he calls me mommy

Rhett(4) complains that sometimes I don’t answer him when he calls for me.

4 year old boy calls me mommyIt isn’t that I intentionally tune him out, but looking back I admit to occasionally avoiding yet another question, request or debate.

Today we were sitting quietly together and Rhett looked and me and said, Mommy, did you hear what word I said?

I hadn’t heard what he said, but had seen him mouth a word in a whisper.   I replied that he had said MOMMY.

Mommy, how did you know?

I just know.

No, HOW did you know?

I just know.

He thought for a minute and tried again.   His little lips only moved a tiny bit, and just a breath of sound escaped him.

Mommy, what did I say THAT time?



I just knew.

But I said it so quietly you couldn’t hear it.

I just knew.

He sat back with a puzzled expression on his face and with determination he decided he would try it one more time.   This time his lips didn’t move at all and he was completely silent.   The only clue that I had that he had “said” another word was his heading nodding up then down for emphasis.

Mommy, what did I say then?


He looked at me stunned.   He believed I had just read his mind.

Mommy, how do you do that?

I laughed and said, You start ALL your sentences with the word MOMMY so it was a lucky guess.

He starts all his sentences with mommy.

I hadn’t realized that until I said it.   I hear the word mommy come out of his mouth more often than anything else.

Rhett (of course) disagreed,   Mommy, I DO NOT!

See you just did!

Mommy, I don’t do…

You did it again!


Yep!   Again!

By this time we were laughing so hard that he couldn’t even form the beginnings of an “M”.   He recovered a bit and tried to speak,   Mommy, I ….and then started uncontrollably giggling over the truth.

He starts all his sentences with mommy.

I can’t even put into words what that revelation does to my heart.

He starts all his sentences with mommy…


  1. I LOVE that! My 3-year old does the SAME thing… and I never really stopped and thought about it. She starts every sentence with Mommy. (Looooove.) I just got all Hallmark Card on my blog, too. Must be something in the air…

  2. How sweet is that? So very.

    Sometimes I just don’t want them to grow anymore and a moment like this would be one of those times…

  3. Oh Holly. This is not even about my 4 year old and it makes my heart so happy.

    They do start all of their sentences with Mommy. Thank you!

  4. MIndy Howard says:

    Now I’m gonna have to re-do my mascara. dang it.

  5. tears to my eyes! How I miss being called “Mommy”…. enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂

  6. My 2 year old ends all his sentences with MAMA (but he draaaaaaaws it out) and sometimes it drives me a bit crazy, but I know I will miss it someday.

  7. Thanks for reminding me that we are blessed to hear it, whether it’s via mental telepathy or actual sounds.

    That mind reading trick is seriously going to come in handy during the teenage years.

  8. That is beautiful. And just made me appreciate all the “Mommy” comments I hear a little bit more.

  9. I can relate! When my kids wonder “how do you know” I always tell them “mommy knows things”. Now they answer their own wonderment with “Oh yeah. Mommy knows things.”

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Awww….how beautiful. A wonderful relevation!!!

  11. Sweet Rhett. Sounds just like my baby (4) M. Thankfully her world still revolves around mommy.

  12. So sweet. My kids start all there sentences with Mommy too. But its like this — Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom?

    Until I answer them. Until I acknowledge they have said my name they won’t continue with what they have to say. It drives me crazy.

  13. Yep, my 4 year old boy does that, too. Except sometimes (okay MOST of the time!) he can’t finish the sentence without starting it over 3 or 4 times and EACH TIME he must say Mommy. Seriously! Sometimes, he will start with “Mommy?” I say “yes?”…he says, “Mommy, can I…Um, Mommmy?” I say, “Yeeessss?” “Mommy? Can I”…and it keeps going from there. After the 3rd or 4th “Mommy?” without actually SAYING ANYTHING I begin to get a little frustrated. My yeses become very long and drawn out.

    Is it all 4 year olds? Or just boys…

  14. oooooooof! My heart. this is so sweet

  15. Awww- that totally made me teary!!! Love that. Super duper love it!

  16. Wow. It isn’t too often that I read something that truly makes my eyes well up.

    We want a third child down the road and I keep saying I want it to be a girl (because I am greatly outnumbered right now, if you catch my drift) but there is seriously something to be said for the way little boys can pull at their mama’s heartstrings.

    Excuse me, I need to go give my boys a hug now…

  17. You KNOW I had to read this asap after our conversation:
    This post has given me a massive urge to hug up my babies and keep them there for as long as humanly possible….
    great post Holls….

  18. Melts my heart. You know what is so sweet about it…….that you recognized it!! Love!

  19. My son speaks very little English at the moment – currently is babynese

    but I cannot wait for him to come to me with his burning questions about the world and of course… start every sentence with mommy!

    right now I get a MAMA only in a fit of joy, which fortunately happens every often as I have a happy boy, but I do wish he would just say it more often.

  20. What a sweet post. You get a treasured gift every single day. Sweet Boy. You need to get it on video so you will have it when he grows up…

  21. Your post made me smile!

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  23. nothing like a good cry first thing in the morning! what an awesome post and what a sweet little boy <3

  24. Thanks so much for sharing this. That is beautiful perspective. I find myself sometimes getting annoyed by my 5 year old seemingly starting ever sentence with Mommy. Sometimes, I don’t even want to hear the word! Thanks for the smile and the reminder. It’s all good.

  25. Awe! That is the sweetest thing. Now I am going to have to pay closer attention to how my kids start all their sentences.

  26. That’s so funny I was cracking up reading this the whole time. I went to this post because of course my 3 year old daughter says mommy ALL day sometimes 10 times in row and drives me nuts it got to point where I been teaching her to count to 5 inbetweeen each time she says mommy in row to give it a break lol and give me a chance to answer or take in my answer sometimes she acts like I didn’t even say yes when she says mommy and says it again haha.

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