Yay!–EDITED

June 2, 2008 Jordana

Last week, Liam learned to clap. He is totally impressed with himself and breaks into delighted cackles every time he brings his little hands together. I always cheer him on, so on Friday as he was clapping, he also said, “Yay!”

Also last week, he started blowing little raspberries whenever I give him zerbers.

Ngaire’s first word was “Daddy,” so I’m finding it interesting, gender-proclivities-wise, that our little boy’s first discernable language attempts (aside from the “Mamamamama” when he wants food or cuddles) are noises rather than words, per se.

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EDITED TO ADD:

While my friend was feeding Liam his lunch today, I left the room briefly … just long enough to miss Liam saying, “Mommy?” while looking around for me.

He also babbled “Baby,” which he has been saying a lot with no evident connection to actual babies, right after we had been talking about the little sproglets.

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  • 1. nate&hellip  | 

    I’ve got to admit that I feel a little conflicted about the whole “first words” thing, and all infant talking really. There’s a continuum of noise from tiny mouths. We know speaking when we hear it, and we know silence when we hear it, but we don’t know whether random baby and toddler noise is speaking, or which parts are speaking, or if the speaking matches understanding and intent, or whether it really is speaking if it isn’t repeated until next month…. Throw in our human tendency to find patterns when they don’t actually exist (one that often can’t consciously be overcome) and my inner curmudgeon says “Five year olds talk. Newborns don’t. I give up on the rest.” Of course, my inner curmudgeon is also happy if others don’t give up. Some parts of life are more fun before you think too hard about them.

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