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Pre-Natal Nicknames: Peanut and Pie

June 11, 2009 Linda Rosenkrantz

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’!”

BABY DUMPLING
BEAN
BINKY
BOOBIE
BUMPKIN, LUMPKIN, PUMPKIN

BUMPO
BUMPY, JUMPY
BUNNY
CHICKPEA
CLETUS (the fetus)
EMBRY
FISHY
FRISKY
GIBLET, NIBLET
GREMLIN
JUNEBUG
JUNIOR
LAMBKIN
LOLLIPOP
MONKEY
MUNCHKIN
NUGGET
PEANUT
PEEWEE
PIE
POPPET
PIXEL, PIXIE
POOH
PUDDING
SCHMOO
SHRIMP
SMIDGE
SNOOKIE, SNOOKS
SPROUT
SQUIRT
SWEETPEA
TOOTSIE, TOOTSIE ROLL
WEENIE

You probably have one or two of your own to add to the list.

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