As you all should know by now, I am a mummy to two beautiful boys. Gning was born in September 2011, and Donut in June 2015. Both are my world – always have been, and always will be.
I always looked forward to the day that my first born could speak, and he would start calling me “mummy”, but that was never the case.
His first name for me was “mama”. It then moved on to “mumma”, and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t going to be long before he could say “mummy”.
Gning was about 18 months old when we were in a hotel, at Schiphol (in the Netherlands) when it first happened.
Hubby, Gning and I had one room; and across the hall, my mum and dad had a room. Gning kept pointing to the door, saying “nanna”; so I opened the door, and he toddled on through, and knocked on my parents door. They let him in, and about 15 minutes later, my mum was knocking on our door with the baby… I opened the door, and he practically jumped in to my arms.
“I don’t know what he’s trying to say. He keeps saying “me me” and knocking on the door, pointing,” mum said.
I looked at hubby – neither of us had a clue what he was trying to say; but Gning kept hugging me, and saying “me me”.
It was towards the end of that week away when we realised what he was saying.
Hubby asked Gning, “where’s “me me”?” Gning kept pointing to me…
Fast forward to when he was about three. He was still referring to me as “me me”, although we had now adapted the spelling. Well, it was actually Gning who confirmed the way we would spell it, as he had been learning how to write his name in nursery.
One day he came home from nursery with a card he had made for me. Inside, it read:
*(real name was written – not Gning)
I asked him what the “mmymmy” said, and he replied, “me me”.
I think it’s funny, that people still ask “who’s me me?” I am then able to relay the wonderful story that started in Holland.
It’s just stuck since then, and I love it. I’ve never met anyone else who is a mummy, called “mmymmy”. He knows that I am mum, and mummy, and he thinks he’s being cheeky now when he says “ok, mum”…
I have repetitively told him that it’s ok to call me mum or mummy, as I am all of those titles; and once he asked me if it’s ok for him to call me mum now. I replied that of course it was, but he’s never changed it.
More recently, Donut has started saying “me me” and pointing to me… It’s definitely stuck, and I just love it.
So, if you know us personally, and if you ever hear my boys say “me me”, they’re talking about their mummy. Their mum. Me(me).