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!