Blake Lively: "The Word 'Dada' Is Banned in Our House!"

Uh-oh, looks like there's trouble in paradise for new parents Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds!

But it's not the typical kind of Hollywood couple drama that gets splashed on the covers of the gossip rags. Turns out the pair is fighting—sorta—about their baby daughter James' first word!

It seems that daddy Ryan is encouraging a lot of "dada" and not enough "mama" for Lively's tastes. In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she got pretty impassioned about the topic, even saying, "The word 'dada' is banned in our house!'"

Blake, I feel you. My baby son has been making sounds with consonants for months—and the "d" sound was the first to develop. I'd been hearing "dada" with no accompanying "mama" for weeks, and getting a little bit steamed. Hey buddy, I'm the one who carried you (and your sister) inside my belly! I'm the one who suffered all that debilitating acid reflux, not your dada!

Lively added to Fallon, "Of course she has to say 'mama' first. I do everything, [Ryan] does nothing!"

And of course the star is only teasing (as am I). We only want our kids to develop healthy language skills at their own pace. And we both know our hubbies work crazy hard to raise these kids alongside us. (Lively has said as much about Reynolds in past interviews.)

But it certainly is an emotional thing to hear the makings of your baby's first words. And it's even fair to feel a bit territorial when it comes to such a special milestone!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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