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Monkey

by: Michelle {LMM’s Momma}

The moment Ashley (my baby) told me she was going to have a baby went nothing like I had always imagined it would go.  I always imagined I would be old and gray on that day.
Likely retired on a front porch swing somewhere exotic, probably Greece.
But here I was, 48 years old, still in the prime of my life and career…
and somewhere in the excitement of her announcement I went numb,and all I could think was,
I’m too old to be a Grandma.
I’m a Momma, not a grandma.

Don’t get me wrong.
I was thrilled they were going to have a baby.
I knew they were ready to start a family. I knew they were going to be wonderful, loving parents.
I was ready for them to be parents.
I just wasn’t ready to feel as old as “Grandma” sounded.

I spent 9 months thinking up different ways to say Grandmother…
Yia Yia, Nana, G-Ma, Grannie, Grammy, Bubbie, Nanny. But they all still made me feel OLD!

I talked to everyone I knew hoping to discover some cute new way to make Grandmother sound younger, but nothing.
Then one day, a dear friend and proud grandma of 9, told me that it wasn’t up to me to pick the name my grandchildren would call me…
They would decide that for themselves.

And she was right.

 Lil W has selected his name for me.  And when we’re together, he says it over a hundred times.
And bless his heart, it’s not Grandma. Not even close.

It’s MONKEY. Yes, I’m serious.
And as silly as it sounds, when he calls my name at the park, I couldn’t be more proud to be Monkey.

So now my time with Lil W sounds something like this…

Monkey walk.  Monkey hand.  Translation:  (Grandma, Please take me on another walk, Grandma, I will hold your hand)
Monkey huwy huwy.   Translation:  (Grandma,  hurry, go faster before the trucks leave)
Monkey twuck.  Translation: (Grandma, look at every passing, moving or parked truck on the face of the earth and say wow with me)
Monkey bus. Translation (Grandma, look at every passing, moving or parked bus on the face of the earth and say wow with me)
Monkey bubbles. Translation: (Grandma, Please put lots of bubbles in my bath tub)
Monkey dwink.  Translation: (Grandma, Please let me have some of your soda but don’t tell Mommy)

So that’s it. I’m Monkey. And can you believe it, I don’t just like it. I love it.

What do you call your Grandma?

-Michelle
Little Miss Momma’s Momma

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90 Comments

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    Katie
    August 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    That is too sweet. My mother became a grandmother at a young age too. She was 47 when we welcomed our first son and she couldn’t stand the thought of a “granny” name so my boys call her Honey. Her and my dad are Honey and Pops so we like to joke that they sound a lot like cereal 🙂

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      misty
      August 31, 2011 at 2:42 am

      my kids call my parents Honey and Pops, too!

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    Melissa S.
    August 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    My daughter calls my mother Monkey also!!! How strange and cool is that!! My daughter was going through a Lion King phase and began calling her Monkey. Now with 3 more grandchildren from my siblings, they all call her Monkey. People always looks at us strange when they hear what she is called, but my mom always smiles with pride!!

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      August 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Melissa, What are the chances of that! I love it! Happy to know I share the name with another proud MONKEY.
      LMM’s Momma-Michelle

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    Erica
    August 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I read LMM’s blog daily but don’t comment all the time. This post definetly caught my attention though! When I was a little girl and too young to say Grandma I began calling my Grandmother GaGa and it just stuck-and I don’t think she minded one bit-just like you 🙂

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    Katie Johnson
    August 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I love that he found his name for you!! My mother-in-law refuses to go by grandma (her youngest son has taken to calling her granny just to bug her). So, my nephew refers to her as Mema.. On the other side, my nieces call my mom and dad Grandma and Grandpa Achilles (the name of their dog). I can’t wait to see what my little one will call her grandparents 🙂

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    Katie Dufour
    August 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    So cute!
    My 2 year old calls her grandparents Ammy (Grammy is too hard) and B-Dada (Bang Bang Dada – he was building a house when the grandkids were babies, and the nickname stuck). And the other set is Nana Lu (My mom is Luci) and Pee Pee! (Pepere).
    I love that they have their own little names for everyone, so sweet and innocent even if it is embaressing out in public. I have to say I’m SO glad my name is Momma and not Pee Pee 🙂

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    August 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    How cute is that!? Wonder how he came up with it… ? 🙂 My mom’s mom has always been GRANNY. To everyone. I don’t think 90% of my friends ever knew her real name. They just all called her Granny. My dad’s mom is Nana. As in Nana and Papa. Now my mom is Nana and my dad is Papa. Can’t wait for my kids to give them their own names.

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    Lindsay
    August 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Michelle, this post is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE this! Ash is so lucky to have a momma like you!

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    Melinda
    August 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I call my grandma Nana. Always have probably always will, no matter how old I get! My kids on the other hand call my mother Nonni. She was 37 when she became a grandma and like you felt too young for “grandma”!

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    heather in arizona
    August 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    My mom felt the same way about the name “grandma”, so when my kids came along she asked them to call her “GT”, which stands for “Grandma Tracy”.

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    Breeann
    August 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    This is precious! 🙂
    (Already a follower, but popping over here from The Shine Project!)

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    Vanessa
    August 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    How precious! My mom is about to be a grandma too at age 42, she felt way too young to be a grandma too, but now she is so excited and can’t wait for me to have my baby. I wonder what our little girl will call her.

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    Sierra
    August 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I love hearing names of the grandparents:) It is true, the child will pick out the name! My husband used to call his grandma, honey. I attribute it to his grandpa calling after her and my hubs heard it. My mom goes by “ama” I think because I call my mom, “ma” and my husbands mom is gaga. I have no idea where that came from:) I love it!

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    Lindsey
    August 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    That was EXCELLENT advice from your friend! My whole family had our nicknames picked out when my nephew was born…As soon as he could talk Papa went to Poppy, Grammy went to Mimi & Auntie L went to Mitz lol. But they’re perfect for us! I think it creates an extra special bond 🙂

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    Karri
    August 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    So precious 🙂 And the translations/Lil W talk take me back to when my oldest was his age. Same love of trucks and watching them and commenting on them. Love it.

    My kids picked (mostly) their grandparents names, too. We have great grandparents in the mix, too, so they had to come up with names for those. But for my husband’s parents, they insisted on grandma/grandpa lastname. Very formal 🙁

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    ashleigh @ cactus couture
    August 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    For a little while my niece called my mom Baca and we have no idea where it came from. Just as quickly as it started she stopped and started calling her Grandma though. On my dads side of the family my grandfather is from cajun Louisiana so we called our grandparents Maw Maw and Paw Paw. I remember when I was younger telling my grandma I couldn’t call her Maw Maw anymore because I thought it was spelled Mama and had just learned that four letter words were bad and can still hear her in her Texas accent say well thats okay honey because it’s Maw Maw (the w sounded like dubya though)

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    Salena Lee @ A Little Piece of Me
    August 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    How precious! I called both my grandmother’s “grandma”. I made my mom a grandma at 35 and she hated it. The kids call her “Grandma Diane”. My son made me a grandmother at 36. I’m called “Mama Salena” by my grandaughter and my oldest grandson is confused and keeps calling me “Aunty”. lol. When they call you whatever they choose it’s the cutest thing. =)

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    Danielle
    August 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    So so so cute! My mom had a difficult time deciding on what “grandma” name she wanted. She tossed around Oma, Nana, Nanny, etc. but my son decided it for her. My kids now call her “Birdie” since at the time, she lived on a street called Birdies Roost.

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    Sally @ A Blessed Existence
    August 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    My grandma was Nanny. She was a grandmother at 35. I didn’t have a say, but I think she was ready to embrace her grandmother-hood. My mom is Gigi. She was a grandma at 42 and wasn’t ready to embrace her inner grandma. She spent months agonizing over what her name would be, and my sister finally settled on Gigi for her.

    Seeing some of these just make me laugh. A close friend’s mother is Monkey also. She went with grandma for nearly two years before K started calling her Monkey. I also saw a Honey up there, and that is my boss’s grandma name. Too cute.

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      August 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Sally, My grandma was Nanny too! Can’t believe you know another Monkey… LMM’s Momma-Michelle

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    Lindsey S
    August 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    What a sweet story! My kids call my mom “Grammy”…it’s a southern thing my mom and I used to hear kids yell with a southern twang when we live in GA. Years later, when I had my daughter, the name Grammy resurfaced. It’s a sweet reminder of our relationship and a cute private joke about our time together in GA.

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    Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya
    August 31, 2011 at 12:04 am

    My Gramma had a complex when I had children (making her a great grandma in her 60s) so she decided to go with “Gigi” (as in G-Great G-Grandma). Our kids also call their great aunts “Granty”. We never put names on the kids grandparents, we let the grandparents chose. But I love that your little guy named you. How sweet is that? Something special for sure.

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    kim
    August 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

    My oldest started calling my parents Ma Maw and Bampa and they stuck, she still does it because she says she doesn’t want to be boring and call them the norm, shes 10. My husbands parents are called Grandma and Grandpa and that’s okay because that suits their personalities to a tee. My youngest is 3 and she refers to our parents as mommy’s Wa Wa and daddy’s wa wa or mommy’s Bampa and daddy’s Bampa. Whenever my husband says Grandma, I correct him to say Wa Wa, because it is too cute and I want it to stick for life.

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      August 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Good for you Kim… I think they are darling names, keep correcting him. LMM’s Momma-Michelle

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    Heather
    August 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Aww! Precious post and photo! 🙂 My mom was 48 when I had my son- her first grandchild (and I thought my Mommy was young to be a Grandma, too). 🙂 She is called Omie (German for Grammy). My Grammy (my mom’s mom) is now called GG (great-grammy) by my son. We picked out these names and now he is 2 3/4 years old and calls them both these. 🙂

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    Steph
    August 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love that you embrace it. My son started calling my mom Pumpkin and it stuck. Everyone else thinks it’s adorable, but she thinks it’s weird.

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    Kim
    August 31, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I became a grandma at 48 as well. Funny how each of us feels different about the new “phase” of our life when it happens though. I look pretty young and just love it when my 5 yr. old grandson calls me Grammy in publinc now and people do a double take and tell me that I look way too young to be a grandma!! Ha!

    But, my favorite example of names for grandma is the one my grandson uses for his Great-grandma (my mom-in-law), When he was about a year old, the extended family went camping together for a week. Due to a change in what felt “normal” to him, he would often have a hard time settling down for his nap or bed time at night. My MIL loved having the opportunity to be able to walk around the campground and rock him to sleep in her arms. As she did this she would be humming in a “la-la’-la-la” fashion. Well, when he got back home he was too young to say “grandma” and kept saying “la-la” whenever he saw her, etc. He is now 5 years old and she is lovingly refered to as “Grandma LaLa”. She signs his cards that way and absolutely LOVES the nickname. As other great grandchildren join the family we know that this is going to be carried over to all of them.

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    Michelina
    August 31, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I don’t have kids but I do have 3 beautiful nieces!! And they call my parents: Papa Nick and Gamma Sally <3 and let me tell you my parents became grandparents in their late 40's also and love every minute!!

    P.S. Love this post b/c my nickname all my life has been MONKEY!! So love love love this!! You go Monkey!

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    Stephanie Sloan
    August 31, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Awwww, I love it. That name is jam packed with the love of a child!! Nothing else like it!!
    We were simple and just called our grandparents, Grandma/Grandpa. BUT my daughter has GiGi & Grandpa, Popi & Nana, Papi & Grandma. : ) I think it would be way better to have a “Monkey” in the family tho : )

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    Sally
    August 31, 2011 at 1:10 am

    When my 3 year old first started talking she couldn’t say Grandma, so she starte calling my mother in law, Wookie. Not exactly the most endearing name, but fortunately my MIL loved it.

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    jennifer
    August 31, 2011 at 1:12 am

    my 2 1/2 year old daughter calls her grandmas’ “manga.” we have no idea where she came up with it, but it’s pretty cute

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    Tiffany
    August 31, 2011 at 1:19 am

    This is SO SO SO sweet!! I LOVE Monkey, that is so cute!! My grandma is Grandma Babycakes to all my cousins, but not me. And she is just grandma to me and my kids.

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    Shay
    August 31, 2011 at 1:21 am

    my mom became a grandmother at the young age of 40 years old when we had our daughter. she wanted to be called Nana but both of my kids call her Nanny. at first it broke her heart because that’s what i had called her mother who passed but now i think it makes her feel even closer to her own mom. =)

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    Whitney
    August 31, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I call one grandmother Nannaw and the other one Grandmommy. My mom wants to be called Nonnie so we’ll see what my daughter calls her. 🙂 I like Nonnie so I hope it sticks.

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    Lindsay
    August 31, 2011 at 1:37 am

    This is so sweet. I call my grandmother Nanny.

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    Jos @ Organized Chaos
    August 31, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I call my Grandma “Grammy.” I’m the only one of her 12 that call her that. It’s our special thing. My mom, also went through the same stage as you were saying…feeling too young to be a Grandma in your 40s. She also agonized over the name, but instead trained her 11 grandkids (all under 6 and still counting) Me-maw. It works for us. We all love it. Blessings to you, Monkey. <3

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      August 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Me-maw is too cute! LMM’s Momma-Michelle

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        Crystal
        August 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        My mom is me-maw!! And both of my kids, for whatever reason call her Me-Mawl… lol

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    Laynah Rose
    August 31, 2011 at 1:56 am

    eek! I LOVE that. oh my heart that is so so sweet. Also, I can NOT believe that you are over 48. No way, I seriously thought you were like 15 years younger than you were.

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    Kenzi
    August 31, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I love it! I am pregnant with the first grandchild on both sides, while both are young my mom is extremely young! She is 39 and she too has had the same thoughts! I will definitely have her come read this post, So cute!

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    Jenn
    August 31, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I love it! My mother in law felt the same way you did, but decided on Grammie.

    Anyways…my aunt goes by ‘Grandma Darling’. Ever since her grandchildren were babies she would call them ‘darling’ thus the name Grandma Darling came about. Note: her last name is not Darling 🙂 Ohh… I think its so cute.

    I know its far, far away from now, but my fav name for a great grandma is GG. MY grandma was super excited and loved the name GG when she new she was going to be a great grandma.

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    Amanda M.
    August 31, 2011 at 2:34 am

    That is SO precious! I had a regular “grandma” and I had a “Gaga.” She was supposed to be called “Granny” but in my toddler voice, it came out Gaga. And it stuck and got shortened to Gog, and all of the following grandchildren called her that, too. And she was the BEST and I miss her so very much!

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      Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
      August 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      This is darling! I bet she was a fantastic Gog. So sorry you miss her so much. Be sure to tell your little ones just how special she was. I still love hearing stories about my grandparents. LMM’s Momma-Michelle

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    cassie
    August 31, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Very cute nickname! My living grandmother I have always called Grandma and My grandmother who passed away about five years ago, we also called her Nina. She refused to be called grandma. Same with my mother, our kids call her Mimaw. =D

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    Courtney
    August 31, 2011 at 2:59 am

    When my little girl was about 2 she called my father-in-law Pawkus. We have no idea where she came up with it, but it stuck. She is now 10 years old and loves to hear how she called grandpa pawkus years ago.

    My little boy at the age of 2 called my mother popper…he is now 6 years old and to this day- she is still his popper!! I think it is awesome that little ones choose a term of endearment all on their own!! Gotta love those little minds…always learning, and teaching us something.

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    jenna
    August 31, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Isn’t it funny how kiddos will name you themselves. I call my grandmother, Grams. my son calls my mom Nana. I’ve been teaching him Nana Angel, because my mom passed away and she’s his angel and my mother in law is Meme.

    What’s funny to me is my neices and nephews call me Gigi. I think they got that from people calling me Jenn-Jenn…or maybe just how my oldest nephew said jennifer. No matter how he came up with it I LOVE it.

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    Amanda
    August 31, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I just called my grandma, grandma. But I always loved that my cousins called theirs, Doll.

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    DaniMakes
    August 31, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Too cute! I call my grandma Ita… I couldn’t say abuelita when I was little, and the name stuck, all my cousins call her that! and the other one is Nonna…

    Kids make up the sweetest names, but they’re always full of love!

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    Kristen Duke Photography
    August 31, 2011 at 3:58 am

    what a sweet story…my kids all made of names, but somehow they faded away and came back to grandma. Baga was one, wawa–another.

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    staci johnson
    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Darling!! My grandparents were from Italy, so it was always nono and nona for us:) BTW, visiting from Shine today! I’m already a loyal follower;)

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    Meggan
    August 31, 2011 at 4:28 am

    One of my dearest friends mom’s has been named PUMPKIN by her grandkids. She always called them pumpkin and it is what they called her back. And her mother was know as great-pumpkin lol!

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    Theresa M
    August 31, 2011 at 4:48 am

    My grandparents were Gram (long a- named by my oldest cousin) and Pop Pop, Grandmom Ruth & Pop Pop, & Nana. When my parents found out they were going to be grandparents ( at 44 & 46) my Dad insisted on being Pop Pop (why break tradition I guess) & my in laws insisted on being Nana & Papa. My mom on the other hand was said Grandma would be fine with her but my son (25 months) has now named her Gagga (not to be confused with Gaga- like Lady Gaga) & she loves it!

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    Erica @ Acire Adventures
    August 31, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Awe! Adorable! I’ve always called my Grandparents by Grandma (last name) or Grandpa (last name). When my son was born we always called our parents Grandma (first name) or Grandpa (first name). I think using last names sounded too formal and detached and also I had 2 step parents at the time, so my 4 parents had 4 different last names! (Way to confuse a kid!) Over time my step-mom has become “Nana-DC” (her name is Denise) and my step-dad is “Ba-Bob” (his name is Bob), and my Grandpa is “Grumps” (although he’s not grumpy at all!). I think Monkey is totally adorable though!

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    Jennette
    August 31, 2011 at 6:18 am

    When my grandson was born, my plan was to be Grammy. He had other plans, and I’ve been Nam for almost 9 years now. It has stuck, and I love hearing it from him, as well as his brother and sister. I always tell people the same thing–don’t worry about what you WANT to be called, your grandchild will decide what you WILL be called, and you’ll love it!

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    Erna
    August 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

    That’s soo cute, my friend’s son calls his grandma api (monkey in Icelandic)

    I used to call my grandma ammiii and granddad was afi. I also called grandma an old lady because in this book that she used to read to me there was an old lady that made pan cakes, grandma wasn’t that old, but she is a lady and makes super can cakes.
    My little half sister calls my grandma amma nammi meaning candy in Icelandic because she always got a bit of chocolate when she came for a visit.

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    Meig
    August 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I called my grandmothers grandma. But I had one “Grandpa” and one “Pop”. Everyone called Pop that because that was his name. I’ve only heard my Aunt call him “Daddy” but it wasn’t because my father and uncle didn’t call him “Dad” they just said “Pop” instead.

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    Amandas
    August 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Simply adorable! My kiddos have a mamaw and papaw. I love letting the kiddos choose idea. Sounds like your a great “monkey”

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    Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}
    August 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I call my grandma “Mugga.” That’s the great thing about being the first grandchild, you get to choose the name! 😀 My mom would try to get me to say “grandma” but my tiny mouth kept saying “Mugga.” It stuck, and we all love it.

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    Allison
    August 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    My mom went through the same thing. My nieces are 3 and 19 months and she JUST finalized what she was going to be called: Mimi. She thought Grandma and all the other options sounded old too. But you are right, you are what they call you! =) Monkey is cute, you will always know who he is talking to!

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    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    August 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    how cute! I love the picture, its beautiful!

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    PeaceLoveTerri
    August 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Aww.. that’s precious!!

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    Angie
    August 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    How adorable…I call one of them Mamaw Mary & the other Granny G!

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    Margie
    August 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I became a “meanie” at 39! At first I was in complete shock, I was afterall WAY TOO young to be a grandmother. Then I had a dream, a little blonde headed boy was tugging on my pant leg, “saying Meanie Meanie pick me up”. Then my daughter had a beautiful blonde baby boy and I became Meanie. One of the happiest days of my life!

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    Jen
    September 1, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Hahaha! That is AWESOME! Monkey is my son’s nickname. My mom is also a young grandma. She was barely 43 when I had my daughter (now 5 years) and 48 when I had my son (3 months). She is Nana to my kiddos and MY grandma is Grandma to me and GG (for Great Grandma) to my kids. 🙂

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    MJ
    September 1, 2011 at 3:48 am

    We always called my dad’s parents by their first names; Harriette and Warren. Apparently others think that is strange, but it was normal to us!

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    Jill
    September 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    When I was kid, my dance teacher’s grandma worked at the front desk of the dance studio. My teacher called her Gram and so did everyone else. My mom always loved that and was determined that she would be “Gram” to my kids. My 3 year old added her spin to it and calls her “Grammie”. I love it.

    The oldest grandson (now 18) started calling my dad “Bucca Bucca”. We’re not sure where it came from but it stuck. We’re a blended family so everyone has more than their fair share of grandmas and grandpas, so the nicknames help to differentiate the grandparents.

    I also laugh b/c my step-mom calls herself “Pretty Granda Rita”. She says you stop getting the good presents if you try to call her just Grandma Rita. Every card we get is signed “Bucca” and “PGR”. I recently saw an email that she received from her niece. I laughed when it was addressed to “PAR” (Pretty Aunt Rita!!). Apparently she’s been doing this for years. 🙂

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    Trisha @ 3 Four and Under
    September 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    My daughter for some reason could say Grandma, but not Grandpa. So, she started calling the Grandpa’s – Papa. My dad loves it. I don’t think my Father in law loves it as much. She also started calling the grandma’s by what they have at their house. She calls my mom, the Grandma with the trampoline. And my mother in law is Grandma with Brownie (the dogs name)

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    Katania
    September 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I think the fact that he calls you monkey is so adorable. When I was pregnant I asked my mother what she wanted to be called and she settled on Grammie but low and behold she’s not Grammie to my little man. He calls her MiMi even though we always said Grammie. I guess that just goes to show that they do pick their own names. Before my gram passed away Riley called her GG (short for Great Grammie) and it truely fit her. We now remember her in our hearts but he always says “GG got it” in reference to a little bear she gave me for Ry before he was born. They truely are blessings!

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    Sarah
    September 2, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I love it!! My hubby’s “nama” is called “Quack-Quack” from all of her great grandchildren. And his mother is called “lolli” and his dad is “pop”. I love it! 🙂

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    Hilary
    September 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    When I was little my grandma would jokingly tell me if I was being silly that she’d “bop me”. I started calling her “Boppy” and the name stuck.

    When we told our parents we were expecting our first they were so excited to pick out grandparent names. We had an understanding that if the grandchild came up with a different name, we’d defer to the child. But Lolli & Papa and Grammie & GranDaddy have stuck for now. Grammie has to wear a walking cast now, and when my son (he is 2) saw her he dubbed her “Grammie Robot”. We are definitely getting a kick out of that!!

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    Beth Davisson
    September 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    This is about the sweetest thing I have every read! How special!

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    brittany @lovestitched
    September 15, 2011 at 2:39 am

    not sure HOW I missed this post but I LOVE it! So so so cute and sweet and it makes me smile too when I hear him call you monkey! your are such an amazing GRANDMA {even if you are too young} and lil w loves you SO SO much! xoxo

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    […] Little W couldn’t resist sneaking an M&M while Monkey baked. […]

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    WWW: What We Wore to Dinner in Yosemite - Little Miss Momma
    October 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    […] it was because our little bundle of energy stayed back and ordered room service with his Grandma {monkey}, so we actually tasted our food. Whatever the reason, this meal was unforgettable. We even got […]

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    misty
    October 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

    So cute I love this. I wonder what my baby man is going to my Momma once he can talk.

    xoxo, misty

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    Our Day in Photos: Little Miss Momma - Little Miss Momma
    November 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    […] Monkey babysits Lil W while Ben and I head out to an evening wedding of a dear friend. […]

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    stace
    May 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I made my mother a grandmother at 42. She was not ready. My daughter named her MumMum. All the grandkids still call her that and 20 years later she still doesn’t answer to grandma! 😉

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    Shauna
    August 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    My Grandma was born and raised in Hawaii. She called her Grandma ‘Tutu’, which means Grandma in Hawaiian. My Dad called his Grandma ‘Tutu’ and now my sister and I call our Grandma ‘Tutu’ as well! Our Grandpa is ‘Papa’. It was so easy for all of their grandchildren to call them ‘Tutu & Papa’ 🙂

    My Mom is adamant about not being called Grandma or Tutu. She has decided she will be called ‘Meemaw’ and already calls herself our puppy’s Meemaw to cement it! 😛

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    Monkeygohappy4.org
    June 6, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Many people may have heard about the jammer product, take cell phone jammer for example,
    it is specially used to block the normal transmission of cell phone signals.
    If you’re still uncertain of the next moves in your game plan, there is a lot of help available.
    This one only applies to some of the critters and is things like the pink cheeks
    on the apple or the handkerchief around the horse’s neck.

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