This one...concerns his name.
My son's full name is Zachariah Matthew Lastname*. When we chose his name, we chose is knowing that it was a bit different but recognizable. Plus the potential for a nickname was very common.
We knew by picking the name Zachariah it would get shortened to Zac. And it has. Even when he was a baby, most people that heard his name instantly asked "So do you call him Zac?" Yes, we did. Most people do. I, more than anyone, call him Zachariah. But I still call him Zac often as well. Probably 50/50 given name/nickname. With other people it's more like 80/20 nickname/given name or maybe more like 90/10 really.
I don't mind that people call him Zac, I really don't. But I do love the name Zachariah. That's probably why I've been calling him by that more and more.
Earlier this week Zachariah had a profound thought. I don't know where it came from or why, but he shared with me.
"Mom, when I was a baby, I was Zac. Now I'm bigger, and I'm Zachariah."
Me: "Oh, so you'd like to be called Zachariah now?"
Z: "Uh huh!"
So, it's been decreed. He wants to be called Zachariah all the time now. I'm fine with that, we'll just have to "retrain" everyone else.
I already had him inform my mom of the change on the phone, because she rarely calls him Zachariah and instead prefers the shortened Zac. She asked him "But can't I call you Zac? I like calling you that." His answer? "No, I'm Zachariah."
I love it. I'm fine with it. In fact I might even prefer it. That has changed over the years for me, but that's OK. I love his given name (I wouldn't have chosen it for him if I didn't). And I love that he wants to use it all the time now.
My only dilemma...I didn't think he'd be this opinionated about it until he was older.
I always figured at some point in his life, he'd decide he always wanted to be called Zachariah or Zac. I just thought it would be when he was 10 years old or older.
Is 3 too young to be telling us things like that? I don't know.
For now we'll go with it. I'll have to teach him to tell people he'd prefer Zachariah, so that they won't offend him. Ha. And I wonder if some day he'll change his mind again.
(On another funny note, this is too good to not tell. Zachariah says "rued" instead of "ruined". Like..."Mom, did you just rue that paper." Or..."Dad rued it, Mom!" Don't know why, but that totally cracks me up. We try correcting him, but he keeps saying it.)
*Not really our last name....I hope you realized that.