I only ask because I know that Maddie couldn't possibly have started talking at 8 months - but that is when we started hearing discernible words coming out of her mouth. Although the "dadadadadada" really was directed at almost anything. And the "it-thay" was clearly "kitty" - but was it really that clear? Or was it because we are her parents, and know what she is trying to say?
She now says what sounds like "daddy" and quite strategically pulls out the "mama" whenever she's upset or whiny (and yes, it gets me everytime). And I'm sure she's said "hi" and probably a few other "words" that may or may not be discernible to an outside party.
But now that she clearly is trying to say lots of words, understands a tonne of words, and does say some words with frequency and fairly acurately - how do you pinpoint the "first official word"?
Crap - just another thing for me to get wrong in her baby book...