on monday, our flight out of salt lake city was delayed about an hour or so, so eleanor and i sat down on the floor of the airport together near our gate. i was standing her up on my legs to face me as i held her arms and talked to her. a few minutes into our chat the biggest grin came over her face and she looked up at me and said clear as day, “ma ma.”
i think my heart stopped.
i kept saying, “what did you say? did you say ‘ma ma’?” all the while she just kept smiling up at me repeating it. sure, i know she hasn’t fully made that connection yet and she’s mostly just saying “ma ma ma ma” as she’s learning to put new sounds together. but i have to tell you, whether or not it’s legit, i’m claiming it as her first word.
also, not going to lie… it’s making me feel like a million bucks.