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My wonderful little girl started saying Dadda 2 an a half weeks ago. I was so thrilled to hear her calling her daddy’s name. She was 7.5 months when she said her first word and I couldn’t have been more proud of my girl, she’s my first child, so I wasn’t really knowing when to expect to hear her talk, so it was so exciting. As the days went on and she continued to call for her dad, I couldn’t help but feel a little left out. I felt ashamed for feeling that way as well, it was very confusing for me. I ramped up the amount I was saying mum and mumma to her in the hope that it would be her next word, i didn’t want her calling for anyone else before she said my name. It sounds terrible when I say it like that.

One week later I was rewarded. Mumma, mum, mmmmum, mumma. Once she started she didn’t stop. It was better than winning lotto, it was on par with finding out I was pregnant. It was the most wonderful sound and absolute blissful feeling to hear her call for me. After all those nights, after all the joy, tears, smiles and her pinching me as she feeds, it was such a magical feeling to know that I’m her mum, and she will now always call me mum.


Posted by melissamckanna, 11th April 2013


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  • It’s a very special feeling when they call your name.

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  • Both my kids first word was Nan Nan Nan. I think they just go with what’s easiest fir them at the time. Don’t be too upset. My son went through a phase of calling his dad by his first name, for no apparent reason, he was only 2-3 yo. Hubby tried his darnedest to get him to call me by my first name, no such luck, it was always mum! Kids are funny

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  • My DS said dadda first, whilst I was sad he said that before mumma it was something special for dad. I then turned it around saying he is calling for you, you better do the nappy!! He then started saying mumma and it just melted my heart.
    He constantly says dadda when he is at work or with me and then when he is with dad it is mumma mumma. Cheeky little thing he is.

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  • I think all of your feeling were very normal… I was the same.

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  • great to read it

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  • Those two little words: mum/dad-are so special and you do feel wonderful the first time you hear them. Da da is so easy for kids to say and often the first sounds they make. Ma ma is always harder! They love us equally! :)

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  • nice story

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  • nothing more magical or amazing than there first words, they are music to a parents ears

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