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Does "Hi" count as a first word?


Yes that's what she said Hi! While waving at every single person she saw. It started when I was leaving the house last night about 6:30pm to go pick up dinner for a friend indrigirl as a thank you for watching our cat Salome and a chance to socialize with her since I don’t get to see her enough. Dahlia had just woken up from her nape caused by food coma. M wonders if I have some narcotic drug in my breast milk. Seems every time Dahlia nurses she falls asleep. Anyway I put Dahlia in my Ergo carrier and grabbed the stuff one needs to carry along for baby, diaper bag, blanket, etc. and headed down to grab the stroller out of the jeep. I was going to walk down Piedmont Ave while I can carry D easy in the Ergo with all the other stuff it’s easier to take the stroller. A jogger was approaching us on the sidewalk. D raised her hand waved it and said "Hi". The jogger I think gave a slight smile but mostly just kept on jogging. I was floored. While D has been starting to wave mostly it's been after someone leaves or hours later like an after thought.

Does "Hi" count as a first word? I called my mom to check. As I was on the cell phone with my mom and pushing D down the street we crossed paths with the neighbor and D raised her hand and said "Hi". That's twice! As we rounded the corner and were going down Pleasant Valley two young girls (less then 20 I'd guess) were walking up the hill on the sidewalk and D raised both hands and said "Hi". Wow Okay that's three times and the last one was a double hander. We crossed at the signal of Piedmont and Pleasant Valley and there was a person waiting with their dog to go down Piedmont. D raised her hand again but this time the sound she made was more of a grunt and it was directed at the dog. Maybe that's how you say Hi in dog I'm not sure.

This was pretty much the end of her raised hand and Hi. She was sitting forward in the stroller with both hands clasping the sides as we went down the street. There was a lot more activity. People and stuff going on so I'd say she was distracted. At Baja were I grabbed the burritos for dinner the lady at the counter smiled and waved and D just stared at her. It seems the people who try and initiate a smile and a wave she doesn’t respond but total strangers not paying attention to her at all she was all about waving Hi too. I just don't get it but I'm excited and mystified by Dahlia often.


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Apr. 14th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
It probably does count. As independent, unprompted communication, using a word correctly to express herself, it counts. It could be debated on if she understands how she is using it, or just thinks that is what one does when faced with a new person walking past her without understanding. Of course, it is a simple concept—how to greet a person when first seen—and even if she does not grasp the entire idea, she is probably close enough to get it.

My first word was "hot" (as an independent, unprompted communication, using a word correctly to express myself), but was not used in the exact way the word is meant. I had learned the day before that putting one's hand into hot coffee resulted in the sensation I was told is called "hot." The next day, when I got stung by a bee, I exclaimed "hot! hot!" to describe my experience. Not perhaps the precise meaning, but functionally correct (bee stings do feel hot, but most people with a less limited vocabulary would not use that description first).
Apr. 14th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Awww! Sounds like she's fine with greeting people who don't stare at her. But ones who DO look at her make her a little shy.
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I am overcome by the cuteness!
Apr. 14th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhh! So cute! Maybe saying "Hi" is just a good way to get people to look at her. If they are already looking at her, there's no reason to say it.

Apr. 14th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
darling. just darling. I do think Hi counts as a first word.
Apr. 14th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
You didn't tell me about the dog! I am LOL at "maybe that's how you say hi in dog, I don't know."
Apr. 30th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yes - Hi definitely counts as a first word
Congratulations! I predict her vocabulary will grow exponentially.
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