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While struggling on the floor doing tummy time, Ian spoke his first word: "Elf!" Or possibly "Alf!" There's a bit of a difference, y'see.

Okay, it's possible we're reading too much into this.

Reading: Had been Feeling Very Strange, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. Now? Hm.


I don't think you'll be able to make a firm determination until he speaks his second word. And if it's neither "Mirkwood" nor "Melmac," then you might have to wait for his third.

I am voting for Elf.

"Alf" is how you would pronounce "elf" in Old English. I think he's a bloody genius!

I commend his choice of first word!

Keep up the great work on your blog. Best wishes WaltDe