Fits & Starts

There is a new Jake in town.  I don’t know what it is exactly… a change of routine?  A change in school?  A change in his little 15-month old brain?  That often cited, potentially theoretical phenomenon called “teething”?

Almost overnight, everything about Jacob is meltdown-worthy.  Bath time’s over?  Nooooooooooooo!!  Put my PJ’s on?  The end of the world.  Wash my face?  When hell freezes over.  And just when everything causes some sort of fit, we’ve also noticed he’s started to say everything.

Before there are too many words to count, I thought I’d try and capture this vocabulary explosion:

Agua.  Apple.  Baba.  Ball (Still #1.  Almost certainly the first thing out of his mouth every single morning.)  Ba-bye.  Bath time.  Boppy.  Bubble.  Button! (Belly button).  Da Da.  Down.  Eyes.  Flower.  Hat.  Hot (Said in that whispery way that for some reason is unquestionably required of the word “hot.”)  Hi.  JJ.  Ma Ma.  Moo (In response to the question: What does a cow say?)  More (Still his only sign language).  Nana (Banana).  No (OK, maybe “ball” has fallen to #2.)  Nigh-nigh (This now also refers to his Nuk which is only allowed at bedtime…  I know, I know.  I am weak.)  Nose.  Outside!  Poo poo.  Pee pee (Hoping these announcements will actually prove useful during that much anticipated and dreaded phase: toilet training.)  See!  Shoe.  Uooo Uooo (Constant dog barking, for no reason easily discernible by the average adult.)  Up (Runner up to “ball.”  Don’t be surprised if you see James and I hobbling around like hunchbacks from lifting this 27 pound child up 10,000 times per day.)  At least 30 words…

We’ve also noticed 3 almost sentences: Whatizit?  Oh no! (Someone taught him this which includes putting both hands on the side of his face like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.  It has to have been someone at his new school.  I wish I had it on tape.)  All right! (Also said with a great deal of enthusiasm.)  All done! (This rivals “ball” in terms of repetition, however, don’t be fooled.  It does not usually mean he is in fact, all done.)

Let’s hope the fits stop and the manners start… soon.  Really soon.


  1. According to an internet site “By 15 months, the majority (about 75 percent) of children have a vocabulary that consists of “Mama” and “Dada” plus at least three other words.” At 30 + words, Jakey is quite the little conversationalist….takes after his Mom, maybe???

  2. Wow! Great stats Aunt Sara. Can’t be me… I’ve never been known to be much of a talker :)

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