There’s no i in mummy or daddy

Why do you stop saying I and me when you have a baby? It’s a phenomenon we’ve all observed, and one that leaves me completely baffled. “Come and give daddy a cuddle” says my husband, “Daddy loves you”, “Should daddy clean that bum?”. Maybe we’re still getting used to being “mummy” and “daddy”, maybe we’re subconsciously trying to reiterate to the baby that we are his mum and dad (as if he didn’t know?) or maybe parenthood brings on some sort of existential crisis?

Answers on a postcard please.

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