Fast forward to now.
Youngest Kiddo cannot stop saying "mom." At least that's what I thought. So I began to wonder if he was really calling "mom" all the time or did it just feel like it? He doesn't understand that he does not have to address me by name when it's only the two of us in the room. Harkening back to my data collection days as a teacher, I needed to quantify my hunch with some good old fashioned tally marks.
The data doesn't lie:
Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm - 21 tally marks
Sunday 11:15am to 12:15pm - 19 tally marks
Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:30pm - 21 tally marks (includes dinner time)
Wednesday 5:10 to 6:10 - 23 tally marks (includes dinner time)
Youngest Kiddo calls "mom" almost every three minutes of the tallied intervals. I'm changing my name to Felicia.