As a parent you spend a lot of time and effort trying to persuade your children to do something for the first time only to realise, too late, that life was better before they learnt this skill.
At the moment most of my energy is spent trying to coax the word Mummy from my son’s lips.
This morning I have read 3 articles all commenting on the joyful moment when baby gurgles his first word. Every article I Googled suggested ‘mama’ would be a child’s first recognisable word, they were illustrated with pictures of babies pointing lovingly at some 20 year old model’s smiling face.
This is bullshit.
My son is a toddler. He can walk and climb and rifle through the kitchen bin hunting for ‘snacks’. He stomps round the house demanding ‘nanas’ or ‘bikkits’ and pointing at stuff he is not supposed to touch yelling ‘bin’ and ‘hot’ before grabbing hold of the bin or the oven.
He has never said mummy. Not once.
He can say mouse, mine and milk but mama, mum or mummy (any of these will do) seem to be a challenge too far for his tiny little brain.
I am beginning to suspect he is doing this on purpose to wind me up.
On the other hand my daughter says mummy all the frickin time. She wails it in the middle of the night because she has woken up and wants to tell me it’s dark at night, she shouts it from the toilet when she needs to show me a wonderful poo she has produced, she mumbles it in tears when she has rolled deodorant all over her face and tongue.
The problem is that once children have learned a new thing they like to repeat it over and over and over until the thing that once seemed so adorably cute and funny drives you to desperation.
So maybe I will stop trying to get my son to say mummy.
His first proper word was backpack, please let me know if your children had similarly random first words if not I’m thinking of changing my name to bin.
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