Here's a post you've all been waiting for: Becca's first word. That's right! She's been saying a word for a couple of weeks now, and we just recently decided that it's an actual, intentional word. I think first words are interesting. On one hand, they are kind of arbitrary - they tend to be whatever mom and dad decide is their first real word (and my theory is backed up by my genius cousin Dr. Debbie who studies parent-child language development!). For example, Becca tends to practice her "b's" in the bathtub ("ba ba ba ba ba..."), but we're not sure that she's actually trying to say bath. But she might be. But I also think first words can be revealing. Those of you who know us will understand this example. John didn't speak at all until he was 2. His mom was seriously concerned that he had a cognitive disability. Then he starts talking in full sentences: "Put it right there!" Very commanding. My first word? "Cookie." Still often the first word out of my mouth each morning.
So what was Becca's first word? Well, I think it will come as no surprise to you that our little social butterfly who knows no stranger and loves to wave initiated her vocabulary with a sweet, insistent, very Southern-sounding "Hi!" Love it. Here she is (it's easier to understand her without her hand in her mouth, but she refused to stop gnawing on those fingers!):