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Thursday, November 16, 2006

First Words

I have heard many people talk about the differnce in the language development of their first and second children ie: second children usually start talking later than the first. For me, the most interesting difference has been in their first words:

Child #1: Seemed to want to please her parents.
"Peez" (Please)
"Tain Too" (Thank You)

Child #2: Just wants to survive.


  • That's funny. My baby says:
    eh-eh (as No) I think it is so bratty....and yes she is a slower talker but MUCH faster physical developer...WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
    posted by Blogger Kage at 11/17/2006 05:05:00 AM  

  • Mine followed that exact pattern- I wonder if #3 will bother to talk at all?
    posted by Blogger tracy m at 11/17/2006 05:39:00 AM  

  • My first was speech delayed, didn't talk until he was almost 4. He learned sign language from a speech therapist, then we moved and I put him in a preschool for kids with developmental delays, at which point he knew more than 50 signs. My second, who was a year younger, didn't start speaking until her older brother did. She picked up the sign language from him, though.
    posted by Anonymous Susan M at 11/17/2006 07:23:00 AM  

  • My 2nd (22 months) can label at least 50 kinds of foods and has at least 30 action verbs or adjectives to describe moving... ("up", "down", "go", "fast"), knows all the characters on Sesame Street but rarely says "Mama" and calls his father by his first name "Ed".

    What does THAT mean?
    posted by Blogger Jen at 11/17/2006 07:32:00 AM  

  • HA! Jen, that is so funny.

    My son talked early and a lot - still talks a ton (he's almost 4). So it came as a surprise when the girl didn't have much to say once she was "talking age" - she is now 2.

    Then I enrolled the boy in preschool.

    MAN, can that little girl talk. Turns out, she had no reason to speak before because our son took care of everything communication wise. Once he was in school she just blossomed. And it's so my fault that I didn't work with her more because I just assumed she wasn't ready to say anything so I didn't push vocabulary and that kind of stuff - I really should have helped her more and I feel bad about that. Langauge was in there the whole time!

    We were at the flea market this week and she spotted some big aluminum letters on the ground and exclaimed "H! H for HOT!" Boy did I feel bad that I hadn't even considered she might be trying to learn the alphabet...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 11/17/2006 09:19:00 AM  

  • I worked with a woman once whose son started talking when he was six months old (!!). He'd wake up in the morning, toss his bottle across the room, and call out from his crib, "Bottle! Milk in it, Honey!"

    He called his dad "Honey."
    posted by Anonymous Susan M at 11/17/2006 09:59:00 AM  

  • Susan M, that reminds me of when my son, Max, stands at the bottom of the stairs and yells "Naaa-aate" (my husband's name) in the exact same tone that I use when calling to him. (He usually calls him daddy, but pulls out the first name for this special circumstance)

    Carrie, my younger sister's first words were almost identical to your #2, except I think "Mine" came first! I, being the older one, was more along the mommy-daddy line, as was Max.
    posted by Blogger marian at 11/17/2006 10:27:00 AM  

  • Haha! I actually have had the oposite experience. My dd #1 was a slower talker, I have always thought it was because we were meeting her every need at the very second she needed it... whereas with DS#2 has had a teacher trainer in his sister and has totally used his language skills to the max! For Ex., when he is tired he just goes to his room and says, "nite nite mommie." And reaches for his crib!! No ritual or routine needed!YES!
    posted by Blogger Rachel H at 11/17/2006 11:50:00 AM  

  • I'm glad you mentioned this, because while #1 was an early and prolific talker, #2 has a handful of words he uses only when he HAS to. I'm feeling a bit more relieved now....
    posted by Blogger Mo Mommy at 11/17/2006 09:06:00 PM  

  • My kids seemed to follow the same pattern. . .but my nephews are like your kids

    1st: Momma, ball, go etc. .
    2nd: STOP! (of course, directed at his older brother)
    posted by Blogger wendysue at 11/18/2006 11:51:00 AM  

  • I didn't have any problems with talking until we hit #3. She didn't really talk until she was 18 months old. I think it was the older siblings talking for her. Makes me wonder when #4 will start talking.

    Their first words were interesting, though. #1 was precocious: she said, "HI!" to everyone at age 11 months. #2 waited until her 1st birthday to grace us with "duck". #3 walked around saying "This" for everything from age 12 months until 18 months, when she started speaking in sentences.

    Go figure.

    Oh, and it drives my husband up the wall when the kids call him by his first name.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 11/19/2006 08:07:00 PM  

  • All three of mine said "da-da" first.

    And for the life of me, I can't remember what followed that --I hope I have it written down somewhere...
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 11/19/2006 09:39:00 PM  

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