Ethan Called Me Mummy!

New Years Eve 2013 Ethan gave us a new word Hello! We couldn’t believe it and we watched and waited and thankfully it stuck around.

Ethan’s words are a funny thing. One day he can come out with a new word/vocalization, we heard rainbow the other day, and you will never hear it again. That’s what happens with autism and communication, and you learn to live with it.

If a word sticks that’s fantastic, if the word sticks and it is used in the right context you have won the lottery.

I’m very nervous to blog about this as most things I blog about we lose never to be seen again.

The days after New Year Ethan started saying Mummy or Mammy is the way he says it. It has been once a day since then and said in the right context when I left the room. We did have a mum a few months ago but that was for McDonald’s! So I tried not to get excited.

With our trips on the scooter came lots of Mummy’s. Mostly Bye Mammy as Ethan and Darren scooted past.

I’m keeping everything crossed at this point that this word decides to stick, it’s the word I have longed for. Yesterday Ethan did something that caught me totally off guard.

We have canvas prints on the wall in our front room of our wedding day. We have used them before and Ethan has pointed out Nanny, Grandad and Daddy on them.

Yesterday morning of his own accord Ethan pointed out all four of his grandparents and vocally said his word for Nanny or Grandad. He then went on to point and me and Darren in every picture saying Mummy and Daddy. That was it, it brought tears to my eyes.

He really is calling me Mammy and in context, please don’t let us lose this one. Ethan can finally say my name!

43 thoughts on “Ethan Called Me Mummy!”

  1. I can feel your joy on this, what a truly magic moment. It is so special to hear, though now like me you will turn your head in a crowded space to anyone who calls “Mummy” Popping by from Magic Moments

  2. Oh I’m so happy for you! I remember back to the days when I thought Sasha wouldn’t say very much, and it is so soul-destroying. He has found other ways of communicating I’m sure, but the words are still so precious. I hope this stays for you too, but I think in my heart it will xx

  3. Oh Jane this is just so lovely and wonderful and I can totally understand how you feel. it was amazing when Monkey said it with his delayed speech but after waiting so long, for Ethan to be saying it… I can well understand why it brought tears to your eyes! I really hope it sticks lovely! Thanks so much for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

  4. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    What a good news! I remember that Hello post where he would say it to people. And now this. Congratulations and well done to Ethan. This is a real #magicmoments

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Thank you, yes Hello has stayed. You never know he might give us a new word at the start of every year x

  5. Aww that is lovely. My daughter is a very late talker and, despite saying daddy for ages, mummy never came. The first time she said it properly, I too had a tear in my eye,
    Loads of people have said to me ‘just you wait until she starts, you’ll wish she never had’ and I just look at them with pity and think thank goodness you’ve never been through what I have.
    In a way, having different children, makes you more thankful as a parent and I am all for that. #MaternityMondays

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      Totally agree but I do hate the waiting for things. Well if I had a crystal ball and knew things were coming the wait wouldn’t be so bad ;0)

  6. Loving life with little ones

    It really is lovely when they say those words isn’t it ‘mummy’ just melts my heart. Well done Ethan #maternitymondays

  7. Oh what a wonderful, wonderful moment for you. That just made me all teary. I’m so glad that Ethan has started saying Mummy and am keeping everything crossed that this one sticks x

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