“I’ve been working ‘dada’ hard,” admitted Levine, 37. “You do slip it into every single thing you say. Like if she’s being cute, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, look how cute you are, dada.”
“We’ve gotten some [‘dada’]-esque sounds, but nothing concrete,” he continues. “But I’m working super hard on it. And my wife is working ‘mama,’ so it’s a battle to the finish, but we’ll see.”
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Fallon can relate. In fact, the father of two — he and wife Nancy Juvonen share daughters Frances Cole, 2, and Winnie Rose, 3½ — released a children’s board book in 2015 titled Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA.
“We were just pointing at different things — even if it was a bottle, I’m like, ‘Do you want your dada?’ ” he admits of his strategy when his girls were babies.
“I don’t care if the baby’s stupid, I just want the record to show that ‘dada’ was the first word,” he jokes.
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“It’s so funny, look — she’s being very careful about where she’s putting her foot. She’s really checking it out,” Levine says about his daughter’s pose in a photo Fallon shows the audience.
“It’s so fun. I do new stuff all the time,” he continues about new fatherhood. “It’s constantly entertaining. It’s the greatest thing in the world.”