So most who know us know that we have about 16 names for our cat (if you're out of the loop, read here) and when I was pregnant we called Kale "Tickey" (because he was once the size of a tic tac. It's weird, I know, but it stuck). Kris and I have also affectionately referred to one another as "mama" and "papa" (with a french accent, of course), which started long before Kale for reasons that I no longer remember. So before Kale was born, I made Kris take an informal oath with me to call our child by their actual name and keep the nicknames to a minimum. A cat with 16 names is ok, but I think it could get a little confusing for a kid.Nevertheless, we have a few...
Monkey. One of our midwives called him this from the get go and it just stuck. I think monkey is a pretty common nickname for a baby, but the variations we use probably aren't. Monk and Monkaroo are the ones we use the most.
Kal-eh. There is a hip hop artist Wale (pronounced Wall-eh) and he has a line in a song "my name is Wale but people call me whale." So Kris put a little spin on this and sings (because nothing he does is close to rap), "my name is Kale but people call me Kal-eh" and hence the nickname, Kal-eh. Makes total sense, right?
Mr. Winkles. This is another name that Kris takes the credit for. Honestly, I'm not even sure why he calls Kale this. I don't even want to guess. The other night I came home and Kris was reformatting the ipod and he told me he called it "Whizzle" after Kale. Umm..what? Yeah, he got confused. He meant to call it Winkles.
Grandpa Face. Yeah, saved the best one for last. We call our kid Grandpa Face. I know, totally ridiculous, BUT! he makes a killer Grandpa Face. He puffs out his cheeks and puckers his lips and looks like a grandpa who is chillin' on his porch with his dentures out. It's adorable. However, sometimes this name gets shortened to Grandpa and when you're out in public and you call your kid grandpa people tend to look at you weird.