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Taking Note of Baby’s First Word

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Do you still remember your baby’s first word? I do. It’s not that I have written them down, but since I constantly talk about them with my husband, we can’t forget. haha Our eldest Shawna just turned 11 years old today. And I would like to commemorate her birthday by remembering hers and Shane’s first words.

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~ Papa has been instrumental in his daughter’s talking milestones. He talks to them and reads to them every night — until the present. I think that a lot the kids’ very extensive vocabulary stemmed from his constant conversations with them. ~

Baby’s First Word is a Milestone

Many parents are excited to hear a coherent word from their baby for the first time. When they become a pre-schooler though, that’s an entirely different story.

A baby’s first word is like a glittering diamond in the middle of a vast gray mine. Imagine a whole WORD amidst all the crying and babbling, so it’s but natural that we get excited.

Moreover, it is with sincere hope that we anticipate that our babies could talk so that we can better understand what they are asking for.

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~ Our babies — Shawna and Shane. ~

We scramble to get our mobile phones and try to record our baby’s first word. But by the time we hit the record button, baby has already gone to do something else so we fail to capture that golden moment. Then you wonder if it’s really a “first word” if baby doesn’t say it again.

The next best thing is to record the moment and the word in a baby book. Or you may want to start a baby’s first year journal.

What is Your Baby’s First Word?

So what is your baby’s first word? Can you still remember them? Have you recorded them or at least written them down?

Most of the time, we mouth out Mama or Papa to our kids in order for them to get to call us. But there are those who say other words, like “Dada” or even “Jobee”, short for Jollibee. haha

Mama vs. Papa

The first two words that parents often want to hear from their newborn is Mama or Papa. Then it has become like a mini competition on who will baby call first.

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~ Papa with Shane (left) and Shawna (right). ~

This is not very appealing though, when you are deep in sleep in the middle of the night and baby calls for you yet you want your spouse to get up. It now becomes an argument on who needs to get up. hahaha

So which one is it for your baby? Papa or Mama?

Shawna’s First and Second Word

For our eldest Shawna, I only remember her first two words. And these are:

  • 3 months – Mama
  • 4 months – Papa
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~ Shawna at 3 months. Her first word was “Mama”. ~

Shane’s First, Second, and Third Words

Meanwhile, I distinctly remember Shane’s first three words. These are:

  • 2 months – Mama
  • 3 months – Papa
  • 4 months – Money
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~ Shane at two months. Mama was her first word. ~

Oh my gosh! This kid! You can follow her adventures and witty stories on her Facebook page: Shanenanigans

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~ Shane at 3 months can roll over and say “Papa” — her second word. ~

Shane was exclusively breastfed for 3.5 years. I think that she really tried to learn to say “Mama” because that means Mama is food. haha She has to call me every time she is hungry so she learned the word really early.

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~ Shane at 4 months — she was really skinny and bald at that time because our staff shaved her head. But who would think that she would know how to ask for MONEY at this time? ~

Here’s a video of Shane talking and learning with Dad at 1 year and 3 months:

Shane Signing Time

A product of Baby Signing Time. Shane got interested with watching videos quite late–at 13 months. Yeah, she wasn't interested at all, whatever we put on. But last month, she started the Baby Signing Time series and got hooked. This is the product. 😀 And well she just didn't sign, she started talking a lot, too. haha

Posted by Mommy Sigrid – Lovingly Mama on Saturday, November 1, 2014

Share your baby’s first word in the comments section below, 🙂

Baby stories

Meanwhile, here are some baby stories that you might like to read in this mommy blog. Just click on any of the links below:


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  1. I can’t remember right off the bat what my kids’ first words are. But I’m sure they’re in the baby scrapbooks there somewhere. Your babies are too cute haha. I remember them still way back when we were still starting out as mom bloggers and doing blog exchanges. Those were the days.

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