Friday, February 13, 2009

First words????

I am rather confused by the whole 1st word situation. I have heard many friends say that their childen have said Mama or Dada & consider it their child's 1st word but I wonder if the baby really *knows* what they are saying. The reason it is confusing is b/c my babies have all been saying Mama for quite some time, especially when they are upset but I'm not sure that they are making the connection. I mean, there are times where they have said Mama & looked at me but I just don't feel that they are truly getting it b/c otherwise they would always look at me & say Mama, right? That seems like the logical way of thinking.

This is an issue b/c Gabi has started saying "bye-bye". I will say it & she will repeat it. Sounds exactly like how I say it & sometimes she will even wave her hand b/c I do too when I say it. I honestly think she is imitating my sounds, not really understanding that bye-bye means that someone is leaving & will come back later. So, do I count it as her 1st word? I just invisioned something else. 2 syllables put together to me doesn't justify a word. Ma-ma, da-da, ba-ba, bye-bye...see what I mean?

Am I crazy? Seriously, am I just being to harsh & already expecting my kids to overachieve? Boy, I feel sorry for them if I am!

Anywho, here is a video of Gabi saying bye-bye. She is so cute when she says it!



Also, I have to update on Ianchito. Our intake w/ Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is next week. I wish it were assessment day instead b/c then the PT could tell me some new exercises to do w/ him. I do quite a few every day & try to put him in balance compromising positions. He is getting better at rolling over from back to front & front to back & does it w/ purpose, to get a toy. He is also just now starting to spin on his tummy to change the direction he is going in. YAY!

Well, that is it for now!

2 comments:

Liz said...

Astrid,
That is really great that Gabi is mimicking you like that! So cute! But it doesn't seem like she understands the meaning yet so I think it still counts as babbling and not a first word. Nevertheless, it's great she is so verbal!

Anonymous said...

Hey Astrid, I'm just a lurker from JM, but I wanted to comment because I was having the same issue with first words with my boy. He said "mama" and "dada" from probably six or seven months old, but I didn't count it as a first word because, like you said, they are just imitating noises, not understanding context. One day when he was close to a year I pointed at a picture of a duck and said "duck", then he pointed to it and repeated the word. I counted that as his first word because he seemed to understand what the word meant.

WTG Gabi!