Pre-Natal Nicknames: Peanut and Pie
Sometimes pre-natal nickname stories have a happy ending. For instance, when my British mother-in-law was pregnant with my husband, she was planning to follow the family tradition of using the initials C and R for the names of the boys in the family. Dad was Roy Colin, and they settled on Roger Clive for their first son. The only thing was that all through the pregnancy, her in-laws insisting on referring to the fetus as Christopher Robin, as in “How’s little Christopher Robin doing?” In the end, they heard this so often that when the time came, he couldn’t be anything but Christopher Robin–and their second son became Roger Clive.
Granted, that isn’t really a nickname example–this is more about the sometimes silly pet names we give our babies-to-be which shouldn’t be allowed into the delivery room. Think of little Peanut Rademacher, son of General Hospital star Ingo. Now picture him calling up a girl for a date and saying “Hi, my name is Peanut Rademacher.” It seems that, according to the dad, “We were calling him that when he was in mommy” and they couldn’t let it go.
Of course the individual names people use in pregnancy are infinite, but here are a few not-to-go-on-the-birth-certificate examples I’ve run across. (And bear in mind the title of one of our favorite blogs–“You can’t call it ‘it’!”
BUMPKIN, LUMPKIN, PUMPKIN
CLETUS (the fetus)
TOOTSIE, TOOTSIE ROLL
You probably have one or two of your own to add to the list.
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on June 11th, 2009 at 7:41 am
Love this list – ‘specially Cletus! 😉
A couple of websites compared the size of the developing fetus to produce – a strawberry, a large lime – and every few weeks, one of their comparisons would catch my fancy. That would become the baby-to-be’s nickname for a few weeks. None of them stuck as given names. Then again, Strawberry isn’t any more out there than Peanut!
Maybe next time …
on June 11th, 2009 at 8:12 am
I’ve been thinking of calling our little fetus “BOB” which stands for Baby on Board. I think its cute.
on June 11th, 2009 at 8:39 am
I called our last baby “Lucky” during my whole pregnancy because he is our 7th child! We ended up naming him Chase Xavier but we still refer to him as “Lucky number 7”!
on June 11th, 2009 at 9:02 am
Baby is known as “Nub” or “Nubbin” at our house, and I’ve had a couple of girlfriends take me aside and explain,in case we didn’t realize and are tempted to make it permanent when he makes his appearance, that that is not an acceptable Official Name.
on June 11th, 2009 at 9:17 am
We started calling our fetus “McLovin'” in the first trimester because all I wanted all of the time was McDonald’s fries and McNuggets. Mmmmm.
More recently, late in the third trimester, he or she has become “Bruce” because a woman at a wedding–who had perhaps had a bit too much to drink–cornered me and went on and on about how “Bruuuuuuce was the most beeeeeautiful name.” 🙂
on June 11th, 2009 at 9:34 am
A good friend of mine called her little one “Scout” until the day he was born (they chose not to find out the gender). I thought it was adorable!
Some other friends searched the Bible for the wildest and most ridiculous names they could find. I can’t even remember what they were because they were so long, but it was hilarious.
Whenever I see a pregnant woman, I ask her how her “muffin” is doing. 🙂
My parents always figured out genders & names early on, so we never had in-utero nicknames. Pity because I always find them adorable!
Emmy Jo Said
on June 11th, 2009 at 9:56 am
I ran a “World’s Ugliest Name” contest on a message board a while back. The boys’ winner was Cletus, for the precise reason that it DOES rhyme with fetus. Definitely not one to use past the in-utero phase!
I’m pregnant with my first child right now, and I’ve been to on one of those websites Abby mentions. This week, apparently, my baby is the size of a kumquat… it’s a very silly sounding word, and I’m enjoying referring to baby as “my little kumquat.”
on June 11th, 2009 at 10:21 am
I had a friend whose Dad and stepmom called the baby in progress, Scooby. He ended up being Sebastian.
We called our baby “Thor” b/c we didn’t want to deal with the family arguments about the name we had already chosen secretly, Frederick. When he was born a lot of people were surprised we weren’t really naming him Thor.
on June 11th, 2009 at 10:35 am
We called ours Apple Jacks (her initials were AJ).
on June 11th, 2009 at 10:38 am
When I was newly pregnant, the doc always had trouble finding the heartbeat with the doppler. And then when she did find it, the baby would move. So, I started calling her Waldo (as in “Where’s Waldo?”).
After we found out it was a girl, my mother (seriously.) suggested the name Hedwig – twice. My sister and I had such a laugh (sorry mom) that after that that’s all we called her. Hedwig definitely didn’t make it on to the birth certificate, though!
on June 11th, 2009 at 11:07 am
I have pregnant girlfriends whose babies-in-progress are Sprout and Nugget.
Ours is Newt. Because when we first started looking up those “what does you baby look like now?” pictures, it was a drawing that looked mostly like a small lizard.
I’m actually fond enough of it now that I could see us using it as a nickname once the baby arrives. But definitely not on the birth certificate!
on June 11th, 2009 at 11:38 am
We called our son Bean and Steve while we were pregnant. Steve just sounded funny and a bit silly to me, so it was just a nickname. We named him James.
on June 11th, 2009 at 11:42 am
Mine were Gosling (sometimes Goz for short) and Small Fry.
on June 11th, 2009 at 1:13 pm
I’m nearly seven months pregnant and our daughter has had a lot of nicknames already (and is still not formally named).
Initially, I called her The Peanut. Then my three year old niece, upon being told that Aunt Kat was pregnant, said, “Is she having a kitten?” And so my sister calls her Kitten.
I was in my last semester of grad school when I got pregnant, and several people already called me by my last name, Bilbo. When they heard there was a baby coming, they referred to her as “Baby Bilbo”. Then, “Baby Girl Bilbo” once we found out the gender. And on Facebook my friends have shortened this to BGB.
My stepmother keeps referring to her as “Jacqueline Elizabeth” – a play on my husband’s first name (Jack) and my middle name.
She’s got so many names already – why can’t we decide on the real one???
on June 11th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
My sister is pregnant and she noticed that the fetus looked like a little gummy bear during the first ultrasound, with his arms and legs just tiny dots, so I’ve called him gummy bear a couple times…
on June 11th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I have cousins who were expecting their second child, so called the feutus, “Baby B”. A, then B, alphabetic order. They called the baby Baby B for so long, they wound up naming her Beatrice, to call her Bea! Kinda cute.
on June 11th, 2009 at 7:42 pm
We tried out “Wombat” for a while, but it didn’t stick. Instead I just started calling him Tiberius – a name that started out as a joke, but I have grown to like it. However, it is extremely unlikely we will actually name him that.
on June 11th, 2009 at 9:40 pm
When I was pregnant everyone was convinced we were having a boy, so our friends wrote up a list of names and decided on ‘The Panther’ – so that’s what our baby was called throughout pregnancy!
(she ended up being a darling girl named Evie!)
on June 13th, 2009 at 12:26 pm
I was pregnant in 2002-2003 (I gave birth to him in February of 2003) and during this time the movies Lord of the Rings came out. We ended up calling him Frodo while he was in the womb and we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl. We ended up naming him Zachary but still reverting back to Frodo LOL. I told my husband the other day that if ever have another kiddo we should name him Gandalf, Stryder or Aragorn, Legolas and if we have a girl name her Arwen, Galadriel, Eowyn.
Boston Girl Said
on June 17th, 2009 at 12:40 am
Some ten or fifteen years back, my mother (who was a fan of the soap Ingo Rademacher is on) half-jokingly pointed him out to me and announced with a big grin, “I’ve got your husband all picked out for you.” I did think he was a looker, but his name kinda put me off. (I couldn’t imagine calling for Ingo all the time. Wonder where his parents got the name?)
Seeing the story about his poor kid being officially named Peanut made me grin and shake my head. If I’d really married him as Mom kidded about my doing, I’d certainly have had plenty to say about putting “Peanut” on the birth certificate! That poor child is in for vats of cruel teasing once he starts school.
on July 1st, 2009 at 8:15 am
Early on in my first pregnancy, I read that my baby was about the size of a bean, and she became Jellybean until we settled on her real name – which wasn’t until just *weeks* before she was born.
Oddly, just days after we told my daughter (she’s three) she was getting a little sister, she named her Bubblegum. So now we talk about what Baby Bubblegum’s “real” name should be (as we’re having just as much difficulty selecting a name this time!).
on July 10th, 2009 at 9:42 am
I called all of mine either Jean-Luc or Tiberius, after Captains of the Enterprise. I figured they were these tiny little beings who were pretty much in control of the entire giant ship. Morning sickness? Go out in the middle of the night for Taco Bell Taco Supremes? Sleep at inappropriate times? “Make it so, Number One!”
on August 8th, 2009 at 11:29 pm
When my mom was pregnant with my younger sister, she was dubbed Peanut. She was officially named Amy. Amy dubbed our youngest sister Jellybean.
on August 11th, 2009 at 4:20 am
Before I was born, my parents referred to me as Vito- which is Italian for life
on February 15th, 2010 at 8:17 am
We call ours the n00b.
on April 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
When my aunt was pregnant with my little cousin, me and my other cousins were pretty young, so we decided we wanted my aunt to name her baby “Big Bird”. It ended up sticking throughout her pregnancy! Peanut was another one!
on April 16th, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Boo and Pip. Both boys as it turned out (we didn’t find out). I was hoping Pip would be a girl, call her Pippa forever, I love that name!
on May 2nd, 2010 at 9:37 pm
Mini-Me. ‘Nuff said.
on August 17th, 2010 at 11:34 pm
My 2 year old daughter’s nickname was (in utero) and still is CUPID. She shot me in my heart.
on November 1st, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Who IN THE WORLD is nicknaming their fetus Boobie or Weenie? Most of those listed make me cringe, but these two are the worst.
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