Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hey! Get back here you little Scooter Toot!


I've never been a pet name kind of gal. Shane and I call each other, well, Shane and Natalie. Occasionally we call each other something like "sweetheart", but it is so rare that it really does come across as a noticeable term of endearment. I always thought that couples who are calling each other "honey" or "babe" in the midst of a heated argument may be at the point of overuse. But that's just me. Shane has a few other nicknames for me, but they're...um...private. :)

As soon as I had kids, that pet name policy went at the window. With Lydia every other word from my mouth was "sweetie", " sweet baby", "munchkin", "cutie pie", "sweetheart", "Liddy Bitty". From the day Collin was born I started calling him my little "scooter toot". It just seemed to fit. I found out recently that my mom called me that as well, so I guess it makes sense. Now he is actually crawling and I get to see that little toot scooting around the house. I hope he doesn't walk too soon. I like this stage.

What nicknames do you use in your family? 







By the way, I've added my summer reading recommendations and summer reading list to Monday's post.   Sorry I didn't think to include them earlier. Enjoy!

16 comments:

Pam in Texas said...

I call my granddaughter sweet pea.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

That picture is too cute! My family has about a dozen nicknames for each person in the family.

Love Being a Nonny said...

I call my grands Nonnygirl!

Nama said...

I'm personally not a fan of nicknames for spouses, either. I don't have kids yet, but I understand how easy it is to fall into giving them nicknames! Growing up, my parents had nicknames for each of us that have stuck to a certain extant. I think you have to be careful though, because a cute nickname for a 3 year old might not be too cute come school age, or teenage years, etc.

Not to name names (ha!), but I am acquainted with a husband and wife who nicknamed their baby girl "Milky"...and that's all they refer to her as. Maybe I'm being judgmental and mean, but I already feel sorry for this child who's almost 2 now and doesn't know her own name. And has an unfortunate nickname. Am I a bad person?

S Club Mama said...

Anthony is my love, I am his lovely. Tristan is Moose or Bubba. Isaac is Squirt or Tristan (haha)

Dave and Abby said...

That photo is one of the best I've seen! I love it!

Dave and Abby said...

Pet names. Yeah, I can't agree with you more. I NEVER, NEVER call Dave anything but Dave, unless I'm teasing him and then I use ones inappropriate for public. He wanted to use nicknames when we got married, but I refused. I don't feel comfortable with them. Dear, Darling, and honey feel like what couples use once the romance is out of their relationships. The best sound in the world to any person is their own name. But you are right, sweetheart is the one I can tolerate best - maybe because dad called mom that. In movies, when a couple is angry they always use pet names. Why? Because your actually name is too personal. But again, with our baby Paige, we call her all sorts of pet names: peaches, pidgin, bug, munchkin, sweetheart, honey, goose bump, goober... it goes on.

Dave and Abby said...

Wait, I forgot. Dave didn't give in altogether. He calls me love. But never when he's upset; only as a true term of endearment.

House Queen said...

Sometimes I call my oldest Sugar Baby and my youngest honey Bun. But like you...I call them everything "sweet" in the world! My hubby? ...nah...notsomuch! I love him but it is just not us!!!

Amber Cullum said...

I just had my first child (1 month ago) and I rarely refer to him by his name. At one point, I said his and it felt so strange. Their just so sweet it seems natural to have nicknames for them..........it also keeps you sane when they are being insane. We call our little man Bennettito (his name is Bennett), Crank and Fuss, Sassy Pants, sweet face, love bug, etc.

bumblebeebags said...

I have always called my husband "pumpkin" and he calls me "peanut" as a matter of fact our engagement cake was a masculine pumpkin with his arms around a feminine peanut (with a bag on her arm) I call my littlest boy Ean Bean. dont ask me why just always have as for the big boys....I'm not allowed a nick name anymore...it embarasses them! :(

Modern Crush said...

My husband and I usually call each other simply 'love.' Honestly I kinda started using it early on when we were dating - and it stuck. I have never been a fan of 'honey' or 'sugar' or gushy things like that. My parents didn't call each other anything but their real names either.

'Love' seems just so classy to me. A true term of endearment in my book. And I always loved how it sounded coming out of the mouth of british people (not that either of us are british, but it did sound nice!). Occasionally we use 'babe' but thats about it.

Now nicknames for my three cats - ohhh dont get me started. Bug, bear, sunshine bear, princess, tinkerbell, buggy, sweet pea, baby kitten, sweet baby, little baby,... twinkletoes.... the list goes ON. haha I really made myself laugh with all these, how LAME!

Madeline and Family said...

Hi Natalie,
I wanted to leave you a quick comment to say how much fun your blog has been for me. I don't comment on blogs like I used to but I hope to get back into it. Keep up the great work!

MollyinMinn said...

The photo just made me giggle. Adorable.

CoconutKate said...

Sweetie or sweets, monkey or monkey doodle, chickadee, drama, beauty.
My husband and I both use "honey" for each other on a pretty regular basis.

kanishk said...

That picture is too cute
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