Friday, December 17, 2010

Sobriquet

DSC_6386One of the most common questions we have been asked regarding Elijah's name is whether we are going to be calling him Elijah or Eli. The answer, as it turns out is both, or perhaps neither.

Initially one of the reasons we chose the name was because we liked the shorter version 'Eli'. However once he arrived, I've actually preferred to call him Elijah instead, while Linzy prefers Eli. So either works just fine. As it happens though, over the past few weeks he has also gained two nicknames that are pretty commonly used to refer to the boy.

The first, "The Gator", refers to his crazy extremity flailing efforts to avoid breastfeeding, leading an exasperated Linzy to complain that trying to contain him was like wrestling an alligator. The name, especially as the antics have continued, has stuck in a big way.

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The second, "Lord Fussypants", was coined thanks to his frequent refusal to be soothed by ... well ... anything. Too little holding, too much holding, having a soothie pacifier, not having a soothie pacifier, being in the swing, wearing a hat to bed, being cold without the hat on, etc, etc. I was describing it to Linzy as envisioning him sporting a suit, carrying a cane, monocle, and little baby top hat while looking down his snooty nose at all our efforts to appease him.

Hopefully he will grow out of the Fussypants stage, although looking at the description makes me realize that the timeline might be more like 'moved away to college', rather than 'turned a month old'. The Gator, on the other hand, may just stick.

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