So waking up with a baby cooing and talking is just about the sweetest thing in the world. Avi will "talk" it up in the morning. She has so much to say! Boy, am I going to miss her sweet little incoherent ramblings when she begins to actually be able to accentuate and articulate "real" words! Avi's "language" has developed like this over the last few months. She began saying real sounds (as opposed to cooing and grunting) around 6 months or so. Her first words were "di" and "da". She said these pretty much non-stop whenever she was doing something, like playing with a toy or looking at something. She was explaining the whole world with these two mono-syllabic sounds. The next sound was "ta", followed by "ka" about a week later, and finally (drum roll...) "ma" (which Mommy is still very excited about).
Today, Avi shocked us in several new ways: First, she is really moving towards crawling, she had her palms and knees on the ground underneath her today and moved one knee forward while keeping the other stationary. Next, two new teeth were discovered (by Great-Grammy Louise) on the top of her mouth - this will be her third and fourth teeth. Finally, and the most endearingly, she waved good-bye to her daddy! It was the most precious thing in the world: she held her arm straight up and then closed and opened her fingers over her fist to "wave". She did it several times and I died inside each time. She is really communicating now - which means she is really growing up - which means she will move out someday - which means I will die from missing her... Oh, this parenting thing is much more difficult then they ever say.
Is she not the prettiest girl in the whole wide world!?!