"What's in a name?"
Thursday, August 9, 2007

What's in a name?
That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.

-William Shakespeare




Dylan, my three year old, has always called me "Mommy", but is now occasionally calling me "Mom." Not all the time, but at least a few times daily.

"Thanks Mom!"
"Here ya go Mom."

"Love ya Mom."

"No, Mom!"
"MOM! Lauryn won't leave me alone! Get her Mom! Make her take a nap Mom!"

To those of you who have not made this transition from being a "Mommy" to "Mom", you might be wondering what the big deal is. I assure you, it is quite an adjustment. (Or maybe not, and I'm just strange.)

He's always called me Mommy, and the loss of that one little syllable is a bit shocking. Somehow when he calls me "Mom" it makes him seem much more grown up.

I suppose in the end, no matter how much older it makes him seem, he's still just a three year old who needs his Mommy. (Proven yesterday by the crazy situation he found himself in. Click here for story.)

There are clues that he may be phasing out "Daddy" as well. Last night as Jonathan was helping him out of the van, he said, "Thanks Dad!"

I hope Lauryn doesn't pick up on this trend. I need her to call us Mommy and Daddy a bit longer. Ryan is five and still happily calls us Mommy and Daddy, so hopefully she'll follow his lead!










2 Comments:
Blogger Paige had this to say:

I feel your pain. My daughter called me Mommy until she was in the ninth grade and her friends overheard her call me Mommy on a cell phone call and made fun of her. She is trying to change but still occasionally slips up. My youngest, however, decided that "Mommy" was for babies when he was 5 and pointed it out to his siblings each time they called me "Mommy". So Mom it is. :(

August 12, 2007 at 9:50 AM 


Anonymous steph had this to say:

OK, I read J's post and I'm cracking up! I can't believe I only have 2 years before my child starts hanging from garage doors. My nephew did that as well...it must be in their genes. :-)

August 14, 2007 at 3:42 PM 


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