6 Embarrassing Mummy-isms (and you swore parenthood wouldn’t change you…)


Something has happened since I had the boys. Whether it’s the sleep deprivation or simply becoming a mum, there are some strange things going on with my language, and I wonder if anyone else suffers from the same…?!

You add extra syllables to words.

I don’t know why. You just do. It’s not a monkey, it’s a monkey-monk. It’s not a duck, it’s a duck duck. Milk becomes milkie. You get the idea.

You come up with overly cutesy nicknames for your baby that you wouldn’t dare use in public.

But how can you help it if your baby just IS the snuffliest snuggliest tickly wickly sweetie pops in the whole entire world?

You talk about yourself in the third person. 

“Mummy is just washing her hands”, “Mummy is just going to clean the sick off of your ear”, “Mummy’s just asking Dr Google if your poo really should be that colour”…You’ll be sick of the sound of your own voice, you really will.

In the name of entertainment, you will look like a fool.

Trying to catch a cry before it starts may mean marching up and down alongside your baby singing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ complete with over enunciation and overenthusiastic arm movements.

Nursery rhymes are your new ear worm.

Forget the Top 40, you can’t get these things out of your head. You will find yourself humming them, muttering them… or worse, rapping them and rewriting the words in a more adult way. Incy Wincy Spider becomes ‘Monster B*stard Spider’, for example. Just don’t share those lyrics with the rest of your baby group…

You tell lies for reasons you could never have invented.

“Oh” someone says, “Is that cradle cap?” “Yes it is, I’ve literally tried everything” you reply, as you surreptitiously brush the rest of your morning croissant flakes from your baby’s head.

So, am I alone in my madness or do you have some ’embarrassing mummy-isms’ of your own?!


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    September 7, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Funny stuff! Entertaining piece of writing!!

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    Lukeosaurus And Me
    September 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    There has never been a more spot on post! This is perfect, definitely giving this a share! Ray xx #TwinklyTuesday

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      September 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you, and thank you so much for sharing! 😀 x

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    September 8, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my God the first three ALL THE TIME. I have no idea why I just randomly started calling myself “Mummy” in the third person when I popped out a baby, but it just happened. And apparently babies find personal pronouns difficult, so there you are, it must an innate mechanism that makes us speak in the third person so that they understand us!

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      September 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Awesome – so we’re just tapping into our babies’ fundamental needs without even realising, score! Not crazy at all. 😀

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    September 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Lol so true, all of it! Why do we refer to ourselves in the third person?!! xx #twinklytuesday

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    My Petit Canard (@MyPetitCanard)
    September 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Ha! Love this, and I have to say I recognise a few things I may, or may not have done (ahem) over the last two years! #TwinklyTuesday

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    Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    September 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    You are most definitely not alone 🙂 #twinklytuesday

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    September 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    haha you are not alone! Zach did have cradle cap but he also had toast crumbs and cake crumbs! Also, I used to do the grand old duke of york over ad over again because it made him hysterical…especially if I was holding him at the same time! Finally, I have referred to myself as mummy for so long now that when someone says my actual name, I tend not to respond straight away! Thanks so much for linking up with #twinklyTuesday

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      September 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you for hosting! I fully expect to be known as ‘The Twins’ Mum’ in future. Looking forward to them calling me Mummy though 🙂

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    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    September 11, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Brilliant post – love it and am definitely guilty of all of these, especially referring to myself in the third person. I’m so used to keeping up with a running commentary that I find myself doing it sometimes when out shopping on my own – so embarrassing! 🙂

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      September 11, 2015 at 3:13 am

      Haha! First sign of madness… What are these children doing to us?! ? Thank you for reading!

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    Lizzie Woodman
    September 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Yes, I’ve definitely been there. When mine were babies, I also used to find myself involuntarily rocking gently, then realising with horror that I wasn’t actually holding a sleeping baby. I did that in public a few times. I’ve also accidentally used my ‘baby voice’ on grown-ups a few times…

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      September 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Yes I’ve done the rocking thing too! Definitely scope for volume 2 of the list at a later date, haha.

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    Squirmy Popple
    October 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Yes! My daughter doesn’t take a dummy – she gets a dum-dum. Which sounds dumb, but I say it anyway.

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      October 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Hehe… think I’m guilty of saying that too! More for the list…!

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