Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beatrix's First Word

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Beatrix said her first word today. We are defining "first word" to mean any word one verbally says in which the speaker comprehends the meaning of for the first time and is recognized within the English Dictionary. This would disqualify any babble she may have said that happened to be a word because she did not comprehend the meaning of. This would also disqualify and baby sign-language she has done in the past.

Beatrix was playing independently with the baby-gate near the stairs for approximately ten minutes. Cathryn then played a home video on the computer which was five feet away from Beatrix. Beatrix immediately turned around when she heard the video, said "momma, momma" and started crawling towards Cathryn's feet. Because this is the first time we can document beyond a reasonable doubt that both conditions were met (saying the word verbally and knowing the meaning of what she was referring to), we are declaring that on May 27, 2009, Beatrix said her first word. We suspect, however, that she probably knew she was saying at other times(including here). We are declaring it today, however, because the previous times she likely said it was less definitive she knew what she was referring to.

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