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Vocabulary of an 8-Month-Old


“When did she start talking?” A surrprised friend asked a few days ago.


Baby Leone loves to have long involved conversations. She makes unintelligible noises (”Ah bah, bah dee dah!” is what she’s saying right now) and claps her hands, or bangs the ground with a pen, or flails her legs for emphasis.


But our friend was noticing that she’s also consistently saying some words. She started “talking” about two weeks ago.


Here’s the dictionary:


“Beh” = bye


“Bah” = ball


“Hhh” = hi


“Mama mama” = random consonant and vowel sounds strung together


“Da da” = human being, daddy, mommy, thank you, or simply a favorite expression of good will and friendliness


“Ve ve” = practice saying Vesuvius


“Ahhhh!” + lunge = affectionate baby attack


“Ahhh!” + smiles + drool = I love you


Smacking lips together = I’m pretending to chew gum like Grandma Suzie


“Na na” = nummies = I’m hungry, feed me RIGHT NOW


crying inconsolably + rubbing eyes = I’m tired, someone help me go to sleep


If you have a baby, how does he or she communicate with you? If your children are past the baby stage, do you remember their first words?




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Comments (3)

I remember clearly my awe when my first child started making sounds that were words and then using those words. I remember his first sentence: "Paul get Paul ball." His mom - me - was in Heaven! .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..“Water- Water Everywhere- And Not A Drop to Drink” =-.
Oh, I love the talking stage! My daughter has a lot of words at 12 months. She says bye. I think this is interesting: she figured out around 7 or 8 months that waving is "hi," and she still doesn't say hi, even though she is very capable of doing so. She just waves. Backwards with her palm facing her face, because that's what she sees when we wave to her.
My husband's grandma and my mother both think that 8-month-old Tye says "Mama" already, but I- of all people- haven't heard it! I hear what sounds like "hi" at appropriate times very often, and today she looked at our dog and said "Da" with much conviction, but she also says that a lot. She also said "Ah da" when she was given a potty-tunity yesterday when she didn't need to go- "all done," which we say every time she's finished? I know she's trying to communicate sometimes, but sometimes I don't know if what she said was intentional or if I'm putting words in her mouth. That last one, though- we see that for sure! :) .-= Mama Em´s last blog ..Portraits! =-.
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