Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby's First Word and Why I'm Happy She Said It...

Elizabeth is not only almost 7 months old, but now she's talking.
Last week, she said "dada" but we thought maybe it was just a fluke. I'll never forget that moment. All three of us were in our bedroom, having playtime on the bed. JB was doing her normal babbling, which I find to be outrageously cute. All of a sudden, out comes a crystal-clear "dada". Shaun and I didn't know what to do - other than to give each other a huge smile and a sweet high-five. I immediately grabbed my phone and turned on the video camera, but naturally, she was like "no mama, you may not record me talking just yet". I like to think of it as her just wanting to perfect it before I share it with the world. 
Throughout the week, she said it multiple times. I encouraged her to keep saying it. Sure, I wanted her first were to be "mama", as any mommy out there hopes for. But, the more I got thinking about it - I'm glad her first word was dada. It really made Shaun smile. He travels so much on business trips for work, that he misses a lot of time with Elizabeth. This made me realize how important it was to him that she said dada before mama. 
I asked him tonight how he felt that her first word was dada, and he was all smiles.  
I don't know what I would do if I wasn't around Elizabeth every morning, afternoon, and evening. The older she gets, the more I notice how much Shaun misses her. After I left the house Friday morning, I sent him a text message saying how much I miss her while I'm at work. He texted back saying how hard it is to kiss her goodbye in the morning and sometimes not kiss her goodnight for a few days. 
It nearly ripped my heart out of my chest.
That's why I pretty much let it be dada-baby time on the weekends. I usually leave the house for several hours on Saturdays and Sundays so they are able to have some bonding time together. I don't mind doing this at all. I'm lucky because during the week, I have the time in the morning with her while I'm getting ready for work and then all afternoon and evening. Sure, we do things together on the weekends, but I gladly save all my errands for Saturdays and Sundays. My errands usually include grocery shopping, picking up any items I purchased during the week from the FB yardsales (obsessed much!?!?), running to Target at least two times, and going to the gym. While I'm gone, I know that the two of them are together, having fun daddy-daughter moments. 
So, if JB's first word was "dada", I'm okay with that. I know it means a lot to Shaun. What means even more to Shaun is that he was home when she said it for the first time. And that he was home today when she kept saying it over and over and over again. Hearing her say "dada" is like music to my ears.
The two of them have always had a special bond. She looks at him a completely different way than how she looks at me. It's just so heartwarming to see the two of them together. 
Flashback Moment... 
Look at the smile on his face. Such a beautiful moment.
Now we just have to get her to say "mama"! 
Happy Sunday everyone! 
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