Almost the first question people ask when they find out
Brittany and Dan are expecting (besides “when are they due?”) is, “Have they
picked out names yet?”
And they’ve worked hard
at it! Nearly everyday Brittany
would call me to see what I thought about a name. It was surprisingly hard to
find a middle name that sounded good with the first names she was coming up
with. It was also hard because they had to come up with names for both sexes
even though they’d only be using one.
Then invariably Dan wouldn’t like the name or one of her
friends wouldn’t so eventually she decided she and Dan would decide alone and
“announce” the name as a “done deal”.
They chose the boy name first and when she called to tell me
I held my breath hoping I would like it. I did!
Later when she called me with the decision on the girl’s
name she said, “And the monogram for that one is really nice!”
She IS a southern girl after all!
So with that taken care of I could get down to the business
of picking my Grandma name!
(There are so many things our parents didn’t have to worry
about that we do!)
I asked every woman I knew who had grandchildren what their
Grandma name was. Who knew there was such a variety? Lady Bug, Bitsy, Miss
Betty, along with the more common ones: Gigi, Cici, Nana. Nana of course makes
the most sense given that my name is Nancy
of grandmas are called Nana. I thought
the whole reason you pick Grandma names was to show your relationship was
I even Googled “modern grandma names” “foreign grandma
names” “trendy grandma names”. Nothing
Someone suggested to wait and see what the baby calls me,
but does that mean its parents won’t refer to me for the first year of its
life? Or say, “Baby, look at that lady over there!”
Another friend who will soon be a grandma says she wants to
be called “Favorite” which would leave “Other” for the …other…grandma. While I
thought that was a fun idea I’m not sure I could do that!
For now I’m trying out Nana.
But we have a few months left before KENNEDY RAE arrives so
if you have a great idea for a name for me let me know!
Labels: adult children, babies, empty nests, grandparenting