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
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.