Lucy calls me “Mommy” because she fears growing up and away from me. It is her desire to never lose me that she clings to her childhood.
Max calls me “Mama” because he doesn’t want to be like his sister. He’s a tough guy – a guy who doesn’t want anybody to know that in his quiet moments he needs his mommy like everybody else.
Harper calls me “Mom” because she desperately wants to be a big kid and free of all things that classify her as being a baby – except actually using the toilet.