When Babies Start Talking

Dodge CooingAfter three months of being an adorable meat-pile of cuteness our 3-month-old, Dodge, has started exploring his voice.  It started last week as he was laying on his blanket and staring up at a mobile…a small grunt…then a sigh…then a babble, a coo, and a menagerie of noises and sounds began to flow from him.  He is beginning his long journey to learn to communicate with the world through speech.  It seems like yesterday our 2-year-old Max was laying on the bed of our old apartment grasping a teething ring while grunting out sighs for the very first time.  Now?  Max is a non-stop flow of sentences and sounds that seem to have no end.  As the saying goes…

You spend the first few years of their lives teaching them to walk and talk, then the rest of their lives telling them to sit down and shut up.

Since learning this new skill, Dodge wants to show it off all the time such as 2 AM, 3 AM, 4 AM, and so on.  He also has his first tooth coming in so he’s quite good at the fussing and crying sounds as well.  It is both an exciting time and an exhausting time in our household.  One of the things I learned from a friend the first time around is that right when you think you can’t take something anymore like 2 AM feedings, teething, etc., that phase ends and the next one begins.  So you get relief and discover a new frustration all at the same time.  With Max I was so happy when he slept through the night and got his teeth in that I can hardly remember how it came to be that he evolved from grunt to, “I love you Dada.”  So grunt away Dodge…Daddy is listening.

I wonder what his first word will be?  Anyone remember Max’s?  I do.

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2 thoughts on “When Babies Start Talking

  1. I think I heard “Nan and Grandpa, come play” in that cooing! See you Thursday! 🙂
    Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry® smartphone

  2. My oldest is about to turn 12. I am missing the cooing and 2 AM feeding. A lot easier to deal with then the upcoming teenage years.

    When my oldest was born, my Mom said: enjoy every stage because the problems will get tougher as they get older.

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