So today we’ll be taking a break from the holiday tales to talk about baby’s first word.

To be honest, I regretfully don’t remember what my daughter’s first word was. All I know is that she started with these very alien sounding babbles which soon gave way to jumbled up words. Then before I knew it, people around me were screaming stuffs like, ‘hey, she just said ‘banana’’, ‘shhh…listen, doesn’t that sound like ‘ball’?, etc.

I remember trying to get her to sleep on one particular night, but she kept repeating some word which I just couldn’t be bothered deciphering. At first, I indulged her. Then after a while I got tired of listening to what I then considered as her ‘gabble’. However, just as I was about to stop her halfway, it hit me. She was actually saying, ‘APPLE’. You know, that rounded, green or red fruit with a depression at its top. Apple! How could I have missed that? Wasn’t it ‘apple’ that her teacher had reported she learnt today?

Now, where am I going with all this? I may have been fortunate to catch on on her first ‘apple’, her first ‘daddy’ and her many other firsts. But when it comes to her actual, real, first word, I sadly missed out because I was too quick to dismiss her chatter as babbles. Therefore, I unfortunately cannot thrill you (or anyone else for that matter) with the funny story that must have been behind that precious first word.

So, what I have decided to do is to borrow other parents’ hilarious stories from parents.com –

“My husband is famous for forgetting to take out the garbage. I have to remind him constantly. One morning, in the midst of my daily reminder, our 9-month-old, who was sitting in her high chair looked straight at her father, banged her fist, and yelled ‘Garbage out!’ Stunned by those unusual first words, we both had a hearty laugh.”

“My husband was feeling down about the possibility of missing our son’s first word. One morning, when he was leaving for work, he told our son ‘I’ll see you later, okay?’ Smiling wide, our son replied ‘Okay!'”

“A noisy owl made its home in a tree next to our son’s bedroom window. After hearing him hoot loudly every night, our baby’s first word was ‘Who.'”

“Our youngest son’s first words were ‘Let go.’ My husband and I were puzzled buy this until we walked into a room one day to find his older brothers playing tug-of-war with his favorite blankie. In a tiny voice he stood his ground, yelling, ‘Let go, let go!'” 

“Unlike most parents, I often spend workdays at the office with my 11-month-old daughter. One day, while I was focused on an important project, she began crying for my attention. Flustered, I continued until I heard ‘Momma!’ I couldn’t believe she’d spoken until my boss bellowed ‘That definitely got my attention!'” 

“I had practiced saying ‘Momma’ with our 14-month-old daughter for weeks, acutely aware from her babbles that ‘Dada’ was on the way to becoming her first word. But both my husband and I were unprepared for the day our baby uttered ‘Bob’ as her first word. And sure enough, Bob, our golden retriever, came running to her call.”

“My husband teases me mercilessly because I always say ‘cool.’ One day, while feeding our baby, I asked him ‘Was that good? ‘ To my surprise, he replied ‘Cool.’ We couldn’t believe it!” 

“My husband never thought the baby would say his name first, since I spent every day with her. But one morning, while he was in the shower, our daughter yelled ‘Dada!’ Elated, my husband ran out of the bathroom dripping wet with nothing on but shaving cream and a huge grin.” 

What was your own baby’s first word? We’ll love to hear the story behind it…

(Picture courtesy: diapers.com, pixshark, forharriet.com)