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The Word That Melted My Heart

Sometimes you just don’t know how things are going to hit you.  I headed home lastnight as usual, picked Zach up from day care, drove home, went inside, and started getting ready for dinner.  I put Zach in the highchair with some snacks while I got his food ready.  I was talking and playing with him as I moved around the kitchen and stopped by to give him a little kiss on the cheek.  As I turned away from his chair, he belted out "Mama!" 

I turned back around to see him and he proceeded to yell out "Mamamamamamamamama!"  Seriously, the kid has been saying "Dada" since Christmas and I was getting a little tired of it all.  He did say "Mama" a couple of weeks ago, but I think it was purely an experiment with sounds.  This time, he knew what he was saying. 

I know they say that babies don’t associate words and meanings, but my kid is smart and he knows what he’s saying.  When Hubby walks into the room he says "Dada" and this morning every time I walked away from him he would say "Mama". 

Do you have any idea how hard it is not to just swoop him up and smother him in kisses when he calls out to me?  Maybe I’m making a big deal out of it, but every time I hear him say it, it just makes my heart melt.  It is so nice that he now has a word to use instead of crying when he wants me!

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  1. You just gave me the chills with this post. (Totally in a good way!).

    I love it. Thanks for the smile.

  2. Very cool! Of course, he knows what he is saying – it’s not too early.

  3. of course you’re not over-reacting! it’s a milestone, hehe 🙂

    and who said infants don’t associate words with meaning? of course they do! he knows what he’s saying and the word is loaded not only with meaning but with emotions too. that’s what i believe 🙂

    (it is true though that the meaning they’ve attached to particular words or sounds may not be correct or accurate, but it still means something to them)

  4. That is such a great milestone.

    In all seriousness since you had Zach, and reading about him, has given me the baby fever. My hubby would kill you if he knew! 😉

  5. and just WAIT until you hear “I love you”… 🙂

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