Do you call your kids nicknames? Did you intend those nicknames when you named them? When we named Kalena I didn’t really intend to use a nickname for her. When we named Will, I intended to call him Will rather than William. I think of that as just a shortened version of his name rather than a nickname though*. We did talk some about nicknames, and we came to this brilliant conclusion: nicknames happen. You don’t plan them, you often can’t avoid them, they’re just part of life. (Aren’t we brilliant?)
Anyway, I’m glad we came to this conclusion because, although I use their names here on the blog, I RARELY call my kids by their given names. Kalena is mostly Missy or Miss (except when I really need to get her attention) and Will is almost always Buster, or Mr. Buster if we’re feeling formal. Because, you know, formality is often a necessity with a 5 month old, right? Right. How did these nicknames come about? I DON’T KNOW. They just happened. Now I just wonder how long they’ll last.
*Do you distinguish between “shortened names” i.e. Josh for Joshua or Brad for Bradley and nicknames? I didn’t used to, but I do now.