Nicknames--do you have one? I guess in some ways I do. I have always been called Les by the people closest to me. My brother-in-law has always called me Lester and I don't think twice about it. Graham has several little silly names his family calls him, but I just call him Graham. Actually, we are that couple that over uses Babe. It's probably so annoying to everyone else, but it's hard to change something you've done for over 10 years.
We've never considered ourselves "nickname people" but ironically
every one of our kiddos answers to about 3 different names other than the name
written on their birth certificate (technically, Joy doesn't answer).
So...I guess we've morphed into "nicknamers". We don't give
any thought to our kiddos nicknames; they just emerge from our lips and
stick. Nothing planned.
Ava Grace entered this world in 2007 when her name was the no.1 most popular
name for girls. I had loved the name Ava for years and wasn't changing
the plan. I still think Ava is one of the prettiest, daintiest, sweetest
names and it fits perfectly for our firstborn. To combat the popularity
of her name, we gave her an equally lovely middle name that flows off the
tongue perfectly when paired with Ava. Double name?
Again, I've said it on the blog before...we aren't "double-name
people". But, alas, all three of our girlies have been given a
double-name. So...I guess we've morphed into
Ava Grace soon became loving known as Peanut. We called her that for
most of her first year. From time to time we still refer to her as our
little peanut. She likes it! For the most part, she's AG, Ava
Gracie, Ava G, or Ava Grace Mermaid (long story). She answers to every single one. Now that she's
writing, she gets lazy and just writes Ava at the top of her papers. I
have told her numerous times that her name is Ava Grace. She'll roll her
eyes and say, "I know Mom, but Ava is just easier." Hmm...I
will win this battle! *smirk*
Next up, our Edy Rose...
After giving Ava Grace a double name, I had no intentions of giving any of
my other children double-names. When Edy came along, I was just fine with
calling her by her beautiful name, Edy. In fact, I really wanted to name
her Edythe, but Graham gave an adamant, "NO!" to that. I still
secretly call her Edythe from time to time...she doesn't like it either.
After her birth everyone, I mean everyone, called her Edy Rose. It
stuck. She's got a double-name. We've really embraced the whole
"southern kids with double-names" stereotype. Edy's
nicknames: Edy Rosebud, Rosie Rosebud, Edy RoRo, RoRo, Ro, Rosie. The
list really could go on and on.
Now enters our little Joy Tatum…
Again, I have been on the fence about the double-name thing, but when you
have two children with double-names it just feels unnatural to slight the
third-born. Mostly, I just call her Joy, but my girls always call her by
Joy Tatum. It wasn't long before we started in with the nicknames.
Remember, we aren't nickname people! I jest. Joy's nicknames (so
far): Joyous, Joyful, JoJo, Josie, Dumplin', and Doodle Dumplin' (my
momma still calls me that one).
There you have it! The nickname post I promised! Was it
everything you hoped it would be?