Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Papa & Daddy to the Rescue

Strangely, there is a question we've been pondering that no one has asked us yet. It's one of the first things we thought of when we started Project Baby. With two dads in the house, who comes running when Finster yells "Daddy"? Yeah never thought of that did ya? At first I'm sure we'd trip over each other to see who gets there first. After a bit when you realize it probably means dirty diaper or some other disgusting situation, I guess we'd stare at each other to see who blinks first. So we needed a solution to this problem. Gregg suggested we make Finster call us Mr. Garland and Mr. Heptig. No. Daddy and Cracka? Um, no. How about All Knowing Master and Whitey? Vetoed.

We started searching around to see what other dads did to fix this. Some were Dad and Daddy. Too confusing. Some used a word from the language of their background. Der Pater and Shaka Zulu? No, too difficult. We decided on Papa and Daddy. Gregg's had a nickname of Papa to a few close friends for a long time, and well, I just like Daddy. So Papa and Daddy it is. We're trying to get The Boys to respect this, but typical Labs, they just respond to who has more food.


Kathryn said...

Nice choices! Keep trying with the boys, they'll get it after a while. Our diggity-dog (after 4 years) knows who is Mama and who is Mommy.. so it can be done!

Heather said...

I worked for a pair of dads that were also Daddy and Papa. They'd adopted two boys. It worked very well for them and I'm sure it will for you as well. :)

Michael said...

Right now we go by Dad and Daddy, but I suspect Jr. will have his say as he gets older.

By the way, what is the current update? I assume your homestudy is complete...have you started your letter? When we developed our letter for our first adoption, we put a lot of work into it. We even had it professionally printed! This time, I developed it myself using Microsoft Word and we printed it on our color printer. The difference in cost? $1000 for the first letter, $0 for this one.