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    Default Choosing what to call 'Grandpa' and should I just mind my own business?

    I'll preface this with saying I've been ridiculously grumpy and irritable the last few days, so I haven't reacted in any way, because I'll probably end up realising I'm being stupid and regret it.

    My mum told me quite a long time ago (way before I was pregnant) that one of her friends husbands was getting their grandchild to call them "Popcorn" instead of Pop or Poppy or Grandad. I thought it was about the stupidest thing I'd heard, but since it really wasn't relevant to me, I just laughed, made a WTF face and said "Oh, that's a bit weird, popcorn's a food". She said "I think it's cool" and I just made no comment, because again, not relevant to me.

    Fast forward to now and mum has sent me an email today telling me they've ordered us the change table we were looking at (lovely and very generous) and at the bottom it says "Love from Nanny-Moo and Popcorn"..

    Because I can't trust my hormonal pregnancy brain, please tell me whether my dislike of using the name Popcorn and my desire for my child to call them simply Nan and Pop is worth making any comment over. Or is it completely none of my business what they want to be called? I have no idea if my dad actually wanted to be called Popcorn - it would be fairly typical that my mum might have just told him she thought it was great, and that's what he would be called. I know DH's parents will want to be called Grandad and Grandma because that's what he calls his grandparents, so it hasn't transpired because they needed to find a way to differentiate between the two sets of grandparents or anything.

    I half feel completely irritated about it because I think it's stupid, but the other rational part of me is telling me it's a ridiculous thing to even worry about and to just forget it!

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    I think you might have to blame pregnancy hormones for this one! 😉 I think the names they've given themselves are adorable, but I'm pretty relaxed about that sort of thing.

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    I'd be feeling the same as you - Popcorn is a little weird. On the other hand, it's a kind of right of passage for parents to become grandparents so I think it's sweet for them to choose...however in your case I think you have a right to question it - speak 1:1 with your dad to get a true feeling of what he'd like to be called.

    My stepdad always wanted Pa, like his deceased father. Us adults call him Papa and so that's what the grandkids call him...one day I'm sure it'll go to Pa.

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    Omg that makes my eye twitch lol.

    It is ridiculous but their decision as to what they want to be called in the end.

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    Default Choosing what to call 'Grandpa' and should I just mind my own business?

    I'm not that happy about nanny-moo either to be honest.

    Pick your battles. I'd let this one go.
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    I let grandparents decide what they wanted to be called, and even told them they didn't have to stick with the more traditional titles. Popcorn on its own sounds a bit silly, but nanny moo and popcorn sounds super cute....and I imagine a toddler calling out to their 'popcorn' will sound adorable. I doubt your teenager will call their grandad popcorn, and will probably shorten it to pop.
    So, if it was me I'd leave them to it. They're excited to be grandparents, they picked names they liked, and they don't sound similar to mum and dad!

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    My mum wanted to be "Nana" but my first niece had other ideas when she started talking and she became "nanny", and she's now that to her 4 grandkids. So maybe your little one will decide anyway!

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    Nanny-Moo and Popcorn?
    OMG.
    I love these names!!!
    My Mum's a right cow most of the time so that name would suit her PERFECTLY.
    Call her 'Moo for short. Ideal.
    And Dad...well he's forever jumping around like a brown bag in a microwave so I'm so stealing these names and will indoctrinate the children accordingly.

    Thankyousomuch

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    Weird but they have the right to choose what to be called

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    I think you are being way over the top, sorry.
    My dad is pop and DD and DS call him popcorn, all their own doing.
    I think it's cute and shows the fun relationship they have.


 

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