We Call Them Baby Heads

I had a friend who told me a story once.  She had a friend who had a little girl.  And they always called the little girl “Princess”.  And they treated her like a princess.  They gave to her.  They loved her.  They did everything they could for her.  But they didn’t call her smart.  They didn’t tell her what she could do for herself.  And she grew up with a “Princess” kind of attitude.  With an expectant nature and willing to let others do for her.

There’s something to that.  Sure a woman can be a Princess of Power and Authority and Generosity.   If she knows such things.

Nicknames have always been a part of my world.  My life.  And I am thrilled to see the tradition live on.

Baby HeadsGrace O’Malley, Little, Jar and Mimi

As a group or even individually we call them baby heads.   But they all  have their own code names.

There’s joy, love and laughter in these names.

Now it’s time to start adding new nicknames.


President, Doctor, Teacher, Master Builder

Sir, Ma’am

Your Honor









47 thoughts on “We Call Them Baby Heads

  1. We have The Wee One, Little Missy Poo Poo, and The Dooper Doo. They are all adults now, following their own paths. Our Little Missy Poo Poo, will be Nurse C., our Dooper Doo will be Computer Whiz. The Wee One is following an undecided path, and while his personality is more like a politician, or snake oil salesman, I’m sure he will be successful where ever his path takes him. You’re right, labels need to be changed as they grow. 🙂


  2. Yes, I truly believe you and your dear husband will give them the support, guidance, wisdom, discipline and proper nicknames to allow the Baby Heads to grow big, smart and self-sufficient, Colleen.


  3. Thinking back I don’t think any of us had nicknames, Colleen, just shortened versions of our given names… as mine is Pen, maybe that’s become prophetic eh? 🙂 But I can imagine the embarrassment later in life still being labelled with a baby name that’s stuck.. So, yes, updating baby heads, lovingly given tho’ they are, will be a natural step along life’s highway… xPenx


  4. I like what you say about nicknames, treatment and expectations. We never had nicknames when I was growing up. Now that I think of it, we don’t have nicknames for my grandchildren either…The six-year-old’s been called Doctor because she’s always interested in what’s ailing someone but it hasn’t stuck.


  5. You’re so right in this … it’s okay to let girls be small princesses, but should be allowed to be smart and develop their own personality. Lovely little post …. I love yours Baby heads. By the way don’t we call small boys prince???????


  6. Great way to update the nicknames. Powerful, in fact. We didn’t have nicknames when I was growing up. My mother didn’t like them, not even shortened versions of our names. I was thrilled when a friend recently started calling me “Bob” because I finally have a nickname. 🙂


  7. Yes, a great update to nick-name list. Hadn’t thought a lot about the impact these names can have on us. We call our Maltese Lucy, Goose. Think she might start honking? Oh, that’s what she IS doing. Maybe we should start calling her Quiet. LOL Seriously, love this idea that we take a fresh look at what we call kids.

    Hugs from Ecuador,


  8. Colleen, I liked what the 1st commenter said, “You forgot Chatter Master,” we gave our daughter Allison a nickname, “Squirt” back when she was a toddler, 35 years later we still call her Squirt. But you know what, I have completely forgotten why we called her that in the 1st place, because she has never been a squirt. And that must be why. Anyway love your nicknames and their meaning. Take care Bill


  9. The nicknames we give to our children, as well to the other things we say to them, can be quite influential in their development – you’ve pointed out an important aspect of parenting here, Colleen. Great post.


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