“Momma, I love you.” “Momma, I need.” “Momma, I want juice.” “Don’t tickle Momma.” “Momma, momma, momma!!”
Yes, this is what my girls now call me all day and night long. I longed for the day that I first was called Mommy pretty much for years. I remember before even having kids and I would hear others little kids referring to their mothers as “mommy” and how adorable they sounded and also how this tugged on my heart strings.
Then, I found out I was pregnant and seriously couldn’t wait to be a mother and again hear someone call me “Mommy”. I knew it wouldn’t happen overnight, but waited patiently through my pregnancy and the first year of her life. And I do fondly remember Emma, first calling me “Ma ma” around a year old or so. That eventually turned to mommy with her. And this was the same transition with Lily, too.
But somewhere I began to get called “Momma” in the recent months. Truly been sitting here racking my brain for how or why this started. Not that I am in any way averse to it they really sound cute saying it and it is quite funny coming out of their little mouths, too.
They call me this when being endearing to let me know how much they love me. They also call me this when they need something, like juice. They call me this when they are upset, as in one of them not sharing with the other. They even call me this when Kevin is teasing or tickling me to defend my honor!!
Honestly, though they can call me whatever they want as long as it isn’t my real name, but then again Lily has tried this one and been shot down pretty quickly. Yes, out of my two children she is truly the more brazen of the two and heard others including Kevin call me “Janine” and did a few months ago try this one on for size. As Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show for those who are too young to remember even in reruns) would say, “I nipped that in the bud!” But I will also be honest, I did laugh about this one when she wasn’t looking. However I digress!
And yet back to the use of “Momma” by both my kids. I seriously am not sure where they got this one. Again, not complaining, but have been scratching my head about this one for a few weeks now. So I finally thought, I need to write about this, because it has been on my mind, but also was hoping that maybe just maybe someone here could enlighten me on this. Possibly your kids went through a phase like this (let me know that it isn’t just me) or you could clue me on if I am just missing where they could have gotten this from. It is probably as clear on the nose on my face and will most likely be kicking myself when I do figure it out, but again thought I’d ask you here for some help.
So, in the comments, please share what your kids call you. And if you think this is a phase and where you think it could have possibly come from. Thanks all for your input!!