Being called “mommy” creeps me out
My little one has just started to call me “mommy”. He’s almost 3.
The thing is that in our household I have always been “emme”* and J has always been “issi”** – the kids call us that even when they speak English to us.
So being “mommy” all of a sudden is really really weird to me. Even Oskar starts laughing every time Oliver says that, “Why does Oliver call you “mommy”???” he asks through his chuckling.
“I guess because he likes the sound of that word.”
And indeed he does. He now follows me around the house chanting “mommy, mommy, mommy” in a sort of almost whiney and definitely more babyish voice than his normal voice. It totally creeps me out :)
He also mumbles it at night in his sleep, over and over and over again…. and to J’s horror, he’s even mumbled “daddy” once :)
It is amazing how much comfort he seems to find in saying that word… and how much he also loves me singing “Hush little baby, don’t say a word… Mommy’s gonna buy you a mocking bird…”
He says he simply likes to say it and that others at the nursery say mommy. Fair enough. I’ll have to get over my weirdness and maybe one day even get used to being called mommy.
(Even though “mommy” it sounds so “serious” to me… even though it sounds like the step before being called “mother” and THAT feels like a step before me being a really old :( )
If your kids are bilingual – in what language do they call you mommy???
* Mommy in Estonian
** Daddy in Estonian. The boys, by the way, never call J “daddy”, even though they speak English to him, it’s always “issi”.