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Still not used to baby's name

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Anyone else feel this way? Everett is named after DH's maternal grandfather. They were very close when DH was growing up. His grandfather died when DH was 13 and it was a devasting loss for him. I love the name and have since we first visited DH's grandfather's grave at Arlington Cemetary, and I read it on his tombstone. I still haven't mentally connected the name with my baby though. It feels weird for me to even say it out loud. I wonder if it is because unlike the other two kids, I never called him by his name while he was in the womb.
post #2 of 30
Orin's middle name is after my DH's maternal grandfather as well, who also died when he was 12 I believe. DH absolutely loved his grampa but I have to be honest, I don't really connect the name with Orin at all. I really don't like naming babies after other people. They are their own person. Orin's full name is Orin Charles (after DH's grampa) Emanuel O*********. When I look at him, I don't see Charles at all but whatever, I love the name otherwise. Girls are all mine to name anyway lol.
post #3 of 30
Yes! I love Henry's name, but, like you, it's hard to mentally connect it to him. I NEVER thought I'd name my son Henry. I actually didn't really care for it years back. I thought it was old fashioned, but that was before having kids. All of our kids have 'old fashioned' names, though. It fits. I say his name a lot, but it still hasn't 'clicked' for me that he's a Henry.
post #4 of 30
We too have a Henry, of course: I love old-man names, and I still really like the name, but I rarely call my baby by his given name. He's usually "Little man" or "My sweet guy" or a slew of less-cute names, like "Crankypants".

I assume that as he gets older we'll use his name more and it will seem more like him?
post #5 of 30
DDDC

It was like that with my DD. I didn't really connect the name to her or even call her by it that often (I usually called her "baby" "honey" etc) until she was at least 3 or 4 months old. By the time she was 6 or 9 months (at the age where they really start having a personalit), I was much more used to it. Now, it feels right and I couldn't imagine calling her anything else. It takes a little time sometimes, but it will feel right eventually, I think.
post #6 of 30
Mine probably thinks his name is Chubby Puppy. That's about the only thing I call him. I love it.
post #7 of 30
Yeah, this all is the same for me too... And, thinking about it now, it was exactly like this for my older 2 kids. I guess it takes a while to settle in with the name thing. I also never knew if I was having a boy or girl so the name wa not connected until after birth. My older sons certainly grew into their names very well though and I expect this will happen with my third as well.
post #8 of 30
I'm getting all my kids names mixed up these days... perhaps sleep deprivation? But I call everyone the wrong name...

Lately my DD has been calling Nico "SUGAHR BUM" She walks up to him and says, "HEY LITTLE SUGAHR BUM"

So, lately its been sugar bum...
post #9 of 30
I really felt this way with my son. He's two and to this day he goes by a nickname rather than his given name, and in fact, I'm not sure he even knows what his real name is . This is pretty common in the culture over here, kids have a "small name" that is used at home and then they have their given name, which might not even be used hardly at all until they start school. My kids have English and Chinese given names but we always use nicknames with them. I'd say I'm still not really used to my son's name being Dylan, but Annika has always felt more natural coming out of my mouth.
post #10 of 30
Me too me too! It's not that another name seems better, but I still don't connect my son's name with him. It feels kind of uncomfortable but I'm sure we'll get used to it.
post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by lalemma View Post
We too have a Henry, of course: I love old-man names, and I still really like the name, but I rarely call my baby by his given name. He's usually "Little man" or "My sweet guy" or a slew of less-cute names, like "Crankypants".

I assume that as he gets older we'll use his name more and it will seem more like him?
My mom calls him Hankyspank. Sometimes I call him Hanky.
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by carmel23 View Post
I'm getting all my kids names mixed up these days... perhaps sleep deprivation? But I call everyone the wrong name...
With all their names starting with D, this is an all day every day thing.
post #13 of 30
On another note, I've been around for a while and my mom constantly calls her dog my name and me the dog's name. When she gets mixed up, she'll tell either one of us "Not you, I meant your sister..." It cracks me up.
post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 
Glad to hear I'm not the only one.

I keep calling Everett, Gavin. Then I call Gavin, Kai. Sometimes I've even called Kai by my brother's name.

I love "old" names too. That's actually our baby naming theme. Old English names (with "v").

LOL Brittany. My MIL thought we named Everett "Edward" when he was first born. She was all set to call him Teddy.

I didn't have this "disconnect" with the other two kids. They were both thoroughly planned out, and I had started calling them by their name from the time we found out their genders.
post #15 of 30
Archie is really Archer, but it just seems like too old of a name for my tiny baby. It is def his name since he looks like an Archer, but I have to process it when others call him Archer. I correct people to call him Archie until he decides otherwise lol.

He is really called the Beebee and Little Man though. Or Him--since he's the only boy. And DD is Her.
post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 
LOL Everett is usually Baby Boy, Sweetie Pie, Chunka Munka, or Chubba Chubb.
post #17 of 30
due date crashing!

it's so funny to see this. we've finally picked a name for our little boy - it will be Andrew James; hubby likes AJ as a knickname.

i am still always refering to him as Kiwi which is our belly bump knickname for him. the other night DH called him AJ and it was SOOOOO weird! i was thinking - that is not his name! LOL

i guess i will have to get used to it once he arrives, and i do actually like the name, but i can't wrap my head around it yet.
post #18 of 30
Whew! I thought I was the only one! I've even asked (numerous times) to change Levi's name. It's a no go.

Oh! I even called him Eli by mistake once! That's what I really want his name to be but dd's name is Eliya (pronounced el-EE-ya) and even though they don't sound the same, it was too close for her. I agree...it's just such a perfect name!

For now, I call him Baby, Baby Boy, Chunky Monkey, Fussy Butt and "Little Pecker" (He was rooting and it looked like he was pecking Dh's chest, I said "Give me that little pecker" then realised what I said and we laughed...I need more sleep!)
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by justmandy View Post
"Little Pecker" (He was rooting and it looked like he was pecking Dh's chest, I said "Give me that little pecker" then realised what I said and we laughed...I need more sleep!)
okay, that me me laugh...
post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by Gimme Pineapple View Post
Mine probably thinks his name is Chubby Puppy. That's about the only thing I call him. I love it.
I think Finn thinks his name is Chubby Bunny or Finnypants, because that's all I call him.

OP- Everett is my FIL's name. We call him Ev.
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