Everyday lives of the Meabon Household

Monday, May 23, 2011

Verbal Spewing

I recently read a developmental milestones article about 9 month olds.  It said that at nine months, babies start to recognize their names and that you should refrain from calling them anything but their name.  This could prove to be a problem for Harper. 

I inherited my grandfather's habit of nicknaming and "verbal spewing".  I can vividly remember sitting at the lake with Papaw as he read the paper and hearing him say without eyes leaving the page, "Is your name Brookee-doo, Doo-dee-roo, Doodle-ee-doodle-ee-doodle-ee-roo, Roo-tee-too-tee-mou-dous, Mou-de-le-tou...." and on and on and on.  It would take on different variations, forms and nicknames but I rarely remember him just calling me Brooke.  Papaw would do this for my brother, my cousins, our parents, our pets, neighborhood dogs and cats, ducks on the lakes, squirrels in the tree.  You get the point.  My mother also inherited this habit, hence my names growing up varied from Brookie, Boogie, Booger, Boogie Bear, Lucy, Lucy Goosey, Girly, etc.

I don't know if Jared picked it up from me or if he came that way too but we know one of us has really done something wrong when "Brooke" or "Jared" is used when talking to each other.  Otherwise, we usually call each other some variation of Lover, Lover Face, T, T-Knucks, Knuckle Beater or Squash.  When we're out in public or with a group, we tend to get weird looks, followed by a "What did you just call him?" and then "What does that mean?"  To be honest, I probably couldn't tell you where the names came from in the eight years we've been together but they make sense to us.

All of this being said, at nine months our daughter is currently learning that her name is one of the following:
Harper-do-shus, Dough-sh, Dough-shul-troshush, Squa-doosh, Squirrel, Squirrely-girl, Whirly-whirl, Doo-doo, Doo-doo Head, Poopsinpants, Pumpkin-Head, Pumpkin-Face, Pumpkin-Pants, Lover-girl, The Girl, Harps and Harp-a-lar-pa-ding-dong

So I'm officially working on calling her Harper but I can't make any promises that she won't show up to pre-school introducing herself as Doo-doo Head Elizabeth Meabon.  Something tells me that might not go over too well. 


Kristin said...

That's funny - we have the same problem with Riley and so she now calls herself "Ry Ry." Like you said, she could go introduce herself as Poo Poo at some point too. Good Luck. :)

Susan Gee said...

I love all the names! My daughter-in-law does the same thing with Ainsley. Last year, when she was just two and a half, when she was asked what her name was, she'd say, "Ainsley O-Dainsley,B-dainsley Ernst!!"

Katie - a Blessed Mommy! said...

Trying to get a sick baby to sleep at nearly midnight and that made me laugh out loud!

Unknown said...

OMG...I am crying I was laughing so hard! I miss you guys and have so enjoyed reading this blog. You are a talented writer. Looks like Harper is doing fantastic and I am so happy for you and Jared. Hope to talk soon, Suz

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bethanyjones said...

tears streaming from laughing so hard!! i guess because Cooper Pooper will probably have the same problem!!! Love your blog!