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amy3455:My parents are Nana and Papa. They didn't feel old enough to be called Grandma and Grandpa when they were in there late 40's to be called that, so they picked Nana and Papa.
That's the case with my parents- they are late 40's. My FIL will be "Pops" - but that's what all his boys call him and it really is a term of endearment in their house, so we're just rolling with it!
My son named my parents. They are Lolli and Pop- and yes, he randomly came up with that on his own when he first began talking. My mom's name is Leslie, so we think he heard someone calling her that and began calling her Lolli. For my dad, we kept trying Poppy or Pop Pop, and my son would emphatically yell "POP" to correct us.
My niece named the IL's- they are Grandma and Papa (but again my son refuses to say Papa and calls him Bubba).
Have some ideas, but your mom/mil might be willing to let your baby name them.
alicat108:My mom and dad go by G'ma and G'pa.....(gee-ma and gee-pa). The nurse in the delivery room wrote the shorthand and my mom liked it and it stuck. Although my son calls her by the dogs name "Maggie" :)
Your son calls your mom the dogs name? That is too funny! :) I have my grandmother who raised me...she is "Granny" to everyone. Then I have my mom who wants to be called "Muddy" -- yea, don't like it... my MIL is "Grandma" and my step mom is "Nanna" Not sure about the guys. FIL will be "Grandpa" but I'm not sure about my step father or my real father. I say let the kids name them. I"m going to teach my son to call my mom "Muddy butt" hahahahahahhaaha.
my mom is a "young" (she'll be 47 in November, and looks/dresses about 10 years younger) grandma, so she refused to be called Grandma...she goes by "Gigi". H's mom goes by "Noni" (the spelling bugs me, b/c it's pronounced "Nonnie"). H's dad is just Grandpa and my dad is Papa Jake.
Oneday82:I have such issues with nicknames for Grandparents. I'm kind of boring, I just like grandma and grandpa!!! My fil wants to be "grand daddy" which just sounds weird to me, I don't know why! My mil wants to be called "mere" because she's originally from a creole speaking country, and that's what she called her grandma. That's weird to me b/c Mere means "mother" and I'm thinking "you aren't her mom you can't be called that!!!" BUT she won't go for "grandmere" bah....oh well!!!! Good luck!
lol that is weird...can't she go by Meme? Pronounced "meh-may". That's what I called my grandmother (French Canadian, though, not Creole).
My MIL wants to be called "grammommy" which seems like a lot of syllables--apparently that's what her grandmother's name was. I forget what my mom and FIL want to be called.
I'm of the "you'll be called whatever this kid ends up calling you" mentality--as is my dad; he's stated no preference.
My nephew named my parents-MiMi and Papa-which they love so that works out well!
My MIL wants to be called "Oma"-we all laugh every time she says it and keep telling her that the baby will name her she can't chose! Not sure what FIL will be. We'll have to wait until baby starts talking to see!
My parents will be called Babcia & Dziadek (my parents are from Poland...translation- Grandma & Grandpa). The ILs will be called Oma & Opa (they are from Germany).
My Italian mother wants a Greek name -Ya Ya
And my German MIL wants the italian name -Nonni
It has been the longest most annoying process for my MIL and FIL to pick names. They would choose a name and say how excited they were with them and then the next week they will say they changed their minds. Praise the lord they finally picked names and we don't have to discuss it anymore!
My parents wanted to just be Grandma and Grandpa. DD calls them mama and papa. Sometimes she is lazy and she just calls my mom "mom." I think its because she hears me call her mom and thinks thats her name.
MIL wants to be GiGi which is weird because that is what everyone calls her grandma (DD's great-great grandma) who is still alive. Whenever she calls herself this and someone gives her a weird look, she switches to calling herself Granny. DD doesn't really call her anything. She calls FIL Papa also.
I think you can try as hard as you want to make your kids say a certain name, but at the end of the day, it may or may not work.
We're the last to have kids, so this conundrum was already long since figured out for us. My Mom and Dad are "Nana" and "Papa", DH's parents are Grammy and Pa. There are also two great-grandmothers: Granny and Grandma; and a great-grandfather: Papa Jack.
My MIL is TeeMaw (Cajun for "Little Grandma") and FIL is PawPaw. Since this will be their 3rd grandchild, those names are established.
On my side, this will be the first. So far we have Grammie for my mom, and I'm not 100% sure for my dad. I really like Poppy. It could all very well change when the baby comes! :)
My mom and step dad are MawMaw and Poppy, as established by my step neices and nephews. My dad will be Pa, or PawPaw. My ILs will be Bun and Buna (pronounced boon and boonah), because DH is Romanian. Unless they want to be called Titaya and Mimaya, which is ok with me too.
For the Cajun side of the family (mine) all the aunts and uncles are Tauntie and Nonc, except for godparents, who are Nanan and Parain. My godmother, even though she is also my aunt, is LaLa. That's just what we call her.
My mom will be Mimi, stepdad will be PopPop most likely shortened to Pops. My MIL & FIL will be Grandma and Grandpa (I think).
I have two grandmothers still alive that live near us and one will be GiGi for Great Grandma and G-Nan (we call her Nanny) for Great Nanny. We'll see if those stick, but that's the running joke for the great grandmothers!