My first son was an early talker, and lucky me, his first word, at around nine months, was a resounding "Mama"! There's nothing quite like hearing your baby call you by name (especially before he learns to whine it into seventeen syllables), and even though it's silly, I totally felt special that "Mama" took such a place of honor in this most memorable of talking milestones. (His second word was "nana" for "banana," and after that he finally learned "Dada," to the relief of my husband.)
In contrast, my second son was an early walker (also at around nine months; I do not recommend this), and now at almost sixteen months he's only just starting to use a few words in context. He knows a handful of animal sounds, says "uh-oh" when he drops something, squeals "baaaaybeeee!" when he sees himself in the mirror, and runs full speed down the hall yelling "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" when my husband comes home from work. What's weird is that this also what he does when he sees me--yes, he yells "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" as he runs into my arms.
What gives, kid? I know he can say both "mmmm" and "aaahhh," but he doesn't seem to want to put them together, no matter how much I'd love to hear it. The good news is that even though he's calling me by the wrong name, he's still excited to see me, and he still gives the best squishy baby hugs, and so I do my best to take it in stride and consider it a good lesson in taking what I can get--a technique that will probably come in especially handy when my boys become teenagers and will only call my name when they want me to fix them a sandwich.
Has your baby said his or her first word yet? If so, what was it? If not, what do you hope it will be?
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