- Singing "No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed", especially with a deep voice and shaking your finger when you say the "No More Monkeys" part. They will giggle and giggle.
- Singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" with a soft voice and the hand movements on their backs. It is soothing to them, especially Max who will stop crying instantly and start to relax.
- Clapping and cheering as encouragement for when they do something good. They aren't clapping back yet, but are all smiles when you do it. Still working on patty-cake which makes them laugh, but they haven't figured out the opening your fists part yet.
- Climbing up on EVERYTHING to get to standing position.
- Crawling into the bathroom to hang out and look around.
- Banging on everything. The tv stand, their activity table, their jumper car, their high chair trays, the floor....the bang test to everything is pretty equal to the taste test for everything.
- Helping Mommy empty the dishwasher. They will seriously come running when they see that thing is open.
- They have a newfound love for the pacifier, particularly their wubb-a-nubbs. Prior to this they weren't really pacifier babies. Now Jake will dive for it if he sees it.
- Still have a taste for eating slippers and shoes.
- Following Mommy everywhere....., even when she tells them to save their energy because she is coming back. This usually leads to crawling in circles, confusion and whining.
- Mommy's attention. If one is sitting on Mommy's lap on the floor, the other is climbing up on Mommy to get some cuddling too.
- Special nighttime treats like sugar-free pudding. They will smack their lips, grunt and practically chase you to get more bites. They love any bites of real people food and Jake will swing his arms in excitement.
Things they haven't loved:
- The Nose Frida snotsucker. I feel like they've pretty much been sick the entire month of January. One would show improvement on their cold and then the other one would catch it and then it was pretty much just passed back and forth. Enter the Nose Frida to clear all those boogies. I am not grossed out by it in the slightest as I love how effective it is. However, they both act like it is a torture device and unfortunately I have to pin their arms down to even use it. Jake will literally be in a sweat after we are done.
- Sleeping through the night. With stuffy noses, coughs and cutting teeth, we've had a lot of sleepless nights around here lately. On the one hand I have to admit I love the snuggles and them sleeping on my chest at night, but the repeated interrupted sleep each night is tough to go back to after leaving those newborn days behind.
- Diaper changes. I think its the curiosity thing, but they will not sit still for a diaper change anymore. Changing Jake is like wrestling a moose sometimes.
Big Things for Jake:
You can tell Jake is always learning because he is constantly watching and observing everything. The way he will stare intently for a long time at a person would be very inappropriate for an adult to do! Watching him break into a grin or laugh is still the most heartwarming thing ever.
Big Moments for Max:
Max saw himself in the mirror of his toy one day and I was able to catch that on camera. I wonder if he thought, "damn it is true what they say about me, I am Mr. Beautiful".
Love this picture of Max with Chris and Jake with Grandpa Mike because Jake 100% resembles that side of the family in this picture, complete with his Daddy's arched left eyebrow.
I still try to read to the boys when I can, although their attention span isn't as great with so many toys around. It works better when they are strapped in their highchairs in the morning after breakfast.