My partner and I were sitting on the couch the other afternoon, silently wishing my daughter would stay asleep for more than an hour for her nap. While we didn't get that wish, we got something I wasn't altogether prepared to hear. As she woke up, she cried, "Mama!" and suddenly I felt a whole mix of emotions, from pride to anxiety. In fact, there were at least these eight things I felt when my baby cried out "mama" for the first time.
For years, I dreamt of being a mom as my partner and I struggled with infertility issues, so anytime my daughter uttered any words that remotely sounded like "mom" or "mama,"it was extra sweet. Still, having her cry out for me and wanting me to come in and scoop her up from her crib brought on a lot of emotions I, honestly, wasn't really ready to experience. It was simultaneously nice and terrifying, comforting and overwhelming, and I realized that one word had a lot of power over me. Luckily, my daughter hasn't realized how much of a hold she has over me when she says "mama," and only uses it sparingly.
For those of you with a baby still in the babbling phase, here's a glimpse into what it feels like when your baby cries "mama" for the first time. Bring on the feels, my friends.