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Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm like rubber, you're like glue

I've been conspicuously absent in the blogosphere lately because I was lucky enough to go and spend some time with my beautiful sister who just had her first baby.
Ack. It makes my ovaries weep just looking at this picture:



I spent the better part of a week doing my best to spoil that little bundle of love rotten.

And trying to come up with a nickname.

I am the queen of nicknames. Everyone in my life has nickname(s). There is no way I was leaving without giving that little monkey a nickname. But it's tricky when they're so little. It's not like they've got much personality to work with. I mean, it's not like his nickname could be "blob." Unless I could convince my sister to change his name to Bob. Bob the blob could kinda work.

When my visit concluded I only had three potential nicknames:

Hambone: You know, he kind of reminds me of a little Easter ham when he's all curled up. But then, remember that show Growing Pains? And that kid they called "Boner..."


Not good. I think anything with "bone" in it will have to be excluded on principle. Can you imagine if this sweet child became Boner 2.0?! My goal is to welcome the little man into the family with a nickname - not to get myself excommunicated.

Hamlet/hamlette: This one picks up on the whole ham-vibe nicely, plus makes him look scholarly by throwing in the reference to Shakespeare, but his parents didn't really seem to be loving it. That may or may not be a problem. Once I've birthed a nickname they tend to stick around. Regardless of whether the recipient appreciates it.

Spongebob Wetpants: His diaper feels like a bloated sponge when it needs changing. Get it? Spongebob... Wetpants... You aren't laughing, are you? I didn't think so. My kids thought is was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. They've clearly got my DNA.

This is the face my little buddy made when he heard the nicknames:

So I'm the rubber, and you're the glue.

It bounces off me, and sticks to you.

I can't wait to see which one "sticks."

73 comments:

♥ Braja said...

Spongebob Wetpants!!!! lol....loved it. And him!!

Unknown Mami said...

I laughed at the Spongebob Wetpants, but you would have to hope he would outgrow that nickname.

Kristina P. said...

That just happens to babies when I look at them period.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Simplicity is always best, looking at this exppression while you are holding him, I like "Happy"

blueviolet said...

I completely cracked up at Spongebob Wetpants!

faemom said...

He's adorable!!! It makes me want- Oh wait. So you want to come by my place in eight months?
Keep working on those nicknames. One's bond to work.

WhisperingWriter said...

He's so precious!

I like the Spongebob Wetpants nickname ;)

peewee said...

Personally, I think he should be the next Michael Paul.

passions and soapboxes said...

"Such a punum" as my mother in-law would say. It means such a face. Give him time to grow, you will find one.

LadyFi said...

Sponge Bob Wetpants has a nice ring to it.. I'm sure he'll grow to love this nickname later on... ;-)

He is just too adorable!

ScoMan said...

New babies are fun.. and nicknames are even more fun. In Australia it's like tradition that whatever your parents named you counts for zip, you will be given a nickname at birth by your family that will embarrass you later in life.

Congrats to your sister on her first =D

ck said...

He's so tiny!

I have to tell you, I love Hamlette. It's the perfect nickname for someone elses kid. I might go and befriend someone with a newborn today just so I can use it.

Tammy Howard said...

I like Hamlette, too. But mostly I like looking at that sweet little man! What a face! Congrats to you and to your sister!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I totally cracked up at 'Spongebob Wetpants', too! :)

What a little CUTIE! Congrats to your sister and little Hamlette is going to love his favorite Aunt! ;)

rachel said...

I was an absentee blogger all summer, too, and I wish I had something so adorable to show for it!

I'm thinking "Grimace" for the nickname...

Congrats to your sister and family, Kathy!!!

Yaya said...

So Cute! I love coming up with nicknames too!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Okay, how cute are you to work at coming up with those nicknames and I so remember Growing Pains. I just did a post about TV shows yesterday and almost mentioned it. Congratulations to your sister and you. :D
~ Wendy

The Good Cook said...

First - your sister looks great for just having a little.

Spongebob Wetpants - oh, how cruel of an auntie are you. Do you want this guy to EVER get a date??

Give him time to grow a little and show his true colors - the name will come!

Rick and Monique Elgersma said...

Glad to find your blog! I came on a rather hilarious day, I'm happy to say.

Anyway, "blob" would insure that no one else has that nickname! ...not sure that's a good enough reason though.

TheKitchenWitch said...

I'm totally in for Hamlette!

I also love Hambone, but it reminds me of a little rhyme a friend of mine made up as a youngster, at the dinner table, eating a ham dinner, looking at her new baby sister. This little ditty got her sent to her room ASAP:

Hambone, Hambone,
Chicken-n-Gravy,
Hambone, Hambone,
Bald-headed baby,
Hambone, Hambone,
Have you heard?
Mama gave birth to a Flying Turd!

confused homemaker said...

that's a great face, he looks mortified at getting his picture taken LOL. He's so cute, see babies do that, they suck you in with all their gooey cuteness.

Hambone is a pretty good nickname.

Susie said...

He is so cute!! I hope the wet pants stick....ew...poor choice of words:-) Hee, hee, hee.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

OH I WANT ONE! When ever I see a baby all my hormones start getting in neat little lines and start marching towards my uterus.

no, really...they do...

Lindy said...

That picture is hilarious.

I keep looking at it and keep laughing!

Mary K Brennan said...

Congratulations Aunt Kathy. I'm sure whichever nickname you choose will be wonderful.
Although the SpongeBob one kinda cracked me up.
Enjoy the new addition. He is precious. Best of luck to your sister.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh my gosh he's adorable!

Spongebob is cute! Although keep in mind these things have short lifespans, so by the time he's 8 or so Spongebob will be a thing of last generation.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I'm in Hamlette. Only smart people would make the Shakespeare connection. Ya'll could call him hammy for short.

Tsquared417 said...

He is too precious...I'm so glad he arrived safe and sound.

evenshine said...

LOVE Hamlette. Just think of all the Shakespearean lines you can use...

Mox said...

So cute! I like Hamlet. It sounds like omelet and ooglet...all fun words.

Did I stop following you? I didn't mean to, I don't know how that happened. But I have joined the ranks again!

Happy Labor Day!

Mox

Kristen said...

aww the baby is so cute!!!

countryfriedmama said...

I love "Spongebob Wetpants," but it's kind of a mouthful. What a little cutie, he is.

heidi said...

*I* laughed - I did!! He's a cutie, no matter what NN you saddle him with. ;-)

Undercover-Princess said...

Classic picture! I called mine knuckleheads until their personalities came through. Monkey Butt has always been Monkey Butt. LOL

Pam said...

He's absolutely adorable. And my vote is for Hamlet!

Hit 40 said...

He's a keeper!! Adorable. My neighbor is having one in the next couple of weeks. I know I'll get to babysit :-)

the ungourmet said...

So Cute!

I want a nickname! ;0)

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

He's completely adorable. I can barely remember my son being that tiny!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

He's completely adorable. I can barely remember my son being that tiny!

i am the diva said...

hm, i can't wait to see which one you go with...

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

OMG I had forgotten about Boner. Hilarious. He's such a little guy. But I birth three-month-olds, so practically every baby looks tiny to me!!

Young Mom/Wife said...

He is to cute! It looks like you had tons of fun.

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Very cute ham. Totally dig those nicknames.

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

O.K. Boner Stabone... I haven't thought of him in ages: the stupidest kid in prime time! Until now, there is Trent on the Bill Engvall show.
I love Hamlettte, it is adorable, and will stand the test of time. Plus only a special Auntie can give it to a well-loved nephew.
I admit I laughed with a snort when you came up with Spongbob Wetpants, because it is funny, and I remember those kinds of diaper, but as mentioned he will probably "outgrow" that name.
He is absolutely GORGEOUS -- congrats to your sister!!

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

I rambled so long, that I forgot to mentioned I stumbled along on your blog from In the Trenches of Mommyhood. And I really love it!!

FranticMommy said...

OMG what a dolly! He makes my ovaries weep too!

Zip n Tizzy said...

He is so darling, and that face is hilarious!

Personally I like hambone.
If it helps to have one more...T was tiny like that - no rolls. I think when they're little like that their bodies look like frogs. You could call him froggy.
Or how bout Slim Jim?

No?
Then Hambone it is.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Ah! What a sweetie pie he is! And so skinny!! Bella was always a chubber.

MadMad said...

Oh, cutie! It's gotta be Hamlet, though, doncha think? Love it!

~Laura said...

What a cute little guy! Congrats on becoming an Aunt! It is so much fun. Enjoy!

Ink said...

Congrats, Auntie! Adorable pic of the two of you. :)

JennyMac said...

What a perfect beautiful baby! And your sis looks so much like you. Gorgeous girls.

Congrats on baby hambone/hamhocks/wetpants.

Justin Narin said...

He is so cute :) find a him cuter nickname for him.


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naptimewriting said...

Okay, here ya go (because Spongebob Wetpants is AWESOME but will be just sad around age 5...)
Hamhock...Hock. When he gets older he can pretend it's Hawk, but the fam will always know it's cuz he's like a big ol' ham bone.
Hock. Try it. If it doesn't stick, he's on his own defending Wetpants.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I like it. All of them in fact. Wanna nickname me???

parentingBYdummies said...

Nice ideas! I use nicknames profusely also, and mine change daily. Drives, Hubby crazy so I like to give them to him to, you know, just to get him going:)

Heather of the EO said...

Ugh...so freaking cute!!!

And I totally remember Growing Pains and Boner. I had forgotten. Thank you for reminding me :)

Missy said...

Hambone! OMG! Please, do not stick that cutie with a name like hambone! LOL

Zeemaid said...

oh he's adorable. Can't say I'm lovin any of those names. Spongebob Wetpants cracked me up but the poor little thing will be stuck with it for life... can you just imagine school... Heyyyy Wetpants. *L*

yeah, makes me want to have more too when I see a little sweetie like that. Glad you got to spend time with him and your sister. :)

Sandy said...

He is so sweet. Spongebob Wetpants got me giggling.

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