"Mama" - that's what Miss Olivia busted out during her PT session on Monday afternoon. I had really been having a day, sadness of all the babies struggling and stress at work and there goes Olivia talking out of the blue. I asked the PT if she heard it too, she did and then we spent most of the rest of the session trying to coax it out of her again to no avail.
Later while I was cooking dinner she was buzzing around in her walker and said "Mama/Mommmm" multiple times as she loitering around the kitchen underfoot. I would point to her and say "Olivia" to which receives big smiles and claps, then I would point to me and say "Mama" so she could make the correlation. I'm not sure she quite gets it but seeing how excited I got as she said it made her happy so there were more smiles and claps.
Since then, she's saying it a lot, throughout the day for whatever reason. What Nonna noted in the last day or so is that she's using "Mommm" when she gets overly frustrated or annoyed about something! Greattttttt, just how I want her to associate me. Nah, I'm not really bothered by it, this is huge for Olivia. Throughout all of her assessments and PT, she's still developing the slowest verbally. It could definitely be a case similar to her Tia Linda, obvserving everything and saying little until one day she starts up and NEVER STOPS. For now we are relishing in the moment that Olivia's taken another step towards communicating with us and that's a blessing in itself.