Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mama


I remember reading some interview with Sarah Palin a while back, in which she was talking about her son, Trig. At the time, Trig was approaching his second birthday, I think. In the interview SP said Trig was not yet talking, and that she longed to hear him say "mama." I remember reading that and thinking, although I understand that longing, I found that I didn't feel that with Finn. The attachment between Finn and me is undeniably there, whether he says "mama" or not; there is no question that he knows I'm his mama and that I adore him, and that's good enough for me. So it really hasn't been a big deal to me that he hasn't said "mama."

Finn actually started babbling "mamamamama" when he was around seven months old. It was clear that he had the ability to make those sounds, but as far as I could tell, that's all it was - babbling. It wasn't a specific, purposeful attempt on his part to name me or address me. And after a while, he stopped babbling "mamamamamama" and moved on to other sounds.

A little while ago this morning, Finn was playing on the floor next to me as I folded laundry. Suddenly he stopped what he was doing, looked up at me, right into my eyes, and said "Mama." He had a big grin on his face, and then he started clapping for himself. It was a first: he was actually purposefully saying "mama" to me. And it was the sweetest sound in the world.

I guess it was a big deal to me after all.

14 comments:

diane rene said...

beautiful.

I guess it goes to show that sometimes we don't know what we want, until we get it ♥

B. McKenzie said...

YAY! I can't wait for Jack to say it. I know your heart must have leaped when he did! Way to go FINN!

alyny said...

Aww Lisa that makes me so happy for you. WTG Finn!!!

Lisa said...

So sweet...

Runningmama said...

oh, how sweet! I do know what you mean though when you say there was a bond there and you didn't think you needed to hear him say "Mama" because I have felt the same way with Emily.

Mel said...

What a precious boy he is :)

Brandie said...

Aaaaw. ((hugs))

Erin said...

That is so sweet, I can't wait for that day. What a perfect Mother's Day gift!

Monica Crumley said...

Lovely, heartfelt post. What a nice surprise! My big moment came when John Michael was 22 months old. I couldn't wait to hear the word, after hearing "dadadada" forever... and then one day it happened. I was gushing tears all day, every time he said it. 8 months later, it still melts my heart

Loren Stow said...

Yay!
It must feel just amazing, to hear those words!

Kristin said...

Aaaww...

Carla said...

I have no words except for awwww. What a beautiful sound.

Molly and Calvin said...

That is the most awesome Mother's Day present ever!

SunflowerMom said...

Yay! What a sweetie. I wish I remembered when Sean first called me mama, I know I still love hearing it now.