I didn’t have a nickname as a child. My siblings didn’t either.
While pregnant, I liked the fact that our top girl name had a fun nickname. Soon after she was born, I told people our daughter’s full name and her nickname.
Looking back, I shouldn’t have told people a nickname for our child that I hadn’t even tried out on her yet . As weeks and months went by, I realized that I wasn’t calling her by her nickname at all. Ever. And her father wasn’t either.
Our daughter’s full name is a beautiful name. No nickname necessary. She’s learning her name as what’s on her birth certificate. Maybe one day she’ll want a nickname for herself? Only time will tell and that will be up to her.
It’s frustrating and funny how I chose a name and a nickname for our baby. Nicknames seem to be more something fluid, something that happens over time, if ever at all.
Did you have a nickname as a child? Do you have a nickname for your child? Or have you, like me, decided not to use a nickname? Leave a comment below…