It’s amazing how much quicker our second son is picking things up. He sat up sooner than our first, crawled sooner than our first, laughed sooner than our first, and the list just continues to grow. I have no doubt in my mind I’ll turn around in a few weeks and see him walking towards me. I assume this is all due to the constant observance of his older brother and the desire to do whatever it is he is doing.
This weekend I sat and listened to him try so hard to form a word that actually made sense to the world. Jackson and I repeated every nonsense phrase he was babbling and laughed out loud at each one. This got me thinking that we were probably quite close to hearing that first word come out, and wondering what exactly it would be.
Jackson’s first word was “Boone,” the name of our chocolate lab. This didn’t surprise me in the slightest because it was probably the word that he had heard most often in his short life. We were constantly yelling at Boone:
“Get away from the baby Boone”
“Boone, quit licking the babies bowl”
“Boone, quit barking or you’ll wake the baby”
“Off the baby’s blanket Boone”
“That’s the babies toy Boone”
So now I ponder, what will Trey’s first word be? It won’t be Boone for two reasons:
1. Boone has already been through the drill of a baby in the house and doesn’t need as much instruction anymore
2. Needless to say the attention the dog is getting is considerably less these days
I spent Sunday carefully listening for the words most often being used in our house to try and get an idea of what that memorable moment might entail. The results? Well not exactly what I was expecting:
1. Jackson: quite obvious of course. Both my husband and I probably use our first son’s name more times in a day than a grocery store bagger says “paper or plastic?” However, I don’t think Jackson will make the first word status only due to the fact that it’s two syllables.
2. Stop: as in:
“Stop hitting your brother”
“Stop pulling the dog’s tail”
“Stop opening the refrigerator”
You get the point. This word very well has a good chance of being the first, though I would hate to have to record that.
3. Poop: yep, this is probably the next most popular word in our home and the one that I pray doesn’t get placed in the baby book as Trey’s first. I didn’t realize until listening to us closely on Sunday just how popular of a word this is in our home. Not only do we ask Jackson about 20 times per day, “Do you need to go poop,” we also ask Trey multiple times “did you just have a poop,” and the dog, “do you need to go outside and poop?” Aside from asking each other about our bowel movements, I’m not sure how many additional times this word can come out of our mouths. I just hope it doesn't come out of Trey's too soon.
Knowing this memorable occasion of a first word is just around the corner, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on what comes out. Out of the mouth that is, you’ve already heard enough about what’s coming out other ends.