September 26, 2007

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner


When I was in high school (oops, did I just give away my advanced age) Aunt P and I rented Dirty Dancing. She'd seen it in the theatres, I hadn't -- and it was a cute, girlie high school movie..... but I remember thinking how absurd the name "Baby" was..... how could anybody go through life with the nick-name "Baby" (said with an excessive amount of disdain)

Well, flash forward a few years and here a I am -- the mother of two small children -- a toddler, 2 year old 'lil Dubya and a beginning-to-toddle 10 month old 'lil Dubyette.

When we brought 'lil Dubyette home from the hospital, the 'lil Dubya was a mere 17 months old. He was great with basic words, but the 'lil Dubyette's name proved to be a tongue-twister for the little guy, so he referred to her as "Bay-bee". We all thought this was cute and as you do with new babies, we often referred to her as "the baby" as well. Time went on and we somewhat unconsciously adopted his moniker and we too began referring to her simply as "Baby".......

Well, now the 'lil man is much better with enunciation and can say her name well and fine -- yet, she's still his "Bay-bee". We try to encourage him to use her real name..... but to no avail, she's still "Bay-bee" to him. I wonder if she always will be?

4 comments:

Mamacita Tina said...

I was just thinking this myself. Ian talks really well now, he's three, and is still calling Laurel, Baby.

cape buffalo said...

I still call my 7 y.o. "baby gil" at least once a day.

Sue said...

I'm ok with the nickname lil Dub bestowed on the lil Dubyette - I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that you RENTED Dirty Dancing (as someone who was in college when it was in the movie theatres and saw it there)...

Anonymous said...

Kids are so funny. My son was a similar age when I had my daughter and for the first few months he called her sister. I was actually quite glad when he stopped doing that. Now that he is 3 and she is 18 months he can say her name perfectly well, but still likes to imitate the funny pet names we come up with for her. Just the other day he ran into her room to greet her for the morning calling out 'hello my princess'. Can't wait to remind him of this when he is a teenager.

Shelley

 
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