#AdoptionTalk: Nicknames

Oh, he's just a lil bit!I realize it’s pretty silly in the grand scheme of things, but we take nicknames pretty seriously around here. Okay, okay… *I* take nicknames pretty seriously.

For every placement we’ve had, I spend many hours deliberating nicknames. What you may not know is that all of my kids’ blog handles are their
actual nicknames. We really do call them Squish, Squirm and Lil Bit. So for me it’s a pretty serious proposition. The nickname has to fit the child, number 1; it has to be something that is unlikely to be construed inappropriately…. And it has to be something that won’t completely humiliate the child when he/she is older – cause nicknames tend to stick around here.

Of course, I obviously violated my own rule with Lil Bit.

He’s going to hate me for that someday.

It really wasn’t my fault.

Not so little anymoreHis nickname was supposed to be Squirt – a perfect complement to Squish and Squirm. It was was decided days before he even arrived.

That is, it was decided right up until the case manager put him in my arms. The very first words out of my mouth were, “oh, he’s just a li’l bit!” You definitely wouldn’t know it now, but he really was just a tiny little bit of a thing.

Ironically, he is really not so little anymore. This kid is built like a linebacker and he’s going to be BIG. He also has a pretty serious case of Resting Bitch Face, so it’s going to be pretty freaking hilarious when I’m standing on the sidelines in 15 years screaming “Go, Lil Bit!!!” as the biggest kid on the field crushes the quarterback…

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  1. Jill

    Hilarious story! We call one of my kids Doodlebug…I have no idea why. He may not appreciate it later…oh well!
    Jill recently posted…The story behind my kids’ Chinese names…if I had a do-overMy Profile

  2. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

    I need to put more thought into the pseudonyms I use for the blog for the Safe Families kids we host. A couple years back, I christened one Miss No and later realized how negative it sounded. Of all the kids we’ve hosted (9 so far, we’re not very active) she’s the one that stuck in my heart. I wish I’d called her something else on the blog.

    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      I can totally understand that. In fact, Squeaker’s real-life nickname has evolved into Miss Fussypants – So. Fitting. – but I’ve decided to continue to call her Squeaker on the blog, because Miss Fussypants seems too negative if I don’t take the time to explain…. Which would be boring AND get into confidentiality issues… So Squeaker she will remain. 🙂

  3. Jenni

    Nicknames are rare in my family because my children have so many names already (names from Ghana and our family names). That is a hilarious story and I’d love to hear how Lil Bit likes his name as time goes on.
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