When I first started my blog waaaaayyyy back in March 2010 (can you believe it hasn’t even been a year yet?!), I decided to keep the kids’ names anonymous, and so I called them Tater, Ms. L and Ms. M. You will find that I still regularly refer to them that way, but more and more often, I call them by their real names: Ethan, Lila and Mia.
I don’t know what changed, other than one conversation I started on The Blog Frog. I asked the question of why people do or do not use their children’s real names on their blogs. One mom replied something along the lines of “I use my kids real names in public, so what is the difference?” And that’s when I started to use their real names occasionally.
But what this post is really about is nicknames. You see, our kids have so many of them that we rarely call them by their real names. So I thought I’d share with you some of their nicknames, and how they came about.
Yes, we really do call Ethan Tater most of the time. We also call him E, T, and Tater Magoo. Past nicknames included Little Hitler, Mr. Baron, and Frank Baron.
Let me explain…
Obviously, E is short for Ethan, that one is easy.
T is short for Tater. But where did Tater come from? When Ethan started eating real food, the kid loved french fries (he lovingly referred to them as “ench fries”), and really, really loved tater tots. So we started calling him Tater Tot, and it was shortened over time to Tater.
Tater Magoo came about when I started singing him this goofy little song:
Mommy Loves You
You Love Me
So I guess you can say that Tater Magoo came about because I needed something to rhyme with I love you. I still call him Tater Magoo or T Magoo on a regular basis.
Next we have Little Hitler, which is really self explanatory if you have or ever have been around a toddler. They are demanding little dictators, and it’s really their way or the highway. That one only stuck around for awhile.
Last, Mr. Baron/Frank Baron. If you are an Everybody Loves Raymond fan, then you might recognize Frank Baron as Ray’s dad on the show. Frank’s hair is funny….he has just a ring of hair around the sides of his head, and is bald on top. When Ethan was born, he had the same hair. So Jason and I, as well as our family called him Mr. Baron and Frank Baron. It morphed into Fwank (cute baby-talk for Frank), and Sir.
We call Lila Drama, Clyde, Tiny McWhiney, Lila Bean, or just Bean.
Lila Bean was the first one that came about. I guess because it sounds similar to lima bean? I don’t know, but we call her Bean or The Bean daily.
We also call her Drama because she is so full of drama and very theatrical…especially with her fits.
Tiny McWhiney started early too because she did lots and lots of whining.
She will forever hate this nickname and may be mad when she gets older that I even posted this! Remember Clyde the orangutan from the old 1970’s movie with Clint Eastwood Every Which Way But Loose?
Clyde the monkey’s hair was kinda crazy and always stood up every which way…much like Lila’s…hence, the nickname.