In the hour today since he's been awake after his nap, we've had the following exchanges:
Me [lifting J-cub out of his cot]: "Jacob, you're going to have about 2 or 3 more sleeps in your cot, then you're going to have a new bed!"
J-cub: "Big boy bed. Big! Big Jacob Weemeeya!" [Big boy Jacob like Amelia]
Me: "That's right! You'll have a big boy's bed just like Amelia's." [points to J-cub's new bed standing up in the hallway]
J-cub: "Big bed mine! Happy!"
A little later, at snack-time...
Me: "Jacob, do you want some Cheerios?"
J-cub: "No. No snack. Snack! Couscous! Dat couscous, dee." [That couscous, please]
Me: "Okay, do you want Quorn pieces in it?"
J-cub: "Yes! Yes dee Mummy!" [yes please Mummy - accompanied by enthusiastic nodding]
J-cub happily sits and eats a whole bowl of couscous with Quorn pieces and red pesto, shunning the Cheerios in the snack pot in front of him.
He had some milk afterwards, drank about half the cup then handed it to me and said...
J-cub: "Enough! Didge. Muck didge." [Fridge. Milk in the fridge]
And now he's pretending to eat his welly boots, and laughing cos he knows it's funny to eat footwear.
And yesterday when Tilly had the audacity to sit on the sofa when J-cub also wanted to sit on the sofa, he came and crawled into my lap and buried his head in my chest...
J-cub: "No Tilly no! Get down Tilly!"
Me: "Listen, Tilly's purring. That means she's happy to sit here with you. Are you happy?"
J-cub: "No! Jacob sad" [made a sad face and hung his head] [I may have laughed a bit, but then I kindly shoved Tilly off]
Me: "Are you happy now?"
[J-cub looked at me from under his fringe and laughed]