Axel says "Papa" all the time. It sounds like "Papaaaaaa". He rarely says mom. He will say it in wrote phrases such as "Mom help please." but that's it.
A few days ago, Axel was in the living room, and I was in the kitchen. "Mom." I heard from the other room. It wasn't loud, or excited. Just flat. "Mom." Almost like he was looking at a picture of me and labeling.
I came around the corner, "What's up buddy?" He pointed at the t.v. "Signing Time Rachel please." he signed. Oh wow! This was a huge step! "You bet I'll turn Signing Time on for you!" and he smiled his big smile.
A little while later, I heard, "Mom." This time a little louder, and with just a little more excitement behind it.
"What do you need Axel?"
"Oh Papa is outside? Lets go see what he's doing and I bet you can hang out with him. Go get your shoes!"
He RAN to the closet!
Later that day we were in the car. From the back seat, "Mom!"
"Mcdonalds." he signed with a big grin when we were about 1/4 mile from our neighborhood McDonalds. (Angela's waits until we're driving past, Axel asks before we get to it. LOL) Little smartie pants.
"You know Axel, I could go for a coke myself."
Yesterday we stopped at the grocery store, and I discovered Axel is now truly one of my kids. About 20 times I was tapped on the back of my shoulder (this was brand new for him) "Mom!" and I'd turn around. "Cookies." he'd sign and point to where they were. "Yes Axel. We have cookies at home."
Tap tap tap "Mom!"
"Yes, Axel, we have pancakes at home."
Some of this was him wanting to buy stuff, but also just wanting to show that he knows the names of things. It's so fun to watch this. But mostly, for me this week, it's fun to finally hear him calling me Mom without prompting.