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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Tell Their Twins: 'Call Us Daddy & Poppa!'

Sun, July 24, 2011 11:00am EDT by 17 Comments
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Tell Their Twins: 'Call Us Daddy & Poppa!'

The couple decided it would be too confusing for Harper and Gideon to have two ‘dads’ & neither wanted to be ‘mom!’

Can you believe Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka‘s adorable twins are already nine months old?  The couple were terrified their tots would learn to talk before they’d figured out what to call themselves, so they had to get creative!

“This is a sore subject,” Neil tells Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. “Because we are two gentleman with children. And so we didn’t know what to call ourselves.”

“Daddy One and Daddy Two sounds kind of strange…So David’s ‘daddy’ and I’m ‘poppa’, just to differentiate.”

Now they’ve settled that conundrum, Neil and David are battling over Harper and Gideon‘s first word! The How I Met Your Mother star explains, “One of the child’s first syllables is ‘da da.’ So I’m going around (trying to teach them) ‘pa pa.'”

What do your kids call their dad, HollyMoms?

— Ian Garland

More NPH on HollyBaby:

  1. Neil Patrick Harris Dresses Up His Twins for Each Holiday! How Adorable!
  2. Neil Patrick Harris Boasts: Forget Harper Seven Beckham, My Baby Is Harper ONE!
  3. Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Celebrate Their First Father’s Day With Twins In Tow!