My daughter’s first word was “Cat.” My husband and I were thrilled she was talking- and I was secretly thrilled that her first word hadn’t been “Daddy.”
My excitement didn’t last long. Her second word was “Daddy.” I didn’t fret, because I knew that naturally her next word would be “Mommy,” right? Wrong. Months went by since she first uttered “Cat” and she accumulated an extensive vocabulary: “Night, night,” “Ball,” “Dog,” “Ut-Oh,” “Go,” “Bubbles,” and “Car” – but she flat out refused to say “Mommy.” In fact, whenever she wanted me, she just screamed out, “Boob! Boob! Boob!” Is that all I am to her, a big, walking Boob??
I’d really like to know why I am at the bottom of the heap? How do I rank below a ball? Not to mention that it’s very embarrassing to be called a “Boob” in public by your one-year-old.
Why won’t she say Mommy? It’s not like she has a hard time with the M sound. She “Mmmmmms” all day long so I know she is capable of pronouncing the consonant. It's not that she hasn't heard the word. I've taken to constantly babbling, “Mommy Mommy Mommy” in hopes that she’ll catch on.
I’m starting to think she’s being vindictive.
Doesn’t she realize that she’s hurting my feelings? The woman who gave her life! I gave everything up for this kid- my time, my career, my perky breasts and flat tummy. The least she can do is call me by my much deserved title. I hate to say it, but I get jealous every time I hear her say “Daddy”.
Sometimes, when I think she’s just said Mommy, my heart soars and all the sleepless nights seem worth it. And then I realize she didn’t say Mommy after all, she’s just babbling, and I am crushed.
I don’t know why it’s so important to hear those two little syllables, but it is. It’s like her saying, “I love you. Thank you. You are so important to me!” all rolled into one.