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I guess I wouldn’t mind a pair of small, well-behaved boys: NAers Talk About Their Kids
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Nov 8th 2011

So you're fine with your choices?

Nov 8th 2011

Because I know you all follow my angsts like you follow the best serialized television...

I had Friend's Grandma ask if my kid was going to attend Friend's birthday party, and I said that we hadn't received an invitation, and she said we were supposed to. It's on the day off, and he's really into animals right now, and I'm sure I can find time to pick up a book or something at the book store before then. But it did feel awfully zen to just not worry about it per advice, and the thing I planned for the day off doesn't really interfere with this party, so win win.

It's going to be a game truck party, whatever that means. I have my suspicions. We'll miss dance class, but them's the breaks. Sometimes you miss dance class.

Nov 8th 2011

I would definitely subscribe to KarenTV if I could.

My cousin asked my wife on FB if we were having a Halloween party this year (we were not) and it freaked her out that someone would ask that, because what if we were and didn't invite them? I think women worry themselves about these kinds of things a lot more than men do. If I want to know, I'll ask. If I'm not supposed to know, I'll try and forget about it.

Nov 9th 2011

Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

My son got an invitation to a birthday party last week, and it gave an email address to RSVP. I sent an email saying that my son would attend, but never got a response back, so I'm not really sure if the mom got it or not. Regardless, we are showing up at the party tonight.

Nov 9th 2011

Regardless, we are showing up at the party tonight.

Can't get those wedding crashers trained too early, can you?

Nov 13th 2011

It seems obvious, but I only just discovered that you can Google "jokes for kids" and become an instant comic genius with a ready audience.

What did the chimney say to the little chimney?

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You'll never guess! So awesome!
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You're too little to be smoking!

Ha!

Nov 13th 2011

And I thought the easy access of porn for kids was the worst thing about the internet. I stand corrected.

Nov 13th 2011

an instant comic genius

I'm recycling some classic material as well. My daughter thinks I should be on TV.

She started reciting a schoolhouse poem to me yesterday, it goes, she said: "Autumn and Mateo sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G..." When I started singing along with her, she just stopped and looked at me dumbfounded. "Dad, how do you know that?"

Nov 13th 2011

Awesome jokes! I'm all over it. The big boy loves him some corny jokes.

Jinx, did you tell her it was because fathers can see the future?

Nov 13th 2011

No, I'm not that quick. She really was fascinated that we sang the same poem 40 years ago. And I'm amazed that no one's come up with anything better.

Nov 13th 2011

And I'm amazed that no one's come up with anything better.

Is there anything better, really?

Nov 13th 2011

Nothing is better than Daoust in a baby carriage. Sucking his thumb. Messing his pants. Doing the hula hula dance in his underpants. All the way to France.

Nov 13th 2011

That reminds me of a hole in the wall.

Nov 13th 2011

Autumn and Mateo

Friends of mine have a 3-year-old named David. I tell them that when he gets older all the kids will make fun of him for having such an unusual name.

Nov 13th 2011

Both of my kiddos have very standard old fashioned names. A) because I like them. They sound sturdier to me. And B) because they will be in the minority compared to the Aidans and Catelyns of their generation. Having a name that was the most popular girl name for the ten years surrounding my birth, I can honestly say it sucks and I'm glad that neither of the boys have names like that.

Nov 14th 2011

I am pretty sure my daughter is the only person in the world with her name. She's named after an Irish last name in my mom's side of the family. But it's shortened to "Danni", which isn't that unusual.

Nov 14th 2011

I have always loved typically male names for girls. If I had any, that's how I probably would have named my kiddos. I always liked Alex best, but we have a cousin with that name so it would have been out anyway.

Nov 14th 2011

I have always loved typically male names for girls.

Word.

Nov 14th 2011

We have a friend with a daughter named "Sammi"...I love that. Also Stevie, Billie.

But not "Pat".

I know a woman whose first name is "Larry Ann". Not sure what I think about that one. But she's a nice lady.

Nov 14th 2011

Thaaaat's interesting. Not my choice for a girl name, but hey, each to his own. Pat is too androgynous.

Nov 14th 2011 edited

Yeah, I was going to say, some male names work better than others. Larry? I don't know how well that one crosses gender boundaries.

When I was a kid, I remember that I liked "Leslie" as a boys name. I still kinda do, but it's not as gender neutral as it used to be.

Nov 14th 2011

It's a great name for a boy, but a little serious, no?

My favorite girl's name is Emily, and that was #1 for about a decade. I typically have disliked the names on those lists for a while now.

She's named after an Irish last name in my mom's side of the family. But it's shortened to "Danni"

Now I'm curious, but I won't be the creepo who asks your little girl's name on a Web forum. Daoust, can you ask?

Nov 14th 2011 edited

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Pronounced like the more common "Dennehy", but with an A instead of an E.

Nov 14th 2011

Also, off topic...I just discovered two days ago the town that they came from in Ireland when they escaped the famine.

Nov 14th 2011

Nice find. What town?

My first thought was Dannemora, which sounds like a great Irish name but turns out is really Swedish in origin and is the name of a town so far upstate it's practically a suburb of Daoustville.

Nov 14th 2011

The town is called Islandahill, and you will never find it. It's basically an intersection...just like the town my other Irish branches came from. Back country potato farmers, that Jinx clan. It is located in Dromtarriff parish in County Cork. I had heard vague remembrances from my older aunts that this branch was from County Cork, but never had any proof or more details until now.

Nov 14th 2011

Daoust, can you ask?

I feel the love.

Nov 14th 2011

I always liked Alex best, but we have a cousin with that name so it would have been out anyway.

I would have been Alex had I been a girl, or so I've been told.

Nov 14th 2011

I was slated for Michael, but not Michelle because there was already a Michelle among the cousins.

Nov 14th 2011

Ironically, my name, if I had been a boy, would have been Phillip.

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