Raina and Raisa are the noisiest twin babies in the world right now especially when they want to be picked up and held by Supermama and me. You can’t even take off your socks because the moment they see us, they would yell and holler and grunt and baby plead from inside their playyard for us to pick them up right there and then. A couple of weeks ago it was Raina who was the loudest, now it seems Raisa has taken the mantle of the loudest yeller by several decibels. We were thinking now that the twins are getting very vocal already, it’s only time that one of them will utter her first intelligible word.
I was secretly hoping that their first word is going to be “Abah”. I remember Nuha last time started with “mama” before she advanced to “abah”, so this time I’m going to play it right with the twins.. deep eye contacts, elaborate lip movements and top with subliminal Abah-is-fun messages during frequent father-daughters bonding sessions. The twins seemed to respond very well to our secret say “abaaah” workouts every time Supermama was not around. There’s no way they’re going to utter “mama” first this time after all the secret workouts that we’ve gone through. I was so ready to gloat and wear a big smirk on my face for at least a couple of weeks for this anticipated achievement. Even some of the psychoexperts I googled on the net agreed that there’s no better way to get your message across and make the other person understand.
So last night it finally happened. Raisa was babbling almost none stop just before bedtime at 9. We all knew she was going to say something.. her first word. It’s gonna be a momentous occasion for Raisa and Abah as we were all waiting for that word to come out. There we were, all five of us, huddled in the room anxiously waiting (or was it just me) for the first word to come out from Raisa. And then she said it... she paused for a while then she said it very clearly..
She said “Kakak” (actually it sounded more like Tatak) but it was definitely not “abah” as planned. And Nuha wasn’t even paying attention when Raisa looked at her and said “kakak”. There goes my chance of glory, my moment of fame.. I could almost taste victory. Almost 2 months of training.. all she has to do was follow the script. But what did she do? She babbled, then she paused, then she said “kakak”. There must be a moral to all this, some kind of a silver lining but I just can’t see it right now. Is there a lesson here for me to learn? I wonder what it is..
Hmmm! Hellooo Raina.. want Abah to pick you up? Want to hear a fun word? Say “abaaah”.