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
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
Another picture from the photoshoot. Arjun hugging Veer. Arjun is wearing a fancy shirt and skinny jeans – hehe.
Arjun & Veer
Another cute photo from the photo shoot – Shailen having fun outside.
Here’s a non-photo shoot pic. Arjun is once again hugging Veer. He loves Veer so much!
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
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.
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 unwrapping presents!
An attempt to do a mommies and kids shot.
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).
Hanging with the Singh Fam!
My boys loved hanging out with my parents. Here the boys are reading a book with Nanu.
And they of course read books with Nani too!
And’s here a cute picture of Nani reading to Arjun.
Nanu giving Arjun a snack (with the dinosaur photobombing this picture)
Shailen spending quality time with Mamu (and grabbing his nose!)
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 ….
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.
And he got a fancy car for the boys too – hehe
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The following night, the dinos continued to not being naughty and tried to make a meal for Veer.
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!
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
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
Shailen enjoying his walk in the snow.
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
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
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!
And here’s the picture of the boys’ favorite room. They like to run into this room when they are hiding from me.
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)!
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
And here’s how we feed them now!
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!
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.
As always, here are some additional cute pictures of my babies!
Papa giving Shailen a goodnight hug.
Boys taking a nap on papa
Arjun & Sheenal Selfie – they look just like each other!