Thursday, 15 March 2012
Considering yesterday was my Grandad's funeral, something actually happened that really lifted my spirits! Joshua said his first word! I was THE proudest Mummy ever and personally I think my Grandad knew that we all needed something to smile about and had a little whisper in Josh's ear last night!
So there we all were, dressed in our finest dark clothing, all morbidly anticipating a very hard day when in sauntered one of my mums three cats. She was all 'Hey, I'm here, I'm sexy, adore me' like she always is (yes my mums cat is a HOPEless flirt, and her name is Hope!) and I was stroking her and talking at the same time saying something about PussyCats when all of a sudden Josh bent down, looked at her and went 'Cat'. Alright it sounded a bit more like 'Cack' than 'Cat' but it was deffinately there! I was so shocked I literally had to cling to the sofa!
I've been really worried recently about Joshua's lack of speech. I couldn't help but compare other children his age and although it does seem to be a general concencus that boys speak later than girls, it was really un-nerving me that my Best Friend's Little girl knows lots of words and is only a few months older. Plus that and the fact we have one of 'those' friends whose child is so advanced in their vocabulary that he could practically sit his English GCSE already at only 22 months. So although I do try really, really hard not to allow comparision affect me where Josh is concerned I was getting worried. Especially when I read somewhere he should know 20 words by age 2 and he was already 18 months not saying anything that could class as a proper word!
So as I was saying, the shock of hearing my son say 'Cat' nearly made me lose my footing and end up on top of the bloomin four legged thing! I went on to say it again and again and told everyone yesterday who would listen that he had said his first word! Plus he kept saying it, although I think it lost it's shine of being impressive when he kept pointing at weird looking long lost relatives and going 'Cack' and looking all pleased with himself. I think I may have overdone it on the praise and encouragement! Oh well! HE SAID HIS FIRST WORD SO WHO CARES! Wooho!
Mind you he has become very fond of 'oh dow' as in 'Oh Dear' when he drops something etc as well. I know he's picked that up from me and it's very cute, but I haven't been counting that because it's not quite there just yet! It's still uber cutesy though!
Don't get me wrong though, Josh has been a very vocal little boy since he realised he controlled his voice-probably at about ten minutes old then! He loves to chatter away in his jabberish toddler talk and he likes to sing, screech, boo and make general random noise. It's very cute but as much as I adore watching him talk to his 'peoples' (his Happyland Characters) I was worrying about his speech so thankfully I feel a little more relaxed now! And a lot more proud, which I didn't know was possible!
So in the midst of a very difficult day, my little boy, (named after my Grandad) stole the sadness and replaced it with joy. He's becoming such an expert at making me beam with pride, making me forget my worries and just feel so happy, so in love that I won't ever be able to thank him for the joy he brings to my life. In the face of sadness, Joshua made it alright again. And at 18 months I think that's quite an acheivement!
So what was your little one's first word? Or aren't you at that stage yet and are wondering what their first word will be? As for me am I sad his first word wasn't mummy? Nope. I'm just relieved that he hadn't been listening to his Nana who thought it would be hilarious to try and get his first word to be 'Ass-Hole' in Meet The Fockers Style....
Love Chloe xx