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Bethany's Utterances

Typically, I write my LJ posts over the course of a couple of weeks. I'll have an idea, let it foment at the back of my mind for a bit, a few days later I'll write a couple of paragraphs on my PDA, then a couple of days later add a bit more, and eventually post it.

I'm realising that I can't do that with Bethany, because she develops too quickly. If I have something she's done once and it's cute, by the time I got to posting about it two weeks later she's done it twenty more times, and moved on to something else!

So. Bethany's Utterances.

She's been somewhat vocal for a couple of months now. (Today is her nine months' birthday.) She's been going "Gagagaga" as if she were an adult imitating what baby talk is meant to sound like. She's also had a few gestures we can understand, such as reaching for a cup or foodstuff meaning she wants some of that.

But as of yesterday, she's got three distinct sounds – basically consonants – that she uses in circumstances specific enough and consistently enough to make us fairly confident she's using them as words:

  • "Ca", "a-ca", "cuh", "cat": Used when she sees either of our cats, Pepsi or Tango.

  • "Duh", "da": Used when she sees a toy dog we have that plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on a music box.

  • "Tuh", "ta", sometimes "tuh tuh": Used when she's playing with a musical turtle toy we've got.

We were utterly delighted when she started saying "Ca" and "A-ca" on seeing the cats. Initially I think it was a general excited noise, although I had been making a point of saying the word "Cat" quite clearly to her when she saw a cat for several months. But I think in the past week or so she's realised that we praise her for saying "Cat" when there are cats around, and not at other times, so she's made the association.

She still doesn't seem to have made the connection between the real, three-dimensional animals that rub against her, and the pictures of cats in books, or ineed any toy cats or photos of cats. But frankly that seems pretty healthy: it feels somehow good for her first word to be an animal that she actually interacts with in real life, rather than just reading about and playing with toys of.

She's also made real advances in the past week in her crawling, and also in her ability to toddle-while-holding-an-adult's-finger. A week ago she could sit up in a crawling pose, and could drag herself forward with her hands but not making use of her legs. Three days ago she could make two or three crawling steps before flopping down on her belly again, and getting frustrated. But yesterday she could happily crawl half the length of the living room, following the aforementioned turtle toy (it has a mode where when prodded it will plod along for a few seconds as well as playing its music).

It's great watching her learn new skills, because you're able to see her trying at something, repeatedly, not quite managing it, but over the course of several days she'll keep trying, and get closer and closer, and then suddenly she'll manage to do it once or twice. Then she'll still have difficulty at it, but will keep practicing it until she's able to do it quite confidently.

She's really growing in independence, as well as capability. Although curiously she seems to be going through a phase where, when feeding, she doesn't want to feed herself off the spoon as much as she used to, preferring to have us put the spoon in her mouth.

But I'm sure it'll all be different again in a week's time...

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