• Hot December

    OMG, Dooce, she said ‘mama’! I saw you @ SXSW when you were pg with Marlo, and I was about a month behind you, so always look to Marlo for “what’s next” with the babe. Our little butternut (more of a pecan, but whatever) just started with the da-da-a-ba this week, so I can’t wait to make this exact same video :)

    We also never, ever call her by her name, and wonder how she’ll ever learn it. Glad to hear babies everywhere have this issue.

  • MeMyselfandMommy

    We call Moanna Mo and Mimo (like Little Nemo)

    The old folks hate it! Then again, they didn’t like the name Moanna to begin with

  • Bella Puzzles

    She said Mama. It’s indisputable. You win.

  • mariebeth

    She said mama – no questions about it!

    But Heather, these videos of Marlo – they have to stop! My boyfriend is getting very worried about the time I spend on dooce, looking at the videos and making broody, clucking noises as though I want to procreate…!

  • slynns

    My daughter will turn three in April, and I can’t help but feel, hhmm, um, well, superior isn’t quite the word, but maybe fulfilled? when she says, “No, I want Momma!” Even when it’s a poopy diaper she needs changed because, god forbid, the Elmo potty doesn’t quite inspire her (yet).

    Your girls are beautiful!

  • Mommamel09

    I did the same thing to my husband when our second son came along. He uttered the word mama and I started dancing and singing, “Ha ha ha ha!! I win!!”

  • Briana

    Oh man, that is super cute. My first word was cookie (burn, mom and dad).

  • eleanorstrousers

    My sister’s baby-to-be will forever be known as Butterbean to me. Which she will find charming at her high school graduation, I’m sure.

  • Joceyfae

    Girl, You KNOW it’s true!

  • Kristin at Make a Note

    So cute. I love the nicknames too. My son (Will) is known in our family as Booters, due to his excessive kicking in the womb. Our baby (Emma) is either Emmakins, or some variation of sweetpea, sweet potato, etc. I do worry that she’ll have no idea what her name actually is.

    Also…my son’s first word was car, and then he learned approximately 100 other words before he FINALLY said “mama.” And then about 6 months later he started calling me by my first name. So yes, I’ve heard mama or mom for about 6 months of his 3 years on earth. Not fair.

  • tracy

    Just be careful about saying ‘that’s you!’ while pointing to her in photos. It took some doing to convince Ellis her name wasn’t ‘you’.


  • Pinkporches

    My son’s nickname is Smackle. Seven years ago Jimmy Kimmel had a 4-year old rapper named Little Max-o on his show. Somehow in the sleepless haze of his newborn wailing, Matthew became known as Max-0 then Matt-o, Smack-o and finally Smackle. We’re in therapy.

  • hammy

    Thanks. Now my ovaries are all “BABY! BABY! BABY!”

    She’s too cute. Mine is getting to the toddler stage and I miss the baby part so much already!

  • malisams

    My favorite part of every Marlo video is when she inevitably tries to put the camera into her mouth. Too cute.

  • Jacquie

    Oh yeah, you totally win!

    Just be careful, because “da da” could easily be confused with “donut”, and the ring thing she is in sort of LOOKS like a donut, and “mmma mmmma” might technically be accepted as an exclamation one might make when trying to consume a giant pink dotty donut….

  • emmajames

    I’m surprised nobody has called her Marshmellow yet. She’s just that cute and edible. At some point, though, she’ll reject all her nicknames and want to be called something like Sam just to piss off her parents, so I’d recommend getting as many nicknames in as possible while she’s still agreeable…

  • EL

    You sure her name isn’t Coco? Cuz at the very end of the video, as she’s trying to eat the camera, I distinctly hear you say “Coco, stop.”

  • The Dalai Mama

    Our son–Noah–often was called No or No No. Talk about confusing for a kid. Our daughter–whose name is Zoë but her nickname quickly went from Zo Zo to Bobo and now when you call her anything–sweetie, messy, etc she shouts ‘No, BOBO.” She’ll totally regret this someday. I am thinking when her first date shows up and we yell “Bobo…your dates here.”

    The perks of parenthood.

  • 3xx1xy

    My fav part is the “Coco stop” under your breathe, and the sound of I think Coco’s tail wagging and smacking the ground or you, or something, hilarious!

  • CataclysmicStar

    I don’t get “Mama” – our son, who is about a month younger than Marlo (and as a note, I have nothing against arranged marriages), is only interested in “Dada” and “Nana”. This mama person? No, she only gets up with him at 3 AM and feeds him and compliments him on the texture and stench of his bowel movements. I just give him applesauce and make sure that his connected rings are within easy reach. Nope, that’s not much.

    And as for nicknames – both of our kids will probably never know their names. The youngest has gone from “Alexavier” to “Squishy Fishy”, “Baby Cakes”, “Sweet Cheeks” and “Angry Face”. The oldest, Gabriel, is a myriad of different names involving the words “Boo” and “Bug” (and sometimes “Pissy”). Between the two, I think we could make some fascinating nicknames.

    Oh, and we have that same jumper. Gabe saw Marlo in it and automatically walked over to the computer, pointed, and said, “Look! Brother!”

  • angheiz

    I won, too. One out of three ain’t bad.

  • gonzojrn

    Curious readers want to know the other 3 names on the list!


  • Bollocks

    dude…careful. she’s setting you up!

  • luv and kiwi

    i keep playing this video for people at work. i’m sorry but she’s just too cute. sigh…my stinkin clock is TICKIN’!!!

  • Calichef

    My son was a VERY early talker and could say hi, dada and babba at four months. I was pretty ticked that dada came about six months before mama considering that I had spent about a zillion times the amount of time and energy on the little twirp (and I say that in the most loving manner possible) than his father ever did.

    As far as knicknames go, his first was “honey-bunny.” I don’t know why Kendall seemed like too much name for a six and a half pound baby but Honeybunny didn’t. Perhaps I’d lost my mind? The next nickname was given by his paternal uncle and was “Yoda” because he kind of looked like Yoda. That one stuck and people called him Yoda for years. Some still do, and he’s almost 25.

  • teksupddg

    i love the barely controlledgrowl of glee :)

  • abbiescout

    I loved the Coco stop it at the end! Too funny!

  • The Christine

    Funny, we’ve got nickname wars here as well. Unfortunately the nickname that won out for our baby was Poopsie. We’ve really got to stop calling her that by the time she turns 1. I can just see her and her sister greeting each other at family functions in 20 years: “Hey Poopsie, how’s it going?” “STOP IT! My name is VIOLET!”

  • mommica

    My daughter earned the name “Peanut Berry” by being such a sweet little peanut, and also because I ate peanut butter and jelly nearly every day while she was in-utero. It’s ironic, because I’m now pretty sure she has a peanut allergy. Sigh.

  • Starr

    You certainly do win!

    My four-year-old is so cute when we try to call him nick names. Sometimes we try to call him K.P. (for Kenneth Paul) or we say, “Whatcha doing, Buster Brown?” And he replies, “I’m not a Buster Brown, I’m Kenny!”

  • Circe74

    My first word was “squirrel.” I’m not sure what that says about me.

  • GlassofWin

    Aw, so cute! My first word was “Joe” – the nickname of my brother, Mario. :)

  • squirrelmonk

    We have a Marlowe. I’m entertaining the idea of Lola, or Mari, or Mali. Marlowe-posa. Right now we call her Smilodon because her brother loves dinosaurs/prehistoric beasts and she is a very happy baby.

    She just got tooth #3 and will be six months old on Saturday… maybe saying “Mama” will be next!

  • LifesBeenGood

    My daughter’s nickname can vary from day to day but most commonly it’s “Shorty.”

    I’ve called her that since she was wee little and she’s fond of the nickname. She even had it airbrushed on her softball batting helmet. It started because she was well… short. She’s taller than me now (at 13) and never fails to remind me.

    My father and my brother call me “Liz” or “Lizbeth” shortened forms of my middle name, Elizabeth. Since my name is Jennifer and I don’t think I would know to respond if anyone else called me that. I think I associate with their voices.

  • Hagan Squared

    She is so dang cute I wish I could inhale her!

  • kymmi

    I loved the whispered “stop it, Coco” at the end!

    What a beautiful little girl you have there. I’m so charmed by her “mama”s. My own calls me “Mama” and it melts my heart.

  • Maurina

    Oh, yeah. That’s a clear case of “My Baby Learned To Say ‘Mama’ First – So HA!, Dada”.

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  • Greta Koenigin

    I’m certain that the average child has at least 33 nicknames during his or her lifetime. That would explain the high crime rates.

  • Monsboys

    So very sweet! My sister’s nane is Marlo and all her boyfriends called her Mars.

  • SkinnyThighs

    You’re lucky you won out over the dog. My sister’s first word was the dog’s name, over and over.

  • rls8480

    E just turned 1 a few weeks ago and still only says “hi” and “mommommommommom” consistently… I TOTALLY win :)

  • Parsing Nonsense

    I’ll never forget the day my niece learned how to say my name, because she immediately started using it like an expletive. Instead of Erik, she’d say Ekka, with the emphasis always on the last syllable, and she’d shriek it like a curse word “EkKA!!!”

  • Sandra@The Memory Workshop

    you should have called Coco “Plungerhead”

  • paigesmom

    My daughter was so small in the womb that we started calling her Peanut before she was even born. When she was old enough to talk we asked her what her name was… she said Paige Adele (her name), Peanut, Peanut Butter, Doodles. Those were all of the names that we call her. To this day we only call her by her real name if she is in trouble!

  • mandypants

    My son Linus is 18 months old. He’s been saying dada forever now and still won’t say mama. He does however say toot when anyone farts.

  • Athena

    Those blue eyes just kill me – it’s like the whole indigo blueness of the Atlantic outside of the reef line is distilled in those two beautiful eyes.

    I love Leta’s eyes too – she’s got a whole forest going on in them.

  • kcbelles

    I always felt bad for my younger brother, Reinier – a good, solid Dutch name. But of course, you can imagaine what other kids do to that – Rearbutt, Reindeer, Rudolph, etc.

    He calls himself “Ray” now – which my mother totally hates! LOL

  • CArRiEMc

    There’s nothing better than having the evidence to prove it too! Go.Mamma!

    My son’s nickname is Bucko, but it never caught on, which at first I was disappointed about, but now, he’s 28 and it’s my special name for him, nobody else uses! It helps you see, because his real name is Jesse and he is married to a Jessie.

  • skye mary

    As a certified infant interpreter, I can state beyond a shadow of a doubt that the child is in fact saying, “MA MA.”

    PS – the Captcha I just completed was “lobotomy assistance.” Are you hand selecting these words? Or does Captcha scan the post and decide what is appropriate?