Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Screecher

I haven't had much reading time lately, so I thought it would be a great time for a Maya update. Early on, Maya made sounds that sounded like babbles. Cute little a-goos and goo-goo's came out of her precious little mouth. I told people, listen to our newborn baby babble, isn't she smart? Then the babbles went away, much to my chagrin, but was replaced by delightful little coos.

Lately, I miss those coos.

The first time Maya came out with an opera-octave eeeeee, I turned to hubby with a look that said, did that really just come out of her mouth? Yep, that was our precious little daughter sounding like a feral cat. As days passed and the eeeee's became more numerous and energetic, it was confirmed: we have a Screecher.

Some babies explore first vocalizations with ooh's and aah's. Our baby quickly decided that was too boring, and jumped straight to the ear-pitching screech. Because there is no other word to describe it, she's just a happy screecher.

Of course, that doesn't stop us from trying to get new sounds out of her. A typical dinner conversation in our household currently goes something like this:

Hubby: Hoooow aaaare yoooouu?
Me: Ba-ba-ba!
Maya: Eeeeeeee-eeeeee-ee-eeeeeeee!
Hubby: Did you hear that? She was imitating me!
Me: I thought I heard a "huh" sound in there.
Maya: Eee-eeeeeeeeee-eeeee-e-eee!
Hubby: Da-da-da!
Me: Ba-Ba-Ba!
Maya: Eeeeeeeeeee!
Hubby: She said "da". She knows me!
Me: Da is just a sound unless there is meaning behind it, dear. La-La-La!
Maya: Eeeeeeeee-ee-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

At least they're happy screeches.


Eva said...

lol-that's so cute! (although I can understand longing for the coo's-your feral cat comment had me laughing really hard) My niece was never a screecher, but around five months she was crying all the time from teething.

SuziQoregon said...

Maya is clearly a brilliant conversationalist ;-) (or possibly a future opera star?)

Lisa said...

Too cute! I remember the days well. Enjoy it!!

Dewey said...

Ha ha, don't worry, there'll be easier-on-the-ears sounds coming soon.