We had THAT moment…one of those, picture frozen in my memory, speechless, surprised, can’t believe it moments. Avery said his first words.
We were sitting at the dining room table Wednesday night, all eating dinner together – something new for us, and we hope to start doing more often now that our schedules allow it. Avery was busily shoving small pieces of meat and pasta into his mouth. I was taking a bite of my hot dog in between spooning him some Gerber mush wondering if he was going to explode. Man this kid can eat! Ear infection gone and it’s a complete 180 from last week. Vinay’s updating me on the stuff he picked up from Home Cheapo. I hand Avery a’ cookie’ (teething cracker) to knaw on while I quickly scarf down the rest of my meal because I know he’s going to get fussy when he’s full and I’ll need to whisk him off to the bath because 1/2 the food he’s tried to shove in his mouth is ALL OVER HIM.
Avery finished a couple cookies and his Gerber. I hold out my hands to show him they are empty and say my usual ‘all done’ to indicate the activity (eating dinner) is over. To my utter surprise, while gawking up at me says, “Ah dun.” Silence. I look at Vinay. He’s speechless too. My mouth was probably gaping open.
We snap back into reality and start smiling like giddy children. Was that what we think it was? His very first words?! He’s been babbling “Ma-Ma” and “Da-Da” and “Ba-Ba” but not sure if he had associated them yet – and he sure had never repeated anything we had said – until now! AND doesn’t ‘All done’ qualify as a full sentence? Yeah, my kid doesn’t say first words – he just goes right into full on talking…
So, just to make sure we weren’t dreaming… I did the hand gesture again, “All Done!”… A little hesitation… and comes out “Ah dun.” Coolest moment E-V-E-R. We tried it again, but by this time, Avery was squirming around and fussing because his food was ‘all gone’ and he has the attention span of a fish. So we didn’t get it a third time, but oh man was that cool!
What were your child’s first words? What ‘big moments’ do you remember from your children growing up?