We have a first word! It is pallo/ball.
Paxlet has started saying what sounds like actual words and even sentences. Of course, we don’t understand most of what he’s saying, but it is just awesome to hear him spitting out word-sounds and sentences. Out of these sounds, there are a few that we are quite sure are words. We know that he is saying ‘pallo’ (ball in Finnish) and it means an actual ball, although he says “allo” or something close to that. Paxlet is also saying “äiti” (mom in Finnish), usually when looking at me, but he also says it at randomly and when looking at other things. And lastly, we are quite sure he is saying something that sounds like “give”, yet again in Finnish (anna). Paxlet’s version is more like ‘anah’. In any case, we know it when we hear it, especially when he is reaching his hand out towards the object he wants and making grasping motions. Too cute! There are a few more sounds that we know he makes often, but we’re not sure of their meaning yet.
What strikes me strange with the words Paxlet is saying, is that they all sound Finnish in origin. Sure, I get that äiti is being said in Finnish because Mr Siili is always talking to Paxlet about äiti this and äiti that, but I also talk to him about ‘momma’ doing stuff too. In any case I just love that he is saying it*. The other words, I have no idea why he has chosen Finnish over English, if that is the case or if we are just interpreting things incorrectly. I mean, Paxlet does spend the majority of his time with me and I speak only English to him. Not that it matters which language he speaks more of right now so long as he learns both.
On a slightly different note, Paxlet is also recognizing words when we say them to him or ask him where something is. We can ask him (in Finnish or English) “Where is Mansi/the ball/äiti/daddy?” and he’ll look for them and sometimes point (more of a stretching his hand in that direction).
*Mr Siili isn’t sure if we can count Paxlet’s saying äiti as his first word or not, because Paxlet says äiti often, often times while he is crawling/cruising around and babbling to himself.