Calvin has been making up his own words lately... for example, yesterday he said "DADA ICK BAH."  I asked my hubby (he's in Iraq) if it was Arabic.  He said it was close, but no. Ha ha

Anyway, today I got my weekly update from, and it said my baby's next speech milestones are "babbling (6 mo)" and "uses protowords (10 mo)".  I was like, "WTF are protowords?" So I kept reading... and it turns out it's VERY interesting!

It says... By the time babies are around 10 months old, they devise a system for getting their demands met. Some babies will point, grunt, or stare, but some will use "protowords", which are invented words with a consistent meaning.  It's basically baby language!  Calvin's just a couple months ahead of the game, I guess.

Seriously, this information couldn't have come at a better time.  Lately whenever Calvin drops a toy, if I take something away from him, wants to pet the dog, or wants whatever I'm holding, etc... he screams "IGGY". Today I was typing an e-mail to my hubby & Cal was sitting on my lap... he wanted to play with (or beat furiously on) the keyboard SO BAD & was YELLING "IGGGYYYY!!" at the top of his lungs and flailing his arms around! So now I know!  "IGGY" means "GIMME!!!"

He also says "EDDY" and "AYY" (We tease him for sounding like The Fonz or Joey from Friends.... but I'm not sure what those mean yet.  I guess I'll have to pay closer attention.

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Mar. 29, 2007 at 11:56 AM So now you are mom/interpreter.  Have fun!

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Mar. 29, 2007 at 12:29 PM It is fun to figure out words. Ella's into the pointing thing, but she does make up words...and I think she started around 6-7 months too. It's more fun with the words, cuz I don't always know what she's pointing at!

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