I picked Mateo up from daycare today, and he was outside with his old caretaker, Miss J. She was holding him and being silly, making him laugh in glee.
I walked to the gate surrounding the playground to watch him. As soon as he saw me, his eyes got huge and he said, "MOMMA!" Miss J was turned the other way, and she said "what?" while turning around.
I tell you, the 'mommas' were so few and far between while the 'daddas' were all over the place, it was making me feel very sad and neglected. Today was the first time he said it that spontaneously and out of the blue, and it means more to me because he didn't expect to see me.
I'm finally a momma after 17 long months.