The Debate That Will Never Resolve

Going through all these “firsts” with Eleanor has me remember a lot of Zoey’s milestones. I so wish I had started this blog back then so that I would have all those little details written somewhere. There is some debate as to what, exactly, Zoey’s first word was. I have witnesses that Zoey’s first word was “Mama”, so I’m holding out that I’m right. Zach insists she actually said “Dada” a few weeks earlier. While I agree that Zoey was definitely saying the “dadadada” sound, I don’t actually recall her looking right at him and saying the word “Dada” like she knew what it meant. Here’s what I do remember:

It was May and Zoey was eight months old. We took a trip to see Zach’s sister who was graduating from college in Virginia.

She's totally carry-on size.
She’s totally carry-on size.

I had never been to the East Coast before (and neither had Zoey, of course) so we decided to visit a lot of “the sights”. It was early evening and we were walking along the boardwalk by the Atlantic Ocean in Virgina. Zach’s whole family was there: his parents and all four sisters, a brother-in-law, both nieces and a nephew four months younger than Zoey. Zach had Zoey strapped into the Bjorn carrier so that she could see everything but still have the comfort of being carried (Personally, I much prefer the Ergo. The Bjorn kills my back).

A picture from the infamous moment!
A picture from the infamous moment!

I had been walking behind Zach, pushing the empty stroller, and came around in front of him. The moment I was in front of him and Zoey we heard a very distinct, “Mama!” and I whipped around to see her reaching out her arms right at me. Zach’s mom heard it, and I believe one or two of his sisters did as well. Witnesses. Thus, I win. Plus, I’m the one who records things in the girls’ baby books so Zoey’s official record is that “mama” was the first word. Again, I win.

Honestly, though, even if “Dada” was actually Zoey’s first word (which I concede there is a small possibility it might have been) nothing can take away the beautiful magic of that moment for me. The very first moment I truly became “Mama.” I remember it very vividly, right down to the darling, sweet little voice Zoey said it with and the happy smile on her face.

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What was your kid’s first word? What about the first time s/he said “mama” or “dada?”

6 thoughts on “The Debate That Will Never Resolve

  1. I love the picture of her in the carrier! That is absolutely precious! It’s terrible but I can not remember what my middle child’s first word was…I have it written down in his baby book though. I know my oldest daughter’s first words were Hi! and banana and my youngest said dance and Iris (his sister’s name) as his first words!

  2. I think my youngest said no as a first word and hasn’t said much else since. He’s never said dadda or daddy and in fact, calls me momma just as though he’s talking to my wife.

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