My Girl Likes to "Daddy" All the Time, "Daddy" All the Time, "Daddy" All the Ti-yah-ime

by doodaddy on July 31, 2007

After months of “Daddydaddydaddydaddy,” Boobaby’s finally started saying “Mama” a lot. Boo used to call for me whenever she wanted something, which I felt no end of guilt about. Now, at least, she’s gotten a lot more equitable, and Working Mom’s noticed.

“Is she doing that on her own, or did you work with her on saying ‘mama’?” asks Working Mom one day.

“Um, yeah, I think so,” I non-answer, hoping against hope that she won’t notice.

“You don’t mean you’ve been teaching her to say ‘mama’?”

Oh, good, a negative question! Let’s just double that negative: “No…”

“Wait. Which, now, have you been practicing ‘mama’ with her or not?”

She’s got me completely trapped now. “Well… which would be better?” I stammer.

“Well, it would be wonderful if she were saying ‘mama’ all on her own. But it would have been a very loving gesture for you to have been teaching her, too. So either one would make me feel very loved.” Great. She’s not going to tell me what to say. “So…. which is it?”

Two can play at that game. “Oh, she started saying ‘mama’ and I reinforced it, but she started it, so I guess you could say, well… um, both?”

“Ah,” says my wife, and smiles. “Coward.”

Well, she got the right answer in the end.


Please don’t tell me you didn’t get the reference in the post title! You’ll make me feel old. OK, fine, go see Eddie Murphy sing it.

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creative-type dad July 31, 2007 at 8:55 am

I got the reference- I think Eddie should do a remake to your lyrics

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emily July 31, 2007 at 10:26 am

How clever. Glad you didn’t get yourself into a corner on that one. We ladies get upset over the silliest things. I got mad at my hubby for making a rude reference once and stayed mad at him for a week! Eventaully he bought me some lingerie from an online site (pamperedpassions), which I saw on our computer and got even more mad at him until he surprised me by giving me a beautiful nightie…..we make mountains out of molehills! but would you love us any other way?

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JaniceNW July 31, 2007 at 4:04 pm

I got the reference but I’m even older than you…

Very clever answer. Saved your own ass.;)

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