I goggled the definition of “Mummy” and this came out from Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1. a: a body embalmed or treated for burial with preservatives in the manner of the ancient Egyptians.
b: a body unusually well preserved
Eekkss…. Not quite what I am looking for! Maybe I should stop using “Mummy” as a term for “Mother”.
“Mother” is more right.
From the Free Dictionary.com: A Noun (A Female Parent). An origin (eg. mother of invention). An adjective (Mother love). A Verb (Mothered; mothering).
Not going through an English lesson here. I did badly in that in school.
Mummy or Mum or Ma Ma or Mom is such an endearing term when you are a first-time Mom. Actually even if you are a multi-time Mom, it is always so heart-warming when your baby first utter that sweet word.
I can just melt like an ice-cream when Xi En first called me Mom.
Eizac: He’s really the baby in the house. His first word came a little later than his brother. And no, for the records, it is not Mummy, not Daddy.
You guessed rightly? It is “Kor Kor” (it means “older brother” in our dialect). The bigger brother didn’t think of it as any big deal but “Kor Kor” must be some kind of hero in the little brother’s eyes that he “recognised” him first.
Not in any kind of race game here; but again for records; the next word Eizac uttered when he was around 15th month is “MOMMY”! Yeah! “MUM—–MMMYYYY”! It started with a shy note of “Ma” and then “Mum-mi” and then now….. it is a full blown, loud with gusto “MOMMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYY”!
And suddenly, coming to 18th month soon, Eizac thinks that endearing term is a punctuation, a conjunction, a verb, an adj; it is anything.
The moment he wakes up: 1st word: Mommy
When he wants milk: Mommy (besides “meh meh” – it means “milk milk”)
When he has a nightmare: Mommy!!!
When he fell down: MOOOOOOMMMMyyy (with tears and mucus)
When he couldn’t find the right puzzle piece: Mommy!
When he saw the plate of fruits on the table (and wanna eat): Mommmmmmmy!
And even when I am not at home or somewhere else in the house; he addresses everyone as “Mommy”. From the helper to his grandmother to his Daddy (Except “Kor Kor” because Xi En is in one special category in his mind I think).
It isn’t that he doesn’t know how to call “Po Po”, “Auntie” or “Daddy”. He knows and says them well too.
It is just that “MOMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYY” seemed to be a plural form for anything and everything. It is a punctuation, a coma and a full-stop.
It is cute somehow sometimes (till he gets clingy). I am not complaining (much).
I am enjoying that stage of “Mommy-in-the-first-place-in-my-heart” stage till it fades off.