Hello and a First Word, Maybe


Bean is waving now. When you wave at her, she holds up her hand then very consciously opens and closes the fingers. M is waving, too, or maybe it’s pointing, or a salute. Whatever it is it’s cute. She stretches her arm out straight, her hand reaching toward your face. Usually I kiss her fingers. Today I tried giving her high five. However you respond she’s excited about it. She grins that amazing grin where her two bottom teeth show, wrinkles her nose up, chuckles with sharp intakes of breath.

I’m pretty sure Bean knows how to say a word, too, “duck,” but I’m not quite ready to confirm it yet. I’ve also heard them say “book,” “ball,” and “banana,” but they’re all said in the context of repeating what I say so I’m not convinced they know what any of them mean. And mama and dada, they say those all the time, too. “Mama” seems to come more often when they are crying, though they are starting to say it at other times now, too. Do they know that’s us? They’re getting there, I think.




17 thoughts on “Hello and a First Word, Maybe

    • I know, everything is very gradual. In my mind I was sort of expecting to wake up one day and suddenly they’re saying a word that is very clear. But it’s more what you say, jabbers slowly turning into words.

  1. My youngest’s first word was ‘cheers’ – as in when drinking – lol, says a lot about us as a family!? 🙂

  2. Ahh..It’s fascinating to watch them develop their language skills. I’ll never forget my daughter looking at the cuckoo clock in our kitchen, trying to say cuckoo. It was barely audible and she tried so hard.

  3. First words are so much fun! And so are all the ones that follow it.
    Many times with Paxlet, it would take us a few days (and still does sometimes) to realize he’s saying a new word or action.

  4. Technically speaking a word is “a word” when its used consistently to refer to something. We have a couple “maybe words” that I move up to “word” status when I’ve heard them a few times 🙂

    • Yeah, this isn’t really an official first word post. She’s saying duck when there’s a duck, but not always when there’s a duck. We’ll see what happens 🙂

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