Dandy, because my relationship to my first three children will never be questioned, I wanted first naming choice to go to their mamas. When the first mama chose mama, I didn't like the mommy alternative (sounds whiny to me, personally). Mom still sounds "more real" than mama, so I went through other easy sounds because I wanted an early one. dada and papa were out for obvious reasons. Na-na is nursing. Baba is what most babies I've known called their bottle so it is easy to say and my family could get it, since I was nursing them, which is close enough to a bottle, LOL.
While I'm not recommending it to anyone (no trouble with it besides, "where's you mom, I mean Baba?" I just think most women want a mom-er title) I do love certain things about it. At the playgroung my ears are on fire a lot less. mommymamamommommommymamamamamamamommBABAmommymommama. Because Baba is easier to say than my name, I've been Baba to about a dozen kids over the years. Having so many people call me baba reinforced the name, surely. My older kids started calling their Mama by her first name years ago so I like that I'm still Baba.
On GP/NGP, I have been thinking step-mom doesn't define the the relationship in the word "step." Why can't we just add a couple of letters to the beginning of mom and start using it and wait for public concousness to catch up?
Physical mom/emotional mom. We go through so many different roles.
pregnant mom / expectant mom
physical mom / spiritual mom
laboring mom / praying mom
pushing mom / catching mom
nursing mom / rocking mom
nourishing mom / nurturing mom *
nursing mom / dancing mom
milky mom / moving mom
(man-oh-man do I get out of a lot of work by nursing, LOL, I see how very much work DP puts in on days I work. He has milk aplenty but nursing is so much more than that to him. She puts in so much work that I know it helps their bond.)
The majority of months spent carrying the baby:
belly mom / hip mom*
Due to where we live:
Legal mom / outlaw mom
Biology and chemistry mom / Arts and humanities mom (ok, a little tongue in cheek)
*these are my favorites. They both recognize the work/effort that mom puts in, but hip has the added cool factor and it's a short word.
Have a great day.