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Sweet & Sour Easter Treats

Sweet-&-SourEaster morning started early…really early.

Nolin woke up at about 2am screaming for mommy, but he got daddy which seemed to suffice as he fell back asleep (as did I) in his bed pretty quickly. I know, I broke all the rules regarding children sleeping, but it was 2am and honestly do the rules really apply between the hours of 12am and 5am? Continue reading “Sweet & Sour Easter Treats”

And The First Official Word Is…

And the first official word is…drumroll please.  Well I can’t tell you in the first sentence or there would be no need to read any further.  Nolin’s first word actually came a few weeks ago, but I was hoping to sit down and videotape him speaking, which never happened, but I figured this was a pretty big milestone and one that should be recorded (at least in story).  But now that he got past that hurdle, there has been an avalanche of words to follow.

As I mentioned previously (What’s in a word), I figured we would just know when Nolin spoke his first real word.  At this point we are pretty confident that he has and his mother could not be any more pleased.

Nope, his first word is not mama…although that is now a major party of his vocabulary.  He likes to say it all the time…unfortunately he likes to say that one more than dad or dada, but I am happy to say that has become party of his vocabulary too.

I can take comfort in the fact that he also didn’t start referring to Toonces or Pancake first either.  Cat and dog came a little later.  He tends to say cat more than dog, but I figure that it is just because Toonces is not quite as grumpy as Pancake.  He has a thing for animals because bear and fish have also been added to the list.  Sometimes bear sounds like an adult beverage and fish sounds a little inappropriate so we don’t encourage those quite as much and hopefully he never sees those two animals out in public together because we may have some explaining to do.

He has also become very good at parlor tricks.  Whenever he takes a bite of food, it is always followed by mmmmmmm.  If he sees food that he wants, he also responds with mmmmmmm.  We couldn’t figure out where he got this one until we realized that we both said mmmmmmm if we were eating something we liked.  It’s nice to have those things pointed out to you.  Just this week, he started saying more (pronounced like moe) if you dont feed him fast enough.  What can I say, he’s a growing boy and loves to eat.

Some of his other tricks include what does a sheep say? Nolin replies with bahhhh which really turned out well when we went to Hermitage Farms on Saturday. He was fascinated with the sheep.  He kept trying to speak their language, get their attention and be their friends and would just say bahhhh bahhhh bahhhh.  Sadly they merely looked at him with interest but slightly confused.  He didn’t care at all by this seeming rejection, he was simply delighted that they were looking at him and started laughing and throwing his hands up wildly in the air.

The neatest trick of all though has been when you ask Nolin where his head is. He immediately touches his head and gives you a big smile.  This was the result of a lot of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes“.  I have been absolutely dumbfounded as I witness him truly understanding what you are saying and comprehending it.  It is crazy.

But I digress, so back to what got us here in the first place…his first word.  Ever since we started talking about having children, there has been one divide between Jenn and I.  I have always wanted to have a kid that would be into rock music, athletic and just all around super cool (kind of like his dad).  Jenn wanted her child to be a “nerd”.  Not anti-social, but a kid who loved to read, loves geography (not his father’s strong suit, but Nolin if anyone ever asks, Albuquerque is much bigger than it looks…like way bigger), loves to travel and watch documentaries (instead of reality TV with his dad).

Well we have already proven that Nolin loves to travel.  I may not be doing too bad with the music aspect and athletic ability either. I also tend to think that Nolin is already super cool (maybe even more so than his dad), so I may be batting 1000.  Whether or not Nolin would love to read and watch documentaries…well that is still up in the air.

Jenn has been getting more and more excited as we have watched Nolin pass up his toys (although he is really into his cars right now) and turn to books.  He can’t get enough of them.  In fact once you start reading a book, he brings it back for you to read again and again and again.  He goes to library time twice a week, and loves it.  Jenn talks about how he has a crush on the old crotchety librarian and I explained that it is because she is the keeper of the books and to Nolin that is the coolest.

At any given time, you can find Nolin picking up a book by himself and flipping through the pages.  He gets incredibly excited at each new page and just has a great time with each book (although he has also started eating them lately…not sure what that is all about).  So it is no wonder that his first word was…book.  Thankfully his love for reading is probably what has helped his other vocabulary grow.

The only problem is that in addition to learning new words, Nolin is also becoming very good at repeating what you say.  Jenn says it is like having your own personal parakeet.  On the other hand, I say this could spell trouble…

What’s in a Word?

Lately there has been a big competition to see what Nolin’s first real words will be and I think I may be losing.

There was a brief time when Nolin would continually repeat dada, and I would tell Jenn it was because he knew who is favorite was.  He would look at me and say dada dada, but then for some reason, he would look at some birds and say dada or he even looked at a pile of dog poop and said dada.  So while I was excited that he was referring to me (hopefully not the poop), I knew it really didn’t mean anything.

Now flash forward about 6 weeks and Nolin has moved on from saying dada and now he is all in to mama.  He will just repeat it over and over as if just to taunt me.  But Jenn, don’t get too excited because I think he is associating mama with food.  Every time he wants to eat table food, sure enough mama comes out and sure enough mama heads over and feeds him (he’s got this game down to a science).

It even happened when Nolin and I were in the grocery store.  The woman at the deli gave me a slice of ham, and up pipes Nolin with mama. Then again he looks at me with big excited eyes and says mama which quickly drew some strange stares from the shoppers around us.  So I am not convinced that mama is truly his first word, but I have found it comforting that Jenn and her parents have really been pushing him to start saying dada again so that I don’t feel left out.

Then there was our walk when Nolin pointed to a tree and said chreese and then pointed to another tree and said chreese.  That’s it, his first word is Tree.  A few minutes later we got home and he pointed to Pancake and said chreese…well there goes that theory.  When Jenn & Nolin were at the airport he started saying bus and pointing at a bus driving by, which is funny because we haven’t really worked on that one at all.  Then bus came out for something else.

So I am not sure when you really know what their first word is, but I can only imagine that when it happens you just know.  At this point, I think Jenn has a better chance to win Nolin’s first word then me, but only time will tell.  The one word that he does seem to say to everything is yeah which is awesome because I think yeah pretty much somes up his personality to a “T”.

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