Over the weekend, Abbie did something I wasn’t sure she’d do for a while, and it took me completely by surprise.

She said “Mommy.”

Not Ma. Not Mama. Not Mom or “MomDad DadMom” as she often refers to Chris and I. She said Mommy.

Kids say Mommy. Not babies, not toddlers. Kids.

Abbie July 2015 
This is where I’m supposed to be all nostalgic, right? The whole “my baby is growing up too fast” and “slow down time” thing right? The truth? I’m not sad at all. I’m so excited. I LOVE that she’s now calling me Mommy. I LOVE that she’s becoming a big kid. I can’t get enough of it, and judging by how much she’s said it over the past few days, she can’t either.

I love that we’re getting closer and closer to Abbie being a big kid, especially given that she’s taken longer than I expected for her to really start talking to us. I cannot get enough of big kid Abbie – she’s who I’ve been waiting for. Sure, it’s amazing to have an infant and fun to have a toddler, but I’m ready for the bigger stuff.

I’m ready our mother-daughter relationship to really grow. I want to know what her favorite color is (I’m pretty sure it’s pink). I want to hear her tell me a joke and giggle hysterically. I’m ready for her to tell me what she does at daycare all day. I’m ready for her to tell me what snacks she wants at the store, if she wants to do brownies or dance or soccer. I’m ready for the incessant “why” phase I know is headed my way. I’m ready to play Legos or Barbies and for late night conversations about anything and everything.

I’m ready for your big kid phase little bug, whenever you are. Here’s to “Mommy” and all the big things to come with it.

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  1. 🙂 It’s so much fun watching them grow!! I go by “mama” around here, but when we have babysitters over they refer to me as “mommy,” and then she’ll call me that for a day or two. It totally throws me off! Lol I think I need to send Julia over your way—she chats about everything under the sun (yesterday she told me we needed to go to the store for peanut butter crackers, chips, and milk, all of which was totally true), and sometimes doesn’t stop talking. So many people pull the “just wait” phrase with negativity following it, but I just can’t wait for her to keep on growing and expanding her horizons!

    1. I so agree – I think it’s so fun to see their personalities coming out and hearing their thoughts on things!

      And yes, totally come visit 😉

  2. Kids are just the best 🙂 So cute! I love every time I hear my 15 month old say “mama” although the other day she walked out of the room and said “bye bye mama see ya” and I almost cried!

    1. I know! Abbie’s now always reaching for my hand saying “walk with mommy” and it’s the SWEETEST thing. Sometimes she’s so cute I can’t stand it!

  3. I sometimes get sad when I think of my kids growing up, but for the most part, I have the same attitude as you. I love parts of each stage, but always love moving on to the next! My kids are 5 and 9 and sometimes with them, I wish I could change my name from Mommy to something else (and not tell them) LOL! Gotta love it!

    1. Hahaha I’m sure I’ll feel the same one day! I’m sure there were days I massively annoyed my mom!

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