Speech! Speech!

Filed under: baby's progress,news — by Lex on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

A little over a week ago, Anya spoke her first official word. Drumroll please…

And the winner is: More!

If Anya eats the last Cheerio, grain of rice cereal, or other bite of tasty food whilst in her high chair, she will often now say “more” to indicate she’d like — you guessed it — more. She generally pronounces it something like “mowuh.” And to make a cool thing even cooler, Ani usually signs “more” while she says it.

“More” joins “Uh-oh” as a Frequently Heard Anyaism. Originally, Anya had mastered the sounds of “Uh-oh,” but not the appropriate context or usage. This past week, she’s started saying “Uh-oh” in situations where it really applies (though she still sometimes just says it for fun).

What other words does Anya speak, you ask? Good question.

She days “duck” — uniquely. She generally says it in a sort of growl, and usually eschews the “k” consonant sound at the end: “Duhhhhhhh!” She loves to exclaim it in our duck-themed bathroom, or when playing with one of her rubber duckies. When asked to find her duck, she knows exactly what to go for.

When Anya’s thirsty, she finds her mommy and says: “Mih! Mih! Mih!” while aggressively signing milk.

When she’s full, or bored with whatever she’s playing with, or frustrated with the slowness of a diaper change, Anya will sign “finished” quite clearly. When she’s hungry, she’ll sign “eat.”

And while she hasn’t perfected “Mommy” or “Daddy,” she does know which sound goes with which parent. “Ma ma ma ma” and “Da da da da” are the versions she uses.

Besides being able to find a duck, Anya also knows what you’re talking about when you mention “monkey,” “water,” “cheese,” and “Cheerios.”

And perhaps MOST AMAZINGLY OF ALL, Anya actually dictated this very blog post. Dah dah dah dah blooo.

5 Responses to “Speech! Speech!”

  1. Lauren Says:

    I am so excited about this! Anya’s been repeating words back to us for awhile, but it’s really neat that she’s beginning to use them to mean something.

  2. Amnesty Says:

    Wow, what a big talker! You’ll have to try to get some of them on video. I’ve been trying to get Daisy talking on video with no luck 🙁

  3. Saina Says:

    Yes, video please! I feel so out of the loop on what’s been going on with you guys, so it was great to catch up on your blog!

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