Thursday, April 1, 2010

My kids' real names

As you know, I don't use my kids' real names on this blog. But I've been thinking, and I've decided it's time to start using them. I don't want to live a paranoid, fear-based life. So I thought I'd share with you what their names are, and the stories behind them.

Chickie's Real Name
We decided that The Engineer could name any daughters we had, and I could name any sons. The Engineer's family has a tradition dating way back, that the foods you crave during pregnancy say something meaningful about the child inside you. The Engineer really wanted to honor his ancestors by making our first child's name a tribute to his family history. So we named her Salsa--that's the food I craved most during my first pregnancy.

I love the name--I think it reflects her fiery little personality. But we are realistic--we know that some kids might tease her since the name is a little different! So our nickname for Salsa is Sally.

Zoodle's Real Name
With number two, it was my turn to choose! I really wanted a Biblical name. I've always loved the story of a lame boy in the Old Testament, who was honored by the king. So we named our son after that boy--Mephibosheth.

Of course, we figured if kids will make fun of the name Salsa, they won't even be able to pronounce Mephibosheth! So we shortened it to Sheth. Unfortunately, everyone seems to think we're saying "Seth," and I've often thought I should have just named him that, considering it's a Biblical name too! But I really do like having a son who has a name that none of his classmates will ever have!

So there you go, our kids' real names--you never would have guessed them, right?

Sally, Sheth, and I all wish you a very happy first day of April!

15 comments:

SciFi Mama said...

What great names! Very unique. Thanks for sharing. I wonder why I thought the kids had different names. Can't for the life of me figure out why though.

ElleBee said...

Love it! You've given me a brilliant idea for April Fool's Day. My husband wants to name the baby "Jedi". Maybe I'll tell him that I've decided it's a good idea! ;)

Michael said...

Cute Story, Beth!

Then again, I could ask, "Are you pulling an April Fool's?"

@ElleBee: Perhaps you should suggest Sith... Kind of like Seth... :)

*Monica said...

April Fools? No? If not GREAT NAMES!

Dani said...

um... April Fools!

Our Scoop said...

Very funny! I love it :)

Kristen said...

Oh my gosh my heart sank when I read the title. I thought...wow...after all this time blogging...and all the crazies out there...and I was trying to keep myself from hyperventilating....until I started reading. Rofl. Too funny. ;-D

beckiwithani said...

:) I love you, Shally and Seth! Oh darn, I ALWAYS do that ...

Kristen said...

OK, I wanted to come back and elaborate lol. I in no way would condemn you for using your kiddos' real names...I know lots of people do. Everyone has to do what works best for them and their families/comfort levels. I probably sounded like a real goober up there...and I wanted to apologize. Ultimately that decision is up to the blogger...and I'd read if you called them Shaquintonada and Oobielababurpenstein. ;-D

Nicole said...

I almost read this to my husband, but then I thought "Wait.. am I really that gullible?"

Nicole said...

Ok, now I'm second-guessing myself. I can't tell if you're serious or not. That's really sad!!!! lol

SurvivorBlessing said...

Salsa does fit very well!
I am not sure about Sheth....

Happy April Fool's Day!

addhumorandfaith said...

Very cute, Beth. Happy April Fool's Day to you too! :)

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

So funny, Beth (even a day late!) :)

Katharine said...

Sorry, Beth, I just have to say that "Salsa" seems like an odd name. However, I have a cousin who was named after a dog (Sally!) but her parents decided her legal name should be Sarah. You know, just because.