Does it count as a first word if it's one sound that signifies a few things? Finley loves to name his shoes and socks. And he's perfectly consistent with what he calls them, it just happens that they all sound like "sssssssssssss." I think I'll tell him that "shoes" was his first word. Although "coat" is a good runner-up. He nearly gets that one spot-on.
And "uh-oh"? We have uh-oh down perfectly, even if the intonation is a little funny. Just don't ask him to say mom or dad. I think we're still "hey you" in his book.
On other communication fronts, we've been trying to incorporate sign language since about month six. You'd think we'd have a fluent signer by now with all that hard work and commitment. Oy. Honestly, it's hard to keep in the habit of signing when your hands are full of baby and baby paraphernalia, but we've been doing our best, and while he isn't signing our ear off (so to speak), he does have a couple of words figured out, and being able to communicate, even in a small way, is no less thrilling.
Contrary to what the bib may lead you to believe, this was shot only two days ago:
So there you have it! Genius!
I've been learning most of my signs at babysignlanguage.com. The video dictionary is incredibly good and I want to be best friends with the lady who is in the clips. There are also flash cards, which I haven't resorted to, as well as lots of things that you can buy if all that free stuff isn't good enough for you.
But Baby Sign Language doesn't cover everything. The ASL dictionary is much more comprehensive, though hilariously serious. I don't so much want to be best friends with those guys as to take them out for a drink to cheer them up. But I'm sure they're all smiles off camera!
Next on the signing agenda is "chairs are delicious." Might as well turn his furniture gnawing proclivities to our advantage, right? And I have no doubt that that's a phrase he can totally get behind.