If you are ever wondering where those crazy names for Grandmothers come from, I think I finally have an answer. I have only had one grandma in my life, so I have always called her grandma. I always thought my friends who called their grandmas by other names were a little off their rocker. However, once I got pregnant, I realized that my son would have three grandmas. He couldn't call all of them grandma; that would be too confusing for him (and me). After investigation, I realized that these obscure names usually come from whatever the child wants to call that particular grandma.
Well, since my mother has been out here, I have found that there is another way to "name a grandma." My mom started calling Harrison her "Sugar Lump." Yes, it is an interesting pet name, but I would imagine that her thought process (assuming she had one) in that name was that
1. he is so sweet (like sugar)
2. he is a newborn and often they just sit around in a ball or lump, if you will
So, she started calling him that as soon as she got out here. Well, I started calling her puffalump (a nod to the Fisher-Price stuffed animals introduced in '86 that I collected) probably due to the way her hair looked. And from there, it shortened to just "Puff." Sort of like Puff Daddy, but Puff Granny (only no Granny, because that sounds too old).
Now, when Harrison is 15 and he wants to know why he calls her "Puff," I will have to explain this all over again. I am sure puffalumps and Puff Daddy will not make any sense to him. But maybe others who had the same confusion as I did as to where these crazy names came from, now have a better understanding.
Puff left this morning and we are going to miss her greatly. It was a really fun two weeks. We love you Puff! And we can't wait to see in a couple of weeks in Charleston (along with all of the other yet-to-be-named grandparents).