It was quite the rewarding moment to see Sophie express these words with ease, as it seems like it was very recently that we were working so hard to understand them. I remember the feelings of anxiety and apprehension waiting for her to speak her first words. And then her language just took off - almost overnight. Now she is learning to speak several new words a day and this slacker mom can hardly keep her list up anymore (we have definitely reached triple digits, though).
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
This is something I must tell myself routinely and patience is definitely an essential part of this journey. So, for all the moms out there who are waiting for something, who are patiently anticipating first words or any other "A-HA" moment - it will happen. Keep up the hard work in the meantime. :)