Enterprise was an early walker/late talker. He would say ma ma often, but not really in relation to me. It wasn’t until nearly 18 months that we got a real Mama and until 2 years that we got any real words. However, once it clicked the flood gates open and it’s been nothing but Why? Why? Why? ever since. Those first few Mama’s when he actually meant it were so special.
Lately he’s been playing around with what to call me. Between encouraging Discovery’s Mamas and Karate’s stranger danger objective of learning your parent’s real names, he’s realized that my name isn’t always Mommy. For a little while there he reverted back to calling me Mama and surprisingly I HATED it. Mama is cute coming from my baby, it’s less so coming from my 3 year old.
Every time he said Mama, I’d gently correct him that my name was Mommy, and after a while we got back to Mommy. Now he’s starting to call me Mom and I’m not quite sure what to do. I know eventually I’ll be Mom to him, but I’m just not ready yet. I have a feeling this is coming from his preschool. It’s already starting that you don’t want to be seen as a baby. Call me a poo-poo head but please don’t call me a baby!
So I’m torn, do I let him start calling me Mom and then lose his last vestige of being a little kid? Do I insist on Mommy because I just can’t face the fact that he is growing up so fast? The answer is it’s probably not even my decision to make. As long as he’s not calling me Mama or by my first name (no judgments, just not what I want for our family) I guess I’ll have to accept it. Man, I’m not ready to be a Mom.