This face kills me, every time!
He's really been my main motivation to blog again. Jake is almost 17 months old, and he's such a spunky, bright, flirty, hilarious, and wonderful little guy. The list that I'm about to make may only be exciting to his mother, but I'm going to write it all out so I can put it in his baby book.
Jake talks a lot! He has been chatting it up for a while now. He'll say things like "where d' go?" "there i'is". He says book, dog, harley (the dog's name), cookie (which is LOVES).....and on and on. Sometimes, the mumbling sounds like a full sentence, but doesn't make too much sense yet. He knows the sounds that a bunch of animals make, and he signs (and says) please, thank you, more and help.
He calls Eric and Nick "bubbus". He loves his big brothers. As soon as we pull into Eric's school, he starts to get excited, yelling "bubbus", and waving his hands frantically. It usually takes another five minutes to get to where we see Eric, at which point Jake goes into a happy fit. The feeling is mutual between the two, so this interaction is always special. It does a mom's heart good!
He loves books and being read to, but his favorite book is The Belly Button Book. He can spot it from across the room, will do his excited dance, and then beg you to read it to him. If you haven't seen it before, it's about little Hippos that love their belly buttons. In the book, the tiniest hippo calls his a "bee-bo". So Jake says "boo-ba" (instead of bee-bo) and points to the hippo on each page. Then when you get to the page where they yell "Belly Button", he yells this strange concoction of sounds that mimics BELLY BUTTON! Of course, once is never enough. And when we're tapped out, he'll read it to us, complete with "boo-ba's" and yelling. :)
Jake can spell....sort of. I spend so much time spelling both my first and last name that Jake has picked up on it. While on the phone with the doctor's office last week, Jake chimes in mid-"stein" and says "E, I, E, M, R, I". It caught me off guard I couldn't help but laugh. The receptionist had to ask me if I was ok. So now, if you ask Jake to spell Steinmeyer, he says "E, I, E, I" (and then a few sounds like M and R).
His favorite game is "this little piggy". Daddy taught him. He anxiously sits through the first 4 toes, and then says "Wee Wee Wee, alllll dwahom".
Something he is NOT good at....Growing Teeth! He got his first tooth at 15 months, and the next 3 followed soon after. He cut 4 more last week, so we're up to a whopping 8. He's not a happy teether either. He knows what helps, like the motrin or teething gel, and will ask for it.
He's also incredibly...um..how do I put it?? Passionate! This kids got a temper. He's been seen throwing himself to the ground, scrapping up his head in the process. We just walk away because addressing it and giving him that attention just makes it worse. But he doesn't like being ignored, so he'll crawl to where we are, kicking and screaming the whole time, until he sees us, and then thrown himself on the floor again. It's ridiculous. He'll throw his food, plate and all, if the food isn't to his liking or it's too hot. For a little while, he'd slap me full in the face if I told him no. He's stubborn and emotional.....good times ahead, for sure.
But he's also my sweetest and most cuddly of my 3 boys. He loves to kiss and hug. If I am holding him, and talking to someone else, and he decides he wants a kiss, he will use both hands to pull my face to him and kiss me square on the lips. If I tell him I want a kiss on my cheek, he says no and maneuvers my face so he can plant a big one on my lips. He'd friendly to anyone he sees, and flirts with any girl that gives him the time of day. He does a sweet wave, gives a big grin, then squishes his cheek to his shoulder in a cute little coy way. The girls don't stand a chance....
Jake loves music and dancing. If the car is quiet (which is rare) he points to the radio, dances, and says "more please". He then rocks out, swaying back and forth, and clapping...it's pretty cute. He has a pirate bear in his room that sings an entire verse of "hot hot hot". The bear freaks him out. He actually shudders in fear and runs away. But he really wants to like it, so he very cautiously will ask you to push the button in the bears hand. At a safe distance, he then gets really groovy, butt shaking and everything. I've gotta get it on video. BUT, if the bear is not in the right place, he gets worried, as if the bear has come to life and moved his location. He likes knowing where it is, but doesn't want to touch it.
Allright - enough Jakey updates for now... :)