Da da (da da da)

Ashley can now say a solid "da-da" when she feels like it.

"Da" is currently her default babbling sound, so there's also a lot of "dadadadadadada" when she's just talking. But that's distinct from her singular "da!" when she sees our Pug come into the room. And it's totally different from the crystal-clear "dada!" when she wants to get my attention.

Well, I'm not sure she's actually calling for me. But it has that effect anyway; I smile and run to her and pick her up. Maybe it's a cliche that fathers want to hear their kids say "da-da" more than anything. All I know is it's a feeling like none other when your daughter reaches for you and says your name for the first time.

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