He reminds me every day. Every. Single. Day.
Next month, I will be the proud parent of an even prouder teenage son. While I am not sure of where the past 13 years have gone, I am sure that it really has been 13 years since I gave birth. Thirteen years ago I entered the world of being Mommy. And I have enjoyed it…immensely.
But now, says the boy, he cannot call me Mommy anymore. Once he hits the teen years. Teenagers don’t call their mom Mommy, he says. So every day he will say, “Mommy, I am getting this all out now, but your name is about to be shortened to Mom.”
Blank stare and side eye rolled both up in one.
His sisters think it’s silly. They say they will call me Mommy forever. He told them they won’t.
So this month, I am enjoying being called Mommy. Because I have been warned that it will soon end. By a teenage boy who’s favorite snack is Dino nuggets. I’m not sure if the Dino nugget fascination will stop at 13. And I dare not ask. Because there’s some things you just don’t ask a 13-year-old. It kind of puts them on the defensive you know?
I am looking forward to the teen years, I think. I appreciate seeing the kids grow into real people. Not just little people, but real people. And I do like the fact that he is becoming more independent, but still needs to spend time with me regularly,
Let’s have cheers for my transition status from Mommy to Mom. I’m choosing to think of it as a promotion of sorts.
Tell me….is there anything I should know about the teens years? Friends don’t let friends enter this realm alone.
3 thoughts on “One More Month of Mommy”
My now 18 year old was just happy to be 13 as long as it included lots of pink and purple. My son (whose 15) when he prepared to turn 13, he thought becoming a teenager would make him more mature, focused, and all of his silliness would suddenly go away. 2years later, and nothing much has changed. Now for my youngest who will be 13 in 3 months. I can actually see her coming up with something similar to your son. She is excited and wants a big…no huge celebration. She believes her birthday should be a holiday celebrated by everyone! Lol Congrats on your promotion to Mom!
Not feeling the name change. At all. My 8-year old has asked several times, at what point will he be able to call me mom? Never. That is if he wants me to answer.
Uh oh…he’s getting prepared 5 years early.