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    Wherein Grandma names the new grandchild

    baby feetMy third grandson is due to be born soon. Which means... the child needs a name.

    My daughter and son-in-law have picked out a strong, solid, terrific real name. But this grandma needs a bloggy name by which to call the kid. (You didn't think Bubby and Mac were my other two grandsons' real names, did you?)

    So I spent much of yesterday searching online for nicknames, inserting this word and that into Google translate, wondering if Ditto might be an appropriate moniker for the third son of my second daughter.

    It's not. So I nixed Ditto. And Hoss (hey, that's a tough name for a kid who better be tough, considering the row he'll have to hoe on the heels of Bubby and Mac).

    I also decided against Roo, which sounded cute for a little one. Roo was ousted mostly because the last time I thought a nickname was cute for a little one — when Mac was initially considered "Birdy" — that little one's mother (meaning Megan) thought I'd gone utterly bonkers and offered up Mac.

    As I write this, I'm waiting for a reply from Megan as I just texted her the bloggy name I think I'll dub Grandson No. 3. I'm pretty sure she's at the doctor, though, getting a closer look at Grandson No. 3... or at least a closer idea of when the kiddo might make his grand appearance.

    Which means she's not answered my "Is that okay with you?" text.

    Which means I think it will just have to be okay with her. Or changed at a later date as we did with Mac-formerly-known-as-Birdy.

    Once I moved beyond considering Ditto, Hoss and Roo, I contemplated Grandson No. 3's real name, the name chosen by Megan and Preston. It's a strong name, an Irish name, a name that's not real common.

    (And it perfectly fits the parameters Megan set for choosing baby names, parameters that include how many syllables a name must have, what the ending must sound like and more, to complement the real names of the rest of her family. Tell me: Have your adult children done the same when naming your grandchildren?)

    I digress...

    So once I took the new baby's real name — a unique name — into account, I decided to go with a very not unique name, pretty much the most generic name I could think of (except John because that would be a dumb bloggy name for a baby). Just to be different. Different from the child's real name, at least.

    Ultimately I decided that I will call him... my new grandson... here on Grandma's Briefs... not in real life... I will call him...


    Yep, I'm doing that goofy thing all the cool kids are doing nowadays and altering the spelling of a common name just a tad (Jack with no C) to seem all cool and original.

    I know, I know. It's really not all that cool or all that original, but I think it's fitting. And it's far more fair to the third and final kiddo in my middle daughter's family than Ditto would be. Or Hoss. Or Roo.

    Besides, "Bubby, Mac and Jak" has an awesome ring to it, I think.


    There! My work here is done, the new grandbaby has been named. Jak it is!

    And all before Megan even had a chance to weigh in on it. (Cross your fingers she doesn't find Jak as horrid as she did Birdy.) I'll let you know if Jak's name changes.*

    And I'll definitely let you know when Jak arrives.

    It shan't be long, my friends. Feel free to chill the champagne and get out the noise makers for Baby Jak shall soon be here!

    (Okay... full disclosure: Jak's not scheduled to arrive til mid to late June. This grandma's got a feeling it'll be sooner, though. Like I said, I'll keep ya posted.)

    *Megan texted me back not long after I'd finished writing this post. Her response: "Fine with me!" Shew... No name change for Jak.

    Today's question:

    What degree of input did you have when it came to naming your grandchildren?

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    woohoo! Jak it is and I can't wait to see your first proud picture!!

    My daughter called me throughout both of her pregnancies and fired off names like a drill sergeant. Of course, my opinion didn't matter a bit when it came time to put the names on the birth certificate. lol Perhaps my daughter just wanted to see how the names rolled off her tongue through frequent use?

    Well, whatever the method of her pregnancy madness worked. I can't imagine my grandkids called by another name. Their names are perfect!

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I had no input in naming grandbabies but was honored that so many have been given MY name as a middle name, as in Taylor Anne, Melissa Anne, Alex Anne, Maci Ann, for girls and Jerry's middle name of Bennett has been assigned to boys like Coltan Bennett and Xyden Bennett. Just for the record, yesterday, May 29, marked nineteen years that Jerry has been gone. I still miss him.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I am a long ways from grandkids, but I have to say, I LOVE your happy face portrait for Jak. And just think of all the cool photos you can have of him in boxes....or with rabbits...or with a backpack (then it will be a Jakpack). Heh.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim tackett

    I like Roo.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cassara

    Jak goes with my grandson's names, which are Isaak and Erik. (Their real names, not bloggy ones!) But there's nothing wrong with Hoss, either. That was my father-in-law's nickname for my son, and it's very precious to us.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox

    I have another grandson arriving the end of June! They are trying to come up with a name that begins with "O" and my grandfather's name was Oliver. Fingers crossed.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Scott

    I like it! But I hope that Jak's head isn't as big as the picture. :-)

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim

    I love Jak....and Bubby and Mac!

    I did help name my first granddaughter. As for my second granddaughter, my son and his wife gave his daughter my grandmother's name, without knowing it! My husband and I do continue the tradition in my family of helping give our grandchildren a Hawaiian name.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    I love it, too! And it is the perfect name to go with Bubby and Mac! I had NO input on Amara's name, it was all her parents doing and I wasn't 100% sure I like it until after she was born. It just fits her perfectly but I don't know why! So does Marzi (or Marz Barz) which is what I usually call her. I do love her name.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I am about to be a Grandma for the first time! This was a great post for me! I am consulted about our new little grand daughter's name...but def not making the decision. The big questions is: what do I want this precious little girl baby to call me??!

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Dolgen

    My grandson was named after my grandmother at my request. I told my daughter she had to pick a B name and she did! I also picked his Hebrew name.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Lawler

    I love Jak! And, hey, is that photo for "real" or did you doctor it on Picmonkey? Either way I LOVE IT!

    First thing is to get my son a girlfriend. Since at 21 he seems in no rush to do that (or he has one and hasn't told me....) the naming of the grandchild will have to wait.

    When my parents came to the hospital when our son was born, my dad said after learning his name that it was a, "Good, strong name." The Housekeeping Seal of Approval!

    I'm chilling my champagne now.

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    Great name! I gave my grandparents nicknames too for online and writing's also just fun! They like it when I call them "Granny Grit" or "Grandma Grace"'s sort of like our own personal thing.

    Congrats on the soon to be new arrival!


    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Larsen

    I love Jak.
    My elsdest grandson is Harry John, John being its late great grandpa and also my maternal family name .
    His brother is Arthur William Arthur being my maternal grandfather and paternal uncle

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

    Jak sounds perfect to me!

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda

    I had no input at all with the first names. A little with the middle. Congrats on a new grandbaby!

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanie Emaus

    Bubby, Mac and Jak -- what a great band they'll make! And I have to admit I'm with Carol -- I like Roo!

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLois Alter Mark

    I'm a Jackie. Well, really, I'm a Jacqueline. Few people outside of my mother and law enforcement officials ever call me by my given name, though. For some reason, people often feel the need to shorten Jackie to --- you guessed it --- Jack. I have noticed, though, that when they spell it out, they almost always spell it J-A-C. So, I guess I'm one of the cool kids, too :)

    I have no grandchildren yet, nor do I hope to have one any time soon. My daughter is only 18! I have a feeling that I will have zero input in naming him or her, unless I'm dead and she decides to honor me, but it won't much matter to me then, will it? LOL!

    As I have dubbed my husband "Fang" and my daughter "Fangette" here in the blogosphere --- a tip of the hat to the fabulous Phyllis Diller --- I'm sure my daughter will never allow me input regarding the names of her, as yet, unborn and I hope, unconceived children! Really, who can blame her?

    May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

    Bubby, Mac and Jak - great names that can be used when they get older and want to start a rock band. :-) No input on names at all and that was fine. :-)

    My sixth grandchild was born three weeks ago and is called Jack Oliver.Amazing how these older names are coming back into fashion!

    May 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRose Friskin

    Jak is darling for a blog name or real name!
    Congratulations on the new little one. Can't have enough grand babies.
    Are you still there helping or will you be going there to help?

    I love how you adore your grandchildren, cause I adore mine just as much.

    June 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

    Jak is darling for a blog name or real name!
    Congratulations on the new little one. Can't have enough grand babies.
    Are you still there helping or will you be going there to help?

    I love how you adore your grandchildren, cause I adore mine just as much.

    June 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

    Apparently my last comment didn't stick. I enjoyed reading this article so much. I wondered in my last comment if you ever get mixed up in real life and call them by their blog name instead of their real name?

    June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershelley Zurek
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