The First Time

by Lara on April 4, 2014

When Gray was about ten weeks old and nursing every hour, I called my mom crying that he wouldn’t even go to my husband long enough for me to shower and dry my hair.

“Just wait,” she said.  ”Just wait until the first time he cries and wants his daddy.  It will knock the wind out of you.”

And today, five days short of 20 months old, Graham rounded the corner faster than his little toddler legs could carry him, and his sock-covered feet slid on the hardwood floors.  I heard the BONK.  His top teeth went through his little bottom lip. There was blood.  And amidst the hysterical sobs and scared whimpers, I cradled him in my arms and suddenly heard him cry, “Dada.”

Sob.

Poor kid is blabbering whatever words he can think of to tell me he’s hurt.

“DADA!”

Sob sob.

“DADADADADA!!!”

And luckily Matt is working from home today and heard the commotion and came right in to scoop up his big boy.

And luckily G is fine and they are now outside doing yard work while I sit here catching my breath, from the wind being knocked right out of me.

And yet again I have further confirmation that my mother is always, always right.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex April 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Yup Yup!

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Lindsey April 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

GREAT post!

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Andrea@WellnessNotes April 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

So true… Parents were pretty much always right…

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Aline April 8, 2014 at 6:22 am

Wait until he starts figuring out that asking for one parent but not the other is powerful! Between 2 and 3 they figure that out and then USE IT AGAINST YOU.

However, my personal experience is that if a kid is a mommy’s child, they’ll always be to some degree. My daughter is a mommy’s girl (even though EVERYBODY told us that the first daughter would always be a daddy’s girl) and while she definitely has times when she only wants daddy, I am still the one who she prefers most of the time.
I have friends who have daddy’s boys and girls and they told me that they were like that from very early on – no matter if they were nursed or not.
I am having a boy in August so we’ll see how this one turns out! I think it would really hurt to have a kid who rejects me all the time. It still makes me happy that my daughter asks for me 99% of the time when she is not feeling well.

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Lara April 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

How interesting!

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Kellie April 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Moms are always right. Yep. Yep. Yep. ( but remember that will really work for you when G is grown up and your giving him advice :) )

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Laura April 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

Aw, that is so sweet. :)

My little guy is only 7 months, so just babbling. But I still can’t help feeling a little gypped and saddened when he does his “upset” babbles and says “dada” and not mama, even if he doesn’t know what he’s saying. :)

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