A very new development is that Gabriel can explain his needs/wants/intentions pretty clearly now. If he wants to read, he says "book." (He also said this when he just wants to delay naptime-- tonight, as I put him to bed far too late at 9 PM, even as I carried him to the crib he was pointing at the bookshelf saying "book!"
Not quite so new, but very predictable, is "juice." First thing he asks for every morning, after "mama." He gets a mix of OJ and water.
This is mildly worrisome because he seems about as dependent on this as part of his morning as we are on coffee.
In terms of word combinations, he's still working on two-word sentences. "Blue truck" remains ubiquitous, and it's a brush with which he tars too many things. Lots of red cars are being labelled "blue truck" by G. Sometimes he appears to be using it describe things that don't even have wheels, and that aren't blue at all. It's an argument we have a lot.
He's always spoken in sentences-- it's just that they're generally gibberish. But now he's getting closer. When he first wakes up, he expresses his desire to see Alison by saying "Na na MAMA." And pointing me to the bedroom.
When Alison was in San Francisco without us last week, the first morning he made that request and of course I had to bring him into an empty bedroom. He wasn't happy about that at all.