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Video Clip: Baby Niko Growls Like a Tiny Tiger (O:33)

As new(ish) parents we are always anticipating that next milestone. One of these awaited milestones is when our little man will start talking. As of now, he’s got a few sounds on the go (dada, mama, fafa, vava, ado, adi (Is that Alli?), etc.), but so far no real words, or at least it doesn’t seem he’s associating anything he says to anything tangible. Actually, the other day he seems to have discovered his inner tiger and started to make a lot of growling noises, and not just once, but many times over. “Grrr, grr grr,” goes my baby.

Oh those delightful first words. As parents you wonder: What will his first word be? Will it be
“mama” or “dada”? When will he say it? You get the idea.

We discovered earlier on that Niko’s first word was “Dada”, but I reckon that’s only because Daddy repeatedly says “Dada” to our little babe. And good on him, because “Dada” was indeed Niko’s first word/sound. (Truth be told, we don’t quite know if Niko is aware of what “Dada” means, but he sure does like to say it.) So then there was me, just sitting in wait for “Mama”. I tried Borys’ trick and put “Mama” on repeat in my daily vocabulary: thinking if he heard it enough he would be bound to say it sooner than later. Even Daddy joined in, and now says “Mama” over and over again to our little sweetheart. Buy before “Mama” other sounds stated showing up: va va and fa fa (I swear if he says “Frasier” before he’s says “Mama”, that’ll be something…).

Actually, months ago we thought Little N Bomb was saying “Mama”, and this was even in the pre “dada” days. It sort of sounded like “Mama” was being spewed from his vocal chords when we was wailing – say going to sleep or just not happy about something in general. But alas, that was only when the little tyke had worked himself into a tizzy, and he spouted it out only at the most inconsolable climax of his crying. So again, it’s me, waiting, just waiting.

For a while he dropped the angry “mama” and replaced it with just regular run of the mill sobbing. Then this week, his upset “mama” came back to life, in full force. The key to him saying it, is that he has to be upset about something, and then it is a clear “mama” or a short and curt series of “mum, mum, mum, mum”. So, despite the fact that he only seems to say it when he’s sad (and Borys thinks he’s saying it during those moments because he’s looking for comfort from his “mama”), I’m just glad I beat out Frasier in the line of Niko’s first words. Not that it’s a competition…

Niko can’t wait to meet his newest cousin! Emiliana was born just over a week ago and will be making the trek to Toronto in July, at which time our family will be heading down to TO to meet her, (and see Ciocia Ola and Uncle Bruce too). Niko’s been polishing up on his Polish and hopes to greet her with: “Cześć! mały Emi. Jestem tak zadowolony wobec ostatecznie spotykać ty i JA miłość ty”. xx

As it stands now, his vocabulary is limited to “da da” on repeat (and lots of gleeful shrieks and screeches). But babies change and learn so quickly, and since ours is brilliant, we’re confident in a month and a half he should be ready to verbalize this greeting to his new cuz! 🙂

Note: The English-Polish translation came from an online translator, and seeing as my Polish is limited, fingers are crossed in hopes that it says what’s actually intended: “Hi little Emi. I’m so happy to finally meet you and I love you”.

I’ll won’t try not to take it personally. I mean it’s not like I spend all day with the kid seven days a week, or anything. No, why would his first word be “ma”? There’s no reason for it to be “ma”. I just have to accept the fact that it’s “da da”. Actually it’s more like “da” on repeat, so technically does that even count as a word? Daddy sure thinks it does…  But maybe, just maybe Niko’s a natural born Police fan and simply trying to hone his karaoke prowess by singing along with Sting: “Da da da da, is all I want to say to you…” Yah, that seems to make more sense. My baby’s brilliant and channeling Sting: that’s perfectly sensical, right?

Note: On occasion he’s started to say “mum” too. He’ll do a never ending string of “da”, and then throw in a short and curt “mum”, followed up by “da”on repeat. Lovely.

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According to Daddy three major developments took place in the life of our child yesterday: two of which I will also vouch for. First off, on Wednesday nights I usually go to a cardio-kickboxing class, but seeing as my back is bothering me this week, I decided to take the night off from cardio class, and run a few errands – ranging from picking up poop-n-scoop bags for Frasier to indulging in a pedicure (and a few others in between!) I am still amazed, when left to my own devices, at how much I can accomplish in an hour or two these days (as opposed to the pre-Niko days).  Anyway, as I was getting ready to go Borys urgently called me back up the stairs to see this first “milestone”.  Sure enough Niko was holding Sophie the Giraffe and bringing her up to his mouth to chew.  Borys tested a few times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and each time, Niko grabbed the giraffe and brought it back to his mouth.  Now this may sound like no big deal, but this show of hand eye coordination had yet to be seen from our little babe, so in our eyes, this was very exciting! And again, I am amazed at what now “excites” us, to when I compare what was categorized as excitement in the pre-Niko days.

Round two of the “milestones” happened when I returned home. As I gingerly walked up the snowy steps in my flip-flops (careful to take care of those pampered toes), and into the house, I immediately heard Borys calling from upstairs: “Alli, come here! Come here!”, not in a tone of panic but again one of those post-Niko birth excited type voices.  So, I made my way as quickly as I could all the way to the upstairs bathroom to find Niko on his back on the counter (post-diaper change I am assuming) and Borys excitedly saying “Daddy!” in this really over-exaggerated (and I guess funny) voice! Well, lo and behold, Niko was giggling, and it was adorable! Giggling! What a wonderful sound to hear coming from your baby – once I find my camera (it’s currently MIA – but so were my license and cell phone, and I found both of them) I have to get a video of this! Borys swears he was “really” giggling even more before I got there. However I did catch the tail end, and it was worth putting my pedicure in jeopardy to hear that lovely sound! (P.S. – My pedicure survived the rush, impeccably).

And the thrid “milestone” which I have yet to bare witness to, but will write about anyway seeing as Borys claims it’s true, is that Niko said “Dah-dee” a.k.a. “Daddy”! Hmm…I am not too sure about that one.

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