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Your first word was ‘Dada’

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I spent my childhood

dreaming of you.

What you would look like,

all the things we could do.


Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I took a test

and saw the blue line.

Together we heard

your heart beat the first time.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I spent all day sick,

wanting to hurl.

I cried tears of joy

when the paper read GIRL.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I felt you kick

and move inside me.

I spent every twenty minutes

needing to pee.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I ate chocolate cake

and your brothers candy stash.

I spent all day clawing

at my itchy PUPPS rash.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I labored for hours,

we met on push four.

I had no epidural.

I sweat and I swore.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I was up every night,

drank coffee all day.

I lost So. Much. Hair.

And the rest was soon gray.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I exclusively nursed

for eleven months.

You refused all bottles.

Took a few ounces once.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I cooked your food, you refused.

So more food I would fix.

I had mastitis.

Not one time but six.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

I read books, taught sign language,

and played peekaboo.

I changed diapers, rocked to sleep,

and sang songs to you.

Your first word was ‘Dada’.

My sweet little girl, don’t you see?

Your first word was ‘Dada’,

when it should’ve been me.

But when you look at him,

and he looks at you,

I know there is nothing

I could’ve done or will do.

You see, he is your measure

against all men.

The one to look up to,

he’ll love ‘til the end.

And even though

you didn’t first say my name,

You are my heart

and I’ll love you the same.

So keep saying ‘Dada’,

my sweet little girl.

Because to your Dada,

you are the world.


Your Second Word

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