In which a Bug is discovered masquerading as a Bear
January 28th, 2011
The problem with assigning a nom de blog to your child before he actually arrives is that you run the risk of getting it wrong. I used Miss Mouse’s real name in the blog for months before switching over to her secret blog identity. At that point, she was clearly and indelibly “Miss Mouse” — a nickname my mom had already bestowed upon her in daily life.
Then along came Baby2 and I knew I wanted to use a pseudonym for him from the get-go so we selected Little Bear. It was a good guess but, as it turns out, he is not a Bear. He just isn’t. I can’t bring myself to call him that in real life and when, at his four month well-baby appointment tonight, he clocked in somewhere around the 30th percentile for weight, it just sealed the deal.
It turns out that my little man is much more Bug-like. And so Bug he shall be. I like that this nickname also brings with it the potential for creative modifiers. Baby Bug. Brother Bug. Love Bug. Snuggle Bug. Oh, the opportunities are endless.
Goodbye, Bear. Hello, Bug!