Here’s where I confuse and alienate both of my readers.

The Duck is now Goose.

If you’ve been paying attention recently — and really, who has? — you’ve noticed that I’ve been referring to the baby as just that. “The baby.” His original nickname, “The Duck” never really stuck at our house. After a few weeks of insisting he was the Duck, Monkeyboy decided that the baby was a pig. Then another monkey. Then not a monkey, but a puppy. You can see where this is heading.

I, however, have always told the baby he is a “Silly Goose” since it was a sure-fire way to get a laugh. He’s a very happy baby, always smiling, giggling and talking. I know it’s dorky. (I will also take this opportunity to admit that I often sing him “Close to You” by the Carpenters — albeit more in the self-deprecating Rick Moranis kind of way than with any seriousness — because it gets him laughing). Long ago I learned to embrace my inner dork rather than fight her.

So, Goose is how I think of him and what he will be called from now on. Yes, it’s true. The pseudonyms I use here are usually the actual nicknames I call these people in real life. It’s called hiding in plain sight, people. And it’s so much less confusing to me that way.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bejewell December 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Ha! I can so relate. I call the Bean many things (including Silly Goose, incidentally), but the Bean is the one used most by the rest of the family and will always be used for blogging purposes. P.S. Your word verification is trying to kill me.

2 Jen December 10, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Congratulations on picking just one. I call Carter so many different things. Poor little guy is probably very confused.

3 Valerie December 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Jayden was supposed to be nicknamed JT because those are his initials. Yeah right he is and always will be JJ.

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