This is somewhat random, but I was thinking about it today...
Do you call your kid's by their given name? All the time? If you're anything like me, you don't. I just think it's a little ironic how we spent SO much time debating and deciding what to name our children before they were born, and now that they are here, we hardly EVER call them by their actual names.
When I was pregnant with Zander, we had his name picked out pretty much from the start. The only thing we discussed was how to spell it. We decided on Alikzander. I really thought we would call him "Alik". But, for some reason, once he was born, that just didn't seem right. So, we settled on Zander, and that's been his name ever since. His teacher calls him Alikzander (I think she sees it on the list and gets confused), and when I hear that it just sounds odd.
For baby number #2, I came up with the idea for her name before I got pregnant. There was a contestant on Survivor (I know, I know) who was named after her grandmother. The grandmother's name was Helen, and her name was Neleh. I thought that was just cool, so I thought it might work for my kids. I couldn't use my mother-in-law's name because it would just be child abuse to name them Anoz. (sorry, but it's true.) So, I tried my mom's name and came up with Adalen. I thought it was very pretty! I guess I figured that we'd call her Ady, but we had to decide how to spell it. Weird that it's just a nickname, and we have to choose the spelling. I went with A-D-Y mostly because I wanted to be different. *shrug* I guess if she doesn't like it, she can change it later in life.
With our third child, my husband told me that we HAD to stick with the pattern. All of our children's names start with an "A" and have a "Z" somewhere in the name (Ady's is in the middle name - she is named after both grandmothers after all). We had a few ideas. I really liked Alizbeth, but it didn't quite seem right. We finally came up with Ainzlee (again, we messed with the spelling). I chose the middle name, May, because it is a family name on BOTH sides, which is just cool. My grandmother's middle name is Mae, and I almost went with that, but, my grandfather's mother's maiden name is May, and Brandon's great-grandmother's middle name is May as well, so it works.
I didn't think that Ainzlee would have a nickname. There isn't one that just jumps out with that name. But, leave it to us to give her one. We've started calling her "Miss May". I don't know why. But it's stuck. Variations are "Baby May", "Missy May", "My little May"... you get the idea.
Anyway, it's just funny how much thought we put into "official" names for our children, but the nicknames some how just stick without us thinking too much about it.