Arlo’s G-Man and Nana on their first trip to meet him, their 7th grandchild!
I remember when my first niece was born (back when I was 13! And now she’s a teenager. Gosh, I feel old. Anyway…), the topic of what to call all the grandparents (There were 6 of them!) came up. It’s something I had never thought about before because my grandparents were just regular old Grandma and Grandpa.
After much discussion, my parents ended up being Nana and… wait for it… G-Man. My dad wasn’t a fan of any of the typical grandpa words, he wanted something “cooler” so he dubbed himself G-Man. And, well, it stuck! I remember being so mad at him because my teenage-self thought it was sooooooo embarrassing. I was all “Well, my kids are never calling you that.” But now I can’t picture him being called anything else and alas, Arlo will call him G-Man! It’s just so fitting and perfect for him.
My mom actually called her grandfather “Daddy Dad” and my nieces and nephews call their other grandmother Gram. Then when I met Jeff, he called his maternal grandmother, Idee (her name was Ida) and his maternal grandfather, Poppy.
Since Arlo is Jeff’s parents first grandchild, we broached the topic with them when we first started seriously trying to grow our family. They thought about it for quite some time and finally decided on Lolo and Poppy. Lolo was Jeff’s mom’s nickname when she was a child and Poppy is in honor of his grandfather (who Arlo is also named after, Mitchell).
I find it all so SOO fascinating! So I thought it would be fun to hear… what do YOU guys call your grandparents?? Or, what do your children call your parents or parental figures? Any funny or interesting stories behind why they call them those names!? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
p.s. If you’re sensing a theme… I’m obsessed with names!!