When we were in Russia I was delighted and surprised that Roman started looking at me and saying mama. It can take a very long time for newly adopted children to associate their new person with word Mama (or Dad) especially when it’s international and the child is just acquiring language. I should have known that it was a little too good to be true.
The first solid food that I introduced Roman to was a rice cracker that I was told was healthy and the kiddies adored. I didn’t even think about the possible ramifications of giving a newly adopted toddler a cookie called “Mum Mum”. Duh… You can probably imagine where this is going. I have been replaced with a cracker.
When I open the cupboard door, Roman comes a toddling over with a big smile, arms outstretched, eyes lit up with excitement. “Mum Mum!” he exclaims. “Yes, honey pie you can have a mum mum” At first I thought that perhaps the cracker and I could share the title but I have quickly been trumped by the impostor.
Why is this cracker called a “mum mum”? Who decided a parental title was an appropriate name for a baby snack? The manufacturers boast all the benefits of these teething crackers for parents but there’s one side effect that they need to add.