Big Guy, Little Man

A few years back, right around the time that C was turning 1, I started calling him “little guy.” I’m not really sure why. It just sort of became a nickname that I used for him.

Then his little brother was born, and I found myself with two “little guy”s. That seemed like a bad idea. I felt like a needed a different nickname each brother. So, after a bit of thought, I switched C over to “big guy” and N to “little man”. C was thrilled, N really wasn’t old enough to realize what was going on. The scheme worked out pretty well.

The “little man”, however, just had his third birthday. Shortly afterwards, as I was driving him somewhere, he decided to make a change. I had just asked him a question, ending in “okay, little man?”

“No! I’m not little. I’m big. I’m three!”

That was fine with me. I didn’t mind switching. It could be our own little rite of passage for turning three. “Okay, big guy,” I said.

“No! I’m big man, not big guy!”

So that’s what I started trying to do. It’s hard, though. I’ve got three years of practice calling him “little man.” For the next two weeks, I found myself getting corrected almost constantly. It seems like every other time I talked to him, he corrected me with his “No! I’m not little. I’m big!”

And, of course, there’s the strangeness of calling a three year old “big man.” For one thing, his older brother isn’t too keen on the new nickname. He’s turning four soon – and I know he’s going to want to make a change.

How do I get myself into these messes?

3 thoughts on “Big Guy, Little Man

  1. Nana says:

    Bright kids is how!!! lol

  2. Zarluga says:

    How about Youngling and Rookie? I was thinking Yuengling, but well…

  3. avasophiemomma says:

    My daughter is also three…I used to sing her a song…Little Miss Ava Rose, with her little button nose….and on…well, I started to sing it shortly after she turned 3…and apparently I can’t sing it anymore, because she is big. A big girl. Like Auntie. And she doesn’t have to ride in her carseat. Because she is big. Or go to bed, because she is big…(of course, she HAS to be in her carseat and go to bed, but she thinks not) They can be quite funny….and trying somedays!!!

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