What “Mommy” REALLY Means

I can’t tell you how many times I found myself saying, “Mah-Me” and “Ma-Ma” in the first year or so of my babies’ lives. I mean, I poured myself into every aspect of caring for them, of course they’d have the courtesy to put “Mommy” at the top of their first-words list. And you know what? I have particularly lovely children. Because they all nailed the magical word quickly — and used it often.

Maybe too often?

It’s true. I’m at that stage yet again. I’ve waited and waited for my baby to say it, and now she does. Constantly. Most of the time, it’s music to my ears. Her sweet little voice singing, babbling, and sounding so innocent. And suddenly, there’s a lovely recognition that I’m there by her side, loving her and everything she’s doing. “Mommy.” That’s it. That’s the one I was waiting for.

saying "mommy"

But it turns out, there are a lot of other meanings for those same two syllables. Here are a few:

  • Daddy.
  • I don’t care about Daylight Savings.
  • Don’t you dare walk away from me.
  • Pick. Me. Up. NOW!
  • Daddy.
  • Come get me out of this stinkin’ high chair!
  • I wanted milk, not water.
  • When was the last time you cut a molar?
  • Daddy.
  • They’re not brothers, they’re maniacs.
  • I’ll tell you when it’s nap time, thankyouverymuch.
  • You’re pretty.
  • Daddy.

Ok, well all of those but one. And probably a few I’ve completely blocked out. Even so, I will admit, my heart skips a beat whenever I hear that mostly sweet word come out of my mostly sweet little girl’s mouth. Because it’s a gentle reminder of who I am, and what really matters.

What does your baby mean by “Mommy”?

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