He said “Ma Ma!”
There’s not much more thrilling than the sound of your infant son saying those 2 little words. He’s been babbling for months, and of course calling everyone and everything “da da,” but when he finally got that “mmmm” sound – it was enough to make me jump out of bed, literally!
I was enjoying a morning nap while Brayden napped in his crib at the foot of our bed (my Tuesday morning luxury). I could have slept for hours, I was that tired (more to come on that later). As most Mothers I know, I had one ear and one eye open, on alert for the first sounds of stirring that signaled nap time was over. There were some happy squeaks, a couple whimpers, and then the usual babbling. I waited a few moments to see if he would go back to sleep, but instead I hear with as much crispness as a beautiful fall day, those two most precious words… “ma ma.” In less than a split second, I was awake with a grin on my face from ear to ear. I lift my head up off my pillow, and there’s Brayden, on his tummy, looking at me from his crib with big, happy eyes. I smiled back, and he responded once again with “ma ma.”
It was a special moment that I will remember always. They weren’t his first words, but to me, they mean the world. I wasn’t there the first time my older son, Zackery, said “ma ma,” so to hear Brayden say them right to me… well, it just fills my heart up. Since then, every time he wakes up from a nap, he proudly says his newly learned word. Being his Mother, I am just as proud, and even if no one else ever hears those words, I know that he said “ma ma.”