When you are picking out a name for your child to be you automatically think of the nicknames that will be gleaned from it. We knew that Everly would likely get called Evie and Ev and we were okay with that, obviously; otherwise we would not have chosen her name! What you can’t guess is the nicknames that are created that actually have nothing to do with your child’s name at all. For example my dad called her “nater” for a while… this came from baby, which evolved to baby skates, which became skates, which then became skater and then skater-nater and then nater… you see what I mean. My sister was taco growing up and I was Fred. Yes, Fred. Often the nicknames we are given in childhood carry us through to adulthood, I still know of one girl that goes by her nickname to her entire family! But if you are lucky, and most of us are, they get tucked away into a memory chest to be brought out only on special occasions of reminiscing.
I had a great nickname when I was a baby; Baby Hogg… does it get any better than that?! Let me start by saying that I was a chunky little monkey and a teensy bit bossy boots McGee. So the name came from the “loveable” character Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard. The folklore is that it was lovingly given to me by my older cousin “Kojak” name given to him by my father. Now some people might be embarrassed by nickname such as baby hogg but oh my goodness I am not! Is it realistic to be embarrassed about being a bossy, chubby little baby? No, it’s not; I was a BABY and I knew how I liked things, lol! I grew out of the name with time and moved on to “messy Jessie,” but people in my family still called me baby hogg from time to time trying to tease me or ruffle my feathers, I assume that they were thinking that it would/should embarrass me, but it didn’t, sorry guys. Are all men born with the “Uncle to be gene” that enables them to mercilessly tease or were those just my uncles, lol.
When Everly was a little baby I flat out called her fatty. Yep, I did it, I called her fatty all the time. I also called her tank, and chunky monkey. Then for a time, um maybe quite a time, we called her baby. Now she refers to herself in the third person… “baby’s turn” “ baby do it” “baby go night, night.” And I call her things like lovey, and my love and honey of course. My favourite is when she calls me those things back. There is nothing like hearing your toddler say from her highchair, “more toast honey!” Will this nickname stick when the baby on the way arrives?
Do you call the second child the same nicknames? I imagine things like honey, baby, lovey and probably even fatty are transferable. Does it feel like cheating to call the second baby the same pet names?