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Don't call me Baby!

March 24th, 2014

I'm so sad. The day has come when Olivia asked me to stop calling her Baby, Little, or refer to the word born.

Six and a half years old and now my big girl.

She likes to jump into the bed with me if I'm still in it when she enters my bedroom in the morning. She got all excited and cuddled up with me today.

I love it, love it, love it, and I shower her with pet names and hugs. "Who's my little girl? Who's my sweet baby?" I whispered to her. "I remember when you were born you were thiiis tiny! And now look at big you are!"

To my surprised, she actually said, "Um. Can you not call me anything that uses the words Baby, Little, or born?"

"What?" I gasped, not believing the day is here. "I can't call you my little love bug?"

"No," she said.

"My sweet sweetie?" I continued sadly.

"Grr," she growled. She is in a phase of making animals noises. She howls and hisses sometimes, too.

"Just my big girl?" I confirmed.

"Yes!" she agreed.

So I'll go with this for now and I hope it's a phase she forgets about in a week. Because, I've warned her, she will always be my little baby.

5 Responses to “Don't call me Baby!”

  1. makaha wahine:

    Ha ha! She thinks you will stop calling her baby? I think not. My baby is 28 and she still answers when we call her that. I bet she will still answer when you call her that too. Tell her that when she becomes a mom you might stop because then you will be calling your grandchild "baby"!


    Dear Diane,

    I also am a father.
    We are blessed with a beautiful and special 8 year old, we chose Rell for her name. All I can share with you is that I have been gifted with the ability of seeing her grow up so fast but through a perspective of gratitude and pure appreciation of the gift itself: being there at that moment in time. Mahalo for sharing your moment with us.

  3. rayboyjr:

    Hey Diane ... haha, don't fret ... likely just a phase ...

    ... but she'll definitely think twice about it .... when you address her as Miss ... or Olivia ... or *gasp* Miss Olivia ...

  4. Ken Conklin:

    Call her by the name "Olive." Show her a picture of the most famous "Olive":

  5. Diane Ako:

    LOL- hey all- I've been green lighted to call her Sweetie. Progress.

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