Up until now, Nicholas has made sounds that we’ve stretched to consider words, but now that we’ve heard a proper word, we can really tell the difference. Mum spent quite a bit of time during her last visit teaching him to say “Nana” and it paid off. That was his first word on Wednesday – loud and clear and with obvious intention. It was so clear that he intended to say her name and was so proud of himself for saying it. Of course, we all responded with cheers and clapping, so he kept going over and over. The little turd! I spend an entire year with him, speaking to him non-stop, feeding and changing him … and he chooses his first word to be Nana!!!
He did redeem himself an hour later, though, when he yelled “Mama” at me as I walked away down the hall – that brought me running back to him and a great big snuggle, so he did it a few times. How incredibly rewarding it is to hear it. “Dada” followed very shortly (we couldn’t leave Patrick out of the fun) and now he plays the “where is …” game and repeats the name. I really love to watch reasoning in children. When you ask him “Where is Nana?”, he pauses for a second or two and then whips his head around looking for her … when he finds her, he yells “Nana” and even charges over to see her. What a change from even a month ago – he’s so incredibly interactive now.