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First words

on March 23, 2010

Froglet’s first word, at the age of about 13 months, was “Cake”. Prior to this he was using the sound “neng-neng” to mean food or more often drink from the age of about 9 months, but that robably doesn’t count as a real word.

About 4 months ago, Nutmeg started emitting a very piercing shriek if food or drink was too slow to arrive, so we began actively encouraging her to say “more” instead. I can’t remember exactly when she first said it, but I guess by the time she turned one she was saying “maaa” and meaning more. (She actually said “more” properly once, but it seems to have been an accident because she hasn’t said it again).
Now she has acquired a second word. “Nana”, for banana. She says the first n a bit strangely, as if she was trying to get the whole “ban” syllable into one letter.

There seems to be a theme here. But at least banana is healthier than cake – if we had a third child perhaps its first words would be “wholemeal bread”?


2 responses to “First words

  1. As moms we works so hard to get our babies talking then there are days we wonder why we ever taught them to speak – LOL. I swear if I had a sixth child, I would NEVER teach it to say “Mama.” I would teach it to say, “Daddy” first:)

    However, since my little guys defect to the “other side” at about 10 to 11, then I start missing all that conversation. However, I swear one son says, “Hey, Mom” at least 100 times a day!

    Congratulations on those first beautiful words, though! I know they mean a lot. . . now -:)

  2. So true! I especially dislike it when they ask a question – or maybe several – and then don't bother waiting to hear the answer(s)!
    Froglet actually doesn't differentiate much between us any more. He just says whichever parental name comes to mind first, and then expects whichever parent is present to respond to it! Very confusing if we're both there and he said one but really meant the other.

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