Monday, July 5, 2010

Share & Share Alike

by Susan Sey

This is going to be a quick one because I'm in the process of adoring my new nephew, & it's time consuming. That new baby smell is mesmerizing. Hours could go by while I inspect his teeny weeny fingernails. He is coming home today so I confess right up front I will be busy. We have business, this child & I, so it's likely I will be scarce. Sorry.

But I did want to mention this odd bit of coincidence: Robbie was born July 2. My mother's birthday is July 1. My mother is from Ireland, and St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday for our family. My latest niece (the equally adorable Claire) arrived the day after St. Patrick's Day. My oldest child was born on my parents' 38th wedding anniversary, & my sister shares a wedding anniversary with my parents-in-law.

My birthday is August 29, the same day as Hurricane Katrina. Another of my sisters' birthdays is September 11. My father's birthday is the day after Christmas, a birthday he shares with the new baby's father, my brother-in-law.

This seems like a lot of coincidence. We're not an extraordinarily large family, so odds don't favor this kind of overlap. Are we just lucky? Or do all families have this kind of share & share alike mentality for important dates?

How about you? Are there any big dates & seasons of celebration in your family? What are they? Do you make a point of giving each person their own celebration, or do you go in for the One Big Party?

55 comments:

flchen1 said...

I can't think of any huge seasons of clumped celebrations, but my sons have birthdays within a month of each other, so despite 5 years in difference between their ages, they got a combined party last year ;) I know! I'm such a meeeeaaan mommy! :)

flchen1 said...

Just wanted to add that we did have smaller just-the-family celebrating to mark their individual dates, but we did have a combined bigger shindig--it's hard to muster to energy to plan two completely separate events, though I know that many families do make the effort to do just that :)

limecello said...

My sister and I always had the same birthday party growing up, as ours are 1 week (and three years) apart. :P I felt cheated because I stopped getting birthday parties the same time she did, so I missed out on three years :P
In a way it's "friend" birthday season in June. Or at least, growing up. For the core group, there was a birthday on June 1, 16, 21, 28... and then the trickling July 3. And what's "more special" is a number of those birthdays are sibling ones. The girl whose birthday is on the 16th - her little brother's birthday is July 23, so not quite the same. And friends trickling in and out, there were birthdays on June 6, 12, 19, 22, 23, 24, and 27th as well. So... sometimes there was a big party.

Congrats on the GR, Fedora :D

Donna MacMeans said...

Nice Nab Fichen -

About the only birthday clumping that I can think of is that my father's birthday was Dec. 21, my sister Dec.31 and my mother's Jan. 16. Neither of my parents made a big thing of their birthdays, but we celebrate my sister's every year (grin).

However, Dorchester paranormal romance author, Elyza Hendricks and I share the same birthday - month, day, and year! We discovered that when she moved to Ohio and joined my local RWA chapter. That was sort of freaky.

Melanie said...

My brother & I were both born in May a couple weeks apart, most of the rest of my family is in July or September all really close together. We never had huge parties for our birthdays, instead we get a special Sunday where we get to pick the meal and cake - whatever you want. This has caused problems in the past as my nephew only wanted deserts but my dad said that it is his day so we had deserts for dinner. It has become a tradition and is something we all look forward to each year.

Congratulations on the new baby!

Helen said...

Well done Fedora although he may be quiet today after having a great day with Janga and her grandkids yesterday have fun with him.

Susan
Very interesting post I guess seeing as how I come from a big family some of them are very close my Mum's birthday was Jan 25 the day before Australia Day My Grandfathers birthday was Dec 24th and my DIL's birthday is the same day one of my daughters was born on July 31 and my SIL's is Aug 3 my birthday is April 2 and my youngest sister was born 5 years and 10 days later on April 12 one of my daughters birthday is April 20th and my sister whose birthday is April 12 has 2 children born in April 3 and 16 my grandmothers was July 9 and I have another sister that was born on July 7 my other sister's birthday is October 9 and my youngest's birthday is October 7So yes thinking about it there are a lot that are clumped together one of my granddaughters was born on July 25th which was my Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary.

We ogten put a few of the celebrations together but not always April we mostly do because April 2nd is also my wedding anniversay.

Have a great day with that new nephew Susan I agree there is nothing nicer than a new born baby.

Have Fun
Helen

barb said...

congratulations flichen on entertaining GR

I share a birthday with my brother ... that is probably because we are twins LOL and my grandaughter's is 3 days later, my grandaughter and I share a family BBQ as we live near each other... My husband shares a birthday with my Aunt and a friend and my son shares a birthday with a neice.... not any big parties except #0 ones as we are scattered around the world

barb said...

forgot to say my daughters birthday is May 9th her wedding anniversary is the 12th and Mothers day is generally around that time so we celebrate all 3 together... this year her birthday was the same day as Mothers day

Deb said...

Hi, Susan.

My birthday is Sept. 11. People always give a little pause whenever I say that now. My dad's birthday is 18days after mine and my BIL's mother's b-day is the day after my dad's. My sister's wedding anniversary is Sept. 12.

My sister Kris was born a day after my maternal grandfather's b-day and 3 days before Christmas. On Christmas Day, the nurse brought her to my mom in a large stocking! Her husband's birthday is December 5 and my niece's birthday is December 12.

My mom's birthday is July 7; my niece's is the 6th and my nephew's is the 13th---4 years and 1 week apart. My grandma's birthday was July 24.

My sister Sandy's wedding anniversary is June 22 and their daughter's birthday is also that day, born on their 7th anniversary.

My BIL is a Valentine baby.

I only have 2 sisters and 3 nieces and a nephew. Cool, huh?

Jane said...

My brother's birthday is a month before mine, but we always celebrate each birthday separately. My birthday is close to Christmas and sometimes we're too busy getting ready for Christmas to celebrate.

Susan Sey said...

flchen1 wrote: so despite 5 years in difference between their ages, they got a combined party last year ;) I know! I'm such a meeeeaaan mommy! :)

Hey, flchen1! Congrats on the GR! And he likes 'em strict, so have fun! :-)

I'm one of four girls, myself, and three of us have birthdays within three weeks (8/29, 9/11, 9/16). When we were kids my mom threw us each a party but now that we're grown ups, we just call it the Season of Cake. Hardly matters who's being honored--it's all about the cake.

Susan Sey said...

flchen1 also wrote: t's hard to muster to energy to plan two completely separate events, though I know that many families do make the effort to do just that :)

Oh, jeez, I know. I have two kids & their birthdays are exactly six months apart so I couldn't GET it any easier, right? And yet I only do ONE birthday party a year. The kid on the off year gets a family celebration because I just don't have the wherewithal to throw two actual birthday parties in one calendar year.

Susan Sey said...

limecello wrote: In a way it's "friend" birthday season in June.

Oh my gosh, lime, that's a TON of birthdays in June! What did you do in terms of parties & presents?? I mean, after a while it had to get prohibitively expensive to buy/party for every birthday. Was there just a general celebration, parties every weekend, random cakes?

My mom adores birthdays (god bless her) and if I'm at home anywhere in the vicinity of my birthday, there's cake. I get the feeling maybe she just likes cake. :-)

Which is fine with me.

Susan Sey said...

Donna wrote: About the only birthday clumping that I can think of is that my father's birthday was Dec. 21, my sister Dec.31 and my mother's Jan. 16. Neither of my parents made a big thing of their birthdays, but we celebrate my sister's every year (grin).

I'll bet you DO celebrate your sister's every year! What a fun birthday, new years eve!

My dad & BIL are the day after
Christmas, which probably was a bummer when they were little but now it's a blast. Everybody has the day after Christmas off, & everybody's looking to keep the party rolling. So when we invite people over, they actually come. ALL of them. It's a riot. I'll bet it's the same for your sister.

Susan Sey said...

Melanie wrote: This has caused problems in the past as my nephew only wanted deserts but my dad said that it is his day so we had deserts for dinner.

What a great dad! Desserts for dinner! ("Happy birthday, kid! Appetizer? Have a cream puff!") I love it! But I'm not going to tell my kids this is an option. They're sneaky children, always on the lookout for a loop hole. They'll figure it out on their own soon enough.

And thanks on the baby congrats, Melanie! I'm so looking forward to this baby coming home for I can scoop him up & sniff off all the new baby smell!

Susan Sey said...

Helen wrote: We often put a few of the celebrations together but not always April we mostly do because April 2nd is also my wedding anniversay.

Holy cow, Helen, April's quite a month for your family. I'd do a group celebration, too, if I were you!

And I will enjoy that baby, Helen. :-) I'll keep you all posted as to his each & every wriggle, coo & snuggle.

Susan Sey said...

Barb wrote: I share a birthday with my brother ... that is probably because we are twins LOL and my grandaughter's is 3 days later

Ha! LOL, Barb. Yeah I guess you're kind of stuck with your brother & the birthday sharing. :-)

How fun for you & your granddaughter to share a bday & a BBQ! My mom & dad love sharing an anniversary with my oldest--who happens to be their first grandbaby. It's was one wild celebration those first couple shared parties. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Barb also wrote: forgot to say my daughters birthday is May 9th her wedding anniversary is the 12th and Mothers day is generally around that time so we celebrate all 3 together... this year her birthday was the same day as Mothers day

See? To me, this has Season of Cake written all over it. But I'm a cake junkie. Lots of things have Season of Cake all them as far as I'm concerned. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Deb wrote: My birthday is Sept. 11. People always give a little pause whenever I say that now.

Oh, Deb, I know. My sister who also has a 9/11 birthday says she might just pick herself out a random other day of the year to celebrate because she'll never have a normal birthday again. It's too bad.

But then again, she's smack in the middle of Cake Season in our family so she could have a day two week either way.

Have you found an alternate way/day to celebrate your 9/11 bday?

And wow on all the overlap in your average sized family! I'm impressed!

Susan Sey said...

Jane wrote: My brother's birthday is a month before mine, but we always celebrate each birthday separately. My birthday is close to Christmas and sometimes we're too busy getting ready for Christmas to celebrate.

Jane, how do you like having a Christmas birthday? Do you pick a day later on or earlier to celebrate, or do you just let it slide some years?

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

My cousins from two separate sisters are just a few days apart. There is a small period of time where they are all the same age, then it jumps to a year. Oldest has a birthday August 28, her brother's is August 13, and born in the same year is another cousin August 10. From the 13th to 27th they are the same age.

My birthday is Jan 29, exes birthday was Feb 08, his daughter Feb 18, my mother Feb 19th, my son was born Mar. 01, should have been Feb 28 but he didn't want to come out. By the way I was supposed to be born around my mother's birthday but I got in a hurry.

When I met my BF we discovered that two of his granddaughters and my granddaughter were born just days apart. His oldest was May 20, mine is May 22 and his youngest is May 25.

We don't celebrate any of them together, not even his two granddaughters. Maybe when they are older but not at the moment.

Anna Sugden said...

Enjoy your new nephew, Susan!

I'm the odd one out in my family - my parents anniversary was Nov 15, my sisters birthday is Nov 16th and my niece's is Nov 19th. My nephew is Christmas Eve and we aways make a show of giving him separate presents. My mum is October and my dad is January.

My birthday is August 5th. *g*

Interesting that my BFF (April 17th) and my Hubby (April 18th) are so close together.

Christie Kelley said...

July 4th is a big one on my family. My brother's birthday and my son's is the 4th. One of my nieces was almost born on the 4th but she officially came on the 5th. We used to all go to my sister's house because she lives on the edge of a park with great fireworks. We'd celebrate all three birthdays there with my family and 3 cakes. Okay, you need 3 cakes with my family.

That is really the only big grouping we have, which is unusual given the size of my family. Eight sister and brothers and 23 nieces and nephews.

Susan Sey said...

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna wrote: We don't celebrate any of them together, not even his two granddaughters. Maybe when they are older but not at the moment.

That's so cool, Dianna. It's a ton of overlap but kids really love to feel special, even if they have to share their big day. I love the community celebrations now that I'm an adult but as a kid, I was so glad my mom went in for each & every birthday.

And sheesh, that's a TON of overlap in your extended family, Dianna! Wow!

Susan Sey said...

Anna S wrote: I'm the odd one out in my family - my parents anniversary was Nov 15, my sisters birthday is Nov 16th and my niece's is Nov 19th. My nephew is Christmas Eve and we aways make a show of giving him separate presents. My mum is October and my dad is January.

My birthday is August 5th. *g*


Heh. By the time your birthday rolls around people must be desperate for a party. Lucky you! Lots o' prezzies! Fun!

And thanks for the congrats. The little fella's being released from the hospital today (they keep them a while after c-sections, I guess) and we're all a-flutter with anticipation. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Christie wrote: We'd celebrate all three birthdays there with my family and 3 cakes. Okay, you need 3 cakes with my family.

Oh, how fun! It would be like a parade of cakes! Do the families compete to see who can bring the coolest cake? I think that could get out of hand. In the best possible way, of course. :-)

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Caren Crane said...

Fedora, congrats on snagging the GR. He is likely to want naps after the late-night fireworks and being chased by the grands at Janga's yesterday!

Susan, the overlaps are odd, aren't they? We definitely have clusters of birthdays in my family. My brother and I are five days apart. My mother and her father and brother all had birthdays within three weeks. My younger sister has two daughters, one born on New Year's Eve and one on St. Patrick's Day. My youngest daughter, my oldest niece and my only nephew all have birthdays the same week.

My younger sister and her husband have birthdays 6 days apart. He shares his birthday with his twin brother and another brother. My oldest sister and her SO have birthdays two weeks apart. My next older sister and her husband have birthdays within a week of each other.

My son and older daughter have birthdays exactly three weeks apart. One of my cousins and I are exactly 6 weeks apart. My brother and her brother are exactly 6 weeks apart. My grandmother and husband have birthdays a mere 5 days apart.

When I go to buy a round of birthday cards, it almost breaks the bank! My birthday often falls on Mother's Day and my younger sister's often falls on Father's Day, so it makes card-buying extra expensive. I'm tired just thinking about it!

Congratulations on your new nephew, Susan. I hope you enjoy every delicious baby moment!

gigi said...

In my family my mom and brother born on the 20th of separate months March and August . My father and I were born on the 7th of different months June and October. My daughter was born exactly 9 months to the day from when Hurricane Kate hit land and knocked out the power for a week.
When I was in Lamaze classes our class was called the hurricane Kate babies.

gigi said...

Oh I forgot my youngest daughter was born on the 12th of January and my anniversary is on the 14.

Caren Crane said...

Oh, I meant to say my only nephew was scheduled to be induced on Sept. 11, 2001, but they decided he wasn't quite ready and gave him another week. He was born on Sept. 18, 2001, making his birthday one day before my youngest's. We have always been eternally grateful to my SIL's obstetrician!

Caren Crane said...

Susan, I also meant to say that birthdays are a big deal in my family. We rarely have combined parties, although we have on occasion had them. Inevitably, we also end up having separate parties on the actual birthdays. When my birthday falls on Mother's Day, we have two completely separate celebrations. I will not stand for being ripped off!

Janga said...

The birth of a new baby is the best celebration of all, Susan.

July is the month with the most celebrations for me. My maternal grandmother, my father, my sister, one grand, two cousins, two life-long friends, another close friend, and I all have July birthdays. My cousins' and my sister's birthdays are July 4, 5, and 7, so when we were growing up, we always combined the big family celebration of the 4th with a joint birthday celebration for them. We still do that on a smaller scale for my sister's birthday, but I'll take her out to lunch or dinner on her birthday. When we were in hs, my two old friends and I, who had birthdays on July 23, 24, and 25, had memorable joint parties several years. :)

Add two grands with June 29 and 30 birthdays and another born in early August to the July birthdays and throw in more wedding anniversaries than I can remember without checking the calendar, and I have a six-week period every summer that rivals Christmas in the number of celebrations--and the wear on my checkbook.

Pissenlit said...

Wow! That's a whole lot of coincidence!

One of my first cousins once removed and I share the same birthday. Two of my other first cousins once removed share the same birthday. My brother was born on Mother's Day and another one of my second cousins was born on Boxing Day(her mum went into labour on Christmas). I think that's about it. For the most part, my family isn't big on celebrating birthdays with everyone(to be fair, it's a big family) with the exception of one of my first cousins once removed who invites everyone to her kids' birthdays. Growing up, I always had to share my birthday party with one of my first cousins whose birthday was half a month away from mine...I totally felt cheated. :)

Susan Sey said...

Caren wrote: When I go to buy a round of birthday cards, it almost breaks the bank!

Good lord, Posh! I feel poorer just thinking about it! That's a crazy amount of overlap for one family! I'll bet you guys throw one heck of a party when the season is upon you, though. I'd pay good money for an invitation to that one. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Gigi said: When I was in Lamaze classes our class was called the hurricane Kate babies.

LOL, Gigi! How funny! My sisters & I in the late August/Early Sept cluster all realized at some point that we were probably New Years Babies. It was a mortifying realization that my parents really REALLY enjoyed their new years eves. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Caren wrote: Oh, I meant to say my only nephew was scheduled to be induced on Sept. 11, 2001, but they decided he wasn't quite ready and gave him another week.

Lucky kid, that. My sister, while giving no disrespect to the victims of 9/11, has admitted that her birthday won't ever be the same. I've encouraged her to just pick another day.

Susan Sey said...

Caren also wrote: When my birthday falls on Mother's Day, we have two completely separate celebrations. I will not stand for being ripped off!

Amen, sister. Birthday are sacred, as is Mother's Day. Separate cards, separate gifts, separate parties. Yes, please. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Janga wrote: July is the month with the most celebrations for me. My maternal grandmother, my father, my sister, one grand, two cousins, two life-long friends, another close friend, and I all have July birthdays. My cousins' and my sister's birthdays are July 4, 5, and 7, so when we were growing up, we always combined the big family celebration of the 4th with a joint birthday celebration for them. We still do that on a smaller scale for my sister's birthday, but I'll take her out to lunch or dinner on her birthday. When we were in hs, my two old friends and I, who had birthdays on July 23, 24, and 25, had memorable joint parties several years. :)

Oh my goodness. I got an icing-sugar-high just thinking about this. :-)

Happy July! Let the cake begin!

Susan Sey said...

Pissenlit wrote: Growing up, I always had to share my birthday party with one of my first cousins whose birthday was half a month away from mine...I totally felt cheated. :)

AS well you should! I feel a personal birthday is a right, something that maybe ought to be in the constitution or something. I don't object to a joint party but why would you ever pass up the opportunity to have multiple cakes at a party? Chocolate, vanilla, carrot, german chocolate, angel food, confetti, red velvet...

Why limit yourself?? More cake!

Nancy said...

Fedora, congrats on the rooster!

Susan, congratulations on the new arrival. Babies are just fascinating.

My niece and my father shared July 11, and we used to have joint celebrations with separate cakes.

My mom's birthday was the day before mine, and my nephew's was a week after mine, so we'd do one party, two cakes (my mom declined one).

The dh and his sister share a birthday two years apart, which is also the birthday of a friend of mine. The dh's mom made two cakes and had two parties.

July 1 is the birthday of a friend of mine and was the birthday of one of our dogs. The dog doesn't get cake. Not officially, anyway.

Heading out today to find Money, Honey!

Susan Sey said...

Nancy wrote: My niece and my father shared July 11, and we used to have joint celebrations with separate cakes.

See, now this is how it should be done. I'm cool with one party but every birthday girl/boy should have her own cake. And they should get to pick their flavor.

Joan said...

Smelling new babies, huh?

Doesn't that usually kick off ovulation and dusting off the 'ole crib?

In my immediate family, the only similarity is that we all had "odd" number birthdays. My Daddy the 9th, Mom the 15th, me the 13th and bro the 5th.

I grew up with a girl who shared, exactly one year to the day her March birthday.

And I have 2 little fella and two friends whose birthdays are Sept 10,11,12,13

As to 9/11 birthdays. Certainly the first few years it was harsh reminder BUT as I told my friend with that birthday...embrace it...celebrate the LIFE that it represents!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Susan! :> there arent' any major groupings in our very small family, but we do have one odd thing. I was born on my paternal great aunt's birth day. My brother was born on our paternal aunt's birthday. My #1 son was born on my parent's wedding anniversary, which pleased me a lot.

Other than that...no other cool coincidences.

Congrats on the new additions to the family, though! :>

Beth said...

Susan, congrats on your new nephew! I so adore babies :-)

We have busy birthday months. My youngest daughter, niece, nephew and mom all have March birthdays (my nephew's is the day before my mom's)and my FIL's was in March as well.

One of my brother's bday is at the end of May, then a few days later in June is my older sister's, a week later is a niece, a week after that is a nephew, a day later another niece, a day later my other brother and the next day is his daughter's *g*

My sister and MIL share a birthday and we have a nephew who shares a birthday with his daughter. Oh, we also have a nephew on my husband's side who shares the birthday with my brother and one of my husband's sisters and a nephew share a birthday and we have a niece and a nephew (twins) who were born on Halloween.

When you have big families, it's always someone's birthday!

Pat Cochran said...

This took some time, figuring out
just where everyone fell into
place! My family: Mom & 1 sib -
9/12,18; 3 sibs & Dad - 10/18, 20,
24, 28; Twins & I - 8/24, 30; 2
sibs - (sigh) celebrated alone.

Our family: DS1 Valentine's Day;
DS2 + variety of family - 8/3, 4,
6, 7, 9, 19, 23, 24; DS1/Cousin -
4/6, DS2 anny 4/6, our anny 4/8;
DS2 & granddaughter1 - 12/17. Two
grandsons - 4/18 & 24. All others
are "singles." We have a party for each grandchild, adults share a celebration at gatherings nearest their date.

Oh, my goodness, this has been tiring and I'm not yet rested up from the holiday weekend!

Pat Cochran

Pissenlit said...

Susan - Why limit yourself?? More cake!

I like the way you think! My cousin was born half a month after me so our parties only ever had the one cake as the number of candles weren't a problem! Once, our double birthday party turned into a triple with another cousin who shared my birthday month but he was older and so he got his own cake with a different number of candles on it. It should've been 3 cakes, i tell ya! :D

Susan Sey said...

Joanie wrote: Smelling new babies, huh?

Doesn't that usually kick off ovulation and dusting off the 'ole crib?


Oh, bite your tongue, Joanie! I gave the darn crib away. In fact, this new baby is sleeping in it as we type!

But, yeah, that new baby smell is seductive. I keep reminding myself that they're adorable, yes, but they don't sleep. It's a drawback. :-)

And birthday sept 9, 10, 11 & 12? Yikes! You must break the bank at Hallmark.

Susan Sey said...

Jeanne wrote: I was born on my paternal great aunt's birth day. My brother was born on our paternal aunt's birthday. My #1 son was born on my parent's wedding anniversary, which pleased me a lot.

Awww. My oldest was born on my parents' wedding anniversary, too. It was their first grandbaby as well. And she was baptized in a dress made from the wedding dress my mom & I both wore. So the sentiment just piles on around here. :-)

There's something special about those generational echoes, isn't there?

Susan Sey said...

Beth wrote: When you have big families, it's always someone's birthday!

You said it! Sheesh, I'm exhausted just reading your list of birthday overlaps! Then again....cake. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Pat Cochran wrote: Oh, my goodness, this has been tiring and I'm not yet rested up from the holiday weekend!

Shoot, I'm tired & I was just reading about it! Tell me, is it possible to have too much cake? It's not...is it? Hey, you know what? If it is, don't tell me. I don't want to know. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Pissenlit wrote: It should've been 3 cakes, i tell ya! :D

Well, yeah. Of course. You know my motto. MORE CAKE!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Yes Susan, that is odd. Other than my Birthday being 5 days before my mothers, and my middle daughter's being two days, (techincally a little over 36 hours) after my father's, no one else shares birthdays in our family.

Names and my husband's family on the other hand is another matter.

My husband's father was Joe. My husband's oldest sister Sue married a man from Japan, whose nickname was Joe. Hubby's oldest brother is named Mick, and her second son's nickname was Mick. My husband Jim, married me, Sue, and his sister, Pattie married another man named Jim... So I had considered naming my son, Samuel Patrick, (after his two aunts, my sister Sami and hubby's sister Pattie), but for some reason hubby nixed that idea!

Susan Sey said...

Suz wrote: My husband's father was Joe. My husband's oldest sister Sue married a man from Japan, whose nickname was Joe. Hubby's oldest brother is named Mick, and her second son's nickname was Mick. My husband Jim, married me, Sue, and his sister, Pattie married another man named Jim... So I had considered naming my son, Samuel Patrick, (after his two aunts, my sister Sami and hubby's sister Pattie), but for some reason hubby nixed that idea!

Whoa, Suz! That's a lot of Joes & Micks & Sues & Sams! Good names, though, all of them. :-)

Are there nicknames involved? Big Sam, Little Joe, etc?

Susan Sey said...

Suz wrote: Names and my husband's family on the other hand is another matter.

Wow, that's a lot of Joes & Sams and Sues! Do you guys do the nickname thing, like little Sam, Big Joe, etc? That would be useful but hard to outgrow. It would be tough to be a 6'4" Little Joe. :-)