Friday, January 29, 2010

Abbey who?

We decided to name Julian Julian because we liked the name, of course, but also because we liked the obvious nicknames: Jude or Jules.  But as soon as we saw his little face, we knew he needed another interim nickname that was more fitting to his little tiny, pudgy, round-faced self. 

Stephen was the source of many of the first attempts like captain pipi pants, shoe-dini, and jubilee bubilee.  Then came Oblio after the main character in Harry Nilsson (and Ringo Starr)'s The Point.  But none of these stuck as THE nickname until auntie Libby coined jujube during one of our Sunday lunches at grandma and grandpa's.  It was perfect!  And 4 and a half years later, it's still endearing ;0)

Lolo was a different matter.  I had already started to refer to him as lemon and lemon drop in utero.  But when we finally met him, lemon just didn't seem right. He quickly (and quite naturally) became lolo, lolobean, lolobear...  I think we all came up with it simultaneously.  He's a lolo! At almost three, he's starting to insist we call him Logan bean, but he'll forever be Lolo to us.  It just suits him perfectly ;0)

As for this little Abbey Violet of ours, well it's proving to be a little challenging because it feels like her very name is already a nickname.  We considered naming her Abigail so we could nickname her Abbey for all of 3o seconds.  When it came down to it though, it had to be Abbey with a "e" after our favourite Beatles album, Abbey Road.  So here we are still trying out some 

early contenders...

First was my little swiss miss.  We had brought a little polka dotted baby bundler to the hospital with us, and seeing as my brain works funny in a crafty kind of way, it reminded me of swiss dots which in turn reminded me of the swiss miss hot cocoa I remember having (and loving) at my friend Amy's house as a teen.  Little swiss miss.  It has a nice ring to it but it's just not the one.

Stephen came up with honey-bunny one afternoon during his paternity leave and it really stuck with the boys.  They like to mush up their little faces and say "aaa-bbey, my little hunny bunny"  It's the cutest thing.  But I'm not sure.  Too generic perhaps.

Then one day Lolo came up with abbioshi - as in Abbey is Yoshi.  The pink one! I got Super Mario Bros Wii for Christmas (LOVE!) and the boys are completely obsessed with it which is good because Stephen and I love to play it ;0)  Well Julian insists on being called Luigi.  Lolo wants to be Mario. And Abbey? Well she's abbioshi! Sweet.  

I'm sure there'll be many more try-outs but I just know that someday soon we'll have the perfect nickname for her too.

Until then, she can simply be my Abbey.  

ps - she's wearing the placket neck sweater I knit for Lolo when he was a wee babe.

pps - she's also wearing my first foray into sewing for her: pajama pants from Amy Butler's pattern in little stitches for little ones.  Love


  1. Jujube, Lolo and Abbioshi are so cute! Lovely...

  2. We are nicknamers around here too. We were just talking about it at dinner tonight, actually...he asked where they came from, and we weren't sure we knew--it's just always been that way. I still go by my childhood nickname, actually, even to my husband.

    So glad you're back. I have been wondering what you were up to as yours was one of the first few blogs I followed waaaay back when my son was born 3 1/2 years ago.

    All three of your kids are beautiful!

  3. Anonymous12:45 p.m.

    i just have to re-iterate... i'm so glad you're back! love to the family! :)
    christine m. east of toronto

  4. Anonymous12:46 p.m.

    ps: how 'bout abbey-the-babby? :)
    christine m. etc

  5. Adorable babes!!! Love to see you back. I have always loved reading your blog posts & seeing your craftiness. I always feel so inspired!! I also just got that Amy Butler book & love love love those little pants. Plus I have a sister named Abbye so I already love the name :)

  6. Cute names, but she looks like a Cakes to me, as in babycakes!

  7. Heather12:55 p.m.

    I love pet names for wee ones. My almost 12yo is just now outgrowing them though I still refer to him as "Bear" at times. When Gavin was little I wanted an animal that matched his first name like Braden's did. Only thing I could come up with was goose that didn't seem quite right at first, but Goose he still is! And it fits perfectly. That and Gavilander. DH tends to take short sweet names and make them LONGER pet names. ;-)

  8. Your boys have grown up so much and are just so handsome arent they. I like that your family all has little nicknames that they love. Abbey's new little pants are adorable too.

  9. Abbioshi sounds perfect to me. What cute adorable children you have!

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  11. I always feel so inspired!! I also just got that Amy Butler book & love love love those little pants.

  12. ps: how 'bout abbey-the-babby? :)
    christine m. etc