Today was a wonderful day!
For the past month I have been trying to get you to say "mama". I know you don't understand the actual word yet, but I want to do everything I can to teach you how to talk...and I know that all begins with babbling. Your brothers all took their time in starting on consonant sounds like mamama and dadadada...but Mackenzie and Abigail started their baby babbling around 6 months. Because I've heard so much about speech delays related to ds, I have really prayed about this. And while I'm not a speech therapist, I am a mother of ten...and that's got to be good for something, right?
So a month ago I began saying "mama" to you every chance I got. If we were nursing and you were gazing up at me, I would take your tiny hand, place it over my lips, and repeat mama over and over again. When we were playing on the floor together, I would recite mama again and again. While I held you on my lap, I would press your lips against mine and say mamama and pull you back to watch your response. I would hold you up to the mirror, your tiny face next to mine, and say mama so you could watch my face and yours. I took your little chin in my hands and moved your lower jaw up and down as I said mamama. YES- I have been obsessed:)
The past few days I have watched you playing on the floor, either holding your feet, or just lying on your tummy and pushing your chest up off the floor..and mouthing- silently- what looks like mamama. No sound came out, but it looked exactly like you were practicing those syllables. It almost looked like you were chewing on something.
Today I was folding laundry and suddenly I heard the most BEAUTIFUL sound I have ever heard in my life- MAMAMA !! I turned around excitedly and there you were, lying on your tummy, holding your head up proudly and babbling "mama" over and over and over again!
I ran to get my camera, hoping I hadn't just missed this "first" on film. Not only did you perform, but you started saying dadada and lalala as well!!
Lily, I have listened to nine of your siblings give voice to those magical first sounds over the years- and it has been the sweetest music to my ears every time. But nothing could have prepared me for the RUSH of emotions I felt when you uttered those sounds. No orchestra, no symphony, no musical masterpiece on earth could compare to the beauty of hearing my Lilybird sing.
As soon as Daddy got home, Jackson and Abbi and I ran to the front door to tell him what you had been doing- we were so proud!!
..and Grammi, if you're watching this, I removed the toy from under Lily's back when she rolled over:) ..
We are so, so proud of you, dearest Lily! Words cannot express what your words meant to me today. To quote my sweet friend, Ashley... I love you to the moon and back:)