, he will lay down on the floor, cry, and kick his legs wildly. Shailen, on the other hand, has a little temper tantrum dance. He will cry and then do a hop/skip move up and down the room. It’s pretty funny to watch, but his cry hurts your ears – it is at such an irritating pitch.

Favorite Pictures / Video of the Month

Though the boys are throwing more temper tantrums, they are also showing a lot of affection. They will hug each other when you ask one of them to hug his brother.

Here’s a picture of the boys’ hugging each other in their new bedroom:

Boys hugging

Boys hugging

Another thing the boys love doing is playing in their new backyard! The backyard is tiny but is a good enough size for the boys. Here are the boys riding their bike thingie (I don’t know what it is called) together.

Boys playing in backyard

Boys playing in backyard

My favorite video from this month is Shailen looking at himself. He loves looking at his reflection! When he sees himself in the mirror or on the ipnone, then he will immediately start making faces and laughing.

Here’s a video of Shailen watching himself on the iphone:

Shailen looking at himself

Nanu’s Visit

As usual, Nanu made his monthly visit and the boys loved hanging out with their Nanu. Their favorite activity with Nanu is sitting in his lap while Nanu reads a story to them. Another favorite activity of theirs is Nanu playing a tickling game with them.

Nanu with the kids

Nanu with the kids

Doctor’s Visit

The boys had their 18 month checkup. Arjun is in the 80th percentile for weight, 90th percentile for length, and 50th for head circumference. Shailen is in the 60% percentile for length and weight and 70th percentile for head circumference. Their next checkup will be when they turn 2.

One nice thing from the doctor’s visit is I’m less concerned about them not saying that many words. Shailen is probably saying 5 words or so at this point. Arjun is probably saying 3 or 4 words at this point. The doctor is happy they are saying at least one word so she is not concerned.

Communicating 

I love seeing the boys grow up. The older they get, the more active and curious they become.

They love looking at books that have pictures of animals and cars/buses/trains/trucks/planes. If you ask them what sound a cow or pig makes, then they will make a cow or pig sound. They also know their body parts. They know where their head, tongue, foot, belly button, and other body parts are. My favorite is when you ask them where their tongues are, they will stick out their tongues. If you ask Shailen where his eyes are, then he will blink his eyes in an exaggerated manner. It’s so cute and you really then notice how long his eyelashes are.

They also have started blowing kisses. If you ask for a kiss, then they will put their hands to their mouths and then make a kissing sound and then move their hands away from their face. It looks like they are sending their kiss your way. This also melts my heart (everything they do melts my heart :-)).

Playing

Something new I’m seeing the boys do is they are stacking blocks more and more and doing a great job. They can stack 4-5 blocks before the stack crashes to the ground. Also, Arjun has really mastered his jumping skills. The pediatrician said that kids don’t jump until around 2 years. Arjun can already do this! Seems like Arjun is fast with his mobility skills but slower with this language skills.

And here are some pictures / videos of the boys doing activities that they always love.

As I stated in my last post, hanging out with the boys is one big dance party. Here’s a video of Shailen dancing at the Children’s Museum:

Shailen Dancing

Shailen loved the sock skating rink at the Children’s Museum. Here’s a picture of pure joy on Shailen’s face.

Having fun at children's museum

Having fun at children’s museum

One new thing we introduced the boys to is coloring / drawing. We taped paper to their high chair trays and gave them crayons. Shailen will move his crayon from side to side so it looks like he is coloring. Arjun will move his crayon up in the air and then hit it on the paper so his paper has a bunch of dots on it. It’s too early to see if they will have their daddy’s artistic side or if they will have no talents like mommy :-).

The boys drawing for first time!

The boys drawing for first time!

I found a great way to snap the babies out of a bad mood is to give them a roll of toilet paper. They go crazy and giggle as they tear up the toilet paper. I know its’ a waste to do this so I use toilet paper in extreme emergencies :-). Here’s a picture of the boys having fun with toilet paper.

Who knew ripping toilet paper could be so much fun!

Who knew ripping toilet paper could be so much fun!

Arjun has a talent of turning any object into a potentially dangerous activity. Here’s Arjun using the gate door as a swing.

Arjun Swinging

Arjun Swinging

The boys love boxes! If we open any big boxes, we make sure we save it for a day or two so that the boys can play in it. They love climbing into and out of the boxes as well as being pulled/pushed in the boxes. Here is a picture of my cuties hanging out in a box.

Hanging out in a box!

Hanging out in a box!

We finally got a ride on toy (thanks to our real estate broker)! My poor Arjun was trying to sit on small cars and trucks and ride on them. I mentioned this to our real estate broker (the one who helped us find our current house). He then got us a really cute ride on toy for Arjun and Shailen as part of our housewarming gift :-). Here’s Arjun riding his bike/scooter in the basement (which is the boys’ playroom). Arjun is very happy with this toy!

Ride on toys

 

Sleeping

After the move, the boys are getting up closer to 5am than 6am. Oh well … I think them getting up at 5am is their natural waking up time. We would love it if they went to bed later and got up later, but what can you do.

What I love is after the kids go to bed, Sheenal and I will wait 30 minutes and then we will sneak in their rooms to put a blanket on them and put a little car or train in the crib (in hopes that the car and/or train will entertain them when they wake up thus giving mommy and daddy a few extra minutes of sleep. so far the car/train does not entertain them). We always find that Arjun is sleeping with his teddy bear lovey on his neck ( I can see how his lovey is a good neck warmer) and we usually find that Shailen has one of his feet between the crib bars and sticking out of the crib.

Birthday Parties

As you know from previous posts, the boys have an active social calendar. They went to their twin friends’ bday party and sat at the big kids’ table for the first time. My heart melted watching them eat (well .. quasi eat) at the big kids’ table. They had crackers for the first time. Shailen was definitely the mischievous one at the birthday party. He was putting his crackers on the floor and trying to put his hands in drinks.

Here’s a picture of them at the big kids’ table.

Sitting at big kid table

Sitting at big kid table

And here’s a picture of Arjun with Vineeta Masi. Masi knew how to capture Arjun’s attention – she showed him a small tracker toy and then Arjun was glued to her lap (until he heard mommy’s voice).

Hanging out with Vineeta Masi

Hanging out with Vineeta Masi

Cute Pics

And here are some other pictures from the month. Of course we have a selfie pic because you know how Sheenal loves doing those :-). The last picture is a picture of Shailen wearing glasses while drinking milk. Shailen could totally be a hipster.

Arjun & Daddy selfie

Arjun & Daddy selfie

Shailen having an intellecutal morning

Shailen having an intellecutal morning

17 Month Recap

I am happy to say that after I post this entry, I will be caught up! They will be turning 19 months next week.
The boys are so much fun. I love this age. People told me that having twins at the beginning is hard but as the twins get older, raising them gets easier and the boys are lucky in that they always have a playmate and friend. For the first 9 months, I was very stressed – I felt like each day I was trying to stay afloat. After that 9 month period, I saw that as the boys got older and they could do more things (like crawling/walking), I didn’t feel like I needed an extra set of hands. Now when someone makes a comment regarding how much work it is to have twins, I tell them twins keep you busy but it’s a lot of fun.
This month can be characterized as the month that the boys were really playing with each other. Before, they would acknowledge each other and play with each other from time to time. Now, they play with each other consistently! They chase each other around and play hide and seek. They also talk to each other in the morning when they wake up and sometimes when they are going to bed. They have their own language and laugh quite a bit with each other. When they talk to each other, it sounds like they are making dinosaur noises :-).
We always had the sense that Shailen is the more talkative twin. I think our intuition is coming true. Shailen is consistently babbling and having conversations with us in his babble talk. Here’s a video of Shailen having something very important to tell us - Shailen has something to say.

Just like we had a feeling that Shailen is the talkative one, we always had the sense that Arjun is the more active twin in that he runs and climbs more (but Shailen certainly does a lot of this too). Lately, Arjun has been trying to jump. I never realized that jumping up and down is a skill you learn. My doctor told me that kids don’t jump until they are two. Here’s a video of Arjun trying to jump (he gets really close!) - Arjun trying to jump. So far Arjun has been successful in jumping up and down one time (on September 26th!).

Photoshoot

We had our 17 month photo shoot!! We had the photo shoot at my law school in the courtyard. It was the perfect place since it was outdoors but enclosed so the boys could run around everywhere and we didn’t have to worry. Also, since I was able to reserve the courtyard, we were the only ones there!

Below are a few pictures from the photo shoot!

Here’s one of the family pictures. I am amazed that our photographer, Inna, could get a decent shot of all of us together. The boys (especially Shailen!) were not making Inna’s job easy. They were running around everywhere and would not sit still!

I love this picture of Shailen! I am so suprised we got good pictures of Shailen. Shailen wanted to do his own thing for the photo shoot. It was hard to get him to look at the camera and smile. But I guess you don’t need to smile or look at the camera to have good pictures (see below)!

Shailen striking a pose and looking like a Bollywood actor :-).

And here’s a picture of Arjun! Arjun was constantly smiling for the camera so we got lots of pictures with his cute smile :-).

Arjun all smiles!

Halloween

We didn’t take the boys trick or treating because they would not be able to eat the candy, and I didn’t think they would find trick or treating fun this year. Next year, though, I’m sure they will be all into trick or treating! Even though they didn’t dress up for Halloween, that didn’t mean we didn’t have plenty opportunities to put them in Halloween costumes! The boys went to a costume birthday party and we dressed them up in costumes to go to places like the Children’s Museum just because it was the month of October.

Here are the boys all dressed up and ready to go to Kameren’s bday party! Shailen is Clark Kent and Arjun is Superman. We got a lot of compliments on their costumes and it was really easy to put their costumes together.

Clark Kent and Superman

Though, we really liked the Clark Kent and Superman idea, it was hard for Shailen to keep the glasses on and I felt bad Shailen did not have a cape. So for the rest of the month, Shailen was batman and Arjun was superman!

We randomly dressed them up on a Sunday and called it Superhero Sunday!

Superhero Sunday

Batman

Superman

Batman and Superman looking out the window to see if there is any saving they need to be doing:

In the month of October, we also dressed the boys up in their superhero shirts for their trip to the Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum had a monster bash party and they encouraged kids to dress up. We went to the monster bash and Arjun and Shailen were the only ones dressed up! Here’s Arjun sliding down a ramp in his cape.

Sliding

Veer and Leela Visit

The boys are so lucky in that they got to see Veer & Leela this month after seeing them last month. Veer, Leela, and my sister came to visit since my sister had to take her board exam in Chicago. Since my sister, Veer, and Leela were in Chicago, my parents came to visit at the same time!

The boys had a blast! They love Veer. They loved playing with him. When Veer walked into the room, they were immediately go up to him and want to play with him. Also, Arjun was constantly giving hugs to Veer. Veer was such a good playmate. He would play cars or legos with them. And they loved chasing each other around. Here’s a video of the boys playing chase at the park - Playing chase with Veer.

Here’s a cute picture of the boys with Veer.

The boys!

And here’s a picture of Masi keeping the kiddos entertained! You can never go wrong with playing cars!

Hanging out at park

And this is a picture of what my cutie pies did most of the time. They would roll their cars back and forth while being close to one another.

Cars!

And here’s a pic of one of the many hugs Arjun would give to Veer.

Best Buds

The boys would notice Leela from time to time. I’m sure when she is older, the boys will be playing a lot with her. Here’s a picture of Arjun sharing his car with Leela! All I can say is that Leela is such a happy and sweet baby. I have never seen a baby smile so much! I just want to eat her up!

Sharing!

Here’s another picture of Masi playing with the boys. The boys really put her to work!

Putting Masi to work!

Arjun loves to cuddle and so does Nani. Here’s a picture of Arjun hanging out with Nani and Nani couldn’t be happier! And once again I have more pictures of Arjun than Shailen during a family visit. My guess is that is because Shailen does not go to people as easily as Arjun does.

Nani

One evening, I took Veer to a bowling birthday party. Since the boys are too little to bowl, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to have one on one time with Veer. He is such a cutie pie. He loved bowling and had so much fun at Eden’s birthday party!

about to go to bday party!

Bowling!

I’m so sad the next time we see Veer & Leela will be in December. I know the boys will be so happy when they see their cousins again!

Dancing

I feel like we have a constant dance party at home. They boys love to dance to Indian music and to American music. Shailen will dance from side to side and Arjun will bounce up and down. I love dancing with them!

Here’s a video of the boys dancing at the monster bash at the Children’s Museum - Boys dancing at Children’s Museum.

Dancing!

Crazy Babies

All I can say is that my babies are CRAZY! Their craziness is one of the main reasons they are so much fun. Here are some examples of their craziness

Example 1 (boys are dancing but then Arjun decides to slam himself backwards on the couch. Shailen soon starts to copy Arjun :-) )

Example 2 (Arjun running on mattresses on the floor (long story why our guest room is like that) and fall backwards on purpose)

Sleeping

The boys (in particular Shailen) have been waking up at 4am! It has been driving us nuts and the boys are cranky because of it. It’s especially hard when one of the boys wakes up super early and the other wakes up at a decent hour because then they eat and sleep at different times (so mommy and daddy do not get any breaks!). I got to my breaking point and we hired a sleep consultant which helped a lot.

Here’s Shailen sleeping an hour or so after waking up at 4am!

Shailen sleeping after waking up at 4am

The sleep consultant pointed out some things we were doing that were making it harder for the boys to sleep on their own (like me sitting in the room while they fall asleep). And we did have to let them cry a little :-(. Now the boys are waking up between 5am and 6am and they are taking 1.5-2.5 hour naps!

Parks 

As usual, the boys went to the parks a bunch of times. At the park, they love chasing each other in circles or playing with cars. Here are some videos and pictures of this.

Running in Circles

Playing with cars

Going down slide with car

Arjun

One really cute thing that Shailen does when he is outside is that he likes to look up into the sky. I don’t know if he is looking at the buildings, trees, or sky itself. He looks up in wonderment. He’s my thinker – I wish I knew what he was thinking about!

Looking at the sky

The boys were out with Asha (their nanny) and a fireman came by and gave them hats! What fun!

Shailen wearing a fireman hat

Arjun wearing the hat too!

Bathtime

One of the boys’ favorite times is bath time! Their daddy gives them baths. They normally take a bath one at a time. I will be with one while Sheenal is giving a bath to another. At the end of the bath, Sheenal let’s the boys have “relaxing” time where he will let whoever he has in the bath, lay back in the water while he holds their head. They look so relaxed when doing this. Needless to say, daddy gives the best baths!

Bath time!

 

Cute Pics

And here are some more cute pics of the boys!

How did daddy dress me?

Shailen

 

16 Month Recap

This is my second post this week! As you can tell, I am playing some catch up as the boys are 18 months now and I am writing their 16 month recap.

The great thing about this month is that my cutie pies are no longer little babies and instead are little boys with such great personalities. They are so interactive. They amaze me everyday with the new things they are doing or noticing.

Also, this month was great because we put an offer down on a house and the offer was accepted! Our closing is November 8th but we won’t be officially living at our new place until November 21st. I am so excited about the house! We will be living in Southport (a really child friendly neighborhood in Chicago) and will have a lot more space! The basement will be the boys’ playroom and Sheenal and I will be able to have a family room that hopefully won’t have many toys in it :-).

Videos of Month

There were too many cute videos of the boys from this month!

The cutest thing that Shailen did this month was notice and play with his shadow. When I was putting his pjs on, I noticed he was looking at the wall strangely. Then, he approached the wall and started waving at something and started babbling to something. I had no idea what he was doing at first. Then, I realized that he noticed his shadow and was playing with it. It’s the coolest thing to watch your child see / learn something for the first time. Here’s the video of Shailen playing with his shadow – Shailen playing with his shadow .

As you can see from my previous posts, the boys LOVE dancing. I think dancing is probably their second most favorite thing to do (playing with cars / trains is their most favorite thing). Here’s a video of the boys dancing while I sing Wheels on the Bus and then the boys decide to march (we are at the Children’s Museum in this video – the boys’ favorite place at the museum is the ramp that they are marching on in the video) Dancing & Marching .

Another cute thing the boys do is that they will go in circles when you say the word circle and will march when you say march. I am embarrassed to say, but the boys learned about circles and marching from Yo Gabba Gabba. The boys watch 10-15 minutes of the show in the morning right when they get up (so I can make their breakfast, change their diapers quickly, warm their milk, and most importantly have my coffee) and 10-15 minutes of the show when I am making their dinner. Here’s the cute video –  Going in Circles .

Haircut

We finally decided to have the boys go to a kids’ salon for their haircut. The kids’ salon was great – there were little cars the boys could sit in while getting their haircut and there were a bunch of toys they could play with. Also, everyone there was kid friendly and no one looked at you twice when your kid was screaming his head off.

Arjun, as usual, was unfazed by the haircut. He got his haircut with no problems and looked relaxed when he was getting his haircut – he looked like he was at the spa :-). Here’s a video of Arjun getting their haircut – Big Boy Haircut!

My Shailen, though, had a hard time with his haircut. He was screaming the whole time :-(. One of the hairdressers was hugging him while the other was cutting his hair quickly. Thankfully, the haircut was over in no time.

Nani Visit

Nani came to visit to help me while Sheenal was out of town. Sheenal went on a biking trip with his buddy Andy which involved him biking on a mountain in the middle of nowhere in rain and mud and staying in cabins that had no electricity. Not my idea of fun, but Sheenal loved the trip. Andy and his wife got the boys the teddy bears that they sleep with every night so Sheenal can do whatever boys trip he wants to do with Andy :-) (I am also saying this as a test to see if Sheenal reads my blog :-).

The boys had fun with their Nani. As usual, Arjun went right to my mom and gave her his famous long hugs. Shailen needed some time to warm up to Nani. Once he warmed up, he was pretty affectionate too.

Here’s a picture of my mom reading to Arjun:

DC Visit

The boys, Sheenal, and I made a trip out to DC so that Arjun and Shailen could hang out with their cousins, Leela and Veer. Also, we wanted to see my sister’s house since they closed on it recently! The trip was both fun and stressful.

I booked the flights when the boys were taking 2 naps. By the time it was time to fly, the boys had transitioned to 1 nap so the flight times were not the best times for the boys. Normally, the boys will sleep on the plane. Since we didn’t have the flights booked at the right times, the boys were very active on the plane. It’s hard to entertain 2 toddlers in such a confined space! The boys watched the ipad for a little bit at a time. But what they wanted to do was run up and down the aisle (which we let them do). Also, Shailen enjoyed rolling his toy car around. Sometimes he did this on people’s arms and legs. I tried stopping him from doing this but sometimes he was too quick  for me. Everyone was really nice on the flight to DC. Flying from DC to Chicago wasn’t so good – people were not very pleasant. The flight attendant on the flight back to Chicago did not approve of Sheenal playing with his car in the aisle. She told me about all the germs he could get from the airplane floor. I told her I was doing the best that I could. While I was saying this, I was thinking that she would rather have Shailen playing contently on the floor than him screaming while sitting in the airplane seat.

Here is a picture of Arjun listening to some beats on the plane.

Arjun listening to beats on the plane

And here is Shailen peacefully sleeping on the ride to Veer and Leela’s house (wish he did this on the plane!).

Shailen sleeping on the way to Veer's house

Once we got to my sister’s place, the trip was still stressful because the boys did not take well to being in a completely new place. Not sure why since they were fine during our beach vacay in Mexico. Even though they were cranky, it was all worth it because ….

of being able to hang out with Leela and hear her laugh - Sheenal getting Leela to Laugh. The boys didn’t notice Leela that much, but when they did, they would look at her inquisitively for a minute and then they would move on to the next thing.

Rare moment of the boys playing with Leela. They are rocking her.

And the trip was awesome because the boys’ had a great time with Veer. They look up to him and want to play with him and be around him. Here are some pictures of the boys playing cars with Veer.

Playing with Veer

Playing with Veer

And the trip was awesome because we got to spend quality time with Veer and the rest of my family. One night, my sister had a small party and they grilled out for it. Here’s a cute picture of Manpreet and Veer preparing for the party:

Playdates and Birthday Parties
As ususal, the boys had a lot of playdates and birthday parties. Something cute that Shailen does is whenever we go outside is he will find a twig to hold onto. He will be constantly holding onto that twig until it’s time to go into the stroller.
Below they are hanging out with Luca at the park.

Playdate with Luca

Hanging out with Auntie Tanny

 

Shailen looking so sweet (please note his daddy chose his dorky outfit)

And they hung out with their buddy Morgan a bunch…

Playdate with Morgan

They went to their friend’s Kaylan’s first birthday party!

Shailen at Kaylan's bday party

Arjun at Kaylan's bday party

And they made lots of trips to the Children’s Museum (we LOVE that place).

Playing with blocks at Children’s Museum

Favorite Books

The boys LOVE books. Below is the sampling of the books they like. They love looking at the pictures, pointing out cars in the books, and rolling their trains on the books.

Bedtime

We try to have a calming bedtime routine for the boys. We start their bedtime routine after their bath. Before bed we put on their pjs, they drink their milk, we brush their teeth, and read them a story. In the background, we have calming music on. Doing different points of their bedtime routine, the boys will want to play. They will start chasing each other and play hide and seek. Sheenal and I normally let the boys play a little since they are so happy and cute when they play with each other (I know we are suckers!).

Here’s a video of the boys chasing each other  - Before Bed

Cuddle Monkeys and Playing Together (The Good) and Temper Tantrums (The Bad)

Arjun generally has always been a cuddly baby. He loves giving hugs and will give you a hug if you ask him to. Shailen has started giving hugs this month. Shailen’s hugs are so sweet and unpredictable. I will ask Shailen to give me a hug. Sometimes he will run across the room and give me a giant hug. Other times he will run up to me and then smile and then run somewhere else. He likes to keep me guessing.

They boys are starting to play together more and more. They chase each other around, play hide and seek, and roll their cars side by side. It’s really cute that they are starting to interact with each other more and more.

The boys have started to throw temper tantrums. Their temper tantrums come out of nowhere. When Arjun throws a temper tantrum, his whole face changes. He starts crying and has a big frown on his face. He throws himself on the floor and rolls on the floor. When Shailen throws a temper tantrum – it looks like he is doing some face paced marching dance. Here’s a vide of the dance - Shailen throwing temper tantrum . Both of their temper tantrums are pretty funny to watch since they are such dramatic responses to something little that happened.

Eating

The boys are good eaters (knock on wood)! I’ve noticed that Arjun picks up food and uses a spoon with his left hand and Shailen picks up food and uses a spoon with his right hand. Arjun generally uses his left hand to play with toys and Shailen uses his right. I wonder if that means Arjun will be left handed and Shailen will be right handed. We have left and right handed people on both sides of the family. But since Arjun and Shailen are identical twins, I would have thought they would both favor the same hand.

Sometimes I blow on the boys’ food if it is hot before giving it to them. Arjun notices that I do this a lot with their chicken meatloaf bites. So now when I put the chicken bites on his tray, he will pick piece up, blow on it, and then eat it. So wild how they are so observant.

Here’s a video of the boys using spoons while eating applesauce  - Eating

Cute Pics

And here are some more cute pics of the boys.

Shailen has a tendency to take off one of his shoes while in the stroller. Thankfully, we have not lost this shoe – we normally can tell when he has kicked off a shoe.

Where is my shoe mommy?

Deep in thought

 

Arjun and daddy having a moment

I’ve noticed from this month that Sheenal has taken a lot “selfies”. Who knew he was following a teenager trend. Here are his “selfies” pictures.

Selfie pic # 1

 

Selfie # 2

Selfie # 3

 

 

15 Month Recap

My babies turned 18 months last week! I can’t believe how big they are getting. I feel as though everyday Sheenal and I are having more and more fun with the boys. Usually, right after we put the kids to bed, Sheenal and I will look at each other and inevitably one of us will say, “The boys have gotten cuter.” And then the other person will say, ” I know … I didn’t think it could be possible that they could become cuter.” Needless to say, Sheenal and I are definitely enjoying being parents!

My favorite part of the day this month is when the boys come out of the bath. Sheenal gives a bath to the babies one at a time. When baby one’s bath is done, I put baby 2 in with Sheenal and take baby 1 out and into the nursery. Sheenal will bring the second baby into the nursery after the bath. Whoever is the second baby, will come running into the nursery. If the baby 2 is Arjun, then Arjun will run to me and give me a big long hug. If the baby 2 is Shailen, then Shailen will run towards me but then will go somewhere and try to pee on the carpet. He has a mischievous look on his face when he does this :-).

As I said, the boys are big! We went to their 15 month checkup and Arjun is in the 75th percentile for height and weight and in the 50th percentile for head size. Shailen is the opposite – his head circumference is in the 75th percentile and his height and weight are in the 50th percentile – ha!

Videos of the Month

The boys tend to copy each other. It’s cute when one dances and so the other decides to dance too. It’s not so cute, though, when one decides to bang his head against the wall and so the other bangs his head against the wall as well.

Here’s a video of the boys simultaneously banging their heads against the wall – Banging Heads . I’ve found that if I ignore them doing this, then they will stop and run to me.

Both of the boys are babbling away. In addition to saying their regular words of mama, dada, and cars, the boys have said go and cheese. Arjun has also said bus. What I love is listening to the boys babble. Shailen is quite the babbler – Sheenal and I think that he is going to be very talkative when he is older. Shailen is also quite the negotiator. When you say no to him, he will look at you and start babbling. You can tell he is trying to find a way to get you say it is okay to keep on doing whatever the prohibitive activity is. Arjun, on the other hand, will immediately start crying when you say no to him.

Here’s a cute video of Shailen “talking” to me before bed – Shailen telling stories

Nanu’s Visit

Nanu came for his monthly visit and as always the boys had fun with him. It’s so nice the boys know their Nanu so well. They recognize him when we facetime. When they see Nanu’s face, they have huge, huge smiles.

Here’s a video of Arjun cracking up from Nanu putting woodchips on his feet. Shailen joins in on the fun at the end of the video – Laughing with Nanu

As always, Nanu read stories to the boys, played games with them, and sang Hindi songs (that involve tickling) to them. Here are some pictures:

Nanu reading to the boys

Nanu showing Arjun a book

Mommy’s Bday

Mommy’s birthday was in August. The boys really liked celebrating because they got to have some cake (probably their second or third time having cake).

Shailen enjoying eating the frosting

Arjun enjoying eating the frosting too!

Sheenal’s Family Comes to Visit

The boys also got to see their Dada, Dadee, Didi, and Phoi! Phoi is especially great with the boys. She had them cracking up in no time (especially Shailen) – Laughing with Phoi (I have to say – nothing is better than hearing your babies do their belly laugh).

The boys did a ton of fun stuff with Sheenal’s family. They went to the beach, attended an engagement party, and read with their Didi. Here are some pictures from the visit:

Arjun snuggling with Dada

Shreya reading to the boys!

Shreya hanging out at the beach with the boys!

Shailen having fun at the beach

The boys attended their Phua and Phoi’s engagement party. They were intrigued by the actual engagement ceremony for a minute. Then, they spent the rest of the time going up and down the escalator (who knew that could provide hours of entertainment).

Arjun watching the engagement ceremony :-)

Arjun getting a sweet kiss from Didi (disregard Arjun's bad haircut)

Playing

The boys love playing with their cars and trains. They also love playing with blocks, having mommy and daddy read books to them, and climbing onto everything. What they like the most of all is playing with daddy. Here’s a cute video of the boys jumping on daddy and crawling all over him – Playing with Daddy .

And here are more pictures of the boys doing various activities:

Shailen really into his race track

Daddy tickling Arjun

Shailen playing with blocks

Arjun being naughty and climbing on the chair

Arjun being resourceful - climbing on the lion to get to the light switch

Having fun with toilet paper

Parks
In August, the weather was perfect for the boys to be at the park everyday. They love the slides …

and love playing with woodchips …

and love playing hide and seek …

Arjun's favorite hiding spot

and petting dogs! Normally with dogs, Shailen will touch the dog with one finger while Arjun will try to grab the dog’s face!

14 Month Recap

Time is flying! The boys are already 16 months but here I am just now getting around to posting their 14 month recap. Enjoy!

Pictures and Videos of the Month

The main highlights of this month were the boys saying more and more words / babble and the boys interacting with each other more. Sometimes the boys are best of friends and sometimes they are enemies. I think their relationship now can be best described as frenemies.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures of the boys getting along and observing the beautiful sunrise together (yes … you read right … the boys get up before sunrise … they do this every day. the upside is that Sheenal and I get to witness a lot of gorgeous sunrises).

Looking at the sunrise

And here’s my favorite picture of the boys not getting along. Arjun likes to give Shailen a bear hug from time to time. Shailen hates the bear hugs. In fact, Shailen generally does not like to cuddle with anyone (not even his mama!).

Arjun giving Shailen a bear hug and Shailen hating every second of it!

Arjun & Shailen wrestling - Watch this video if you want to see how the above picture came about. Basically, Shailen was minding his own business until Arjun started chasing him to give me a bear hug. In the process, the boys fell to the floor. Poor Shailen was unhappy the whole time. Was I a bad parent to videotape this rather than saving Shailen from Arjun a few seconds sooner?

Singh Fam Visit

Mama and Papa Singh along with Saurabh (a.k.a. Mamu) came to visit! Unfortunately, the boys were sick for most of the Singh fam visit. It was nice to have the family around to help in taking care of my sick babies. And Nanu, Nani, and Mamu did manage to get the boys to smile and have fun even though they were sick.

Here’s Nanu dancing with Arjun (well Nanu is doing most of the dancing and Arjun is half dancing half watching) – Nanu Dancing with Arjun

And here’s Mamu trying his best to put a onesie on Arjun. Arjun was so patient and even tried to help Mamu. Please disregard the screaming in the background. Shailen was cranky because of his fever. – Saurabh trying his best to get a onesie on Arjun

Here are some pictures of Arjun with the family (I realized now that I don’t have any pictures of Shailen with everyone. I’m thinking because he was cranky most of the time.)

Arjun with Mamu

Nani and Nanu taking care of Arjun

Arjun sleeping with papa

Masa Comes to Visit

The boys also got a visit by their Masa! Arjun instantly went up to Masa and played with him. Shailen warmed up to Masa as well. The boys played cars with Masa and ate his banana :-).

Masa and the boys

Birthday Parties & Playdates

The boys have a busy social calendar! They have more friends and their mama :-). We took them to birthday parties and a bunch of playdates.

Here is Shailen hanging out in Riyan & Kaylan’s pool. I love when Shailen smiles like this. This is how he smiles when he is in a silly mood.

Shailen happy

Here are the boys hanging out with their buddy Morgan. The boys are playing with their water table. I think they have used the water table once this summer. Hopefully, we’ll get more use out of it next summer or I’m sure mommy will be getting an earful from papa :-).

Playdate with Morgan

Water Table fun!

The boys’ went to Reya’s bday party at Little Bean’s Café.

Arjun and Shailen at Bday Party

Parks

The great thing about the weather being warmer is taking the boys to the park everyday. They love going down slides, swinging on the swings, running around, and playing with woodchips. The boys will sometimes go down the slides headfirst or on their stomachs.

Ready to go down the slide!

Whenever we take the red wagon out, Arjun has the urge to push it. Not sure why but he is obsessed but he is!

Arjun pushing the wagon

 

Shailen swinging

We have ran into a lot of dogs while outside. The boys love petting the dogs. Shailen is pretty funny when it comes to dogs. He is scared of the dog but at the same time wants to pet the dog. When he pets the dog, he normally will only touch the dog with one finger and a lot of times he tries to touch the dog’s nose.

Shailen petting a dog

 

Arjun on a swing

Eating & Talking

So far the boys have been good eaters – thank goodness! Not sure how long that will last seeing that Sheenal and I were picky eaters when we were younger.

Here’s Shailen enjoying blackberries! He can’t eat him fast enough.

Shailen loves berries

Also, the boys have been saying a lot more words! They say mama all the time and they know I am their mama (that’s the best feeling in the world)! Also, they can say dada. And they love saying car (especially Arjun). Arjun wakes up saying car and goes to sleep saying car. They both also said bowl one day while eating (but they haven’t said it since). And Arjun has also said truck a couple of times.

Here’s a video of the boys talking / babbling – Talking!

Cute Pictures & Crazy Babies

All I can say are my babies are crazy – they are high maintenance, always on the go, and doing funny things. I find myself assessing which baby is doing the more dangerous thing so that I can determine which baby I need to go to first. Needless to say, these babies keep me busy!

My favorite activities with them are dancing and reading with them. The boys love Indian music and will dance with their hands in the air. Arjun bounces up and down when dancing and Shailen will move from side to side. I love how they dance differently. I see them doing a dance off in the near future :-).

The boys can’t get enough of books! Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go is still Arjun’s all time favorite. Shailen and Arjun both love Press Here, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and Where’s Baby’s Belly Button.

In addition to dancing and reading, another favorite pastime of the boys is spitting water out – Spitting Water Out . I should stop them from doing this, but instead I laugh. I’ll clamp down when the weather gets cooler.

And here’s a random video of Shailen being cute while on his lion that rocks back and forth – Shailen on Rocking Lion

Lastly, here are some cute pictures of the boys from Month 14:

Hanging out

 

Arjun pushing papa

 

Shailen reading

Shailen balancing on lion

Pooping together?

 

13 Month Recap

The boys turned 15 months last week and I am just now posting their 13 month recap.  Yikes – I’m behind!!

Picture & Video of the Month

Below is my favorite picture of the boys from month 13.  It’s a rare occasion when they are walking/running in the same direction.  Shailen looks so happy, and I’m impressed by Arjun walking despite his hat obscuring most of his vision.

The boys’ favorite activities have been doing anything outside, playing with their cars & trucks & Thomas trains, watching planes and helicopters in the sky, and DANCING!  They are dancing machines. They love bhangra music.  If a song comes on that they like, they will stop what they are doing and dance.

Here’s a video of their dancing skills:

Dancing!

Mommy’s Weekend Away

Month 13 was momentous in that I spent more than 24 hours away from my babies for the first time. It was really hard but worthwhile to make it out to DC for my friend’s bachelorette party and to meet my cutie pie niece for the first time.

While I was in DC, the boys were in good hands. Their papa, dada, and dadee took really good care of them. They took them outside a lot and to the children’s museum.

Here is a video and some pics of the boys while mommy was away:

The boys will run up and down the hallway outside of our apartment. They make lots of noise, bang on doors, and try to ring doorbells. Thankfully, we have nice neighbors who don’t care and aren’t in their apartments a lot.  Here’s a video of them in the hallway – Running in hallway

Here are pictures of the boys going crazy outside:

And finally, here are some pictures of the boys with their dadee at the Children’s Museum and with their dada at home.

Nanu Visit

The boys had a lot of visitors this month! Their Nanu flew in for a weekend. Nanu read them lots of stories, played games with them, and took them outside.

Nanu reading to the boys

Nanu trying to fit in the tunnel!

Playing with their cars

Having a snack with Nanu

Ricken Kaka and Purvi Phoi Visit

The boys’ Kaka and Phoi came to visit too!  They danced a lot for their Kaka and Phoi and Kaka and Phoi read bedtime stories to the boys.  Arjun & Shailen also got to meet their soon to be Kakee!

Park

One great thing about the summertime is that we are able to take the boys outside a lot.  They absolutely love being outside. They love playing with the woodchips on the playground, chasing the birds, watching cars, planes, and buses (oh my!) zoom about, petting dogs, and interacting with people.

Arjun, in particular, will flirt with attractive women.  He has a thing for blondes. Also, if Arjun sees his stroller or wagon, then he will spend most of his time just pushing the wagon or stroller. Shailen’s first item on his agenda when outside is to find a stick. He will then walk everywhere with the stick.

Here’s a video of my cuties at the park – Playing at the Park

Here’s a pic of the boys on their way to the park -

In their wagon!

One park the boys love is the LakeShore East Park. On hot days, the sprinklers are on at the park. Here are pics of the boys at the LakeShore East park:

Arjun having fun in the water

Shailen on a mission – looks like he has places to be:

Shailen hanging out with Luca – looks like they are giving the “don’t touch my toy stare” – ha!

The boys playing on the boat at the park:

Another park the boys love going to is the park across from the Children’s Hospital. The park has cool train and fire truck play structures. They also have slides and swings that the boys love to go on. Here are some pics from this park:

Arjun in the background looking upside down

The closest playground to us is the playground across from where I work. There’s a playground and a track and field. Normally, when we are hanging out on the field, the boys get to become friends with dogs.

Arjun hanging out on the baseball mound:

Shailen having fun with woodchips:

Shailen meeting a new friend and mommy afraid the new friend will eat Shailen:

One of the places I like taking the boys is to the fields that are right by the lake. The boys can run around in the field or walk on the sidewalk and meet tons of dogs and people. Here are some pics of the boys at this field:

Arjun and the city

Eating

The boys are getting better and better with eating table foods!  Their papa is pretty good at making sure they eat a wide variety of food.  Check out the spread below!

Eating bfast

The boys normally have one snack when we are out and about.

Snack on the go

Sleeping

We made some great progress as far as sleep this month!  May 27th will go down in history as the first night BOTH babies slept through the night – yay! They are much better sleepers.  The big issue we are facing now is that they wake up at 4am.  One of these days, Sheenal and I will get some sleep.  For now, we function by consuming large amounts of caffeine.

On a really positive note – we finally can put the babies in the crib and have them fall asleep without patting them! This change came about after a conversation I had with my nanny.  I found out that she was able to put the boys in the crib for naps without having to pat them. When I found this out, I immediately stopped patting them. The boys put up a fuss the first night, but settled down pretty quickly once they realized mommy and daddy meant business and weren’t going to pat them anymore. Now when the boys are falling asleep, Sheenal and I will hang out in the nursery and say nightie night time, sleepy time if they need help settling down.

Here are pics of my sleeping cutie pies. They sure love their teddy bears!

Haircut

The boys got their haircut yet again! I think they are now needing haircuts every 6-8 weeks. Arjun is a pro at getting his haircut. He’s calm and let’s Jason cut his hair. Shailen, on the hand, will scream and cry!  I think the strategy for Shailen’s next haircut is we will let him watch Yo Gabba Gabba while Jason is cutting his hair.

Arjun getting his haircut

Shailen getting his haircut

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! The boys did the same old thing with their papa (i.e. play and cuddle with him).  Next year the boys will be able to make papa something cute!

Here’s to a great daddy!  Not only did the boys’ daddy pass on his beautiful eyes and eyelashes to them but he also makes the best meals for them, always ready to take them outside, and, most importantly, loves them unconditionally.

Shailen & Daddy:

Arjun & Daddy:

Big Milestones

I’m finding the toddler phase to be so much fun! It’s amazing at what the boys can do now.

Communicating:The boys communicate with each other by a series of laughs and hoots. Shailen can say hi, car, dada, and mama. Arjun can say dada, car, and mama. They can follow commands. If we ask them to bring us a book, then they will bring us that book! Also, Shailen will mimic animal sounds.  He will snort like a pig when I snort like a pig :-). They also will point at things they want. Arjun will normally point when he wants to play with the plastic tunnel or when he wants a particular book. They also will start to wave if you say hi or bye. Lastly, Arjun will shake his head from side to side when he doesn’t want anymore food or when he doesn’t want me to change his diaper or brush his teeth :-).

They know who their mama is: I must say the best feeling in the world is having your child come up to you and say mama and you know that they are referring to you when they say mama. Arjun and Shailen like to bring me books they want me to read to them. They will give me the book and then say mamamama. If they want something but cant reach it, then they will come running towards me saying mamamama in their sad voice. Of course, I have to help them out when they come to me like that!

Mama’s Little Helpers: The boys will now try to help me with things from time to time. Sometimes when I’m changing Shailen’s diaper, Arjun will pick up a diaper (a clean one) and hand it to me. Also, when I am putting on Arjun’s shoes, Shailen will sometimes bring me shoes to put on his brother. Arjun will do the same thing when I am putting on Shailen’s shoes.

Observing EVERYTHING we do: I’m amazed by the little things the boys pick up. I guess from watching us open the door from the garage to the apartment building, the boys see us wave the fob in front of the black box by the door. Now, when we get to the door, the boys will take the keys from us and try to wave the keys and fob in front of the black box. We were shocked when we saw Shailen first do this. They also know the basic motion for how to turn a door handle to open a door. Hopefully, they won’t master opening a door for awhile!

Personalities

One of my co-workers said that the boys’ personalities will be pretty much set by the time they are 15 or 16 months old. I’m not sure what he is basing this on but let’s see if he’s right.

Arjun as of now has an outgoing personality and is my crazy baby. He will march when he is happy; run while bending over with his arms behind his back; always has a mischievous smile; loves to give big bear hugs; loves to dance and play with anything that has wheels; has an infectious belly laugh; needs a lot of attention from his momma; and is just so active. On the flip side, he oftentimes is quick to get upset and gets easily frustrated and likes to bother / bully his brother (he’ll take Shailen’s toys & pull on Shailen’s shirt to make Shailen fall to the ground when he’s upset).

My little Shailen is more reserved but is just as crazy as Arjun. Shailen is my thinker. He sometimes is looking out the window and is deep in thought. I’m always wondering what he is thinking about. Shailen can play more independently on his own. Sometimes he is off in a corner quietly playing with his cars. Shailen also has an infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eyes; loves to look at books and play with cars and trains; so sweet and gentle; and climbs onto anything and everything while your back is turned for a second. He doesn’t get angry as easily and is more independent.

Let’s see if their personalities stay the same when they get older!

 

 

12 Month Recap

The boys turned 14 months this past weekend!  And I am just now posting their 12 month update – I wish I could be more on top of things.  These days my mantra is I’m doing the best that I can.
The boys had some big milestones during Month 12.  I can’t believe they are already one.  Time has truly flown.  Everyday when I get home from work and see them, I always think they look older and already look like little men.  Soon they will be graduating from college (that brings tears to my eyes just thinking about that).
I thought I would shake things up and start with a “video of the month” rather than a 12 month pic.  I know … I am doing crazy things here.

Video of the Month

The boys are starting to understand what we say to them.  They know when we say “No” to something that they are suppose to stop what they are doing.  Of course, they don’t listen to their mommy.  Oftentimes, when I say “No” to something, they giggle and keep on doing what they are doing.  I think I have problems with my delivery.  I tend to think everything they do is cute and funny (hubby likes to say that I even think their poop is cute) so oftentimes when I say “No” I don’t say it in a stern voice.  I find the only time that I truly get mad at them is when they bite each other.

Here’s a video of my poor attempt at trying to make the boys stop playing with the dirt in a plant pot. The boys’ reaction is priceless and always brings a smile to my face  – Mommy says No!

First Birthday

My cutie pies turned one on April 23, 2013.  For their actual birthday, we (Asha (our nanny), Sheenal, and I) stuck a candle in a croissant and sang happy birthday to them.  They had no idea what was going on, but they liked that we were singing to them.

Here are my big boys on their actual birthday:

Celebrating boys' first birthday

We had a mini bday party for the boys on April 27th.  We thought it was better to have a bday celebration with just the grandparents this year.  Next year, we plan to do a bigger celebration with friends and relatives.  The theme of the birthday party was storybooks. In particular, we tried to focus on their favorites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (a book we started reading to them the day they came home from the hospital), Good Night Gorilla, and Little Blue Truck.

We had Inna come and take pictures of the boys again at the party (she took their 9 month pics).  Arjun loves the camera and there was no problem taking pictures of him.  Shailen, though, didn’t like all the noise we were making when trying to make him smile.  Sometimes he would put his hands over his ears and shy away from the camera.  When we realized we were being too loud, we tried to tone everything down.

Boys during their birthday celebration

 

Arjun looking like a little man.

My sweet Shailen

Shailen actually wearing his birthday hat!

Arjun smiling for the camera.

Bubbles!

Family Pic 1

Family Pic 2

For their smash cake, I made a healthy version of cake.  The frosting was basically cream cheese.  The boys didn’t really attempt to eat the cake.  They were instead playing with the frosting.

Blowing out candles on their smash cake. Next year we will let the boys blow out their own candles :-).

The great thing about the boys’ birthday was it brought all the grandparents to Chicago.  As always, the boys had a blast with them.  Below are some pics of the boys with their grandparents.

Nani & Nanu feeding the boys

The Granddads playing with the boys at the park.

Arjun looking cool with Dadee

Cancun

Shortly after the boys’ first birthday, we took them on a trip to Cancun!  We stayed at an all inclusive resort.  I thought it was great for little kids.  We stayed at the resort the entire time and took the boys to the pool and beach everyday.  If the boys had a meltdown during a meal, we simply could have the waiter pack up our food and send it our room.  Then, when the boys were napping or in bed for the night, Sheenal and I could finish our meal.

During this trip, I saw how much of a ladies’ man Arjun is.  Arjun would stop and wave at every pretty girl.  It was pretty funny.  While Arjun was hitting on girls, my cute, little Shailen was focused on playing with sticks.  Arjun hits on chicks and Shailen picks up sticks – ha!

Below is a picture of the boys playing with a coconut and stick.  What more do toddlers need?

The boys absolutely loved the beach.  They loved playing in the sand and playing in the water.  They would, of course, try to drink the ocean water or pool water (and succeed a few times) which grossed me out so much.  Thank goodness they didn’t get sick from the water!

Here is a picture of the boys in the sand for the first time!

Boys playing in the sand

Shailen loved “whistling”.  If you whistled, then he would try to copy you (he would make his mouth likes yours and blow but no noise came out).  It was the cutest thing!  Here’s a picture of Shailen “whistling”:

Here’s a picture of Shailen having fun in the water with his papa:

We were in Cancun for 10 days.  Nanu came for the last 3 or 4 days.  The boys had so much fun with him.  When Arjun saw Nanu, the first thing he did was lead Nanu to the beach.  Below is a picture of Arjun walking with Nanu:

Arjun walking with Nanu

Oftentimes, after the boys got out of the ocean, we would change their diapers to non swim diapers and change their clothes since we were heading straight to a restaurant for a meal.  One family saw us changing the boys’ clothes and said they were taking pointers from us (the mom is expecting her second child) – ha!  They wanted to take a picture of us so here it is:

And here’s a picture of the boys with their mama!

Boys with their mama!

Here are some more cute pics of the boys during the trip:

Arjun looks like a little boy!

Shailen playing peek a boo (above)

Arjun Relaxing

Shailen enjoying the scenery (above)

Shailen looking stylish in his hat (above)

The biggest challenge we faced with the boys was feeding them at a restaurant.  The good thing was we were forced to give the boys more table foods and I think they became better eaters because of this.  Since we were at a family friendly resort, there were a ton of other families which was nice because no one thought twice when the boys decided to scream or throw their spoons on floor :-).  We also got them to try new foods and found that they both love pineapple and Shailen is a big fan of tomatoes.

Traveling

Traveling with the boys was not the big nightmare I thought it was going to be.  We went on a 3 hour flight which was the perfect amount of time for them.  We were on the flights during their naptimes so they slept for the first hour and half.  Then the next hour and half we spent entertaining them by letting them walk up and down the aisle, showing them games and songs on the ipad, and tyring to get them to play with toys and water bottles in their seats.  Thankfully, they didn’t cry too much on the flights and the passengers on the plane were all so nice and friendly.

The tough part of traveling with them was standing in line at customs.  The boys did not want to stand still.  They were running everywhere like manics since they were couped up on the plane.  We let them run around for 20 minutes and then Sheenal and I had to take them through the customs line while they were screaming.  Thankfully, the line was short so we were able to get through the line quickly.

Mother’s Day

We celebrated Mother’s Day in Cancun.  For Mother’s Day, the boys got me flowers and a card.  Aren’t they sweet!  I love how Shailen is holding the card up in the below picture.  Arjun is trying to take a flower in the picture.  I think he is trying to take it to give it to a girl ;-).

Mother's Day

Talking

The boys have started to say words!!  Arjun said his first word, Dada, on May 2nd.  Shailen said his first word, Mama, on May 10th!  Two days later, Shailen said Dada. Shailen can also say Hi.  It’s cute when he says Hi because he says it in a high pitched voice.  I think he does that because we have a tendency to talk in a high pitched voice when we say Hi to him.

The boys also understand a lot of things that we say to them.  When we tell them its time to go bye bye, then they will come and sit in our lap so that we can put their shoes on.  Arjun will start walking backwards towards you, stick his butt out when he is close to you, and then sit in your lap – it’s really funny.  They will also start dancing when we say the word Dance and they will come towards us when we say it’s Milk time.

The boys also babble a lot.  Here are some videos of the boys babbling during dinner and before bedtime:

Talking during dinner

Talking during bedtime

New Tricks

In addition to their new talking skills, Arjun will play hide n seek.  Here is a video of this -

Arjun playing hide and seek (notice Arjun thinks he is hiding when he puts a clear see through plastic bag in front of his face – hehe).

The boys are getting better and better at eating table food (and they are not having anymore formula – yay! they are drinking only whole milk and water!).  My heart melts when they are eating – they try so hard to get the food in their mouth.  Here’s a video of them eating -

Eating!

The boys love cars (just like their daddy)! In Cancun, the hotel had a playroom filled with Fischer Price toys.  They would always gravitate to the cars.  Arjun especially likes playing with the wheels of a car.  Here is a video of the boys playing with cars at home -

Boys playing with cars

Arjun and Shailen also like looking upside down.  At random times, they will get in the position pictured below and will giggle.  They will especially crack up if I get in that same position while they are in that upside down position.

Looking at the world upside down

Cute Pics

Have you noticed that in the 12 Month pics, you don’t see the boys wearing any drool bibs?  That’s because they FINALLY stopped drooling – yay!

Here is a picture of the boys at the park.  They like being in swings now!

On a ride home from one of our park excursions, the boys fell asleep in their stroller -

Here’s Shailen so proud of the mess he made – hehe.

11 Month Recap

Time is flying!!  We just took our first vacation with the boys to Cancun and the boys turned one on April 23rd!  I’ll have to save the details of the boys’ vacay and birthday party for their 12 Month Recap post.  In the meantime, here’s the recap of the boys’ 11th Month.
Here’s the boys’ 11 Month picture (taken at Northwestern Law)

11 Month Picture

Stranger Danger Gone For Good!? – Let’s Hope So

An exciting development that has occurred this month is that the boys are no longer deathly scared of strangers.  When we go to the grocery store or playgrounds or anywhere with the boys, they are smiling at strangers.  I feel like it happened overnight that they are friendly with strangers now.  I remember being at the grocery store and being in shock when Arjun walked up to a lady and started clapping.  They both like smiling at strangers and then when the stranger smiles back they like to act shy and turn away.  Then, they look back at the stranger and smile again.

Pointing, Waving, Running, & Whistling

As I probably say in all my posts, the boys are learning more and more new things.  Arjun and Shailen point and they are full out running now.  Oftentimes, they like running with their heads tilted way back – why.. I don’t know.  My guess with Shailen is that he likes looking at the ceiling lights.  I’m not quite sure what Arjun is looking at.  Mommy is having a hard time keeping up with them when they run in different directions:-).  Arjun now holds my hand while walking / running :-); whereas, Shailen has stopped doing that :-(.

Also, Shailen will wave from time to time.  He waved for the first time while he was saying bye to Nanu.

Something really cute that Shailen picked up is whistling.  If you whistle, then he tries to mimic you.  No noise, though, comes from his whistle – just spit :-).

Here’s a video of Shailen whistling to me while we are in the car on the way to their music class:

Shailen Whistling

Playing Inside

The weather is getting better in Chicago, but there are days we need to play inside.  Inside or outside the boys have fun.

When the weather is not good, the boys will oftentimes go to the Children’s Museum.  They are little monkeys at the museum.  You can’t restrict them to the baby areas.  They want to run everywhere.  Shailen & Arjun love playing in the camping tent and Shailen loves walking up and down the bridge.  Also, they aren’t afraid of older kids.  An older kid sometimes tries to take a toy away from them and they take it right back – I hope they keep this spunk.

Here’s Arjun having a fun time at the Children’s Museum:

Arjun excited at Children's Museum

Arjun & Shailen are still having their playdates with cutie pie Morgan.  At Morgan’s place, they are so excited because they get to play with new toys (and of course because Morgan is there).

Here are the boys with Asha (their wonderful nanny) and Morgan:

Playdate at Morgan's House

Right now the boys’ favorite games to play are putting coins in their piggy bank toy, playing basketball, playing chase / hide-n-seek (of course), playing with cars and their alligator pull toy, playing sock monster (where I put a sock on my hand and tickle them while saying “sock monster”), and sitting in the bumbo (they like to sit in the bumbo, get stuck in the bumbo, and then get out the bumbo by me helping them or them figuring out how to get out on their own. after they get out of the bumbo, they start the cycle again by going back in the bumbo).  Also, Arjun really loves kicking balls and Shailen still loves pushing any toy he can.

Here are some videos of them doing their favorite things:

Arjun Kicking Ball and Shailen Pushing a Toy

Arjun putting coins in piggy bank and Shailen walking with a sock

Arjun playing bball

Normally, the boys will play next to each other but not with each other.  Here’s a picture of the rare moment that the boys are playing with each other (I love how Shailen is drooling in this picture):

Playing together!!

Playing Outside

Now that the weather is warmer, we have been able to take them outside more and more.  The boys love being outside.  They want to walk/run everywhere.

Usually, when we go outside, we talk them to parks.  Lately, Shailen and Arjun have enjoyed the swings and slides.  Before, they would have no expression on their faces when we put them in swings or went down slides with them.  Now, when we go on the swings and slides, they smile and/or laugh.

Here are some pictures of the boys’ enjoying the park:

Shailen in the swing

Shailen going down slide with mommy

 

Arjun taking a break from running.

Arjun on the move.

What we love doing with the boys is taking them on a short wagon ride.  Sometimes we take them around the block in their wagons or we take them to the park using the wagon rather than stroller.  They love their wagon rides.  The like to sit back and look around.

Going on a bear hunt (for some reason this picture makes me think of the We are going on a bear hunt book)

Pushing Anything with Wheels

Arjun is obsessed with pushing anything that has wheels on it.  If he sees something with wheels on it, then he will go up to it and first touch the wheels (if I’m around, I normally stop him from touching the wheels since the wheels are dirty).  Then, Arjun will start pushing the object that has wheels.

At the grocery store, Arjun would try to push random people’s grocery carts!  Below is picture of Arjun pushing our grocery cart.

Arjun pushing grocery cart

And here’s a video of Arjun pushing a cart:

Arjun pushing grocery cart

Music Class

The boys have been going to Bubbles Academy for their music class and they LOVE it.  I think now that they are not scared of strangers and like to interact with strangers that they enjoy the class.  They are little monkeys in the class.  They are running and walking all over the place.  They especially like the tunnels that they can crawl through and the bubbles.  When the teacher blows bubbles, they go nuts and chase after the bubbles.  Also, Arjun really loves when the adults are holding the parachute and he can go under it.  He rolls on the floor and is cracking up from looking at the parachute.

Here are some pictures of the boys at their music class:

Arjun in tunnel

Shailen in tunnel

Also, here’s a video of my cutie pies in the music class:

Having fun in music class

Introducing my Niece – Leela Singh Anand!!

At 7:26am on Monday, April 22, 2013, Leela Singh Anand, my niece, arrived into this world.  Leela’s birthday is one day before the twins’ birthday.  I will get to meet her for the first time at the end of the month when I go to DC.  The boys probably won’t get to meet her until September.

Here’s a picture of my cutie pie nephew and niece:

Veer & Leela

The boys were ecstatic when I told them that their little sister arrived.  They asked that I help them with making the below sign:

Boys wishing Leela Happy Birthday!

The boys are saving up to give Leela a really nice Raksha bandhan gift in August.

Nanu Came to Visit

Nanu came for his monthly visit and as always the boys had so much fun.  Nanu was the first person Shailen waved at!  As Nanu was waiting at the elevator with his suitcase, Sheenal and Shailen stood at the door.  Nanu waved goodbye to Shailen and Shailen waved back – it was the cutest thing!  Shailen doesn’t wave by moving his hand up and then; instead, his hand flops up and down.

Here are some pictures of the boys with their Nanu:

Nanu & Shailen

Nanu & Arjun

Shreya came to visit too!

The boys also got to see Shreya, Phoi, Dada, and Dadee.  The boys had a lot of fun and were cracking up from the funny noises Shreya made.  Shreya had fun playing and loving the twins and also had fun tasting baby food, riding the boys’ stroller, and hanging out in the boys’ playpen.  The boys are looking forward to seeing their Shreya didi in August.

Dada & Dadee with boys

Grandma and boys (they won't stay still for a picture!)

Shreya & Arjun

Shailen and Dada

Sleeping

As alluded to in my last post, any sort of sleep training we did went down the drain this month!  The boys use to get up around 4am and then we would take them to our bed and sleep with them.  After the boys got sick, they started to wake up between 12am and 2am.  When they wake up, I take Arjun to the guest room and Sheenal takes Shailen to our bedroom.  The boys are so hard to sleep with!  They rustle around and sometimes they will get up again and we’ll have to put them back to bed.  And any hopes and dreams of the boys sleeping until 6am has vanished.

The boys will generally wake up between 5am and 5:30am and go to bed between 7:30pm and 8:00pm.  They are consistently taking 1.5-2 hours naps twice a day.  I am resigned to this being their sleep routine; whereas, Sheenal is talking about sleep training them again.  I am trying to hold this off as long as possible …

Here’s a cute video of Shailen while we are reading to him and Arjun a bedtime story:

Shailen babbling and laughing during storytime

Normally, we feed the boys breakfast around 8am and put them down for their first nap around 9am.  For a week or so, Shailen was falling asleep while we gave him breakfast.  Here’s a video of this happening:

Shailen falling asleep while eating

Easter Party

The boys’ went to their first Easter Party hosted by their friends Quinn & Avery.  Arjun ended up playing with Avery quite a bit.  Avery would hold his hand and take him from room to room.  Shailen was mostly chillin’ with his momma because I think he wasn’t feeling well.  He ended up throwing up at the end of the party :-( and was sick for a few days after the party.

Shailen hanging out at Easter Party

Arjun playing

Passport Pics

For the Cancun trip that we went on last week, we had to get the boys’ their passports!!  The passport application process was surprisingly very easy.  The hard part was getting passport photos of the boys taken.  We went to Walgreens to get their photos taken.  The Walgreens employee wanted to have the boys to sit still in a chair and look directly at the camera.  As you can imagine, that was hard to accomplish.  Shailen sat still in the chair but wouldn’t look at the camera.  Arjun would not sit still in the chair or look at the camera.  We soon became a spectacle at the Walgreens store.  All the Walgreens employees gathered around us and made funny faces to make the boys look at the camera.  Sheenal had to hold Arjun to get him to sit still.

Here is the end result:

Arjun looking like a thug

Shailen looking innocent

Haircuts

The boys’ hair grows so fast!  We had to give them their second haircut this month.  They both did really well for their second haircut.  They both were fine sitting in Sheenal’s lap while my hairdresser cut their hair.  My hairdresser did an excellent job (I like him better than the other hairdresser we went to for their first haircut).

Here’s a before picture:

Before Pic

And here are their haircut pictures:

Papa looking concerned

Arjun getting haircut

Cute Pics

As always, here are some more cute pics:

 

Shailen passed out! He fell asleep in the car and wouldn't get up after we brought him into the apartment.

 

Like DJ father like son

 

Sweater Vest!