Lily has officially reached the verbal stage. She has been practicing her sounds for a while now, but over the past week or so, she has also discovered VOLUME and PITCH. Not only does she make sweet coos and vowel sounds, but she has learned to yell and screech. The first one was hilarious - she was in her swing while I was doing dishes, and as usual she was babbling to the monkey, frog and toucan hanging on the mobile, and all of a sudden "BLAH!" in a high pitched, high volume little voice. The look on her face was priceless - she shocked herself! I wish I had had the camera ready for that one.
I am truly looking forward to hearing her first words. I swear that sometimes when she is calling from her crib during quiet time, she is saying Ma! or Da! (starts with Ma! and when Ma doesn't come, it turns into Da!) but I can't be sure just yet. Jim keeps commenting that he can't wait to hear her little speaking voice - well, daddy, she's working on it for you!
(4/6/11 Lily telling stories to Cousin Corri)