What’s In A Name?

Wesley Cape . Nana. Pops.

These are the new names that entered our lives when our first grandchild entered this world just 9 days ago. It didn’t take me long to choose Nana. It took my husband almost seven and a half months to finally settle on “Pops”.

And Wesley? My beautiful grandson already has so many names he may never know his real name! Little Man. Squirt. Fusspants. Little Guy.  Junior. The Baby.

Although truth be told, our daughter had a lot of names growing up, too. Munchkin. Squirt. Kiddo Pididdo. And those are only the ones I remember. Luckily, the only one that’s kinda hung around is “Kiddo”. I still call her that, probably more often than she likes. I just hope I haven’t used it on Facebook. That’s a habit I definitely need to break. So, sorry, Kiddo, if I’ve used that name in a post.

So, what’s it like to be “Nana”? It’s strange, as I’m visiting my daughter this week, when she refers to me, as in: “Would you like Nana to hold you?” It’s a new name, and I haven’t grown into it yet. And Wesley Cape is a big name for such a little guy, too.

He hurried back to his birth weight fast enough, and he certainly is chowing down often enough. But he was only 6.5 lbs. when born. He needs to be 8 lbs. to fit into his Sakuro sling and into the majority of reuseable “cloth” diapers purchased for him. He has 4 “Little Joeys”, and they seem to dwarf him, too. And they are for newborns. Wesley has some growing to do, that’s for sure. And until he’s big enough for the sling, if he’s not sleeping in his bed, he’s in someone’s arms (often mine!), or nursing. And his Daddy has such big hands that they just make Wesley look even smaller.

Needless to say, he’s got some big shoes to fill, too. Never football, but baseball maybe. And hopefully all the smart genes from his conglomerate family’s DNA.

But right now, all he needs is clean diapers, mother’s milk, sleep and family. And he’s got all that and more. Loving parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles, and cousins, and first cousins once-removed. Goodness, so many people to love him!

Welcome to the world, Wesley Cape. Your Nana and Pops are ready to assume our new names and roles in your life to the best of our ability. It shouldn’t be too hard. We already love you!




~ by Heather on May 20, 2012.

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