Ma-ma po-poker face

I’d read that if you want your child to start saying mama and dada as some of their early words, you need to refer to yourself in the third person (lest they think your name is “I”). Yesterday afternoon, 80 began saying mama like a switch had been flipped. Personally, I think it’s because we were hanging out with Tanya Donnelly, and she inspires awesomeness.

I’ve also read that you child has to say a word three times in a reasonable context (not saying “mama” while pointing at the cat) for it to be a word. 80’s been saying ma-ma more than any other sound in the last 24 hours, and I’m encouraging her of course.

80: “Ma-ma! Ma-ma. Ma-MA.”

Me: “Yes! Yes! Yup, that’s me. That’s right.”

We’ll see if it sticks. Next up: dada. She’s been able to say the “ma” and “da” sounds for a while, so hopefully she picks it up soon.

I mention it in the video, but I swear she said “gesundheit”. Please don’t leave a comment saying it’s unlikely. I realize it’s unlikely, and I also want to mention again that I swear that’s what I heard.

I’m also now singing all the songs I can think of with ma-ma in them. Bohemian Rhapsody (“mama, just killed a man”), Poker Face (ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma ma-ma poker face). Any others I should add to my repertoire?

  1. The Beast babbles “mamamamama” and “dadadadadada” all the time. Having two other kids, we already refer to ourselves in the third person. Of course, these moments of “mamamama” and “dadadadada” are often interrupted by raspberries. His older (but not oldest) brother taught him that at four months. Ugh.

  2. mamma say mamma saw ma ma kusaw. naughty by nature white by choice does the sound of my voice make yer something something?

    cause i’m something something something like a what who?

    so down I go like i’m 2000 flushes I can tell I’m doing something right by the way that she brushes*

    hair care joke*

  3. Yeah, I guess I draw the line at Bloodhound Gang, but the actual mama line is a sample from Michael Jackson, so it still works. There have been a few songs I’ve been singing that I’ll have to stop real soon.

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