Sunday, October 28, 2007

Things are not always as they seem

Porgie began saying "mama" a long time ago. Although she rarely used this word, it was consistent in her growing vocabulary of words. The only time she really used "mama" was when she was crying and distressed. I found this to be sweet and endearing. My baby wanted her mommy to make everything better.

Over the past several months, Porgie's receptive language skills have blossomed. If I name an object in our house, Porgie can identify that object by pointing. While feeding Porgie lunch one day, I asked her to point to the light, which she did. Next, I asked her to point to the stove, which she did. Finally, I asked her to point to Mama, and she pointed to herself. I corrected her, and pointed her little finger in my direction. I asked her again, and again she pointed to herself.

When John got home from work, I asked Porgie to point to Dada. Instantly her little finger touched John's arm. Then, I asked her to point to Mama. Instantly her little finger touched her own chest.

For the past 9 months, I thought Porgie was calling me Mama. However, it turns out that she was merely referring to herself.

8 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh sweet hugs tp you. I am sure Porgies was saying something in your favor-it is tough being a mama. Well I am pointing at you now and saying MAMA, WE LOVE YOU

Suz said...

That's funny! Mine (at 21 months) still aren't really sure that I'm "mama." But it's always been the sound that they make when distressed: "mamamamamama." Since I always come running, I have a theory that that's how the word evolved.

Eva said...

Baby Nora says "mama" when she's sad, too, and I'm pretty sure she doesn't know that's supposed to be me. Nobody calls me mama but, well, me, though I call my husband Daddy all the time, so she knows all about that. I'm sorry you guys have had a miscommunication, but you know she loves you! It's like you are such a HUGE part of her life that you're too large a concept to have a mere name.

Misguided Mommy said...

that is so cute. my friends daughter used to call her self the baby. then when she got a little older she saw lots of baby pics of herself naked, so whenever someone said the word baby she would get naked...it was hilarious

Cristina Mathers said...

so sweet! my daughter didn't say mommy till long after she learned many other words. i was sad, i wanted her to know my name. fast forward and now that she can say mommy 100 times in row in less than 1 min, i am questioning my desire to have her learn my name. just kidding, it's wonderful.

It's not about the badge! said...

What is funny about this is that in our house E knows mama and dada and kitty and about a dozen or more things. What we can't get her to learn is her own name. She responds to her name, but if you ask "where is E?" she has no clue and usually points at the refridge!!

I don't get it. Someday our kids will pick it up, but until then Porgie will be mama, and E is a refridgerator!!

Em said...

Thats funny! She'll be calling you something soon.... at least its not babar like i am getting called

Anth said...

Here's what might have happened - I always pointed to my chest and said Mama, and Baby E quickly started saying Mama. But then she would point to her chest and say Mama. It's like she thought Mama was the word for chest. Finally I had to get Dh to just point at me and say Mama. Then Baby E figured out that it was actually just me.