To Non-Grandmother’s House We Go

September 3, 2012

None of the grandmothers want to be called grandmother. Karen is going to be called “K-K,” the childhood name her sister gave her. My mom is going by her childhood nickname, Buzz, too. Cheryl is going to go by Mimi. And the two grandfathers are undecided! My dad has been leaving comments as Grand Pepaw for a while now and I have yet to determine if he is joking or serious!

We went over to Karen’s for a Labor Day cook-in and helped her set up her new pack-n-play! Doesn’t it look fun baby!?

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Cook-in because our weather is bad and we made No Bull Burgers on the stove-top rather than the grill.

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With a side of broccoli salad that Karen prepared:

~3 cups chopped broccoli, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, a few tbsp toasted slivered almonds, some diced smoked cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp sugar, a dash of cider vinegar and 2 slices of crumbled bacon.

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For dessert, Karen picked up two tarts – Pear Almond and Chocolate Orange

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Split 3 ways, we each got a tiny taste of both. I liked the Pear Almond the best!

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After dinner we watched a movie – J. Edgar. I wasn’t really into it at all, so I spent the time googling “signs of early labor” on my tablet :mrgreen: With an increase in Braxton Hicks, aching back, more dropped feelings and crampiness, sounds like I’m getting close! Still nothing official. I go to the doctor for a check-in tomorrow. Induction should still be ~10 days away, so I have lots of time. We’ll see what the doctor says tomorrow.

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1 Kelsey September 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I love that the baby will have creative names to call his grandparents! Mine were just “grandma” and “grandpa” on both sides. Makes for some confusion:)

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2 Kelly Ann September 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

We watched J. Edgar last night…zzzzzzz, the only good part was seeing the old courthouse in Warrenton and a friend of my was an extra. BTW…in one of your pictures from yesterday I was pretty sure you had dropped and looked ready…so keeping my fingers crossed for ya!

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3 Sana September 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Love the nicknames picked by the grandmother’-to-be. We are pretty big on nicknames in my family so it’s fun to see the same in other cultures as well.

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4 ann September 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Its good you are going to the doctor tomorrow. Labor can manifest itself in different ways to different people and that “aching back” could be the start of something. It was for one of my 4 deliveries. Thinking of you!

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5 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Haha my mom is the same, as was my grandmother. We call her Granann (her name is Ann) do my mother jokes that she should be called Granpam. Lol doesn’t roll off the tongue as well!

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6 Brie @ Impatient Baker September 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Ohhhh pear almond, great idea! Maybe I’ll make that into an oatmeal soon…

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7 Darla September 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Request a major membrane sweep! Worked for me all three times. :)

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8 KathEats September 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I don’t want to do that until I reach 41…. But hopefully before it would cone to induction

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9 Natasha September 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I’m with you…wouldn’t do that unless I had to. I had it done with my 1st (of 3 babies) and it HURT! And it did NOT work, still had to be induced.

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10 Holly @ Momucation September 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

At the suggestion of my doctor, I had my membranes swept twice. That evening after the 2nd time I started having back pain (which for me was a sign of labor) and 2 days later my water broke. Not gonna lie, it did hurt, but if you are wanting to hurry things along it could help.

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11 Beth September 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Seriously, DO NOT do this. My doctor swept my membranes (without my consent) on my due date. My water broke an hour later, but my body never went into labor on its own. A day later, I was induced with pitocin. One grueling day after that, I needed an emergency c-section. My baby and my body were NOT ready for labor and I wish I had NEVER had this intervention!

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12 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I’m not planning on it – hoping to buy another week first and do this as the step right before an actual induction

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13 Logan September 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Because she started talking so early, my daughter ended up calling my parents by their first names since they were much easier than “Grandmama” and “Granddaddy”. She’s 21 and she still calls them by their first names and my mom has always said that no one can say it any sweeter than Helen. :)
Hope you don’t have to wait 10 days. Come on, Baby Boy, on your own!!

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14 Robin September 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

When the time comes for me to be a grandma, by golly I will gladly be called as such:)

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15 Katie September 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

My mother in law wanted to be Nana, but my father in law didn’t want to be Poppa, even though my Dad was already Grandpa. So, at 11 months I taught my daughter to say Poppa…and then he changed his mind!

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16 Kim September 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Just thinking of you & anxiously awaiting any baby news! When my son was born (he’s 26 now!) I was scheduled to go to the MD for my weekly check & the appointment had to be cancelled and my Physician had to meet me at the HOSPITAL that morning instead of the clinic :-)
So maybe tomorrow will be the day….
Speaking of nicknames my younger brother and sister called our Grandma “Dano” because they couldn’t pronounce “Grandma” (not sure how they came up with Dano, but it was cute & she liked it better than Grandma).

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17 Kristen R. September 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Eat a papaya. My mom swears it started labor for her. I had a c-section for my twins, so I can’t personally testify, but it couldn’t hurt, and they’re yummy. :) Thinking good thoughts for you.

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18 Lynda September 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

I was laughing at the title of your post! I am not a grandma (or whatever you want to “not” call it!) and I didn’t realize what a sensitve thing it is for some grandparents. I hope everyone can decide on what they want to be called and Baby will follow accordingly. He may have his own ideas…lol.

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19 Liz September 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I actually really enjoyed J. Edgar ;)

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20 Leslie September 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

My granddaughters call me LaLa and they call my husband Pepaw. The other grandma’s name is Pam and the girls call her Pam Ma. The other grandpa is a doctor and they call him Poppa Doc. I love the names the grandmas have chosen. He will be a special joy to them all no matter what he calls them, of that I am sure.

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21 Erin September 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hey Kath! I’ve been readign your blog faithfully for about 4 years. Sometimes I get really busy and miss a few days but I always catch back up. Yours is the only one I feel like I need to catch up on…most others I don’t worry about if I miss a few posts. I missed your pregnancy post because I was in Guam with very limited internet! Now I’m in the middle of moving back to the States from Okinawa and I keep checking to see if the baby is here….seems like I always miss the important stuff! Good luck to you and best wishes for a quick labor!!

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22 andrea September 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

On my side, my mom is called her initials, which I have called her for the last 20 yrs or so -long story. So she is JD, or Jada. on my husbands side – was big debate for MIL. oy.. they call her Grammy, but she wanted to be called mammy? no. Then we have Pop pop for Fil. so funny to get that all figured out!

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23 j3nn September 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I love when grandparents–and parents–have unique names! Makes it much easier to refer to people and such. K-K sounds like it could be his first word! :)

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24 Karen September 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

I thought of that myself! Would be only fair since he didn’t come on my 60th birthday.

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25 colleen September 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Your baby will decide…at least mine did , She called mom Gran-ma even though she did not want to be called that at all! She was just 40. But she called my dad John (his 1st name)…too funny, my mom was so jealous!

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26 colleen September 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

PS my youngest called my dad BAPA and my mom Grand ma Sonnie.

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27 Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

As each day goes by I get more antsy to see if baby is here yet!!! xD And I bet the moment the grandparents see baby kerf, they’ll want to be called gramma and grandpa right away hehe.

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28 Kathy W. September 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Your parents + stepmother are part of a growing trend. This article from last year re the names people pick to avoid Grandma/Grandpa:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/fashion/noticed-who-are-you-calling-grandma.html

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29 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 6:14 am

Cool!

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30 Laurie September 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

You were up early! Insomnia or something else :) Here’s hoping its the later!

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31 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

Just awake…

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32 Mom September 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’m fine with grandma or any variation, but we did think it would be fun to resurrect my childhood nickname. Fun article! Thanks for the link.

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33 Kathy W. September 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I think any child would adore a Grandma Buzz.

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34 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

The “grandma” names are super adorable! And I love that there’s a Pack n Play all set up at Karen’s, so cute!

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35 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I normally love chocolate but the Pear Almond tart just looks so delicate and perfect!

Been thinking about you ALL day…wondering….

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36 KhushbOo September 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Grand Peepaw sounds so cute!

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37 Sarah Anne September 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

My mom is Neena to my stepsisters little girl and my grandmother is Nana. My grandfather is Pe, since I couldn’t say “gramp-ie”, it just came out Pe. We have forever been Pe and Pal.

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38 Hannah September 4, 2012 at 2:49 am

Was so hoping you would have had the baby by now.. I’m going overseas tomorrow so probably won’t check your website for 6 weeks. Oh well I’ll have lots to catch up on when I get back! Best of luck.. you will make a wonderful mother :) an early congratulations to yourself and Matt!

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39 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 4, 2012 at 4:26 am

Broccoli salad is the perfect BBQ side!

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40 Susan September 4, 2012 at 5:10 am

Mmm, those tarts look yummy. You must be so ready for your labour now! I’m sure you are just desperate to meet that little guy after waiting all this time.

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41 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

Thanks for the brocolli salad recipe to Karen! Good luck…the waiting must be very hard…

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42 seana September 4, 2012 at 5:54 am

Not Pe-Paw.My says that referring ti when has to go to the bathroom. I guess she says it instead of pee pee. Seriusly she doe :)

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43 Jenica September 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

The early signs sound promising at least! Enjoy these last few moments free of crying and the baby will be here before you know it.

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44 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

Good luck to you Kath! I can imagine that waiting is difficult but hopefully he will be here before you know it :)

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45 Cait's Plate September 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

Yes! Baby, it looks SO fun in there that you should want to come out now!! :)

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46 darlene September 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

My grandson picked my name where he got it from we have no idea he calls me Maxie . You might be surprised if your little boy chooses his own name to call his grandparents

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47 Angel7 September 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

The Pack ‘n Play matches Karen’s decor :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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48 Kristi September 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

We had the same broccoli salad (made by my husband’s grandma) only ours had craisins…yum! My MIL has changed her grandmother nickname a million times, so far she’s gone through ViVi, Bebe (because Vivi would be too hard to pronounce), Lita, and counting! I like K-K….those are my initials!

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49 Emily September 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

I can’t believe I’ve never thought of adding greek yogurt to broccoli salad! I love it but hardly ever make it because of all the mayo. I’ll have to try Karen’s version soon ;)

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50 Tracy September 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

My mom is “Honey” (her choice) to her grandkids and my dad is “Boppy” (so named by his oldest grandson). Your dads may end up with given names as well!

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51 Alicia September 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Grandparents can try to decide what they want to be called, but ultimately the little ones make the final decision. My little brother called our grandparents “Bonka” and “Bonka Boo” (GM and GP respectively), and my son calls his grandfather “Guys”.

Whatever your little fella decides to call them, they will be putty in his hands, every time he says it! ;)

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52 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Bonka is so cute!

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53 Bev September 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

I have a granddaughter and we waited to see what she wanted to call us. I am now Grammy and my husband is Pappy or just plain Paps !!!!!

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54 Elisabeth September 5, 2012 at 11:18 am

My uncle (is a grandparent) was nick-named Pee-Paw by one of his kids when the grandkids started coming. It has stuck and I love it! I am sure you will fine a great name. Hope all is well for you.

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