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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

First words

Goomba's repertoire has finally extended beyond random objects - shoe ("shoes"), tissue ("shoes"), dog ("doh"), doll ("doh"), fish ("shish"), and blueberries (also, incomprehensibly, "doh") - to include her dear parents, "Da" and "Ma." Ma is a very recent addition, since as of last week, we were both Da. But then she looked at me, pointed, and announced "MA!" A great moment of recognition. Now that she has been duly praised for this attainment though, she won't stop saying Ma! whenever she sees me, which is really quite often.

Ever since "shoes" first emerged in November, I've been wondering why these particular words would be her first ones. What's so special about shoes that they merit being spoken first? We don't talk to her more about shoes than pants, shirts, hats, and coats. Why dog? We don't even have a dog. We have a cat and, while she is always happy to yank his ears and tail when she can get a hold of them, she has no interest in saying his name or identifying his species. Not even the fact that her favorite toy is a stuffed cat has motivated her to master the word. Why? Is there any reason behind any of this?

7 comments:

Jeff Boulier said...

My oldest son started very early with "clock", "lion" (well, sort of, he made a roaring sound when he saw pictures of them) and, inexplicably, "Basketball hoop". It took a very long time and many further extraneous word choices to get to anything practical like "milk" or heart-warming like "Papa".

My second, a daughter, went straight for the practical, but started later, so she wound up being able to communicate useful information at the same age her older brother did. I think this was true of my third, but, well, if you're the third child nobody remembers what you do anyway.

Andrew Stevens said...

As a fourth child myself, I can vouch for that.

Miss Self-Important said...

Well, then I suppose you'll know when I'm on the 3rd or 4th children by their total omission from this blog. Probably they would be grateful for it in the long run.

Joanne Jacobs said...

I'm told that I refused to speak until I could say complete sentences. The first was "Gimme a gookie.," followed by "Open da door." The third involved "shoes," possibly, "Put on shoes."

My daughter was so fascinated by taking off shoes that I thought she'd grow up to be a shoe salesman. Her first word was "eh," perhaps reflecting her great-grandmother's childhood in Canada.

Miss Self-Important said...

Yes, mine also constantly removes her shoes, often at very inconvenient moments, like in the middle of the supermarket, but I don't see why that makes shoe a more urgently-learned word. And dog! I'm still offended by this. Is our cat not good enough?

educatedwhinge said...

I know someone with a kid who calls all animals "puppy". Who knows!

Lindsay Lennox said...

Both of my toddlers had 'shoe' as one of their very first words. Older Toddler went through a phase in which he would say, in a tone of complete wonderment, "SHOE!" over and over. And over. Younger Toddler also likes this word, but all his other words are food related (bite, eat, food, more, etc.).