This post is a couple of weeks late, but the pictures are from March 31, just a couple of days after the boys turned 21 months. I didn’t have my usual selection of photos because I took them bright and early before we had to head to the airport for our first ever vacation with the boys. But hopefully more on that in a future post!
At 21 months, the boys are so close to talking! They “talk” to each other all the time; it really just sounds like nonsense to me, but is so cute! They do understand a lot and love to make animal noises. They know:
Some of the sounds, like monkey, elephant, cow and duck, they make more consistently and accurately than others, like dog, sheep and wolf. But they absolutely love animals so we love exposing them to different animals. Now that it has finally warmed up a bit, we were able to take advantage of the warm weather and their love of animals by going to the zoo twice this month!
They also know several body parts and will point to them on themselves, each other, or mommy or daddy (depending who we request!):
- Belly button
When I ask him to, James will say “mama” and “dada” whereas Philip sticks to the one syllable “mah” and “dah”.
They’ve always had such different personalities but they seem to be getting even more pronounced the older they get. Philip is a steady little guy – his mood is consistently happy and even though he started throwing his temper tantrums before James did, he’s easier to calm down…most of the time. He is also a fiddler; although very active he’s happy to sit and play with his toys for longer periods of time than James. Philip also loves to be “thrown” onto the bed or couch and tickled. James loves to be ticked but he’s as likely to cry when being tossed as he is to laugh.
James is our little fire cracker; although he also a consistently happy little boy, his moods tend to have more highs and lows than Philip. He’s always off to try something new or climb onto something he shouldn’t. In a way he is more independent because he’ll just walk away to do what he wants to, and never wants to hold our hand when out and about, but in other ways he’s even more of a mama’s boy because he takes longer to warm up to new scenarios and people than Philip and will hang back with me while Philip is off exploring and being social. James is also our little hoarder. He loves to collect things and carries as much as he can possibly hold around the house. Whether it’s his wooden animal toys, play food, or his personal favourite – wash cloths – he’ll clutch them tight to him and guard them from Philip, mommy and daddy.
They are both eating well and recently discovered an affinity for broccoli which is great! Philip’s favourite food is yogurt and James’ bananas. But they do eat almost everything, although meat can be hit or miss depending on the day.
I am so blessed to be the mother of 2 such happy, healthy, loveable, silly and active boys!