Damn, you people are nice. I swear I wasn't fishing for compliments on that last entry but you sure did make my day. Okay then, we'll keep on keepin' on with the frequent posts, and maybe I'll sneak in some bonus weekend extras too. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments!
We started calling Riley "Suctopus" when he was a newborn, primarily because of his tentacle-like waving appendages and the sucking-mouth thing all babies do (I loved it when he sucked in his sleep, making that little tok-tok-tok sound), and boy has it stuck. We still use that nickname every single day, as in "Jeeeeeesus, the Suctopus was a real pain in the butt all morning long."
Variations include Suctopod (I don't know), Fatopus (when he puffs out his belly), Badtopus (a Badtopus pushes the DVD buttons even though he's been told NO 34612 times), and Smartopus (Smartopuses are clever enough to know which of the forty jillion truck pictures is the skid steer, although they still reliably smash their head on the dining room table).
I even find myself using suctopus as a common noun for babies and toddlers. "Aw, look at that suctopus over there."
We also call him The Boy, Rye-back, and although I don't normally get too insipid with the baby talk, my own personal pet name for Riley is . . . okay, this is embarrassing . . . Boo Boo Bunny. Yes. Example:
Me: "Who's a Boo Boo Bunny?"
Riley: "Boo boo ba!"
Me: "That's RIGHT, you're my little Boo Boo Bunny! Who's a boo boo boo boo boo boo bunny? RILEY is!"
*collective horking sound from readers*
Anyway! What goofy nicknames did you give your kids? Surely I'm not the only one who has saddled my child with such ridiculous monikers. OR AM I?