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charlmarascoxo Fri 23-Nov-12 12:55:12

I've always called him baby, from about the third week of knowing him.

My friend told me that whenever I call him that it makes her absolutely cringe. She's really not the type to use pet names very often, so I don't mind her saying this but -

AIBU to not think I'm the only one to love calling my OH baby or is it rather cringe?

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 23-Nov-12 12:57:56

I would also cringe, sorry. However, call him whatever you like. Who cares what others think?

diddl Fri 23-Nov-12 13:00:43

Well it´s cringe for me also tbh.

But I doubt that you´re the only one who does it.

Doshusallie Fri 23-Nov-12 13:03:25

I quite often call my DH babes.....I call my DSes Baby though so it would be a bit confusing...

CajaDeLaMemoria Fri 23-Nov-12 13:04:28

Yeah, it's one of those instantly cringe-y, only-really-used-on-TV nicknames.

But it's your choice what you call your DH, as long as he's happy with it.

As an aside, did he not worry that you'd forgotten his name when you first called him it? Or that you were trying to avoid getting names confused? that's what they taught us at school. Good old all-girls school

WorraLiberty Fri 23-Nov-12 13:04:48

Call him what you like

But surely you're not surprised to learn that some people's pet names for their partners make other people cringe?

weeblueberry Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:02

To be honest the only person for whom I'd stop doing it if it made them cringe is your partner. For anyone else, who cares? If you're both happy then call him what you like.

bryonywhisker Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:15

I can imagine a lot of people do this hmm when they hear you do it.
He's a man. Not a baby. Give him a man's name. Like Pedro. Or Spartacus.

AdoraJingleBells Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:27

I would cringe if my OH called me baby, but if your DH is okay with it then carry on.

MsVestibule Fri 23-Nov-12 13:06:53

My lovely (now ex) boyfriend and I used to call each other baby blush. When I moved in with my DH, he used to try to attract my attention by going "pssst". I know which I prefer.

Gettheetoanunnery Fri 23-Nov-12 13:07:00

Call him whatever you like!
Me and DP have a bit of a strange nickname for each other, we try to remember not to use it in public though.

charlmarascoxo Fri 23-Nov-12 13:07:03

CajaDeLaMemoria I do rarely use his first name strangely.

I did ask him early on if he minded me calling him baby and he said no he thought it was cute. So hopefully he didn't think I'd just forgotten his name haha.

Pancakeflipper Fri 23-Nov-12 13:09:30

Aren't all pet names a bit cringey?

I still cannot look my mate's husband in face after finding out she calls him Mr Woggles. Woggles is not his surname

Viviennemary Fri 23-Nov-12 13:11:08

It's cringey. Keep it for when the two of you are alone.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 23-Nov-12 13:13:09

It doesn't matter what your friend thinks. Until you start calling her baby, her opinion is completely irrelevant. What you call your DH is between you and him and is fuck all to do with anyone else.

sooperdooper Fri 23-Nov-12 13:13:17

Cringe, but then my DH calls me chicken, and I imagine that would make most of you cringe too, so who cares, it's not really hurting anyone

My friend calls her DP baba - that makes me cringe too, so nobody can win, lol

charlmarascoxo Fri 23-Nov-12 13:13:18

"He's a man. Not a baby. Give him a man's name. Like Pedro. Or Spartacus."

grin that reminds me of a scene from 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 days' -

"If you are gonna name my... member, you have to name it something hyper masculine. Something like Spike, or Butch, or Krull the Warrior King."

Pancakeflipper did you ask how they came up with Mr Woggles?

StateofConfusion Fri 23-Nov-12 13:15:27

Me and dp often say babe, which is a bit cringey, but people saying baby makes me want to vom, sorry.

charlmarascoxo Fri 23-Nov-12 13:17:21

Viviennemary I do try to, but sometimes it just slips out. Like when I'm on the phone the phone to him and I generally always say I love you baby.

Also I don't mind what my friend says. I think at the beginning of her relationship there was abit of an argument with her DP because she never called him a nickname. So she's really not the type of person to want to use pet names. She didn't say it in a nasty way, more a jokey way.

I just wondered if anyone else felt it was cringe too.

I'm still waiting for someone to come on and say they call their DH baby too! I can't be the only one on MN haha.

Pancakeflipper Fri 23-Nov-12 13:18:29

Charl - I did. My friend refused to tell me. Even after nearly 3 glasses of wine we are wine lightweights
That just made it even worse in my very active imagination.

maddening Fri 23-Nov-12 13:20:43

I occasionally call Df babe - I also call him by his surname never his actual name ( as he was referred to by his surname when I met him so it stuck)

omri Fri 23-Nov-12 13:20:55

I call my dp baby. He calls me booby.
Or else i call him babes. Then he calls me boobs.
only round the house though!!

StuntGirl Fri 23-Nov-12 13:22:15

I call mine baby. We have even more cringeworthy pet names for each other that I won't say as it'll mega out me!

charlmarascoxo Fri 23-Nov-12 13:23:30

Haha oh no! I'd love to know the background story to that one.

I'm a fellow wine lightweight, after 3 glasses I'll most likely tell you anything (whether you want to hear it or not haha).

In her Christmas card this year you should write to X and Mr Woggles

TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Fri 23-Nov-12 13:25:42

I call DH hun blush


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