Shannon Dittemore



The other day, my five-year-old called me “Babe.” Not like the pig. But still. Strange. He got it, of course, from my husband who calls me “Babe” far more often than he uses my first name. And, in all fairness, I return the favor and rarely use Matt’s given name. To each other, we’re both “Babe.” Or “Baby” if we’re feeling particularly lovey. At least at home, where we can get away with such sugar-coated sappiness and not get mocked for it.

That got me thinking…

I wonder just how long it takes the children of the world to realize that their parents aren’t actually called, “Babe” or “Honey,” “Love” or “Shmoopsy Poo.” It’s amazing that they ever catch on, isn’t it? Take Lady for example. You know, Lady? From Lady and the Tramp? This adorably confused Cocker Spaniel believes she is the proud owner of two humans named Jim Dear and Darling. Lucky for Lady, she’ll move through her entire doggy-life never knowing the difference.

So, tell me. If the term of endearment you were called the most often was your actual name, just what would your name be?



  • Comment by Jacy — February 4, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    “Fatty” but not in the “Hey you’re fat!” kind of way 🙂

  • Comment by Tamarae — February 4, 2010 @ 1:05 am

    Doll, or Baby Doll… Unless Freak can be considered a term of endearment?

  • Comment by Lacey Neuman — February 4, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    My mom has always called me toad. 🙂 Glad that is not my name!

  • Comment by Shan — February 4, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Ha! Lacey, I almost peed my pants! And Tamarae, if you’re set on using Freak, then I’m sure we could figure something out… Freaksie Poo or something??? Although, Baby Doll has a nice ring to it as well! And Fatty – that’s the most backward nickname for you, Jacy. Maybe it should be PHATTY!

  • Comment by Steph — February 5, 2010 @ 12:45 am

    Well let me think…hmm…oh yes, probably Peeny or Miss Jackson. lol ok just kidding on the Miss Jackson part.

  • Comment by michelle connelly — February 5, 2010 @ 1:01 am

    Well I call my son keith googlee bear( hes 13) lol my nephews(no 🙁 neice’s yet ) call me aunti fabulous lol

  • Comment by Anna — February 23, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    We’ve got a case of the babeitis in my house too. I’m babe, he’s babe. We’re all babes. Although, Crispen used to call me Chickens, which I think is adorable, in an odd way. 🙂 Eden now actually thinks her name is Sugar Plum, my recent name for her. She will say to me, “No Mommy, it’s Sugar Plum”.

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