Belfast mum shocked when seven-week-old baby Cillian said "hello"
A baby Belfast boy has shocked his parents by saying his first word at just seven weeks old.
It’s every parent’s proudest moment when a child speaks for the first time - and even better if it’s caught on camera.
For Finaghy mum and dad Toni and Paul McCann, it was even more heart-warming than most.
Usually babies aren’t able to master their first word until they’re closer to a year old, but young Cillian managed to adorably communicate with his shocked mum, despite being aged under two months.
Last week Toni decided to film what she thought would be a one-way conversation with her tiny tot. In the 23 second clip, mum is heard gently coaxing Cillian, repeatedly saying ‘hello’.
He responds for a while with gurgles and the cute baby noises we've all come to expect from a happy youngster, before astonishing Toni by replying with a confident and very audible ‘hello’ in return.
Toni’s surprised reaction can be heard briefly before the video abruptly ends.
It was soon posted to Toni’s Facebook page, garnering a lot of attention from family and friends who didn't hesitate in calling Cillian a “little genius in the making”, and saying the footage would go viral.
It did just that. Within days the clip had been shared on social media and watched hundreds of thousands of times.
Toni and husband Paul recently celebrated their 13-year wedding anniversary and they couldn't have asked for a better present.
The couple have been inundated with messages of people saying how amazing their child is. A friend posted a message on Facebook saying: “Ur wee baby is gonna be famous bless him.”
Toni said she’s been overwhelmed by the response: “It’s been mad. I've had messages from everyone.”
"Loads of people have said it's really brightened their day, which is lovely.
"He was trying to talk, I thought, the whole day. His wee tongue kept coming out and I thought 'is he trying to speak to me?' so I set him in his chair and started saying 'hello'.
"I was just waiting and thought 'he's trying to say hello' but when he actually said it I nearly died.
When asked if Cillian had repeated his amazing feat, she said: “He hasn't said anything since but you can tell when he’s trying. When he flicks his tongue in a certain way, you know he wants to say something.
"I think it might have been just a one off but he is really trying to communicate. Now I realise what babies can actually do. I think they understand more than what we think they do."
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