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You know how when you cooo at a baby and give them a chance to respond they'll cooo right back?? My babies have all done this-- most do.<br><br>
I was shocked to find last week when I whispered to Nessa that she whispered back! She gets a very intense concentrating look on her face and WHISPERS "haaaaa, haaaaa" I think it's AMAZING! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
She has a very defined personality, has from day 1, and gives off a totally different vibe from my other dd's as babies. And I always considered other dd's to be quite smart. She is extremely communicative in her facial expressions.<br><br>
Do you think this notable??
 

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I think the whispering could be notable, especially if your 4 month old notices changes in your voice and can adjust hers to mimic yours accordingly. If you raise your voice, does she "speak" loudly?<br><br>
My daughter coughed to get our attention when she was an infant. I can't remember the age...8-10 weeks old, maybe...she would be in the back seat of the car and her hat would slip over her eyes, and she'd make a coughing sound until we turned around and noticed that she wanted our attention. Or a toy would drop out of her view andd she'd want us to pick it up for her, so she'd cough. Interestingly, she wasn't the earlier talker of my two children. Ds spoke his first words at 7 months old, dd more like 10.5 months.
 

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In our new mother support group, the leader told us to expect coughing, whispering, other vocal changes to get attention <i>around</i> the three month old mark. Both of which are part of a baby's earliest attempts at two-way communication. She said coughing was the most effective sound for immediate response. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I always laugh at myself when I read these types of threads because I was so oblivious to more blatant early signs of giftedness......I would have completely missed a whisper, sneeze, cough, if those were signs. As a matter of fact, it took a friend to identify when dd started "talking" and dd is my second child! I guess I have those child prodigies as my marker -- the kids who talk in completely understandable and gramatically correct 10 word sentences at 6 months, reading Harry Potter at 18 months, etc...... I'm not even sure if my hindsight is 20 - 20 because I chalked so much up as being a variant of "normal!"
 

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I think the whispering could be notable, especially if your 4 month old notices changes in your voice and can adjust hers to mimic yours accordingly. If you raise your voice, does she "speak" loudly?<br><br>
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Well, if I talk to her, she talks back. If I whisper to her she whispers back (I had never whispered to her before. I do it all the time now for kicks) If I am having a conversation with one or more people she joins in with a constant loud babble. Haven't tried raising my voice, but I will.<br><br>
Lauraloo, I know what your saying. I'm very busy with my 18 month old dd and 6 year olds as well, and I really don't get so much one-on-one time with the baby to pay attention to her and notice her, you know?<br><br>
I really get the feeling like Nessa knows she was born into a busy family and is really gonna have to be communicative to get noticed!<br><br>
Also, is physical size and ability ever linked to "giftedness?" She was 11 pounds at birth, remains huge and strong, can sit on her own for a long time and can hold a toy and play/suck on it for awhile. She also scoots all over the place on her back and tummy.
 

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If you think it is notable, I do! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I notice when ds was that age he would repeat "words" after me. I would say "hello" and he would say "ello". I'd say "how you doing?" and he would say "ow u oin'". Then that kind of receded, and he didn't talk much for awhile. Now he is almost 9 months, and last night he came up to me patting my tummy saying "baby", and I said "That's mama's baby" and he said "mama baby." He's a genius! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
There is an overall personality trend that seems to point gifted with my children. They are a little "different", and I relate to the descriptions of babies and toddlers in "Loosing our minds" (it's the only book I've read so far on the subject, I know I always mention it).<br><br>
Regardless, I think you should delight to your hearts content in your child's whispering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She said coughing was the most effective sound for immediate response. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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Wow. Cool! Now I'm really impressed...with MYSELF! Because if this is actually <i>typical</i> communication and everyone else thought I was CRAZY for thinking dd was doing this, I am proud of myself for noticing that she was communicating with me this way! I wonder how many other parents miss this?
 

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heehee! My DS coughed like that, too. We laughed he was revving up for a speech. (He was, LOL.)<br><br>
I would love to hear a baby whispering. That is pretty cool.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow. Cool! Now I'm really impressed...with MYSELF! Because if this is actually <i>typical</i> communication and everyone else thought I was CRAZY for thinking dd was doing this, I am proud of myself for noticing that she was communicating with me this way! I wonder how many other parents miss this?</div>
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I know, it's funny, you were observant. She said that throat-clearing, fake coughing were some of the first ways a baby could control mouth muscles and be able to communicate. And all that spit in there helps. She said many parents freaked out and thought there child was having some sort of problem or always choking. If you look in the baby board on MDC you'll sometimes come across posts where the mom is freaking out about it.<br><br>
I loved this leader, she was very knowledgable and always had great info to share. And it was definitely the sort of place where you could share like you did, but nobody thought you were crazy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I know, it's funny, you were observant. She said that throat-clearing, fake coughing were some of the first ways a baby could control mouth muscles and be able to communicate. And all that spit in there helps. She said many parents freaked out and thought there child was having some sort of problem or always choking. If you look in the baby board on MDC you'll sometimes come across posts where the mom is freaking out about it.<br><br>
I loved this leader, she was very knowledgable and always had great info to share. And it was definitely the sort of place where you could share like you did, but nobody thought you were crazy.</div>
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LOL I totally read your first post wrong. I thought you leader must have been a leader for a "gifted" group, since that's where we are here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> LOL I thought you were saying that coughing and whispering were 3 months marks for GIFTED babies.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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