I never really know how to start these, maybe because I post less frequently and it's hard to know exactly what voice to use, or to whom these posts should be addressed or directed. Sometimes I think it'd be cute if Jakey and Lara were reading this, years from now (yes, life revolves around those two, constantly, in all 4 dimensions); often I figure it's friends and family, and the kind people who follow along. That's quite a varied group. So I'm just going to launch in, with this as the only preamble.
Jake is starting to make more and more sounds, and it's the best. The funniest, though, is his interest: entirely boy things. I still remember before Lara was born Anna and I got all sorts of gender-neutral stuff, colors, decor, toys, books, everything was green and yellow, geared towards both genders. And Lara ended up a pink and purple, sparkle and glitter princess, and it's the best. And yet, surrounded by that, Jakey is all boy. I was holding him the other day, and their toys (by "their" I mean "almost entirely Lara's") were strewn over the floor of their room, and he started reaching for one, "ep, ep" (help, help) - in the middle of a pile of frilly princessy things, there it lay... the solitary car--calling his name; he had no interest in anything else, except the most vehicular object within the pile. And that is just one example; this guy is car ca-razy.
He has extended "caaaaa" (car) to "caaaa-busssh" (bus, or, truly, "car bus," but really he means bus). Some other relatively new Jake-isms:
"I!" (it's hard to write phoenetically - regardless, he says "hi" like "eye" and it's cute)
"Pipa!" (pizza... Jakey's a fan)
"Ci-kah!" (chocolate. Jakey's more of a fan. In fact, for the days of Hannukah, it only took two nights of candles for Jakey to learn that the order of events is: dinner, candles, chocolate -so as he tired of dinner he'd point to the candles, blabber a bit, and say "mooye" (more; as in, "enough of this dinner facade, get down to the good stuff, I want more chocolate)
"Buzsh" (Buzz, as in Buzz-comma-Lightyear)
"Ga" (go - and this may not sound cute, but when imperiously commanded by a one-foot-nuthin' chubby curly cherub, it's pretty cute)
"Bah-sh" (Bath - Jakey's favorite place on Earth)
Both help and up sound similar, "ehp," usually repeated rapid-fire until the correct result is rendered. "ehp ehp ehp ehp ehp ehp," if said while tugging on pants and looking upwards with big puppy dog eyes, that one translates into "up" pretty reliably. "ehp ehp ehp ehp ehp" if trying to unscrew something, or reach a fallen toy (fallen car, Jakey only plays with cars), translates as "help" pretty reliably.
I'm sure I'm leaving out a billion - he's enjoying the pre-verbal thing and is getting very good at communicating. He's a cuddly little guy and we love him!
Lara is ridiculously awesome and totally amazing, but stories aren't the same - she speaks perfectly, and complicatedly, and if I were to tell a story it'd probably be about yet another way she outsmarted or outmaneuvered or outnegotiated me.