What’s my name?

My name is

The wee girl has known her own name for a long time. She has answered to it for over a year. She made her first attempts at saying it months ago. More recently she has learnt how to pronounce it properly :)

Yesterday, someone in a café asked her what her name was, she answered; that person understood, said hello and introduced themselves to her; they chatted, after a fashion. So far, so ordinary and unremarkable. It was one of those moments that could so easily pass unnoticed.

But, we noticed.

Someone, a stranger, asked her name, and for the first time she answered the question herself; we didn’t need to answer for her. And, more than that, her answer was understood.

Until recently, most of her language was really only understandable to us, and to close friends. Her shorthand, her toddler names for things; her own unique sentence construction!

Now, others can understand her. Her words are clear and her sentences are more coherent. She doesn’t just speak (babble!), she communicates. I wrote last week about the phrases and sign language she has learnt at her music class, which is wonderful to see, but this everyday conversational development is a different thing altogether.

It’s moments like this that make me really glad to have this blog. My husband and I would have remarked on this milestone, we would remember that it happened. But, the details would fade. The circumstances would be lost. We would never remember when it happened.

I wish I had these moments recorded for the boys.

So, well done, beautiful girl. You’ve made that leap from being understood by those closest to you, to communicating with the world. There’s no stopping you now.

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46 thoughts on “What’s my name?”

  1. Well done, wee girl! It is amazing isn’t it, when they start to make themselves understood by others than the close family? Another step towards independence. Mel #SharewithMe

  2. Aw, lovely – these moments when they prove that they are little people in their own right make us so proud as parents don’t they? It really is small steps, amazing achievements. Go Wee Girl! :-) X #sharewithme

    1. Thank you, it was such a little thing, but my husband and I immediately turned to each other and commented!

  3. That’s a massive milestone. Clever little girl :) Z gets all shy and tongue tied and we still end up telling people his name when they ask what it is. I can’t wait for this moment too. It’ll be a real joy to watch!

    1. Thanks Tas, it was lovely x Shy isn’t generally a word we are able to use to describe the wee girl…!

  4. Moments like these are priceless, and so easily forgotten as days go by and other life moments get in the way. Glad it was captured, it makes for a lovely post. And well done wee girl, you have made your parents very proud! xx

    1. You’re right, I know that the boys did all these things, but mostly I couldn’t tell you how or when x I’m glad I have this record for the wee girl x

  5. Ahhh bless her!!! And congrats to her. They really do grow up way too fast don’t they? I can’t believe how fast this last year has gone. I can only imagine that with three it goes even faster. i really wish life would slow down I feel like it will be over before it starts. Each day moving faster. They walk, then talk then run off and then they are adults. Sorry off topic hahaha but with Missy Moo’s 1st bday looming over me and being my last baby. Things like this where your beautiful daughter is talking in full conversations now make me think will it all stop for a second so I can enjoy. I didn’t have the blog either to record Buba’s but I am so glad I have it now to record Missy Moo. Like you have here with your baby girl. Whom by the way is the most adorable beautiful little princess ever. Love your IG photos all the time. Thank you so much for linking up #sharewithme

    1. Thank you Jenny x I always find each of these moments quite bittersweet, it’s exciting seeing them progress, but it’s sad that another first is over x

  6. What a lovely post! I hadn’t thought about this linguistic landmark before, really. Will be sure to notice it and record it when my toddler makes the step. This is definitely one for you to treasure!

  7. What a lovely post this is!!!! This is the kinda thing that I started my blog for too…those little moments, the ones that would otherwise be forgotten! What a clever little lady she is, and it really is one of those hidden huge milestones!!! Xx

  8. A great achievement and one you’ll definitely be glad you recorded on your blog. In a few weeks you’ll be writing about how your little one never stops talking and will chew the ear off anyone who will listen! (Based on my experience of having girls #chatterboxes)

    1. Yup, at the rate she babbles now, definitely :) It’s lovely now that she’s speaking more clearly, I love actually having a proper conversation with her. But, I do know that once she’s really fluent I may change my mind!

  9. It is amazing these milestones when they’re young and later so easily forgotten. I only remember my son’s because he loved diggers and went around saying ‘grab excavator.’ Even though he said it clearly no one knew what he was talking about unless they also were a digger fan!

    1. How cute! It’s lovely looking back at some of their toddler phrases, they made perfect sense to them, but to anyone else?!

  10. Ah I love this Sara and our reasons at the end for loving blogging is exactly my motivation behind #loudnproud. What a clever girl you have there, she’s fast growing up! Thanks for linking to #loudnproud.

  11. A beautiful moment, and so true, if you hadn’t got right down to writing & publishing it, it would have been lost somewhere in the mass of beautiful memories that we can no longer quite recall :-)
    What a little sweetheart!

  12. I love the photo for this post. What a fantastic moment for you. I know how you feel, I feel like this when people can understand that Ethan is saying Hello to them. A fantastic moment to remember, yay for the blogs ;0)

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

  13. It is lovely to be able to record these moments isn’t it, to one day look back on and relive. My 4 year old has only just started telling people her name but she mumbles it shyly and as it is uncommon people usually get it wrong! #sharewithme

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