Monka got his name because when Simon was a baby he could not say "monkey" so he came out with Monka. Gigi was named by Simon for Dylan and we think it sounds great.
These little creatures give the boys comfort when they are sleeping or feeling sad. Monka (there are actually four Monka's in case one gets lost) has made it all over the country from Chicago to California and Florida to Hawaii. Gigi hasn't been quite as many places yet, but she has been to California (twice) and Colorado and Wisconsin. I'm sure she will see her fair share of trips as time goes by.