Last year, Jude began calling me Emily for some reason. He refused to call me Mommy at all and referred to me as Emily to everyone else. He had just started preschool so this caused no end of confusion for his poor preschool teachers who though my name was Claire. At Thanksgiving, when asked what he was grateful for, Jude said “Daddy and Emily.” The teachers thought there were problems at home.
Eventually, Jude dropped the Emily but he still has a special way of referring to me when I’m not around, apparently. I found this out when he brought his journal home on the last day of school. Check out this year’s Thanksgiving entry:
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And now, check out how he describes each member of his family in this close up.
I think I preferred Emily.