The last couple of days Fuzz has started babbling a lot more and the “mah” sound has come out a few times, as well as ‘bah bah bah” and something that sounds a lot like “Oh no!” These sounds are awfully cute and certainly one of the best parts of early motherhood.
A few times I’ve heard him say “Mah-mah” in succession, and not “mah-mah-mah.” Then yesterday, plain as day, in front of my friend Anoosh and her friend Eleanor, he said: “Mama.”
No, really. They will totally back me up.
Now, let’s be honest here. He probably didn’t really mean me. Or maybe he did. Or maybe he meant ‘milk.’ But most likely, he was just testing out some sounds. After doing some limited research on the web, it appears that babies at 6 months often say ma-ma and da-da but they don’t connect these sounds with an actual person.
Even so, it sounded very clear and direct, and even if it’s not legitimately a first word, I’ll be making a note in his baby book (uh…gotta get one of those). Especially, since the other kid said ‘dada’ at the same age. I was pissed, but it appears this happens all the time. When I started to enter the google search phrase: ‘why do babies say dada first,’ it auto-filled.
One reason I tend to think it meant something is that because the Shnook did something similar, and then proceeded to say actual words by the time he was 8 ½ months, I think this could be a sign the Fuzz is also going to be an early talker. I don’t think he’ll be quite as verbal as my friend’s baby who at nine months, looked at her while nursing and said: “I wanna fitch (switch).” So much for weaning when your baby can ask for it, huh?
Regardless, whether it was really ‘mama’ or just a string of sounds, I loved every millisecond of it. Keep ’em comin’ Fuzz. I can’t wait to hear more.