Word of the Week: Dada

Today the word that sums up the week that was is:


After the fantastic family wedding that drew us down to Cornwall, Leigh had to head home pretty promptly to keep up with his medical school commitments. Not having anything in particular to lure us back, Arthur and I stayed in Cadgwith with my parents.

From moments after Leigh drove away Arthur began to wonder where he was, and calls of ‘dada’ have punctuated the rest of our week. Whenever anyone came to the door Arthur’s eyes lit up, and the anticipation when anyone reached for the phone was almost too much to bear. It was dada who was on the other side of the door whenever Arthur heard the shower running, and dada who he cried out for in the middle of the night as I tried to hold him close.

There was a silver lining to all this: over the course of the week having only me as a familiar comforter Arthur has come to trust my parents more and more. From beach fun to sleepy stories it’s been lovely to watch them bond – and to watch Arthur realise that his safety net extends further than he perhaps initially thought.

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Still, though, I think Arthur is going to be overjoyed to realise his dada still exists – and not just on Skype. And without a doubt I’m going to be very glad to have my co-parent back by my side.


The Reading Residence

12 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Dada

  1. thereadingresidence

    Ah, bless him! Lovely that the time helped him to forge a bond with his grandparents, and you’ve some lovely photos there. And I bet you can’t wait to get dada back! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  2. Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    Its hard to watch your kiddies miss their daddy when they are away, I can only hope they miss us just as much when we are away too. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is so special, lovely to hear this is forging well

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      It is great to watch that bond develop, though Arthur was very glad to see his dada when we got home! I haven’t spent much time away from him yet, but I’m sure it’ll have to happen some day…

  3. thenthefunbegan

    I love seeing how close my children are to my mum in particular – she was there when both of them were born and she has looked after each of them individually one day a week from 8 months old so its almost like they have a third parent figure. Lovely that he loves his Dada so much though. I’m always so happy to see my boys loving & cuddling with their dad because I know he really missed out on all of those experiences with his daughter (broke up with her mother when she was 7 months and it wasn’t amicable!). #WotW

  4. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    I have said this in so many other blogs before. My wish is for my son is to have a moment with his grand father. A dream of mine. His grandfather here is dead. My father is far. I want him to feel a grand fathers love. Saying that, my fave photo among this series is the one with Arthur and his grand dad =) #WOTW

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      I love that pic too. It is wonderful to watch my dad soften and bond with his grandson. I hope your son and your father get to spend some time together soon x


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