So Proud

Any parent will tell you that when their child gets to certain milestones in their development – first sleep through the whole night, first steps etc. – it’s big news for the family and brings out jealousy in the parents of others who haven’t quite got there yet. And you want to tell the world.

But equally, the child will only reach each of these milestones once, so it’s important to make sure that you don’t jump the gun. Exactly who are you trying to kid if you think that 9 in the evening to 4 in the morning counts as “all night” or letting go of the coffee table and taking half a stumbling pace forward before falling over* means “walking”? Don’t stress – they’ll get there.

Which brings me to the point of this post, my daughter’s first word. “Mama” and “Dada” don’t count and nor does that-noise-that-sounds-a-bit-like-“apple”-if-you-pretend-that-it-sounds-like-“apple”.  Remember, you’re only fooling yourselves. And that’s why I have been waiting, anticipating what happened this morning so that I can note it down in her baby milestones book and then we can look back together in years to come and say “that was the day you said your first proper word”.

It occurred, for the record, in the kitchen at 7:48 this morning. Packed lunches were under construction for her dad and her brother and it was as I opened the fridge to get out the margarine, that little Kristen walked over, gazed up at the shelves towering in front of her, pointed to the cheese and said, with amazing clarity:


I have to admit that this moment was one of the proudest of my life thus far. I was quite overcome. I rushed out of the kitchen to pass on the good news to Mrs 6000, so fast in fact, that I left the child by the open fridge (I later returned to find her chewing on some bacon).
If I’m completely honest, I was a little disappointed by my wife’s seeming lack of excitement at the momentous occasion. I thought she’d be over the moon, but instead, she just seemed a bit shocked. Perhaps she was overcome by the gravity of the moment as well. I’m sure she’s recovered now and is proudly telling all her colleagues and anyone who’ll listen that her daughter said “Feck!” this morning, just like I am.

I’m going to call my parents in the UK now. So proud.

* Just like Daddy does when he’s drunk.

12 thoughts on “So Proud

  1. Phillip Gibb > That’s cool. Duck clouds, duck areoplanes and – every so often – duck ducks. Even a broken watch is right twice a day.

    Amanda > Think carefully. And then feck.

    Mrs 6k > She’ll be fine. Probably.

    DW > No. Not just in the morning.

  2. “Feck” is so cosmopolitan! Had she been up all night watching re-runs of Father Ted? Jack’s first word was cat, then everything with 4 legs that walked was a cat. Things have changed recently. We finally passed the sleep through the whole night milestone this week….bliss… for Jack…nightmare for parents, who wake up every hour to check on little one…

  3. Heh Heh Heh…

    I am currently in trouble for teaching my elder daughter my version of Row Row Row Your Boat..

    “Row Row Row your boat,
    Gently ‘cross the pools
    If you see a giant crab
    Kick him in the gools.”
    .-= Fleet of Worlds´s last blog ..Majestic Vulcan =-.

  4. There’s Irish in your family? 😀

    Reminds me of Son’s language skills at a very young age. When we were still living in SA, we only had the one car, so Husband used to drop me at work, and then drop Son at Kindergarten, with reverse journey in the afternoon.

    Cue one day, when this little voice from behind piped “Get out of the way, you f*cking woman!” – we were stuck in traffic at the time, and I deduced that Husband had not been watching his language “in front of the children”. 🙂

    I like K-Pu’s style – she’s obviously learnt from the old man that Tamiflu is not good for little girls, and she’s gone for the holistic approach! Ain’t no swine flu going her way! 😀
    .-= Helga Hansen´s last blog ..Vetting the petting =-.

  5. Reminds me of the time we were in the car (wife driving) and we overtook another car. My three year old son turned around, looked at the other car and calmly stated, “We’re faster than you, D1%#head!”

    My wife went into shock, I cracked up laughing!
    .-= Delboy´s last blog ..The sandpit =-.

  6. Po > Yes, but by whom?

    Ant > You soon learn to sleep through too, believe me,

    Fleet > Naughty. A lady on the radio said “B***S***!” very clearly the other day and we held our breath, but we seem to have got away with it.

    HH > No Irish. Celtic – a little. Haha! That’s a great story – and funny, because women do often get in the way.

    Delboy > Well, you were faster than him – what’s the problem?

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