My husband joyfully announced that our baby finally said a word this morning which made us all ran towards the little guy . “Baby Trey can now talk!” My husband said. (He was exaggerating, of course. He just said a ‘word’!)
“What did he say? What did he say?” Asked the older brother Kyle. “Just listen.” Answered the dad, almost whispering. Then our little guy started to say a sing-song strings of “Mam…Mam…Ma-ma…,” repeatedly.
Awwww…. Could it be because I keep on saying, “I’m your Mama” to him?
I know the little guy could not associate the word to me just yet (it’s not yet the real Mama (or the first ‘real word’, as the experts put it) but my heart is already leaping in joy! He’s just 5 months and 1 week old and that combination of vowel and consonant is already a huge developmental milestone!
I just know it. We, moms, always make a big deal out of our child’s first word, yes? After our baby’s repertoire of sigh, coos and bubbles, our ears are all open for the first word! And of course we have our own ways to encourage our baby’s language development. I’d like to share how we do it at home:
We talk to the little guy. Everyone at home talks to our baby, and baby Trey just loves being talked to. We tell stories and talk about his surroundings.
We read to the little guy. The Kuya usually reads aloud a storybook to the little guy. (He also likes to talk back to the baby by imitating his bubbles!Kuya Kyle usually gets loud giggles from the baby when he does this!)
We sing to the little guy. My husband and I like singing songs to our little Trey. I also love it that even our helpers sing lullabies to put him to sleep!
This is just the start. As the little guy enters his sixth month, I know he will hit more developmental milestones! Aaahhhh, I can’t wait!