July 1, 2010


After the first sonogram we had when Beth was pregnant with Mia, we remarked how much like a little lima bean our first child looked. We took to calling her - of course then we had no idea if she'd be a she or a he - Bean. It stuck. She's five and I'd say its pretty evenly split between calling her Mia and Bean. Or Miabean. She's surprisingly okay with it which is good especially since I told her the other night that was unlikely to change. Ever.

Owen proved somewhat more difficult to assign a nickname to. He's known by various names, among them O-man, O-dude, dude, Mr. O, or, simply, O.

A couple of months ago, Owen and I ventured through Target. This is not an expedition for the faint of heart. Owen in Target it like Tiger Woods in a brothel - he must have absolutely everything he sees and take it home immediately. It was less about shopping for me than it was restocking shelves. Anyway, when we sailed through the DVD section he saw a copy of Wall-e. He shrieked robot! and made it abundantly clear that he would not be leaving Target unless accompanied by Wall-e. I caved because I am weak. And slightly mortified by my kid freaking out in public. We checked out and we drove home immediately to watch the movie. Which he absolutely loved with a hitherto undisplayed passion.

Lately - though we haven't watched it in a while - Owen has revisited Wall-e and started pretending that he's the main character. And while that's cute, what's even more adorable is the fact that he refers to Beth as Eve (though he pronounces it, like Wall-e, Eva.

Owen: My am Wall-e. Wall-e love you, Eva.
Beth: Eva loves Wall-e too.

Only recently did Beth remember something interesting. Like I said, Owen's nicknames didn't present themselves early or easily, once he was born. But we did have one for him all through pregnancy.


(I just got chills. Did you?)

I'm not sure I'm a great believer in fate or karma or destiny. But being a dad kinda makes even the most skeptical a believer.

Posted by Chris at July 1, 2010 7:00 AM

its amazing what a child's brain even in-vitro will remember... you called him WALLY... he IS wall-e!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!
he remembered!!!
get him in school NOW!

Posted by: theunicorn at July 1, 2010 7:51 AM

Yes, chills!!

Posted by: Debbie at July 1, 2010 7:57 AM


So since Mia is MiaBean, Owen will be O-Wally? Wall-owen?

Posted by: oakley at July 1, 2010 10:46 AM

I love this.

Posted by: Mindy at July 1, 2010 1:29 PM

I read about this on Beth's site the other day. And, yes, I got chills and broke out in a huge smile. Amazing.

Posted by: js at July 1, 2010 1:36 PM

I love that story, and yes, i did get chills.

Posted by: Roger at July 1, 2010 1:39 PM

Funny how nicknames occur. Mine was destined to happen. Maribeth = MB

Posted by: at July 1, 2010 4:12 PM

Chris, thanks I needed a laugh. I love Wall-e. Great story. Harley was like that with matchbox cars and tiny toys.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at July 1, 2010 5:04 PM

This made me smile when I read about it chez Beth. It makes me wonder about what exactly kids hear and remember while in the womb!

Posted by: Heather at July 1, 2010 6:29 PM

love it

Posted by: becky at July 1, 2010 7:22 PM

i like that story. i love little karmic coincidences :)

Posted by: kati at July 1, 2010 10:23 PM

Evidently I facebook to much, read your post and right away looked for the "like" button. Hmmm to bad bloggers don't have that, it would be nice!

Posted by: kami at July 2, 2010 1:24 AM

And here I though you were "expecting" again!!!

Posted by: Lujza at July 2, 2010 2:09 AM

No idea which it may be, but that story is cute as hell!

Posted by: Debra at July 2, 2010 8:50 AM

The working name for our kid was Peanut, based on the fact that the first sonogram looked like a peanut. My sister's kids referred to her as Cousin Peanut when she was unborn. It never really stuck postpartum.

Posted by: robert muller at July 2, 2010 11:29 PM

When friends of mine were expecting their first, the husband did some research on what exactly foetuses do hear in the womb. Turns out they hear a lot (at least, once they have ears). So he made a tape of all the stuff Gracie (that's who she turned out to be) would have heard in the womb, and then ran it through some filters to imitate the sounds as heard from the mother's body. For the first six months after birth Gracie wouldn't go to sleep listening to *anything* but that tape.

According to the tape my friend made, Owen would definitely have been able to hear conversation, and "Eeee" sounds tend to carry. So it's not chilling to me, although it is very cool.

Posted by: Kat at July 4, 2010 7:39 PM

Chills. Definitely.

So... Beth's nickname was Eva?

Posted by: Nadine at July 5, 2010 9:10 AM