Friday, August 19, 2005

First Words

Thanks everyone for your kind words about Walker. No official cause of death yet; we're still waiting for the lab results to come back. Anne, I'm so sorry you lost your cat too. They really do become a part of the family. I still miss him every day.


On Tuesday, Sawyer said his first words. He looked me right in the eye and said, "Ga ba, ga bee, ggggg [spit bubble, gurgle]." OK, so those aren't technically real words, but still, I was so proud of him! This morning he woke up and immediately started babbling and cooing at the ceiling, kicking his legs and grinning from ear to ear. It was so cute that I didn't even mind that it was 5:45. He's also recently discovered his hands, so he combines these two interests by holding his hands close to his face and talking to them, then shoving them into his mouth.

I had a discussion with my sister Megan the other day about first words. She said that her mother-in-law insists that her son's first word was "basketball." Apparently he watched his dad play so much that he picked up on that before anything else. Suddenly I feel like I have to be careful what I expose Sawyer to. How embarrassing would it be if his first words were "Ryan Seacrest" or "Extreme Makeover"? Or what if it's something vulgar I say to Eric, trying to be funny? (Has anyone seen Meet the Fockers?) When my baby sister (now 11, but still very much the baby of the family) was three she went through a phase where she would watch The Princess Bride every day. She probably had the whole thing memorized, but the one line she would repeat was from the scene where Inigo Montoya finally gets his revenge on the Six-Fingered Man: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch!" complete with a Spanish accent and a menacing grimace. It was pretty entertaining to see her say that in front of guests, especially if they were coming to see my dad for a temple recommend interview. Hmm...maybe I should enjoy the pre-verbal stage while it lasts. But I can't wait to hear what Sawyer is going to say.


  1. Yes, I have seen Meet the Fockers-"ash...hole." I can tell how happy you are being a mother through your blog alone and the tone of it all. I am happy for you and your family! Keep us all posted on Walker too. The Syracuse zoo just lost a baby elephant- he was a month or so old and he got in the wading pool and the 4 female elephants went crazy and tried to get him out but actually pushed him in the deeper end of the pool. It was sad, I think more so b/c he was so young like Walker.

  2. Yes, enjoy the pre-verbal stage while it lasts--pretty soon you can't even *pretend* they share your opinions :)

    Also, do be careful (maybe not quite yet, but soon) about what they hear. My kids still think "damn it" is just what you're supposed to say when you drop something, like "oops." Oops!

  3. Whenever I hear kids in the pre-verbal stage babble, I wonder what they are really telling me. I can't wait to hear what they have to say, either.

  4. Thanks, hon, our remaining kitty is a little lost.

    I am convinced my one year old granddaughter is saying "french fries." I remember my little daughter, maybe four, saying loudly, "dammit" in front of her dad, who was shocked. I, however, knew exactly where she heard it. Me.

    I try never to cuss in front of my grandchildren, but I cussed at a guy on the road when my little grandson was in the car. He reminds me of it now. "Grandma, remember, you said -----?" I just say, "yes, I remember." I wonder what was the very first cussword, who said it, how did people get in the habit in the first place?

  5. Anne, I wonder the same thing - who decided that certain words were taboo? Especially when there are two words that mean the same thing, and one is a "swear" word and the other isn't. Hmmm...


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