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evening backyard shenanigans

Tonight a little voice from down the hall called out "Mama."


For months, she's been saying mama in the name everyone in our family and point to them sort of way. But tonight was the first time she said it without being prompted. Said it while by herself. Said it in the way I have explained so many times, "When you need help, you can just say Help or Mama and I will be right there." 

Her words are tumbling out these days. I know you said they would. She's understood so much for so long that it just didn't seem to make sense that the words weren't there. But of course they were. She is just saying things in her time. As she should.

But as the words kept coming, a little part of my heart kept wondering when she would say that one word in that way that means, "Hey, you who loves me. I need you."

Tonight she did.


Reader Comments (10)

Ah, I'm in tears here. So beautiful! Go Ellie! Go Mama!

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Dear Liz
My 'baby' (now 27 and this very morning driven off to start another university course miles away) didn't start talking until he was 2, when suddenly there was no stopping him. We had known there was nothing wrong, that he understood absolutely everything, but he was just being lazy! Now he's the best, the absolute best, and incredibly intelligent and articulate and charming and all the things you want your child to be.
You have such a wonderful adventure ahead! :-)

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

What a lovely moment for you; I love that you've shared it with us, Liz. Thank you!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

Oh, mama. I'm sure this was music to your ears. It's so wonderful to see her flourishing and growing in beautiful ways!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdarrah parker

:) big smiles!!!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralane

Wonderfully marvelous! Congratulations!! :)

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Isn't that the sweetest sound. Ever. Cooper has decided I'm no longer Mama and everyone has to call me Mommy. If anyone refers to me as Mama he melts down. It's precious (and a little heartbreaking) to see his growth, progression and change. Oh motherhood, how I love you and how you twist my heart.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Kalil

what a beautiful moment.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkeishua

I find this post incredibly powerful and moving. Thank you for sharing.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna/The Word Cellar

So beautiful. These are the most precious words in the World. I am so glad Ellie said them and you heard them, to be able to articulate our love is such a precious gift.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterL. McG.-E.

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