The other day, I decided to record the number of times Arlo used the word “Mommy” as a noun in direct address. I did this for the ninety-minute period following school pickup, making a tally every time I heard him say it, but I’m pretty sure I missed a few. This is the piece of paper I used, and the number of tallies is thirteen sets of five. Arlo said “Mommy” at least 65 times in an hour and a half. Thank you and good night.