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.
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!
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.
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 :-).
Below are pictures of the boys’ expression when we took them out while it was snowing.
Here’s a video of the boys’ watching the snow and pointing at the 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 :-).
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.
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.
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 :-).
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 :-).
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.
Here the boys are putting bolts into something at the 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 :-).
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!
And finally here are some more cute pictures of the boys.