Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mama, Mommy, Mom

There is so much to a name.  And Mama is my favorite.  Two and half years ago, Liam came into this world, and I was officially a mother.  It's my best & most important title.  The one I treasure most.  The only one I need.  And then he started toddling around and actually calling me "Mama"; one of the sweetest sounds!  No matter how many times Liam said it on any given day, I never tired of hearing it.


And then slowly & sadly, it turned to "Mommy."  It made the baby stage feel over, and as if we were embarking on some new era.  Yet, somehow it felt like a new milestone in motherhood.  I was one of the mommies.  One of the many women with some snot wiped on her jeans & an endless bag of snacks on hand at all times.  We've been in the "Mommy" stage for awhile, and I'm just now settling into it.  But every so often, Liam still throws out the "Mama"... Usually when he's sad or tired.  And instantly I am brought back to those early days.  When his sweet breath always smelled liked mama's milk & his hand was so small it could only grasp a couple of my fingers.  I hope he holds on to the "Mama" for a just a bit longer.  I'm not ready to let go of it.


But once again, we are slowly heading towards a new name.  Usually on his feisty days.  "Mom".  I'm not a fan.  It's quick, it's short, & there is never a singsongy voice to it.  It doesn't feel right yet.  We can't possibly be there.  Moms drive carpool.  Moms coach soccer.  Moms make school lunches.  Nope, that's not me.  Not yet!  But occasionally, after time spent with older kids, that's what he calls me.  But since it's from the mouth of the one who made me a mother, it still makes me smile.  But little boy, let's just hold onto the "Mama" for a bit longer.  Hold onto to it tight!


On a completely unrelated note, Liam was being adorable bouncing around in Finn's crib while Conor & I did some work in the nursery.  I love these pictures I captured while having the opportunity to play around in manual mode.

15 comments :

  1. I love the mama title too! Definitely too early to be mom. It's funny because noah calls me mama and my mom (who is grandma) comes out as mamay. It's the slightest difference and sometimes sounds like mommy. I wonder when that will change to grandma and I will become mommy. But for right now I love being mama! Oh and noah loves jumping in the crib too! You got some great pictures! Happy weekend!

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  2. mama was short lived here and Aria went to mommy pretty quickly, and every time I hear her shout that when I'm out of sight esp in public I totally melt. One of the best things to come out of a babe's mouth. I hear mom too, when she is annoyed haha. I'm a pretty big fan of them all but I think I'd pick mommy as my fave.

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  3. Aww! I can't believe he's saying Mom already! I love "Mama" too. So sweet.

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  4. So sweet! I agree, mama is definitely the sweetest too!

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  5. you are a fabulous Mama, mommy and mom!

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  6. Awe, yea I don't see myself liking that transition either! Heck, I can't even get Wyatt to say mama. Ha. But really he hasn't ever needed to, idk.

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  7. Yes, yes, yes. I love when Mac calls me mama. I'm not ready for us to move to "MOM" yet. I just want to keep him little forever!

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  8. I can totally relate!! I LOVE when Scarlett calls me Mama and it makes me sad when I get Mommy or Mom

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    1. I do love how they get to decide though...makes it all so much sweeter!

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  9. Oh my gosh, so true! Abbie...well, she skipped most of this and calls me Ma. Just Ma. I wish she would string it together!

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  10. I very rarely get 'mommy' and I'm ok with that. I wondered if other's had a preference or what was more common. I think anyway is absolutely precious, just to hear that little voice say it, always made me feel like, 'ohmygosh, that's me, a mom/momma/mommy!!' Such a heartwarming thing to hear. But momma/mama is usually my favorite. ;)
    P.S. Great pics!!

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    1. Thanks! Before you know it, your own little babe will be here!

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  12. This just makes me want to bawl my eyes out. I was looking back at pictures the other day, and can't believe how fast the baby days flew by. It hurts my heart to see how tiny Caleb was versus how big he is now. They are truly little for such a short period of time - we have to soak it up, Mama! Caleb still says Mama for now, but the days of Mommy and then Mom are coming sooner than I'd like, I'm sure.

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  13. We too, have moved from the Mama stage. I don't get it too much anymore. It's Mommy more often than not, and like you, every once in awhile I get Mom and I really don't like it!!

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