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#1 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:48 AM

My DD, who is 20 months old, has started pointing to pictures of cows and saying "Mummy". She can say cow, she knows cows go 'mooo' and until recently she would always point at cows and say "moo cow moo".

Do you think I'm right in assuming that she's been taught by someone that cows are "mummy" or would she make this lovely association on her own?


Cheers.

Edited by TwoHeadedGirl, 12 November 2012 - 07:49 AM.


#2 ~Jam~

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

When bf DS2 I would jokingly moo.  DS1 made the association all by himself, despite autism  tongue.gif

Could that be the case for you?

#3 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

QUOTE (~Jam~ @ 12/11/2012, 08:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When bf DS2 I would jokingly moo.  DS1 made the association all by himself, despite autism  tongue.gif

Could that be the case for you?


I'm not able to breastfeed, so wouldn't be anything like that!




Just wanted to add, this was not a one-off. She has pointed out cows on different occasions and said "mummy" ...

Edited by TwoHeadedGirl, 12 November 2012 - 08:54 AM.


#4 ~Jam~

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:55 AM

is she saying "mummy" to get your attention first, then pointing out the cows maybe?

#5 TotesFeral

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

DD did this once to a picture of an ape. Turns out DH thought it would be slightly amusing to teach her that. Tounge1.gif

#6 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:01 AM

QUOTE (~Jam~ @ 12/11/2012, 08:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is she saying "mummy" to get your attention first, then pointing out the cows maybe?


Doesn't really seem that way. So, today, for example we were reading a flip book of different animals, so she would say the animal as I flipped the page "dog... cat... fish... birdie... duck... mummy... frog... etc"

#7 SeaPrincess

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

What was your reaction the first time? My children would keep doing something if they got what they thought was a funny response.

I think you're over thinking it.

#8 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE (shmach @ 12/11/2012, 09:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What was your reaction the first time? My children would keep doing something if they got what they thought was a funny response.

I think you're over thinking it.



Yeah, you're probably right. It's just one of the little things in a bit list of what's upsetting me today.

Since the first time it happened, I've just been correcting her, but I probably got more upset today which I'm sure helps nothing. Just one of those days, though.

#9 TwoHeadedGirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

QUOTE (Poet in New York @ 12/11/2012, 09:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
laugh.gif Sorry, but it is pretty funny. Has she heard someone say mummy is a cow?


I guess that's what I'm wondering. I'd find it funny if it maybe came from DH, but since I know it didn't, it's just kinda upsetting me today.

#10 lonelygoatherd

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

My DD went through this, and it turned out that it was because I pointed out a cow and calf in a book as a Mummy and baby... DH was my first suspect too laughing2.gif Could it be something like this?

#11 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

My four year old has been referring to big animals as Mummy and anything small a baby for awhile now.


#12 Betty_D

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

My guess is she's confused the words "moo moo" with mummy.

I wouldn't take it to heart, OP, I'm sure no one is secretly referring to you as a cow!



#13 wallofdodo

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:11 AM

You should hear some of the things I have been called!

The best was whale shark 'Mummy when you yawn you look like a whale shark'.  Um yeah thanks, my mouth is not that big.

Try not to take it to heart, you may never know why. Maybe you have a black and white top that reminds her of a cow print? Maybe someone did say it. Maybe you did laugh at it once, who knows.

Try to move on, and remember SHE means nothing by it.

#14 SeaPrincess

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

QUOTE (Princess.cranky.pants @ 12/11/2012, 09:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My four year old has been referring to big animals as Mummy and anything small a baby for awhile now.

I can totally see that too - we have a book with a cow and calf in one of the pictures and the children always call them Mummy cow and baby cow.

#15 JillyJellyBean

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

DS associates all men (and male animals) as daddy. Perhaps its this?

#16 CherrySunday

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

I think my DD has watched too much Peppa Pig, as she now refers to me as Mummy Pig...

#17 wannabe30

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

QUOTE (lonelygoatherd @ 12/11/2012, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DD went through this, and it turned out that it was because I pointed out a cow and calf in a book as a Mummy and baby... DH was my first suspect too laughing2.gif Could it be something like this?

My DS did this for a while.

And then he switched to this:
QUOTE (Princess.cranky.pants @ 12/11/2012, 12:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My four year old has been referring to big animals as Mummy and anything small a baby for awhile now.


For a month or so, the largest animal on the page was "mummy".  eg. monkey talking to an elephant = "monkey! mummy!"




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