Hello, My Name is……

So many people, so many names...

We have loads of names that we call our children. Straight out of the gates we called them by their given name, then added in a couple nicknames, mixed with a few playful-funny names. Just to add to the choas, there is also the reality that the different “people groups” in their lives, refer to them by different names! C’mon, admit it—you do the same for your children! Be sure to share them below. In the meantime, here’s the rundown on some of the ‘handles’ we’ve verbalized over the years…

Sophia:

  • Sophia: Her given name, we tend to personally call her this most of the time.
  • Soph: Gaining traction as her most-used nickname.
  • Sophie: Natural nickname. A lot of friends and family call her this.
  • Head: No lie, she had a big head when she was born. Just like her daddy! (FYI: Pronounced like Mike Myers’ dad in So I Married An Axe Murderer.)
  • Tofy (toe-fee): Silly one that we used when she was a newborn.
  • Até (ah-tay): Tagalog for ‘sister’. This is what Olivia calls Soph right now.

Olivia:

  • Olivia: Her given name, and one we use for her majority of the time.
  • Ibia (ih-bee-ah): Think this was how Sophia pronounced her name when she was first born, and it stuck!
  • Ibs (like ‘cribs’, without the ‘cr’): A few people call her this. Cute. Not to be confused with I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
  • Ebby (eh-bee): Flows easy. We’ve used this one a lot!
  • Chonky (chawn-kee): Kind of an immediate family thing. Not so much now, but she definitely was a chunky baby!

We laugh about some of these names from time to time. The thing is, despite the names that are given to us as children, by our families, friends, teachers, coaches, etc., at the end of the day, they fail to even scratch the surface of who we really are. The truth is, God’s names for us are inconceivably more meaningful, creative, and lasting, than anything we could have ever imagined on our own. He names us: cherished (Ex 19:5), redeemed (1 John 4:10), beloved (Rom 8:38-39), chosen (Eph 1:11-12), protected (Prov 18:10), and righteous (2 Cor 5:21). Regardless of our past or future, our Father will always call us by name (Isaiah 43:1). How cool is that?! The God of the universe personally and thoroughly knows you by name!

Today, God has reminded me of these names… and I’m grateful:

  • Child (John 1:12): God is BIG, yet He chooses to know me intimately.
  • New Creation (2 Cor 5:17): My old nature is gone, I don’t have to dwell on past mistakes.
  • Sealed (Eph 1:13): No matter the circumstance, the bond between myself and God cannot not be broken.

What nicknames do you have for your children? What name does God call you that you need to be reminded about today?

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79 Comments

  • Michael

    January 24, 2011

    My son’s name is Ethan Joseph David Perkins.

    I call him Dude. I know, not the most eloquent of names, but I’ve called him that since he was tiny.

    I think son is probably the name that I need to be reminded of today.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      When/if I have a son, I’m copying that for sure. DUDE!

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    January 24, 2011

    I have two adult daughters: Tami & Janna. We would shorten Tami’s name to Tam upon occasion but for the most they have always gone by their given names. Jan doesn’t fit for Janna. Tami was 4 when Janna was born so she has always pronounced it correctly. I will call them “honey” from time to time. My best name? I would say “son.”

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      I’m with you on “son” – very humbling.

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  • Ben

    January 24, 2011

    Let’s see, we have Kiersten who we call Kiss/Kissy, not sure when that even started but it stuck and that’s what all of her teammates and friends call her.
    Madison, who we call Madi or mad-dawg.
    Jackson we call Jack, and the girls and mom occasionally call him Jackie. We’ll see how long that lasts.

    I love being reminded that I am “child.” He chose ME!

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Noticed the nicknames in your blog posts – very cute! Mad-dawg, love it.

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      • Ben

        January 24, 2011

        She’s a huge dawg fan, what can I say…

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  • Jim F

    January 24, 2011

    We do the same thing with our kids – I called my daughter sparky for a long time because she has red hair – no only her one grandmother calls her that and it drives her crazy. My son and I have crazy names for each other – this name thing seems to be a little different with boys – he calls me weird names and I call him weird names. It is fun.

    The spiritual side of this which is great is being called “son” by God.

    Good post!

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      I agree, it’s fun for us as well. :)

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  • Moe

    January 24, 2011

    My son Gabriel, I call Gabe or G-man.

    My daughter Angelica, I call Geli.

    I want to know what my “white stone” name is. Man I hope is something cool. A little middle eastern, with a little latino and a lot of heavenly… or Dustin will do just fine. :)

    “I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” – Revelation 2:17

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    • Donald Borsch Jr.

      January 24, 2011

      Moe,

      Ask our Father. I know He has a name for you. He gave the name “Redeemed” to me years ago, and it has kinda stuck with me. Woo-hoo!

      Maybe our Father will call you….hmm…so many possibilities, indeed.

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      • Moe

        January 24, 2011

        Does this mean I should refer to you now as redeemed? :)

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        • Donald Borsch Jr.

          January 24, 2011

          Moe,

          Call me whatever you wish. Just don’t call me late for dinner. Or worship. (ba-dum-tisch!) Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!

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          • Moe

            January 24, 2011

            Why? Pork too “unclean” for you? :D

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Moe, I promise: if it is indeed “Dustin”, you will be heavenly. I kid, I kid. :)

      Also, love the name “Geli”… that’s awesome.

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      • Moe

        January 24, 2011

        I knew there was some heavenly in you. Every time I visit your blog, there is some gold dust sprinkled all over my keyboard. :D

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        • Dustin

          January 24, 2011

          Ha. Now that made me laugh. :)

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  • Donald Borsch Jr.

    January 24, 2011

    Head! Pants! Now!
    Oh, that was a good one. He’s gonna cry himself to sleep tonight on his huge pillow.
    (Sorry…couldn’t resist.)

    Anyhoos, I call my oldest daughter, 20-months, “Poo-foo”. I gave her this nickname because one day my bride put her into this dress that has an abnormally poofy bottom to it. Hence, poof sprang to mind and I added the ooh after it. Poo-foo.

    My newest daughter, a whopping 3-months, I refer to as “Little Miss Farty Fartington”. I don’t think that needs an explanation.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      We even used to say it just like that. HEAD! (It’s like an orange on a toothpick!)

      By the way, I’m cracking up… love those names.

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  • seekingpastor

    January 24, 2011

    Noelle—Noe, Punkin Head, Babe
    Bradley–B-rad,Dude
    Jonathan–Jo-jo, Jon-boy, Dude, Homie
    Matthew–Baby Matthew, Little Matt, Rusty
    Mary Hope–Mary Hop, Hopie, Hoppy, MH, Baby Cakes
    And if you want your pro-wrestling nickname, go here: http://www.wrestlingname.com Mine is Mighty Geek. Pretty appropriate.

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  • Dustin

    January 24, 2011

    My wrestling name is: Gentleman Killer …. I like. :)

    Those are some serious nicknames. Love them. Did you mean to write, “Punkin”? …because funny enough, we did the same with our oldest. :)

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    • seekingpastor

      January 25, 2011

      Yes–Punkin Head. There is no other way to write it :)

      I failed to mention my favorite nickname for all of them– Hey You. This is helpful when you have 5 kids and can’t always quickly remember their names.

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      • Dustin

        January 25, 2011

        lol, that’s awesome. I’m sure I’ll use that soon… :)

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  • kevin

    January 24, 2011

    Oh man. So many things. Dude, bubba, Gabes, Gabe Dayne (his middle name), bear, turdshack (when he’s being difficult), Jabe (pronounced Hah-bay)…Megan’s grandma thought Gabriel was spanish, GDub. I say a lot of weird things, so there’s no telling what I’ll call him at any given time.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Kevin, you had me rolling with ‘turdshack’. Ha!

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  • Jason Vana

    January 24, 2011

    I don’t have kids, so no nicknames that way. But as for me, I need to be reminded that God calls me desired. That can be the hardest thing to believe more with my heart than my head for me.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Desired: that is awesome. Thanks, Jason.

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  • Jason

    January 24, 2011

    My kids are Dale Jacob, most of the time called Dale but I usually call him Dale Jacob. “Buddy” is also a term used often.

    Elijah James is Eli. Sometimes Eli, the cuddly guy. Or Eli, the apple of my eye.

    Julie is Juju.

    As for God’s name for me? As long as it’s not Dorkfish, I’m good. :)

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      I don’t see any dorkfish around here! :)

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    • Donald Borsch Jr.

      January 24, 2011

      Dorkfish? Hmm. This comment is even funnier when you know the dictionary definition of the word “dork”. Ouch.

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    • Melissa Brotherton

      January 25, 2011

      Jason, I didn’t know you had an Eli. :) Now I like you even more. Swedish Fish, well named children…you’re fantastic!

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      • Dustin

        January 25, 2011

        Swedish Fish = Top 5 of all time

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  • Michelle

    January 24, 2011

    My kids names are Naomi, Michaela and Caleb. We call them No-mee, Nay-nay, Kay-Kay, and Buddy. LOL. If I would have thought this all through, I think I would have not had a child with such similar names — Michaela and Caleb…just too hard and they each think I’m calling them when really I’m calling the other one. Confusion!

    Great word. Love it.

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      Ha, that is funny. :) Thanks for the comment!

      Reply
  • V.V. Denman

    January 24, 2011

    Jessica: Jess, Jess-bo-bess
    Andrew: Drew, Drewby, Drewby Tooby
    Dene: Denie, Dene-O, Green Bean
    Jillian: Jilli, Jill, Jilli Vanilli
    Janae: Nae-Nae, Nayners

    Why did I have so much fun reading other people’s nicknames? Weird. And my pro-wrestling title is “Wicked She.” Also weird.

    I think God’s nickname for me right now would be “Clay” because I keep trying to make something of myself. I forget that I’m not the potter.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      V.V. – such a great reminder about “Clay”. Its refreshing to know that, in the midst of upbringing/development/dreams, we are not in control.

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  • Some Wise Guy

    January 24, 2011

    Love the topic! Nice post title. :)

    My son I use the typical masculine nicknames:
    – Sport
    – Dude
    – Son
    – Kiddo
    – Stud
    – Sir
    – Wild man

    My little girl is another matter:
    – Peaches (no explanation why, but I’ve called her this since birth; it just fit)
    – Sweetie
    – Princess
    – Emz
    – M&M (not like the rapper)
    – Little one
    – Jelly bean

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Thanks! I can imagine other people hearing you and saying, “Eminem… really?”. :)

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  • Lizzie

    January 24, 2011

    Just came across your blog for the first time today. I like it!

    To answer your question, my family has all kinds of nicknames! It’s very funny to see how people get stuck with all sorts of funny names.

    For my ‘lil sis Rachel: Rach, Rachie, Beanie Baby, Skunk Butt (not for the reason you might expect), and Gaga (the name my niece somehow contrived for her when she was just learning to speak.)

    For my niece Mackenzie: Kenzie, Kenz, Kenzers, Mack, Macaroni, Macabelly, McFly, Bug.

    For me: Lizzie, hehe. (Full name Elizabeth.) Liz (hate that one), Duck-Duck (waddled like a duck when I was little), and Poodle.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Awesome, thanks for stopping by Lizzie! Now I think I can speak for everyone else and say that we are curious about Skunk Butt… :)

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      • Lizzie

        January 24, 2011

        Hehe, well, I wish I had an answer! Unfortunately, there’s not any wicked awesome story attached. My dad coined her with it, and we still don’t know why. Neither does he. I think he meant it in a playful kind of way, since my sister is really onery. He calls my older sister Squidfish. Again, no reason.

        So I guess we’ll never know!

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        • Dustin

          January 24, 2011

          Well, if it sticks… it sticks!

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  • Zee

    January 24, 2011

    don’t have my own kiddos yet, but talking about nicknames, the one that i had for most of my life was Warrior Princess. my full name’s Zinaida but no one uses it. Instead, most of the time it’s Zena (which incidentally sounds exactly like Xena)…

    in one of the camps, a friend of mine wrote a note in my Bible saying “you’re a mighty Warrior in God’s army and a Princess in His eyes.” that was over 10 years ago, but the thought still lingers.

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Thanks for the comment! That is an amazing example of the power that words can have. A simple encouraging sentence still sticks… 10 years later.

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  • Dan Christiansen

    January 24, 2011

    My son’s name is Daniel after me, but we call him by his middle name Parker.

    Parker’s nicknames are:

    Park – Just a quick way of getting his attention.

    Squiggles – this name came about when he was still in the womb. He was all wiggly and squiggly.. :)

    Parker probably thinks his name is NO!! because he gets into everything. :)

    We have about seven names for our dog too, but that is for another day… :)

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      And I love that you’ve kept Daniel in the family. Thanks for commenting, Dan!

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  • Terry Valencia

    January 24, 2011

    You forgot Tophers and Tophie-head for Sophie! Hmmm, what did nicknames did we give you… “D”, Dudin (duh-din), Dust…(never Dusty!) and I’m thankful that God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!

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    • Dustin

      January 24, 2011

      Ahh, and my childhood names come out. :) love u mom!

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  • mo

    January 24, 2011

    yeah, we’ve done the same thing with our son, Elias. he’ll be 6 weeks on friday. we’ve tried to stick to his proper name for now, just so he learns it!

    Head, pants!

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  • Dustin

    January 24, 2011

    That is awesome-congrats on the newborn. Love the name Elias!

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  • Larry Hehn

    January 25, 2011

    My wrestling name is Rowdy the Baron.
    My wife’s wrestling name is Sensual Dutchess.

    Our kids:
    Stephanie – Steph, Sneff, Heff, Punkin, Pud, Stefferella
    Matthew – Matt, Mattman, Matteh, Matthyoom, Matt-you
    Zachary – Zach, Zackatolla, Zacky-pants
    Jacob – Jake, Corn-on-jah-cob, Weiner, Bud

    I must say that “son” means a lot to me too.
    Thanks, Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      Larry, those are some epic wrestling names–kind fit together! I’d trademark them if I were you.

      Also, thanks for sharing those names-love them!

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    • Mo

      January 25, 2011

      those are incredible wrestling names.

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  • rachelle renee

    January 25, 2011

    My mom’s nickname growing up was Pumpkin. Actually, she didn’t learn that her real name is Dorinda until she started kindgarten. Even though she’s in her 40’s, you know someone means business when they call her Dorinda instead of Pumpkin.

    When my brother was born I couldn’t pronounce Joseph, so I’d call him Jofuss. This eventually evolved to Joffy (JOE-fee) and since that’s the only name I’d call him everyone else in our neighborhood, teachers, friends, and family has called him that since.

    My nicknames:

    my Nanny: Boogs (I have no idea how it came about, it’s hardly used now)

    a few close friends, and their kids, refer to me as Mush. People mispronounced my name for Michelle, and somehow ended up to Mushelle… Mush was in jest, but ended up sticking around for years!

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      rachelle, thanks for commenting!

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  • Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista

    January 25, 2011

    Great encouragement on the names we need to respond to – the ones God gives. I loved naming my kids – one of my fave things about having children. Great to have your visit!

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      yep, thanks Bonnie for the comment as well!

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  • Melissa Brotherton

    January 25, 2011

    I love me some nicknames!! My husband always laughs at me because I just jumble up words and call people that: Squishy-Nugget-Face, Fluffy-Bologna-Head, etc.

    As for formal (heehee) nicknames, here goes:
    Elijah: Eli, Lij, and TootieFace
    Cora: Cora Lilly (her real middle name is Elyce), Princess Pootie Pants (that’s the most common one), Pootie Pants or Pootie are also popular
    Ezra: Ez, Ez Bez, Ez Bez Tos (like, asbestos), Fat Baby (cause he is) and Bubba
    Silas: Si Si, Chunkamunka (cause he’s also fluffy)

    Don’t get me started on the millions of nicknames my husband and I have for each other. I will share my favorite though. When we were in college I tried to think of the most disgustingly cutsie nickname to call him as a joke: Poopie Bottom. Unfortunately, it stuck. Haha!

    I think the name I need to be reminded of the most today is Beloved. I am my beloved’s and He is mine.

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      Way to go all out with those names. Love it!

      Beloved… that is intimate, yet so huge.

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  • kristinherdy

    January 25, 2011

    Amelia: Mia, Mia-bee, Tator (short for Dictator), Captain of the Dork Squad. Amelia Bedelia

    Gwendolyn: Wendy, Wendinator, Ty (short for Tyrant), Lieutenant of the Dork Squad, Wendy-Woo, Woo, Bruiser

    I’m glad that I get to be called by God, and that he doesn’t just know my given name, but knew who I was before I was ever born.

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    • Dustin

      January 25, 2011

      Kristin, the reasons behind Tator and Ty have my wife and I cracking up right now. That’s awesome.

      And, amen to being “called by God” – that makes it even more special and unique.

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  • Sean Sabourin

    February 3, 2011

    Great post. I loved reading the other comments as well. My wife and I have two kids.

    Nola | which means famous one or champion
    Memphis | which means beautiful and established

    I honestly see and believe my children are living out the reality of their names.

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    • Dustin

      February 3, 2011

      thanks for sharing, sean. you know, honestly, I was thinking about including the meaning of my kids’ names in this post as well. I guess I ended up figuring that could be the subject of a whole different post. :) also, thanks for stopping by!

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  • Sandy Sandmeyer

    February 3, 2011

    Nice! I like the names my Father has for me. They are a whole lot better than the ones I get from outside sources or ones I use for myself.

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    • Dustin

      February 3, 2011

      completely agree! thanks for stopping by and commenting, sandy.

      Reply
  • Jen Sessions

    February 4, 2011

    Hey Dustin! Loving your blog it is fresh and honest! Well we have little Harrison whom you have met. We normally will call him Harry and I don’t know how it started but sometimes Harry butt… I try not to use this nick name out in public. He is also called Boo or Pooter.

    Keep it up you are doing a great job! Say hey to Jen for me :)

    Jen Sessions

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    • Dustin

      February 4, 2011

      Harry Butt… so funny. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. I’ll let Jen know you said hello!

      Reply
  • Peter P

    February 11, 2011

    OK.. you asked:

    Rebekah gets called:

    Bekah-K
    Bekah
    Carebear
    Teeny-weeny Bekah-cheeny (although not so much now she’s 8)
    chonka-beeny
    bekah-chi
    bonka-chi
    honka-chonka
    carebear-hunchky-moo
    bek bek
    sebekah
    sister
    katherine
    klatherine
    …and others

    Caleb is:
    K-leezy
    boy
    the boy
    cheese
    cheesy man
    cheesy-leesy
    chubs
    chubby man
    chubby checker
    cab
    cabby
    cabby-leb
    …and more

    Hannah gets called
    bo-bee
    baby
    hannah bo-bannah
    hanny
    cutie-pie
    little one
    bobes
    sister
    sis

    Plus they all have their own theme songs!

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    • Dustin

      February 12, 2011

      Those are some pretty sweet nicknames, Peter! Now theme songs, huh? That is a great idea!

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      • Peter P

        February 12, 2011

        We start with the theme songs within days of them being born and we find that they learn pretty quickly that it’s their song and it becomes a good way to calm them down.

        Even at 8 years old, our oldest smiles whenever we sing her song.

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        • Dustin

          February 12, 2011

          How awesome is that! We may start with something like that.

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