Baby talks, Mommy listens
When your baby speaks for the first time, each word seems imbued with wisdom.
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Hearing your baby speak for the first time is a momentous milestone. You obviously hope that the first word will be “mama”, but regardless of what the word is – you celebrate the beginning of your baby’s entry into the world of communication.
During this time, EVERYTHING your baby says is cute and funny and you want to tell everybody about it. You find yourself relating all the little things that you found amusing in all social interactions and sometimes share these anecdotes with complete strangers in the most unlikely places. According to you, your baby is the most entertaining orator in the universe.
Then you find that one word leads to another and another and another and so on – until full sentences begin to permeate the house. With this new voice comes a whole new attitude. Your “baby” suddenly has the capability of saying “No” or “I want” and amongst the cute little words lurks a demanding little dictator.
As your child’s vocabulary increases, so does his awareness of his environment and his sudden ability to articulate his needs becomes a fascinating new experiment.
The word mommy suddenly starts to become a litany that is chanted over and over again until it starts to ring in your head. Every little thing that goes wrong, right or even things that don’t happen, becomes a reason for mummy to be summoned. “Mommy – see what I can do”; “Mommy, I spilled my juice”; “Mommy, read me a story”; “Mommy, I need my blankie”; “Mommy, I fell”; “Mommy, my toy broke”; “Mommy, I’m hungry”, “Mommy, I want to wee…”
You find yourself becoming a slave to a little person who feels that you are the miracle maker who can procure anything and everything and the reason that you exist in his little world, is to be the genie who says: “Your wish is my command”.
However, this is also one of the best highlights in your journey as a parent. It is now that your baby’s real personality comes to the fore. You begin to see how his mind works and you are able to relate to your child in a whole new way. His outlook on life can sometimes leave you astounded and the questions that get thrown at you can often flabbergast you. You grapple with ways to explain things and sometimes pass the question on to someone else (like Dad), because, in all honesty – you don’t know the answer.
Your child’s foray into the world of speech that started off as an adorable and delightful achievement has suddenly grown into your next big challenge as a parent. But when all is ‘said’ and done, the most poignant words you will ever hear in your lifetime are: “I love you, Mommy”. What has your baby said that melted your heart – or your ears?