Riley has always been very communicative. Not just whether she was happy or sad, she really tried to find ways to tell us what she needed. She always fusses in a certain way when she's gonna spit up and if I don't understand she'll sometimes gesture as if she's wiping her face. It's true. Just a little while ago she took an afternoon nap and when Mike went in to get her I heard him say "What have you done?" Apparently, she kicked her pants completely off. Turns out she had a very full diaper and was just getting things started for him. Clever little girl.
She loves hair and it was the first carefully and clearly articulated thing she ever said. Mike was shaking his head and she was smiling. So I let mine down and brushed her face with it and she looked at us and said "hair." Weird, I know, but that was the first word. She makes an "Ah" sound that means daddy and sometimes looks to his side of the couch when she says it. She sometimes does an M sound I'm guessing is an attempt at Mama. She has a sound for milk that's pretty close to the last syllable of the word. She also "says" Help and Now. Mike insists it's because those are two words I use a lot.
The other day there was a new one. She kept saying, "Ho". Over and over throughout the day. I joked she was doing a Santa impression or reading her Christmas socks, but it was clear that this was going to be a regular sound and it would be in my best interest to figure out what it meant. I'd have her on the changing table and she'd look up and say "Ho." It, like most of her "words", was absolutely a request. I guessed at it for two days before I realized she never said it when I was holding her only on the changing table, the crib or the swing. She was asking me to hold her! "Ho" for hold what a smart girl.