I don't really know a lot about kids. Parenting really has been a completely new experience for me. One of the things that surprised me the most is how gradually milestones happen (at least in my experience). Learning to do something new takes a long time and there is a lot of "kinda" and "does that count?" when it comes to marking when we hit a new milestone.
So I have no idea what to count as Michael's first word. I'm not even sure if he's said it yet.
So what counts as the first word anyhow? I was hoping for 'a word spoken in clearish language and used appropriately.'
So he started around 6 months saying "dadada" but not "dada". And since then he's said a lot of da's but I don't think he's ever really said "dada" with meaning.
Well how about "mama"? He's said "mama" clear as day but he didn't really say it to me directly. And he will whine "iwantmama" still, but again I don't know if he knows what he's saying exactly... I can't imagine that an 11 month old can use 3 word phrases with verbs and personal pronouns and such.
He was saying "bye-bye" the other day and waving (which is pretty cool!) but his bye-bye's sound more like "dye-dye" because he's really good at the "d" sounds and not so good at the others. He has also said "kitty" but it sounds like "ditty" (which I think is pretty cute).
The one thing he says that I should probably count, if anything, is "all done". It started sounding like "ah da" but now days he says it somewhat clearly. Could his first word actually be a two-word phrase? We sign all done after meals and he says it back to us (but only sometimes signs it) and has been doing that one for several months actually. The way he uses it and repeats it back to us is pretty undeniable but it seems like a pretty weird first word.
He's to the point now that he talks to us in his own little language of dah's and doo's. It's just absolutely delightful. Well, delightful until he throws in an angry scream because you wouldn't let him chew on nail clippers or whatever.
So I'll say...
First accidental word: Dada
First clearly spoken word: Mama
Worst word with clear meaning: All Done
What do you think? What would you count as the first word? Should I hold out for "Mommy"?
Michael went back to the ENT for his ear recheck since getting tubes. Getting the tubes did seem to speed up his babbling, a lot, and we are pretty pleased. They redid his hearing test and it was so much more fun to see him responding to the sounds (the first test he just kinda sat there not hearing too much). I knew he was doing better during the testing and I was so proud of him, it was just kinda cool. He can now hear down to 10dB (they want 15dB or less). Before the tubes it was 25dB, so definite improvement.