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November 6, 2010

Cutest thing ever

Filed under: Family, Motherhood, Personal — llcall @ 8:20 pm

I don’t usually post on the weekends, but how could I not document the CUTEST. THING. EVER.  Addison has been consonant babbling for a while now, and of course, “da da” is one of her greatest hits.  But for the last couple of days, I’ve seen a distinct shift — she now excitedly identifies her dad as “da da” when she sees him.  Neal, always the skeptic, isn’t completely convinced she’s really connecting him with the word, but as a student of human behavior (remember how I’m getting a Master’s in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, dude), not to mention her mother, I know she’s reached a new developmental milestone.

To further my case, I ran a small experiment (n = 1).  After Neal left for work, I showed Addison these 4 pictures (in random order, of course):

The first three elicited squeals of delight (what can I say, she loves herself — and her great grandparents — but especially herself), but only the last one elicited squeals of “da da” (though still with delight).

So I think it’s pretty clear.  First word: da da.  Score one for the daddy!



  1. Great experiment. I definitely say it is a first word! Totally valid!

    Comment by Rachel — November 6, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Awesome!

    Comment by Jolene — November 7, 2010 @ 12:16 am

  3. Yes, but is she now going to associate da-da with Neal and big tractors?

    Comment by Kirsten — November 8, 2010 @ 12:14 am

  4. I’m just wondering what the IRB would say about this…

    Comment by Brandon — November 8, 2010 @ 1:37 am

    • If I was working with the UIUC IRB, I wouldn’t have been able to even start the experiment until her 4th birthday 🙂

      Comment by llcall — November 8, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

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