Most of my kids have talked a lot later than I expected them to. (But still on track for “normal.”) Dave was talking early, and my mom tells me I was speaking in sentences at 12 months old (a few relatives and friends confirm). However, most of my children have not started really naming objects or people until around age 2.
Jireh was my earliest talker and she came out of the womb cooing and trying to form words. The doctor even noted at her one week appointment that she was obviously trying to communicate and that it was highly unusual for a week-old baby to be that socially interactive. Sure enough, she said “hi” at seven months (and would say it consistently when someone entered a room) and then nothing much more than that until she was about 12 months, when she exploded with vocabulary starting with the word “cookie.” By 14 months she had quite a repertoire of words and phrases. (Of course, at this age nothing is perfectly executed – a “word” to me is just a sound that is consistently made to mean the same thing.)
I noticed a similar pattern with Estella. She too was cooing quite early and seemed to want to talk. She has been babbling for a while. And so I was not too surprised when, at around 9 months she started saying names of people. “Jireh” was the first name she said (Di-ya) and has continued to say it consistently. She calls Miriam (and me) “ma-ma,” she also says “papa” for her daddy and occasionally calls Christina, Soren and Agnes “Nana.”
Now she is 13 months old and she has been adding words consistently. She can now say “get down,” “nana” (for nurse), something that sounds like “here you go” or “here” when handing something, “thank you,” “that,” and occasionally she will repeat a word (one example recently was “up”) without adding it to her general repertoire right away. She also says “Hi” and “bye” complete with the wave.
It’s funny, as I think about it, all the words and phrases are rather conversational in nature, whereas all my other children, even Jireh, have started off naming objects. I wonder if that will translate into perhaps a unique perspective or way of thinking and we’ll look back and say, “Aha, of course” in hindsight. 🙂
Anyway, I don’t have a baby book other than this blog and Facebook status updates (which I want you to know are fully downloadable and savable, so the info is there, and I wish people would stop telling me to write it in a book – writing it on Facebook IS recording it, ok?! Would you add one more thing to my to do list? haha) so I wanted to record Estella’s latest milestone as my second earliest talker.