The Texture Of Things

Close Call

September 23rd, 2008

No, I have not had the baby yet. That is not the close call.

This morning, the tot stayed home from preschool with the ever-beloved pink-eye. While we were sorting laundry in my bedroom, I noticed a gift box I had forgotten about. In it was a blanket and woobie for the baby. The tot saw the woobie and wanted to claim it. I reminded her it was for the baby and besides, she already had two identical woobies from when she was a baby. I fetched* them from the closet and reclaimed the new ones.

On an aside, I happened to mention that I want to have the blanket and woobie embroidered with the baby’s name, and instantly the tot determined that her woobie needs her name on it.

Of course, child – you can have your name on your woobie, too.

(Look, it’s not like I’m paying for it – my mom does it – so all’s equitable in love and embroidery, in this house anyway.)

So, because my mom was stopping by for other stuff today and because my four-year-old has a one-track mind (she gets it from her father or she’s 4, I’m not sure which plays a stronger role in this) and because I’m just trying to get every loose end tied up before the baby comes, I met my mother at the door with the woobies and blanket for names. I was all, Please take them TODAY. NO WAITING ALLOWED.

Cue HG’s scream of despair.

Why despair? Because we have an agreement that we will not reveal the newbie’s name until said newbie is born.

Happily, however, I had a moment of clarity and did not give the baby’s blanket and woobie to my mother. As a matter of fact, I believe I said, “Oh. I can’t give you these yet because I’m not telling you the name.”

She was, to say the very very least, bummed that I didn’t slip up.** But, for now anyway, our secret remains safe.


*Is it just me, or does it seem like the past participle for “fetch” should be “fought”? Just me? I thought so.

**Why do we have this policy? Because the people in our life are relentlessly critical people who take every chance they can get to tell a pair of parents to be why the name they’ve chosen is terrible and why they must change it to – and then they provide a list of “acceptable” names. Keeping the name a secret until the child’s birth does not, as we learned with the tot, prevent all the mean and hurtful statements about the name in question, but it does make it harder to fall prey to their demands to change it to – oh god, anything but that. I highly recommend the method, but I do caution that it doesn’t prevent every possible complaint.


  1. KLee says

    No, “fought” seems like it might work. With being on a kindergarten level 24/7, I might be tempted to say “fetchded”, so I wouldn’t exactly trust my judgment.

    I think your solution to the name game is a good one — once it’s done, they can complain all they want, but it’s on the baby’s birth certificate, so the heck with them!

    But, since it’s all blogly anonymous here, are you still planning to use “Dos” as the baby’s nom de plume? Oh, and do we know the sex? I can’t remember. (On the other hand, I’m lucky I remember my name most days…)

    Love, hugs, and easy birth vibes heading your way!

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  2. H.G. says

    …and they all hated the name…. but they loved the baby.

    Because you cannot look your new baby cousin/niece/grand-daughter in the eyes and say, “I hate your name”. No, you say, “I love this baby, and I will begrudgingly accept the name…since I have no choice… and you’re so cute… yes you are… *yes* you are…”.


    September 24th, 2008 | #

  3. admin says

    Yes, we do know, and I had a plan for a post to reveal the baby’s sex, but it involved finding an old commercial, possibly on youtube, that I just can’t find, so I’ll put something up by way of announcement shortly.

    As for nom de plume, I’ll put that in there, too. We have a couple of ideas.

    September 24th, 2008 | #

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