Our First Niece!


On Thanksgiving Day, I sat around with my other siblings anxiously waiting for our niece to be born — the first grandchild in the Bergmann family! We got to visit her the next day. It’s been years since I snuggled a baby, so that was a happy moment for me.

Both before and after this cutie’s birth, we’ve been tossing around names for aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Aunt? Aunt with a British accent? Auntie? And should it be Grandmere or Grandmommy or Nana?

My family has been fairly traditional with names — aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandma. One summer, we toyed around with calling our paternal grandpa “Gramps,” which later morphed into “Teddy Gramps,” but that never stuck. My mom’s side of the family is a bit more unique. We have a Grammy, Granddad, and Grandmama. We call our uncle “Inky” (no idea where that came from). His grandchildren call him and his wife “Cool Bobby” and “Auntie LaLa,” respectively.

Obviously, we’ve got quite a ways to go before the baby starts calling any of us anything, but I’d love to hear what you call your extended family — or what fun names your nieces and nephews have come up with!

8 thoughts on “Our First Niece!

  1. Rebekah

    Aww, congrats, Aunt Bailey!! :)

    I feel like I haven’t held a little baby in ages, but I know it’s been in the last few years. Most of my life there was a baby in my family, but the youngest is now five. Being able to hold a baby any time most of your life and then having to get used to not much at all is so tough! ;)

    It’s always been just Grandma/Grandpa (with a distinguishing letter or name, my mom’s mom is Grandma B, etc.)/Uncle/Aunt so-and-so in my family. I don’t have any nieces or nephews yet, but with ten siblings, I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with quite a few. And I bet several of them will come up with fun names for us all!


    • Bailey Steger

      Right? For so long, I was rocking little siblings to sleep and changing their diapers, and now the youngest is SEVEN. :| You’re going to have such a huge extended family once you all start having kids!!!


  2. Allison Caylor

    Yay hurray! :) Congratulations! My little guy is (was!) the first grandson and nephew on both sides. We ended up with a Grandma, a Grammy, and a Pappy. My mother-in-law and my dad chose to go by the same thing their respective parents did, while my mom decided she just liked Grammy. Such a fun season of life!

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  3. Kristin H.

    My mom’s parents have always been Nanny and Pa, and my dad’s parents were Granny and Grandpa. My niece is three, and she calls me Auntie. She has four or five aunts on the other side, so they have to be called by name, but it’s just me and my brother (her dad) so I got to choose Auntie. :) She calls my parents Mimi and Pawpaw.


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