Signals, Noise and Pattern Recognition

Today, my baby girl looked at me and said, “da da da …”

She is our third child and she’s about 5 months old. I’m still amazed at the way language skills develop and I don’t care what scientific studies of children and linguistics say that dictates what she said was a natural progression of assimilating the sounds she hears every day and that there’s nothing terribly significant about her sounds other than she’s experimenting with her ability to make noise…

If she wasn’t staring me in the eyes and smiling when she said it, I might credit it to her natural development. But I heard it loud and clear—more than once; she called me by my name. And this event is still a miracle, even the third time. And this is my present from God today.

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