I call my IL's by their first names. And DH calls my parents by their first names too
And the kids call both their Grandma's Nana and both their Grandad's Grandad. They call their Great Grandma on DH's side "Big Nana" and Great Grandma on my side Grandma Lily
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
This is a cool thread. I like seeing everyone's responses.
i call my MIL by her name and my father in law I call Pops, which is what everyone else calls him. His nickname is Whitey so I use that one a lot too but that gets confusing because all the boys (6 of them) are also called Whitey by their friends but when FIL is around HE is Whitey (so confusing!) which is why I stick to Pops mostly. DH calls my parents by their name. I call my stepdad Pappy though. Him and my dad had the same first names and it was weird to me so I started calling him that when he and mom got married, my dads been dead 8 years now but I still use it.
Kids call my parents mammy and pappy and IL's Grandma (cookie) and Papaw. I thought it was funny when DS1 would call my MIL grandma cookie so I encouraged it, she didn't think it was as funny but then Clara did it all on her own (DS1 hasn't called her that since Clara was big enough to understand) so she is now Grandma Cookie to Clara. (she is a cookie baking fool and ALWAYS has cookies in the house for the kids, it's the first thing anyone does when they get there, search for the cookies LOL)
DH and I both call our in-laws by their first names.
My in-laws are Grandma and Grandpa. Rowan is their first (and only) grandchild, and she's never had a problem pronouncing the words. My parents are called Nana and Grandpa Bubba. I don't mind the Nana, but I hate the name Bubba. That's how my nephew mispronounced Grandpa 15 years ago, and for some reason it stuck. We actually had a bit of an argument about it, and the compromise is adding the Grandpa in front of the Bubba. DH hates both of those names, but Nana wasn't a battle worth fighting.
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
Expecting #2 in August 2013
I don't have any in-laws. DH's mom is passed away and his dad isn't in the picture. My mom is passed away too but DH calls my dad "Mel's Dad" or "Grandpa". LOL!
The kids call my dad Grandpa. My uncle and aunt are called Papa and Mimi because their second cousins picked those names for their grandparents and it's simpler to just use them!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
Yeah, Mimi was originally a mispronunciation of Grammy, which stuck (which I'm glad about because my grandma is Grammy, and she is still alive and lives here, so that's what Addy calls her too. It would be confusing if we had 2!)
It's funny to see the ones where we had to fight My mom tried to get Addy to stick with DaDeeDa because she thought it was adorable, but I hated it so I just kept saying Granna and now that she can pronounce it that's what she's saying too. My mom can't be too mad about that since she's the one who picked it in the first place.
Before Evan, I tried to not call them anything at all. If I had to, I would use first names. When they call, to let me know who it is, as if I don't have caller ID on the cell, they will call themselves Mr. Don or Ms. Suzanne. Now that Evan is here, I just go with what he calls them. DH calls my parents by their first names. To Evan, my parents are Meme and Pa, my real dad is Papa. DH's parents are Nene and Pa Paw.