"I couldn't believe it," Samantha Jones tells PEOPLE of her son's first word.

By Rose Minutaglio
Updated October 28, 2016 10:41 AM

Well, hello there!

Samantha Jones didn’t expect her adorable 2-month-old baby Christian to respond when she cooed at him.

But he did.

In an incredible moment captured on video, Christian looks at his mom – thumb in mouth – and quietly says, “Hello!”

“I couldn’t believe it,” Samantha, 19, tells PEOPLE of her son’s first word. “I was like, ‘No way, you did not just do that.’ ”

Sarah Trumble @ShineOnPhotography
Credit: Sarah Trumble @ShineOnPhotography

Samantha, who lives with her husband Dylan in Jackson, Michigan, was sending a Snapchat to her friend when it happened.

“Snapchats are only 10 seconds, and it happened at the end, I was just hoping he would smile or laugh or do something baby-like,” she says. “But you can clearly see his mouth form the word and he says it exactly how I say it!”

“Like he was mimicking me.”

Courtesy Samantha Jones
Credit: Courtesy Samantha Jones

Samantha says Christian is a “very smart baby,” so his “hello” didn’t completely shock her.

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“He loves to copycat everything I do,” she says. “He’s so smart and special. He’s very conservative and curious about the world around him.”

Courtesy Samantha Jones
Credit: Courtesy Samantha Jones

The new parents say they’re expecting more words to follow soon.

“No doubt,” says Samantha. “This ‘hello’ was the first, but there’s more to come.”