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We might have a potential first word for Amélie. She has what I assume is the fairly typical baby babble, although a lot of it consists of "dadadada" - hence me arguing that her first word was "dada".

A week or three ago though she started waving and saying "bye bye", or a very close equivalent. So arguably this is the first time she has actually demonstrated understanding of a word. Often when leaving, or even when someone leaves a room, or even when someone leaves a room on TV (!), she waves and says "bye bye". We're not sure where this came from, as we didn't brainwash her with it.

Her baby babble has expanded, but despite saying "mama" as well as "dada" and even a bizarre form of "Amélie" she doesn't seem to connect any of it up, except possibly the latter (she sometimes seems to refer to herself in pictures as "nene" which means baby in Portuguese, but I think it's just a distorted form of Amélie).

Yesterday I used a piece of paper to fan her, which she often finds amusing. She asked for the piece of paper, which she does either by pointing or holding her hand out. I gave her the piece of paper, and the she fanned me with it! I was amazed.

I'm trying to capture all these details as best I can.

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True story: my youngest aunt's first word was lobster. This is due to her elder brother who was 15 when she was born. Aka my Dad!

Ha! Great first word :-)

We have the slight advantage in English I think that words are a fraction simpler than in Portuguese, which seems to have more syllables for equivalents.

Many kids first word is some form of dad, dada, or da.

Interesting. I didn't know that.

Edited at 2011-03-27 05:27 am (UTC)

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