A is finally talking. Around her one year check up, she was saying "Ba" for ball, "Bah" for bath, "Ga-Gi" for Darby/doggie and "Buh-Bye" for bye. She says that last one with an extremely southern accent.
Our pediatrician was a little worried because she was not making the "d" sound or saying "Mama" or "dada". One of the reasons that Marty was worried about her speech was that little A was underweight. My little bit was 95% in height but only 5% in weight. This is a big issue because babies mental growth and development feeds off their fat. If they don't have fat (like little teensy eensy A) they will be slow to develop and may miss big milestones. At her 12 month appointment she weight 17 lbs 11 ounces. Because of her weight be had to go back in 6 weeks for a check up
So, after that appointment she wasn't allowed to drink anything but whole milk and we pushed a lot of pastas. After 6 weeks we took her to the peds and she only weighed 18 lbs 2 ounces. That is about a 7 ounce gain in 6 weeks. They wished for more but Marty said that she wasn't too worried since I am on the slender side.
9 days after that appointment, we had to take the kids to the peds because it appeared that H came down with Hand, Foot and Mouth. (I will post more on this, when thinking about it doesn't make me want to vomit). While there, they weighed A and she had gained 11 ounces in the 9 days from the last appointment. Since then, she has been putting on weight but is still slender.
That being said, after her one appointment and her weight gain, she blossomed. It really is true that babies development depends on fat stores. It wasn't until she put the weight on that she started talking and walking.
Now, she is not talking in paragraphs or about to write a novel but she has added "Mama" and "Daddy" to her vocabulary. She pretty much only says mama when she is upset but, man, this girl loves to say Daddy. She said mama for the first time on Christmas Eve and around New Years Eve she started to practice her Daddy. She says it like "Dai-ee" and will say it over and over all day long. JJ loves it. He pretends like it doesn't make his day but he smiles like crazy when she does it.
She babbles constantly. The other day we were on a walk and she turned around in her seat and babbled to me the whole time. She could point to stuff and laugh at stuff that she said. She is a talker and really trying to get her point across. I love to hear her babble and practice saying words. I have a strong feeling that she will be more talkative than H and have a desire to really talk sooner than he did.
So, now A is walking, talking and just being a 14 month old. She is growing up and being awesome.