My best parenting moment so far

By 965koit on November 12, 2019

Yesterday was a big day.

Before I tell you about my fantastic afternoon, I want to give you some backstory.

I haven’t been talking about it very openly, but I’ve been worried about Lilly’s speech development. All the baby books, apps, and even doctors have said that children should normally start making “b” “t” “d” sounds by the time they’re 8-months old.

Lilly never did.

In fact, she never makes any noise. There’s an occasional grunt here and there, but nothing that sounds like she’s trying to talk. I point things out, read, sing, and talk to her constantly, even until my throat hurt, but she never seems interested in learning to speak.

When she was 10-months old, I started repeating “mama” to her all the time. Until one day we got this.

Is this Lilly’s first word? How do you gauge when it’s “official”?

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But still, most people agreed that this shouldn’t be counted as Lilly’s first word, because she wasn’t using the word to associate it with me.

I begrudgingly agreed. 

Let’s flash forward to yesterday.

Nick and I were helping her practice walking. We sit on opposite sides of the room and help her walk to one parent and then the next.

She was with Nick when I said, “Lilly, come back!”

She turned around and started crawling towards me and then she said it.

“Mama! Mama!”

Lilly said the word “mama” as she was heading towards me! She used it in the correct way! She said her first word!

I picked her up and she snuggled into me. I might have squealed.

My eyes started watering up and my heart felt like it was going to burst.

Yesterday was one of the best days of my life. There is no better feeling than having your child call you “mama” for the first time while trying to run/crawl into your arms.

This counts as her first word, right? Let me know in the Facebook comments.

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