I’m almost four months pregnant now and lately, Drew and I have been discussing baby names quite a bit. We should probably also be discussing pediatricians and possible day care options, but let’s face it: baby names are a lot more fun. At this point, we don’t know whether we’re having a boy or a girl, so we’ve got a couple names for both genders that we really like. We’re almost certain on our #1 names, but middle names are still a little hazey (hmm… Haze…Hayes?).
Anyway, all this focus on names got me thinking about our own names — your names, my name, the names we use online — all of it. My own name — Wendy — was one my mom just happened to like. At the time, it was a little unusual — she’d never met a Wendy before — and she liked the way it sounded. She convinced my dad, whose full name starts with an E and ends with an N (I’ll let you figure that one out), that it would be sort of like naming me after him — that if you switched the letters in his name you’d get Wendi-with-an-i. He liked that, and eventually my mother was able to persuade him to spell my name with a ‘y.’
A few weeks after my mother discovered she was pregnant with me, she had signs of a miscarriage. Her doctor ordered her to bed rest for the weekend and she went to sleep worried that she might be losing me. That night, she dreamed she was flying in a plane that suddenly experienced a lot of turbulence and had to make an emergency landing. She was able to get off the plane safely, though it was touch and go for a bit, and as she departed, she turned back around and saw in big, bold letters the name “Wendy” written on the side of the plane. The rest of the story, of course, is that I was not miscarried, and my mother delivered me safely many months later and named me Wendy.
So, what is the story of your name — either your birth name or the name you go by here? Do you have nicknames, and if so, how did you get them? And since this is a site about relationships, do you and your significant other have any pet names for each other? My pet name for Drew is Fatso.