Watch precocious baby Gemma Kate say “I love you”—uncannily mimicking her mom

As astonishing as Gemma Kate’s words may seem, website Babycenter tells us that kids at her age are indeed capable of forming syllables of simple words, just as you’ll witness in the clip below. “The first proper word is often said around the baby’s first birthday,” says the Babycenter website. “First words are usually simple names or easy to say objects. Nouns usually come first, like ‘ball.’ The words may not always sound like adult words, but the words are used consistently for the same thing, for example ‘og’ for dog.”

According to WebMD’s site, “After 9 months, babies can understand a few basic words like ‘no’ and ‘bye-bye.’ They also may begin to use a wider range of consonant sounds and tones of voice.”

At 12 to 18 months, “most babies say a few simple words like ‘mama’ and ‘dadda’… and now know what they’re saying.” Even though Gemma doesn’t speak her mom’s entire phrase to perfection, she certainly has the fundamental sounds right.

Did your kids or grandkids utter precocious, precious words that touched your heart? Fortunately, Gemma Kate’s mother had the camera ready throughout their special moment and could share it with the rest of us. Take a gander at their charming “I love you” ditty and see for yourself by clicking to play the video below.