“ma ma.”

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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.
  1. abby

    i would LOVE to see how much e looks like you when you were an infant- you can definitely see a lot of her momma in that sweet little face!

  2. Awwww so cute!! That's awesome. Good work little e :D I don't have any kids, but when my niece said my name for the first time I got so excited!! :D

  3. Autumn

    I'm excited to have kids someday. This is adorable.

  4. Tiffany

    i absolutely love her cheeks. So much.

  5. Kristen

    So amazing, so exciting.
    I love it.

  6. naomi:

    hooray! that's so cute :D

  7. julia

    Oh my goodness! So special

  8. oh my gosh, can this child get any cuter?! i think not…. :)

  9. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard!

    Eleanor is my favorite baby. I have to show my mom/sister/dad/friends all the pictures you post—"isn't she the cutest babyyy!?"

    they all agree.

  10. totally jealous! both of my boys said 'da da first'….even though i'm the one that stays home with them! :-D

  11. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Your daughter is seriously so cute.

    And I loveee her clothes. That dress is adorable.

  13. the best feeling ever! cherish all of it!!

  14. Congratulations! I'm sure she has made that connection and has just been crazy trying to get the words out to show just how much she loves you and her daddy :) CONGRATS!

  15. cindy

    Take it and run, she is adorable! :D

  16. haha congrats!!!!! yay. your babe is adorable.

  17. Melting! What a little heartbreaker you have, she's gorgeous :D

  18. Thats so beautiful !!! Yay im so excited.

  19. Chaucee

    yay congrats!! thats so exciting!

  20. Meghan

    I would have cried right there on the floor of the airport. What a special moment.

  21. Jenny

    Amazing!!!! Go baby E!!! :-)) xxxxxxxxxxxx

  22. awh this is adorable :) it must have been one of your most precious moments! & of course it counts as her first word & i'm 100 % sure she actually meant mama! p.s. the photo is simply beautiful :) xo

  23. OMG that's the cutest thing! Congratulations! I remember when my baby sister said her first word! It was amazing! I'm looking forward to hearing it from my own kids!
    You're a very blessed family! I hope everything keeps going well! :)

  24. Helena

    I think this beautiful little story just made my day :)

  25. Many many congrats :)

  26. Jess

    You are honestly living the life I want in the future! So cute. I'm a big fan of your blog xx

  27. That is adorable! I can only imagine the feeling that you felt!!

  28. Alex

    How wonderful!! :)

  29. aww. Seriously amazing, what could be sweeter than hearing those words. And my gosh Eleanor is just the cutest baby ever, love her adorable dress. Happy almost Friday. xx veronika

  30. Mandy

    what a precious moment! I would claim it as her first words too!! Congratulations on a talker!

  31. Oh my goodness this story made my day! I'm so happy for you, Naomi. Also I can't get over that grin on E's face in the picture. Too cute!

  32. Holly

    thats totally legit!!! congrats mama!

  33. Sari

    she's so precious.. and cute! congrats.. this should be the best feeling :)

  34. Megan

    That is awesome. I my baby boy is 15 mnths old now and I still feel like a million bucks when he says Momma. Big milestone for eleanor! Congrats

  35. so sweet! Love the picture too!

  36. How special! A mother's dream

  37. Awww so sweet :) And she's ADORABLE!

  38. That is amazing! My little Noah is 4 months old and I can't wait for his first words. My husband thinks I'm stacking the deck, because I say, "say…mama mama".

  39. this is the sweetest thing i've read! amazing, very cute!

  40. Caity

    I've got to say, your little one is just the cutest thing. She is possibly the smiliest baby I've ever seen! And be assured, that is the sign of loving, kind parents, so Kudos!

  41. What a sweet post- made my heart happy. Cute kiddo!

  42. seeing pictures of your little baby makes my heart melt I can only imagine what it's like to be a mom. though I'm not quite ready, post like these make me want it a little more :)

  43. That gives me the chills! I am so thrilled for you! That really must be the happiest thing EVERRRRRR! It probably made the lame wait at the airport worth it! :) Also, I think it's really adorable that you just chat with the little lady. Fun stuff. Can't wait for my own kiddos to come… you make it look so glamorous!

  44. Amanda

    aww!!! what a cutie! i cant wait to have little ones of my own!

  45. Ahhhhh!!! So adorable! They grow up fast, don't they? ;P

  46. totally legit! claim it. and there's just nothing like it. nothing.

  47. My little doll just said it for the first time this week. They know. Yes, they know!