Pob can say quite a few words now, although most are not very distinct. 'Mama' - directed at me specifically -came out clearly at the end of June during our trip to France. She then returned to saying it both in babbling and when it means me, but over the last few weeks has started to use it more exclusively, albeit in the form of a variety of 'ma/mum/mama/mmmm' sounds which seem to refer to me. Dada less clearly relates to H, some of the time it does, sometimes it doesn't.
Her most distinct word is 'up' which she's been saying since mid-June - her first word. Close behind is 'hello', although she only says this in response to us saying it to her, never spontaneously. She says a version of 'light' which is clear enough for another mother at our Friday music class to remark on it, but isn't really clear - it sounds more like 'alt'. She has said 'byebye' once or twice, but not regularly. She seems to say 'ball' but it's a bit random. 'Duck' has come out once or twice. Tonight I'm fairly sure she said her name when we were playing in the mirror after her bath, but she just did it once and wouldn't repeat it.
She understands many more words, including her name, mummy, daddy, no, gymbo, light, teddy, bunny, telephone, wave, byebye, hello, goodnight (all the last four make her wave), hooray (she raises her arms and says 'raay' (blame the Olympics)), eat (she makes the sign for eat), more (she makes the sign for more), ball, outside, doggie, dummy, book, bottle, sit down, stand up, bee, duck, baby, monkey, lion, swing, up, and kiss (she blows kisses but won't actually kiss us and even wriggles away if we try and kiss her most of the time).
Then yesterday morning she said 'no'. She is very attracted to the buttons on our television, which are just at the right height for her to prod when she's sitting, or play with when she's pulled herself up to stand near the television. We are keen for her not to do that, so when we spot her, we say "Pob! No! Sit down!". She always does, even if she immediately goes back to it afterwards. She recently started to shake her head when we said 'no'. She's been shaking it for a while when she means no - like when she doesn't want a mouthful of food - but only in the last week has she done it in response to the word. This morning we used our usual phrase when she went to touch the television. She sat down, shook her head, and said, quite clearly, 'no.'
The nanny told me that yesterday afternoon they went on a playdate with a little boy of about 18 months. He is in the stage of 'all toys are mine' so kept trying to take Pob's toys away. When he did it for the second time, she shook her head at him, and said 'no'.
Like I said, the beginning of an era.