I think her full name Elizabeth Ann is beautiful, and she'll answer to it. But I don't want to saddle her with such a dramatic name, if she turns out to be a simple girl (fyi - I don't think "simple" will be an issue). Also, except for Emily Elizabeth from the story "Clifford the Big Red Dog", I don't know of any longer first name in the world! She can kiss monogramming from Lands' End and Lillian Vernon goodbye.
We tried Libby for about a day. That didn't stick, but Libby Lu caught on long enough for us to start calling her Lulu. Yep, she answers to this, too. But, really. Is she going to want to go through life as Lulu Johnson?
So, then there's Elle (no pressure, but this is my personal favorite). I call her Elle all the time. And, about 75% of the time it reminds me of my step-sister, Ellery (whose nickname is also Elle). That makes me happy. But, although EA answers to Elle as well, she never calls herself by it.
At school they call her Elizabeth. Just good ol' Elizabeth. She answers to this, too. And, when I'm speaking of her, I, too, call her Elizabeth. I don't want anyone to feel any pressure to call her by one of her twenty-seven nicknames.
When you ask her her name she says, "Elizabeth Ann Johnson." "Oh, you want us to call you Elizabeth Ann?" "NO! Elizabeth Ann Johnson." Well, that's not going to happen.
But, here's the deal. My parents named me Alison. In the fifth grade my friends heard my dad call me "Ali". They liked it. So, I decided I liked it. I've been Ali ever since (except for that brief stint my freshman year in college when I decided I should be more sophisticated and use Alison. But, that's another post). I guess I'm waiting for EA to name herself, too. (p.s. Did I mention that, when writing, I call her EA?)
In the meantime, we'll continue to call her Lulu, Sister, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Ann, Elle and (Shawn's pet name for her) Shorty Britches.
We'll let you know how this turns out in ten years or so.
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