When I was pregnant and would talk to her on my way to work, I often called her my little "Anna-banana," but it just didn't seem to fit her when I finally held her in my arms. From that very first cuddle, she was my Punky. Where my horomone-clouded brain came up with "Punky", I'm not real sure, but I'm guessing it was my baby-talk version of "punkin" short for "pumpkin" (don't you like how my brain has two levels of baby-talk?).
Punky became my special name for her, but to the rest of the world, she was "Peanut". This one's a little easier to explain. My teeny little Peanut was born 3 weeks early at a whopping 6 lbs. 10 oz. and had the tiniest little features, especially next to her daddy. So it looks like after all my careful planning to set her up with good nicknames, she's a Peanut. That's life for ya! But for the record, Peanut, Mama tried. Please remember that when you're, say, 16 and still being called Peanut by those who love you most.
Even now, when she's really sleepy or snuggly or just being extra sweet, I find myself calling her my Punky. Or when I feed her pumpkin, for obvious reasons. We recently introduced pumpkin into her diet and I've been having lots of fun coming up with new combinations for her to try. (I used canned pumpkin since they are not yet in season around here. Just be sure to get plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.) Here are some of our favorites so far:
-1 (1 oz.) cube carrot puree
-2 (1 oz.) cubes zucchini puree
-1 T. pumpkin
-baby rice cereal and formula/breastmilk, as needed to adjust thickness