Many years ago, I remember hearing a story about a little boy walking up to his mom, pointing to her chest and saying, “boob mama” and the mom immediately offering her breast for nursing. At the time I said to my friends, “No way! If I ever have a kid there’s no way he’s gonna be nursing long enough to ask for it….that’s just weird.” Well, I’m sure a lot of things about motherhood seemed weird to that college kid, but now they’re just my normal. Now I would congratulate that little boy for correctly identifying a body part and accurately asking for what he wanted. I would also applaud that mom for sticking with it! I just read a statistic that although most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding for a year if possible, something like only 26% of women actually make it that far. So unless this kid was an early talker, he was probably more than a year old….kudos mama!!
Our little girl isn’t an early talker, but she’s a big talker! We are currently celebrating the discovery of new words every day. Wait, no, it’s more like every minute. Once they start to talk, the words just flow like water. It’s pretty spectacular! We taught Parker basic baby sign language so she’s been able to communicate with us on some level her whole life, but now that she can “use her words” it’s a whole new world. It’s thrilling to watch her realization as she learns to form a word on her lips. She just gets so pleased with herself and then uses whatever she’s just learned as much as possible! Of course the down side to all of this discovery is that EVERYTHING you say will be repeated.
Parker and I are also part of that small percentage that still breastfeed. It’s now just around sleep times and she uses the sign for milk furiously as she says “milk”. If you’ve ever seen a child opening and closing their hand like they’re milking a cow, that’s the sign. (Parker once used it in church when we were in front of the entire congregation for my parents’ Anniversary blessing…her request went unanswered.) So, during one of our nap sessions, my husband asked Parker a question from the other room. I carelessly replied, “She can’t talk right now, she’s got a mouth full of boob.” Parker immediately pulled away and said, “boob”. Guess I’m the mom in the story now.